KTM unveil 2019 models at EICMA
KTM has presented five new motorcycles at the EICMA show in Milan, including the anticipated 790 Adventure and 790 Adventure R, 690 SMC R, 690 Enduro R, 1290 Super Duke GT and SX-E
2019 KTM 790 Adventure & 790 Adventure R
The KTM 790 Adventure is for travel enduro fans of all levels, ready to discover new roads whichever way it’s pointed at – no matter surface. The KTM 790 Adventure R is a lightweight, agile and advanced machine for adventurers that endeavor to challenge themselves over tricky terrain.
Both are powered by the 799cc LC8c parallel twin – first seen in the KTM 790 Duke – the engine has been tuned to deliver its torque lower down the rev range to fit the specific requirements of adventure riding. The result is smooth acceleration, plentiful performance and a 450 km range from a 20-liter tank.
Each of these bikes have been developed to provide a confidence-inspiring chassis with a low center of gravity and riding ergonomics to suit riders of all sizes and spirit.
A full suite of rider assistance systems, easily navigated and activated with a bar-mounted menu switch, aligned to a full color, TFT display, allow the adventurous to get the most from these machines in all situations.
Elsewhere in the KTM Travel Enduro range, the incredible KTM 1090 Adventure R, KTM 1290 Super Adventure S and KTM 1290 Super Adventure R receive new colors and graphics to keep these machines looking sharp.
2019 KTM 690 SMC R
Rebooting supermoto for the road, the KTM 690 SMC R returns in 2019 and takes the KTM Ready to Race approach to the street; lightweight, agile, with single-cylinder punch, premium chassis components and now backed up by electronics.
Powering the KTM 690 SMC R is the latest generation LC4 engine, dishing up a devastating 74hp and 73.5Nm of torque. Getting the most from this performance in all situations is a suite of rider assistance systems. Two ride modes – Street and Sport – cornering ABS, lean angle-sensitive motorcycle traction control (MTC), motor slip regulation (MSR) and Quickshifter+ are new to the game, with the familiar Supermoto ABS mode aiding rear slides with front-end confidence.
All this is packaged in an updated chassis and new subframe, supported by the latest generation fully-adjustable WP APEX suspension and wrapped up in slimmer, sharper bodywork. Better still, the fun goes further with a 1.5-liter larger fuel tank.
2019 KTM 690 Enduro R
The new KTM 690 Enduro R is positioned to connect the tarmac and trails, benefitting from the same engine, electronics and chassis improvements made to its sliding Supermoto sibling, but in a platform focused on off-road.
Under the new seat and fresh bodywork – sharpened for both style as well as better movement on the bike – is an all-new chassis with WP XPLOR suspension derived from KTM’s EXC models. Designed to be confidence-inspiring with ease of handling, it is ready to tackle everything from easy trails to extreme offroad obstacles as well as being a competent every day street bike.
2019 KTM SX-E 5
The newly developed KTM SX-E 5 is the next step in KTM’s line-up. Combining knowledge in youth motorcycling with years of development work in the e-sector, the KTM SX-E 5 is based on the popular two-stroke KTM 50 SX with a high-end chassis powered by an electric motor.
The KTM SX-E 5 enjoys the advantage of zero emissions, low noise and minimal maintenance, which makes it ideal for youngsters looking to make the first step into the world of motorcycling and is ideal for the growing rider with its adjustable seat height.
The KTM PowerPack can provide more than two hours of riding for a beginner – or 25 minutes for the faster junior racers – and with its external worldwide charger, full power is restored in approximately one hour. The KTM SX-E 5 aims to set a new benchmark within the electric-minicycle market.
2019 KTM 1290 Super Duke GT
As unveiled last month in Cologne, also joining the 2019 range is a more refined version of the KTM 1290 Super Duke GT. The long-distance Sports Tourer takes the best from ‘The Beast’; including engine performance, street handling and race track capabilities into a machine that is as happy munching miles in comfort as it is carving up challenging corners.
Major updates to this machine are found in the engine, suspension, electronics and bodywork with a focus on improving comfort and performance – be it while two-up touring, continent cruising or the track.