We’ve been keeping tabs on developments with KTM’s new big-bore adventure bike for months; we’re still trying to figure out their long-term strategy (is it a 1190 or 1290 motor?), but here’s the latest dope on the dual-sport rocket.
According to Asphalt and Rubber (who heard it from Motorrad), the new bike’s V-twin motor is derived from the KTM 1190 RC8 R superbike, putting out 150 hp. Impressive, no? Here are some other details: The bike supposedly has a 507-lb curb weight, 6.3-gallon fuel capacity, 21-inch front wheel, ride-by-wire throttle, switchable off-road ABS, traction control, and two different power mappings – one for the street, and one for the dirt.
Front brakes are dual-disc 300 mm units; braking in rear comes from a single 265-mm disc. The machine has a steel frame and inverted front forks, and seat height is 33 inches.
KTM’s adventure bikes have always been more dirt-oriented than its competitors; will this machine live up to that heritage? That’s an awful lot of power and weight to be throwing around in the mud; roughly translated, Motorrad’s impression of the motor is that “The furnace from Mattighofen goes like the devil.”
But they also say KTM’s primary purpose with this machine was to build a viable off-roader, and they succeeded – Motorrad calls it the strongest enduro of all time. We’ll just have to wait and see if they’re right or not.