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KTM unveils new 2020 models (EICMA)

KTM revealed their latest innovations on the first day of EICMA, unveiling two brand new models coming to North America for 2020 – the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R and the KTM 390 ADVENTURE. The cover was also lifted from the new KTM 890 DUKE R, which will come to North America in the Fall of 2020 as a model year 2021. These exciting new models were accompanied by KTM’s full range of 2020 STREET motorcycles, positioned across a busy exhibition stand. The Austrian manufacturer’s outstanding achievements in the world of racing were also prominently displayed with the KTM 450 RALLY, the KTM 450 SX-F and the KTM RC16 (MotoGP).

The KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R has been “re-Beasted.” KTM’s flagship bike has won rave reviews by catering to the preferences and skills of a vast range of motorcyclists and has undergone its most radical re-invention yet for 2020. Completely new chassis, styling, and electronics mean the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R has trimmed weight across the board, while a reworked LC8 engine has unleashed even more power.

The new KTM 390 ADVENTURE has harnessed the attributes and DNA from the incredibly capable and highly versatile KTM 790 ADVENTURE as well as the R&D information gathered from nearly two decades of Dakar Rally success. A light, agile, and ideal entry model for riders looking to discover the world adventure riding, this motorcycle offers added versatility for touring and light offroading. Using elements of the KTM 390 DUKE as a base and taking performance cues found at the heart of the KTM 450 RALLY, the KTM 390 ADVENTURE offers offroad performance but with impressive road manners as part of the package.  

KTM North America proudly announces that the KTM 790 ADVENTURE R RALLY will come to North America for 2020. Restricted to just 500 units worldwide, it will be available in extremely limited numbers. It is the third and newest member of the KTM 790 ADVENTURE family and is positioned as the most travel capable rally bike. For those riders who demand the most hardcore performance and the very best suspension equipment available, this is the machine that will easily cross continents in order to ride to the start line of a rally. 

Based heavily on the KTM 790 ADVENTURE R, the exclusive RALLY model retains the same steel trellis chassis, the potent and compact LC8c parallel twin engine and the class-leading electronic rider aids. The major component difference is the addition of the special WP XPLOR PRO suspension. Developed in the same department as WP’s Factory Racing equipment, it offers superior performance for extreme riding. An additional 30 mm of suspension travel front and back helps clear the most awkward obstacles and brings the seat height to 35.8 in (910 mm). 

KTM presented an even sharper “Scalpel” for 2020 with updates to the color and graphics of the KTM 790 DUKE. With the agility you’d expect from a single, blended with the meaty punch of a twin, it carves corners with pinpoint precision, boasting the 799 cc LC8c parallel twin motor nestled into one of the lightest and most compact chassis around. The super agile KTM RC 390 also received updated looks for 2020, bringing an ultra-modern look to this pure sports bike. 

KTM welcomes a ninth consecutive year of growth and another sales record in 2019, while continuing to pursue an even greater global market share and further consolidation as Europe’s leading manufacturer. KTM will also be seeking to build on the strengths of their dealer network and international strategic partnerships.

After a grand opening this summer, the work, innovation and history of the brand is now fabulously displayed in a visual and interactive manner at KTM’s new Motohall, located in Mattighofen, Austria. Mr. Trunkenpolz, together with KTM Motorsport Director Pit Beirer, also took time to reference the impact and importance of MotoGP and the firm’s presence at the elite level of racing as the conclusion of a third season in Grand Prix draws near. 

There was considerable interest in a number of other motorcycles, especially the new KTM SX-E 5; an adjustable and versatile junior electric bike that has the potential to introduce a vast fresh generation to the buzz of riding.

In what is now customary fashion, KTM celebrated their competitive triumphs for the year. The Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team earned their 18th Dakar success, as well as the FIM Cross Country Rallies World Championship with two different riders. Cooper Webb earned a prestigious AMA 450SX Championship in his rookie year aboard the KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION. Taylor Robert clinched the WORCS Pro Championship riding his 450 XC-F, while Kailub Russell, Ben Kelley and Jesse Ansley swept the GNCC XC1 Open Pro, XC2 250 Pro and XC3 125 Pro-Am Championships, respectively. Additionally, Steward Baylor Jr. captured the National Enduro Championship aboard the KTM 450 XC-F.

Back on the slicks, the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing team made fantastic progress in MotoGP with four bikes on the premier class grid, two front row starts, and a slew of top-10 results from the 19 rounds of a season that is still delivering thrills. Moto2 and Moto3 victories were acknowledged and celebrated.

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