Rumor: New KTM Super Duke & Adventure Bikes in 2013

01/19/2011 @ 7:00 am, by Jensen Beeler9 COMMENTS

Rumor: New KTM Super Duke & Adventure Bikes in 2013 KTM 690 Super Duke 635x422

The news coming out of Holland this morning is that KTM is working on a new set of Super Duke and Adventure series motorcycles, slated to appear in 2012 as 2013 model year bikes. The news comes from Dutch site Nieuwsmotor, who talked to Robert Prielinger, Head of Development / R & D of Street Bikes at KTM, while visiting the KTM factory, and according to Prielinger KTM is working on a new v-twin motor and electronics package that will see introduction into the Super Duke and Adventure lines by 2013. Also new for the 2013 Super Duke line is a new single-cylinder engine model, which will pick up where the KTM 690 Super Duke left off.

The new Adventure series is supposed to have modular construction, and will see a variety of displacements reside in the same chassis. According to Nieuwsmotor we can expect to see 1,200cc, 1,000cc, and 700cc/800cc models from KTM in this department, but we’re not sure how a 1,000cc would differentiate itself from a 1,200cc machine and what we assume will be an 800cc model to compete with the F800GS and Triumph Tiger 800.

However Nieuwsmotor does go on to say that the smaller displacement Adventure bike will be very off-road capable, more so than the Triumph Tiger 800 XC, and we imagine that the bike will draw on its Dakar roots in design and performance.

For the Super Duke line, KTM has been developing a more complete electronics package (like many manufacturers), and we can expect to see the Austrian company add traction control and other features to its naked streetbikes. The Super Duke will share its v-twin motor with the Adventure line, presumably in a higher-state of tune, while a new 700cc class single-cylinder motor will also debut in 2012 for the 2013 model year.

An early concept of the new single-cylinder Super Duke was spotted by Nieuwsmotor, and is said to be less aggressive in style than previous designs, which might be a good thing for mass appeal, but bad news for the KTM loyal.

KTM is also expected to continue to roll-out smaller displacement street bikes, likely under the Duke name, that will be heavily influenced by Bajaj. We hope that translates into a 200cc-400cc version of the KTM 125 Duke hitting US soil sometime in the near future.

Source: Nieuwsmotor

Comment:

  1. Steve says:

    I want to see a 450 cc adventure bike! Who needs 1200 cc to go off-road!?

  2. 76 says:

    Looking forward to KTM new lineup, they are one of the most exciting companies in the industry if not top. The Super Duke set a standard that all nakeds get measured. I really look forward to the new features and look for 135 to 140 HP on that new Super

  3. Iwan says:

    I would think that if it’s from KTM themselves the word “rumour” is not the right title…

  4. BBQdog says:

    Big, bigger …. who needs that. Give me a descent 450cc road bike or supermono.

  5. It’s not a slight to your publication Iwan, just us alerting our readers that we can’t confirm any of this information.

  6. That's not a rumour, it's what KTM says! // RT @Asphalt_Rubber: Rumor: New KTM Super Duke & Adventure Bikes in 2013 – http://aspha.lt/85

  7. 76 says:

    A 1200 Super Duke with Underbelly Exhaust, shorter wheelbase & Superbike style swingarm for more rigidity. HP it will get 135 to 140 my guess is where they will put it and the torque to go with it. I also am betting they go ride by wire throttle.

    I wonder if they keep the Dry Sump or not?

  8. It’s not surprising that they will be upgrading their engines. KTM now has an infusion of cash from their new Indian owners:
    http://news.motorbiker.org/blogs.nsf/dx/ktm-motorcycles-to-be-bought-by-bajaj-for-90.htm

    The thing is, how smart is it for KTM to announce that they will be coming out with all-new engines in two years? That might chill demand for their current models.

  9. Maximus Hastings says:

    @Dimwit…. having ridden around the world several times on everything from Hayabusas, R1s, KLRs, Aprilias, Honda Baja, DRs, GS 750, Africa Twin, Batavus MK4S (50cc ) to KTM 990 A I’d say bigger is better for your arse and the little world you haul around with you.. And to American’s round the world (ie a true adventure) means SouthAmerica, Asia, Africa, Europe on every surface possible but usually …. gravel and crappy tar. Of course on mud and sand 125 is enough… but in the end a true adventure means having the skill to tackle anything so on the whole KTM 990 Adventure or Kwaka KLR 650 are best.