KTM Road Tests & Reviews
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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.
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 »
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 www.ktmusa.com for more info.
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 »
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 »
October 20, 2009
photography by Scott Hirko [This 2009 KTM 990 Adventure Road Test was originally published in the December 2009 issue of Rider magazine] For most of the 1990s, KTM’s 640 Adventure single served as its sole adventure-touring bike, a capable but buzzy and uncomfortable mount ill-suited to long rides... Read more »
October 20, 2009
[This 2009 KTM 690 Enduro R Road Test was originally published in the December 2009 issue of Rider magazine] If dirt’s your game, the 2009 KTM 690 Enduro R has the chops to take you anywhere you want to go (within its 150-mile range), no questions asked. The knobby-shod R will suck up any street chores... Read more »
July 8, 2008
On the afternoon flight home from Spain via London, you head west over Greenland. The effect is that of an endless sunset, as the plane’s westbound speed is roughly commensurate with the rotational eastbound speed of the earth. It got me to thinking about chasing horizons on a bike–and how... Read more »
October 25, 2007
I’ll never forget the day it dawned on me. It was about 20 years ago, and I was riding a 1,000cc sport tourer on a twisty California mountain road when I noted a headlight in my mirror. So I stepped the pace up a bit. The light drew closer. I got on it harder and suddenly, in a short straight‚... Read more »
January 1, 2006
There’s something not quite serious about single-cylinder engines in road bikes. As one part of a manufacturer’s broader portfolio they do satisfy that small niche of riders prepared to put up with mediocre power, vibration, low-rev lumpiness and lethargic throttle response in exchange for‚... Read more »
Mark Tuttle Jr.
December 28, 2002
(This article was published in the December 2002 issue of Rider magazine.) By Mark Tuttle Jr. Hope you’re hungry! There’s a veritable feast of new motorcycle models rolling out of the kitchen for 2003. Some are here already, others are on their way to dealers across the country. Most of the manufacturers... Read more »