A lot of buzz came out of the annual EICMA show in Milan, Italy last week and, thankfully, a lot of dirt-worthy rides were hiding in the crowd of supermodels and street bikes. KTM made a big announcement with the 790 Adventure R prototype–a mid-range dirt-focused machine that hopefully performs on the level everyone is anticipating.
Reactions (to pictures) have been mixed (online) and we look forward to seeing a production version soon so we can make a judgment-preferably after riding one!
But, to look forward further, we can’t help but wonder what sort of move KTM makes next. They have their foot in the twin-cylinder, under 1,000 cc displacement door. What do they do with it? Is the 790 Adventure R a one hit wonder? Is this the doom of the single-cylinder 690’s? What concept vehicle will be at EICMA in 2018? Yes, we’re already asking.
Let’s speculate. But first, let’s read about all the bikes in the street range for KTM and remember that a lot of them look better with knobby tires–or could…
The following is a press release from KTM.
MURRIETA, Calif. – Exciting news came today from the EICMA trade show in Milan, Italy as KTM unveiled its all-new, production-ready (EU) KTM 790 DUKE, along with a KTM 790 ADVENTURE R prototype, cuing up how the Austrian brand’s model lineup will further expand thanks to a completely new engine generation with its 799cc LC8c parallel twin powerplant. In conjunction with this news, KTM North America, Inc. is pleased to announce its 2018 model lineup for the North American market, which is set to debut in the U.S. at the Long Beach International Motorcycle Show (IMS) on Nov. 17.
Highlighting the North American model lineup for 2018 is the KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE S, which is a new model for the North American market. Additionally, the 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R and the 1090 ADVENTURE R will return to the lineup, along with the 1290 SUPER DUKE R, 690 DUKE, 390 DUKE, 690 ENDURO R and RC 390. Furthermore, the highly-anticipated KTM 790 DUKE – ‘The Scalpel’ – is set to make its North American debut as a 2019 model.
President of KTM North America, Inc., John Hinz: “We’re looking forward to welcoming the KTM 790 DUKE to the North American market in early fall of 2018 as the very first street model for 2019. The new engine generation with the 799cc LC8c parallel twin powerplant is very important for our market and our consumers, we’re very excited for the future.“
Full information on the 2018 North American model lineup will be available on Nov. 17 at 9 a.m. PST. For more information on KTM, please visit the official website at www.ktm.com.