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    • Town/City: Tauranga
    • Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV, BMW R100GS
    • Rank: Round the World Adventure Globetrotter

    From: http://www.motorcyclenews.com/news/2014/november/ktm-plan-new-v-twins/

    KTM are developing a new range of middleweight V-twin engines to plug the gap between the small capacity singles, and large-capacity V-twins already in production.

    The decision to build a new range of 600 to 800cc V-twins was revealed by Stefan Pierer – the boss of KTM and sister firm Husqvarna – at the Milan show.

    Pierer told MCN: “We will have a new KTM mid-class of bikes within around three years. We are looking at the way this will happen, but we are working on 600 to 800cc V-twins.”

    Although he wouldn’t be drawn on any further detail about the bikes, it’s known from insiders that the exact capacity of these new engines have not been set in terms of the lowest, but it has been capped at 800cc at the largest so as not to clash with the bigger bikes.

    These new engines will be also be available for use in the Husqvarna model range, further bolstering the firm’s market strength, and diversity. Husqvarna showed two concepts based around a modified KTM 390cc motor in Milan, and Pierer promised the famous Swedish brand would be launching a completely new range of road bikes spanning every capacity from 125cc through to 1300cc.

    • Rank: 650cc Rider

    Wouldn’t it be nice if those clowns would get their existing shyte sorted before starting a whole batch of new headaches, groaaan.
    Got 2 mates with 1190’s and both are warranty nightmares/ workshop orphans.
    Another mate with a 690 which has been a lemon since day1 (bought new) and spent over 200 days at the dealers over the last 12 months.
    Not that the Huskies TR models still built under BMW ownership are much better (got one of those myself).
    Long live the Jappers!!

    • Town/City: Tauranga
    • Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV, BMW R100GS
    • Rank: Round the World Adventure Globetrotter

    Work Begins on KTM’s New Middleweight V-twins

    KTM announced at the 2014 EICMA motorshow in Milan that they would be looking to fill a gap in their product line up by way of new midcapacity v-twin powered bikes ranging between 600cc and 800cc in size. Despite releasing a large number of new models over the past few years, there’s a distinct lack of mid-range road bikes from KTM in this area. As it stands, between the 390 Duke/RC390 and the 1050 Adventure sits the 690 Duke and Enduro – single cylinder machine which really pushes the capacity limits of what most people are prepared to accept from a thumper.

    Cycle World has obtained some spy pictures showing a test mule based on the 690 Enduro being run alongside a BMW F800GS – a parallel twin bike that KTM would be squarely targeting given the success KTM has had in the offroad category with it’s larger capacity bikes.

    Unlike the current KTM 690 Enduro, this test mule/prototype has the exhaust on the right hand side of the bike rather than the left and is hanging off the side of the rear more. While the plumbing from the engine indicates it’s still using the single cylinder engine, the fact that it’s being tested alongside the BMW bike indicates that KTM is having a good look at how the BMW performs.

    According to Stefan Pierer, head of KTM, the time frame for these new machines is around three years so don’t hold off on making your new purchase. The platforms will also be available to sister company Husqvarna.

    From: http://www.therideadvice.com/work-begins-ktms-new-middleweight-v-twins/

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