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KTM is an Austrian motorcycle and moped manufacturer founded in 1934 by engineer Hans Trunkenpolz. It started out as a metal working shop and was named Kraftfahrzeuge Trunkenpolz Mattighofen. In 1954, KTM began producing motorbikes. In reviews, the company is best known for its off-road motorcycles, though in recent years it has expanded into street motorcycle production.

Adventure Shootout: BMW R 1200 GS Adventure, KTM 1190 Adventure, Yamaha Super Ténéré ES

These three big, capable adventure tourers offer enough power, comfort and features for any journey.

Greg Drevenstedt
August 6, 2014

These three big, capable adventure tourers offer enough power, comfort and features for any journey. (Photos by Rich Cox) Although they represent a small minority of motorcycle sales, large-displacement adventure tourers have surged in popularity recently. Buyers are drawn to their one-bike-does-it-all... Read more »

2014 KTM 1190 Adventure Review

2014 KTM 1190 Adventure

Greg Drevenstedt
August 6, 2014

The 1190 Adventure is the latest entrant in the burgeoning ADV segment, offering a unique combination of power, sophistication and on-/off-road performance (Photos by Rich Cox). After years of building the most off-road-oriented of the big dualies with its 950/990 Adventure models, KTM balanced the scales... Read more »

2014 KTM 1190 Adventure R Road Test

2014 KTM 1190 Adventure R

Greg Drevenstedt
June 24, 2014

The 2014 KTM 1190 Adventure R is a powerful, capable street machine, but where it really shines is off-road. Photography by the author and Mark Tuttle Since its introduction in early 2013, KTM’s 1190 Adventure has created a lot of buzz in the burgeoning adventure-touring segment. Its superbike-based,... Read more »

2014 KTM 1190 Adventure—Road Test

ktm 1190 Adventure

Mark Tuttle
April 1, 2014

New LED daytime running light surrounds the lowerof the two stacked headlights and increases daytime conspicuity; it can be switched off. As liter-class adventure-touring bikes have been getting more and more street oriented, the KTM 990 Adventure clung to its Dakar racing roots right through 2012. While... Read more »

2014 KTM 1190 Adventure–First Ride

A smaller 19-inch front wheel and wider, lower-profile tires contribute to the Adventure’s nimble, confident handling.

Greg Drevenstedt
February 25, 2013

Roaring out of the fourth tight, uphill corner, one of hundreds in our aggressive ascent from sea level to the lava fields surrounding 12,198-foot Mount Teide, two things dawned on me. One is that Tenerife, the largest of the 13 Canary Islands situated off the northwestern coast of Africa, is a beautiful... Read more »

KTM Announces Two New Street Models for 2013

2013 KTM 690 Duke

Rider Magazine Staff
December 10, 2012

KTM North America, Inc. recently announced two new street models, the 690 Duke and the 990 Adventure Baja to the North American street market for 2013. 690 Duke KTM’s most popular naked bike, the 690 Duke, is back. This bike offers superb handling for street riders, commuters, and track riders. The... Read more »

2012 KTM Street Bikes – First Look

2012 KTM RC8 R

Rider Magazine
November 23, 2011

2012 KTM RC8 R KTM has streamlined its street bike lineup for 2012, with eight models in four categories. 2012 KTM 990 SMT ABS Two high-spec versions of the 1190 superbike, the RC8 R and RC8 R Race Spec, will be offered but the base-model RC8 superbike has been dropped. The 1,195cc V-twin gets dual-spark... Read more »

KTM Ride Orange Demo Ride Tour

KTM Orange Ride on-site

Rider Contributor
January 27, 2011

If you’re thinking about buying a new KTM, here’s your chance to ride before you buy. Check out footage from the first stop of the KTM Ride Orange Demo Ride Tour and check out for more info.

2010 KTM 990 Supermoto T Road Test

2010 KTM 990 Supermoto T

Rider Magazine
April 30, 2010

photography by Brian J. Nelson, Kevin Wing and Lanny Fielder [This 2010 KTM 990 Supermoto T Road Test was originally published in the June 2010 issue of Rider magazine] After spending a day caning a lithe, black KTM 950 Supermoto through the hills of Tuscany, Editor Tuttle was smitten (see Rider, December... Read more »

2010 KTM Street Bikes Road Test

KTM 1190 RC8 Street Bike

Rider Magazine
December 18, 2009

photography by Kevin Wing and Brian J. Nelson [This 2010 KTM Street Bikes Road Test was originally published in the February 2010 issue of Rider magazine] KTM 1190 RC8 On a hot, bone-dry day in July 2008, I sat on a sandy hill overlooking Laguna Seca Raceway’s infamous Corkscrew, a blind, downhill... Read more »

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KTM Motorcycles, Who Uses Them?

KTM motorcycle road tests discuss the company's street-legal dual-sport motorcycles and sport-oriented street motorcycles, as well as a wide range of off-road motorcycles for racing and recreational use. Reviews focus on the fact that the company has been creating and improving its 2-stroke mtorbikes and has been looking into Direct Fuel Injection. KTM also has a lightweight, street legal (Europe) car known as the X-Bow.

KTM Motorcycle Standouts

KTM motorcycle road tests on their street-legal lineup include the 690 Enduro R dual-sport, the 450 SMR supermoto, the 690 Duke sport standard, the 990 SM T and 990 Adventure tourers, and the 1190 RC8 R and 1190 RC8 R Race Spec superbikes. KTM recently introduced the 1190 Adventure as an early-release 2014 model.