KTM updates streetbikes for 2012

Publish Date: 
Nov 1, 2011

 

KTM North America has announced updates to select streetbikes for 2012, including a highly revised 350 EXC-F, 500 EXC, 690 Enduro R and 990 Adventure. Except where noted, KTM hasn’t yet determined suggested retail pricing.

The 1190 RC8 R returns with no technical changes for 2012. The 1190 RC8 R Race Spec, however, receives new suspension settings and a longer secondary drive. The front sprocket goes from 16 teeth to 17 teeth and continues to hold a 520 racing chain.

The 990 SM T ABS gets a new preload adjuster for the rear spring, operated by a tool.

Based on last year’s 990 Adventure Dakar, the 2012 990 Adventure ABS is now powered by KTM’s 999cc 75-degree V-twin with electric fuel injection. KTM claims maximum power of 115 hp.

 

Other model highlights, according to the company:

  • Factory racing orange powder-coated frame
  • New orange powder-coated engine guards
  • New-design wrap-around hand guards
  • A modified center stand for easier lifting
  • New colors and graphics.

The 990 Adventure R returns to the 2012 lineup with no technical updates.

KTM lists the following updates for the 2012 690 Enduro R:

  • A full 690cc due to a longer stroke
  • Increased power, now 67 hp with 49 ft.-lbs. of torque
  • A longer service interval of 10,000 kilometers
  • New spring rates and suspension settings with a new suspension travel of 250 mm
  • Lower seat height, down 20 mm to 910 mm
  • New look for the tank spoiler, front mask and fender
  • New seat with more comfort
  • Improved headlight

The 500 EXC will have an MSRP of $9,899. KTM lists all the following as new:

  • A 510.4cc SOHC EFI engine that’s 5.5 lbs. lighter
  • A multi-function balancer shaft
  • A lighter piston and PANKL con rod
  • A single diaphragm spring clutch
  • An electric start system (plus kickstart) and a stronger stator (196 watts)
  • Frame and swingarm with a new PDS shock
  • Black “Giant” brand rims and spokes
  • Airbox, intake boot, silencer and spark arrestor
  • Bodywork with a new translucent fuel tank
  • A more durable taillight/license plate holder

The 350 EXC-F will have an MSRP of $9,699. KTM lists all the following as new:

  • A 349.7cc DOHC EFI engine
  • Cams, valve springs, piston, crank, balancer shaft
  • Single diaphragm spring clutch
  • Electric start system (plus kickstart) and a stronger stator (196 watts)
  • Frame and swingarm with a new PDS shock
  • Black “Giant” brand rims and spokes
  • Airbox, intake boot, silencer and spark arrestor
  • Bodywork with a new translucent fuel tank
  • A more durable taillight/license plate holder

 

 

Posted by Arlo Redwine