The KTM125 Duke launches

KTM has finally released details of its 125cc bike.  After teaser videos and concept art for the last few months official pictures and specs are now out.

While some of the concept art’s better details, such as the cool half and half coloured wheels are gone (shame),the bike still has plenty of style. It should make a decent mark on the entry level bike market and hopefully inspire kids to make the jump to two wheels.

Available to buy in Spring 2011, specs for the bike are below;

ENGINE
Engine type 1-cylinder, 4-stroke
Displacement 124.7 cc
Bore x stroke 58/47.2
Performance (homologated ) 11.3kW @10,500 rpm
Max. torque 12 Nm @ 8,000 rpm
Compression ratio DOHC
Starter /Battery Electric starter
Transmission 6 gears
Fuel Mixture Generation Electronic fuel injection
Control 4 V / DOHC
Lubrication Preassure lubrication
Final drive 14:45
Cooling Liquid cooled
Clutch Multi-disc wet clutch, hydraulically operated
Engine Management Bosch
CHASSIS
Frame Chromium-Molybdenum trellis frame
Subframe Steel
Handlebar Steel tapered DM 26/22 mm
Front suspension WP USD Ø 43 mm
Rear suspension WP monoshock
Suspension travel front/rear 160/160 mm
Front brake Disc brake Ø 280 mm
Rear brake Disc brake Ø 230 mmr
Rims front/rear 3,00 / 17″ x 4,00 / 17″
Tyres front/rear 110/70 x 17“ x 150/60 x 17“
Silencer Steel (KAT)
Stering head angle 65°
Trail 100 mm
Wheel base 1,350 +/-15 mm
Ground clearance 185 mm
Seat height 810 mm
Tank capacity ca. 11 l (ROZ 91)
Weight (ready to race) ca. 128 kg

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A New Video of the KTM 125 Duke

Obviously trying, a bit desperately, to appeal to the ‘yoof” generation KTM has a new video up of its soon to be released 125cc bike, The KTM 125 Duke.

Despite the video’s apparent target market this looks to be an efficient sporty looking machine, and hopefully will encourage more young people to take up riding in the face of drastically falling numbers of new bikers.

Teaser Video for the new KTM 125cc ‘Streetfighter’

KTM have released a new teaser video showing its upcoming 125, currently called the ‘Streetfighter’ under testing and construction.  It looks like a great bike and could do big things for the company globally depending on its price when it comes to market.

The market for 125cc bikes is huge but can go unnoticed in Europe and the USA amongst the sportsbikes and big cruisers.  A great looking bike with decent performance could be also be a useful incentive for more young people to take up biking, espically with the numbers walking away from it in the UK at shockingly high numbers.

Follow news on the new bike on its Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/ktm125

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KTM Freeride, Electric Super Motos

The picture above was a leak of KTMs new electric moto and supermoto bikes which sprung from a German Motorcycling magazine ahead of their unveiling at the Tokyo Motorshow later this week.  Visor Down as now got its hands on more pics which you can find on their web site.  KTM’s sudden entrance into the electric bike market is a big boost for E-bikes given the status of the well known manufacturer.  No doubt ZERO motorcycles will be looking long and hard at both the spec and pricing of KTM’s offerings.

Check out Visor Down’s pictures here.

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KTM Jumps on the Electric Bandwagon

Austrian motorcycle company KTM is about to hop aboard the electric bike bandwagon with two concepts due to be unveiled at the 37th Tokyo Motorcycle Show which starts on March 26th.  The teaser image KTM released doesn’t tell us much beyond the concepts striking similarity to another electric bike makers super-moto machines (cough! ZERO cough!)  The major difference is the other manufacturer has theirs on sale now.  Hopefully more details will be available during the show.

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The Milan Motorcycle Show 2010 Round Up..

Well, a little delayed I know but we got there in the end, here's a round up of news from last week's Milan Motorcycle Show…

Rieju RS3 1Rieju RS3 2

First up was a few details of Rieju’s new RS3 sports 125, a
replacement for Rieju’s old RS2 Sportster. It's designed in
partnership with the UK-based Xenophya Design, and while looking good
owes a little more than a nod to Honda styling.

Powered by a Yamaha-Minerelli 125cc engine set in a composite
steel/aluminium perimeter frame it has some great specs and parts
list. Pricing TBC

Ducati, Ducati, Ducati… Italy's
finest had an unfair home advantage in Milan and boy did they make
the most of it. They launched the undeniably hottest new thing, its
Multistrada 1200 (though the 200 mile at best tank range is still
bugging me) amongst several other new machines.

A new 1100 Hypermotard Evo and Evo SP,
which are high class variations of the popular standard
specification 1100 model. According to the company these posher
versions are 7kg lighter and with a 5bhp power increase it should
bring the new bikes to 95bhp.

Deep breath, and there's more… The
1198r Ducati Corse, which while you could say it's just a tarted up
1098, it's more of a high class call-girl version of the drool
inducing sports bike.

As mentioned in a previous post BMW launched their incrementally
updated GS and RT models. Not enough to steal the Multistrada's
thunder but perhaps enough (barely) to keep the legions of BMW fans
happy.

The company also revealed a concept bike which appeared to only be
there to showcase the engine, an across the frame 6-Cylinder 1600,
which according to sources within the company will power a new tourer
designed to compete with other mile munchers from Victory, Harley
Davidson, and Triumph.

Oh and speaking of Triumph they revealed factory fitted big bore
kits on a limited run for the new Thunderbird giving torque and bhp a
boost. Also mentioned were new paint finishes for some of their
range, with the Thunderbird getting a metallic shimmer to add some
more class to an already great looking bike.

Moto Guzzi showed off its new V12
concept at the show, with its eight valve 1200cc engine.
Built to a design by Pierre Terblanche, the concept has a cast
aluminium frame, and apparently is the base from which a number of
bikes can be built upon. Keep your eyes peeled for a series of
production machines in 2010!

KTM had a small but significant showing
for its new 125cc learner bike. Hopefully the UK economy can support
the growing number of 'learner' bikes out there in the face of
falling sales and a huge drop in bike test registrations.

That's the update for this year's show, phew!  Roll on 2010 as it looks like we're in for some amazing new bikes…. start saving now!

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