KTM to Import Six New Streetbikes

Publish Date: 
Nov 19, 2009

SIX KTM streetbikes will be new to the U.S. for 2010 (all pictured below):

  • the 690 Duke R,
  • 990 SM T,
  • 990 SM R,
  • 1190 RC8 R,
  • 1190 RC8 R IDM Red Bull Limited Edition and
  • 1190 RC8 R Akrapovic Limited Edition.

KTM North America just concluded a two-week launch of its entire 2010 street model line to media and dealer members at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The models will hit dealership floors in February.

Journalists and dealers were given the opportunity to ride the new bikes around the legendary race track. The first half of the day the riders went through a brief introduction of the Skip Barber Superbike School Powered by KTM. The second half of the day was spent putting in as many laps as they could on the new models.

The KTM 690 Duke R has a 690cc single-cylinder engine that makes a claimed 70 hp. It is equipped with all of the KTM "R" model upgrades, including upgraded suspension with race settings, orange powder-coated frame, carbon front fender and more.

If longer rides are in someone’s future, KTM dealers can recommend the new KTM 990 SM T. The supermoto is equipped to travel with stock Brembo brakes, detachable soft touring bags, a touring windshield, a five-gallon fuel tank and a comfortable seat for long trips.

The KTM 990 SM R is a large-displacement supermoto that is “as much fun on the race track as it is on the road.” The model features upgraded suspension, monobloc Brembo front brakes, forged Marchesini aluminum wheels, and KTM "R" optics, including the orange powder-coated frame, "R" graphics and blacked-out components.

The showstopper at the event was the KTM 1190 RC8 R and its two limited editions. Its 75-degree 1195cc V-twin makes up to a claimed 170 hp thanks to a host of engine upgrades. The engineers started with superlight pistons and increased the compression ratio, reworked the combustion chamber, and added adjustable camshafts. Its chassis features a revised geometry, race spec suspension and adjustable pegs, shifter, sub frame and ride height.

The special-edition RC8 Rs will come in the IDM Red Bull and Akrapovic editions. Both models come with a limited-edition number plate, special-edition bodywork, and an optional closed-course race kit that includes an Akrapovic titanium exhaust system, thinner head gaskets, an improved air filter and a tool for adjusting the camshafts for race specifications.

Returning for 2010 are the 690 Enduro R, 690 Duke, 690 SMC, 990 Super Duke R, 990 Adventure, 990 Adventure R and 1190 RC8. To learn more about the models, go to www.ktmusa.com. KTM says it will publically announce retail prices next week, though KTM dealers already know them.

KTM North America says it’s making a strategic move to increase its presence in the streetbike segment. Earlier this year, it hired a former Ducati executive as vice president of its new Street Bike division.

Photos are courtesy of KTM.

Posted by Arlo Redwine