Tuesday, September 14, 2004

New KTM Motorcycles at the Intermot

How many ways can KTM package their new V-twin? Current answer is five. KTM's 2005 Intermot display shows an very ambitious set of concept motorcycles from the Austrian manufacturer. These bike feature aggressive, angular styling coupled with technical innovation. It must be the mountain air. Bikes in the Fast Lane has put together a mini-feature on 2005 KTM.

Lighter, more agile and aggressive than everything else being on two wheels ever before. The KTM 990 Superduke is not less than a radical advance in building motorcycles and a redefinition of the category "naked bike". The 990 Superduke is a motorcycle without compromise, defined through extremely agile handling, innovative technology and an independent, brand-characteristic design. Primarily she is the absolute and offensively demonstrated commitment to the passion motorcycle.

As the first manufacturer of motorcycles KTM launches a large-displacement 2-cylinder Supermoto. Therewith KTM demonstrates its leading position in the Supermoto segment. This is one bike that's on my shopping list.... must be great to ride in Paris traffic.

For the RC8, KTM brought their riders to the design table as well as the best technicians and designers. KTM's aim: The ultimate weapon for ambitious street-fighters. That means: A radical concentration of its mass around the compact 75° V2. Innovative details are everywhere: The seat is the tank, keeping fuel at the machine’s center of gravity. Dry sump lubrication allows the entire exhaust system to sit precisely where it has the least influence on dynamics. Directly under the engine. The fairing is designed to produce the least possible crosswind drag. The result: No crosswind oscillation, spell-binding agility, and aggressive steering ability.
(Planned start of production 2007)

The RC8 Venom is a study based on the revolutionary concept of the RC8. She is definitely and clearly designed as a naked bike and thus a specific interpretation of the RC8 form language, whereas also technically widely based on the RC8.


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