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KTM: A Leader in Adventure Sports Motorbike – II

Hey Guys, welcome back to our second and the final post on KTM. In this article, as promised we shall focus on some of the motorbike categories that KTM focuses on.

KTM: A Leader in Adventure Sports Motorbike - I

So, shall we start our journey to the KTM warehouse?

Motorcross (MX)

KTM: A Leader in Adventure Sports Motorbike - II

Well, the very first one on our list is the Motorcross. It is one of the off-road motorcycles denoted by the suffix “SX”.

It has quite a number of single cylinder 2-stroke models which include:

  • 250 SX,
  • 150 SX,
  • 125 SX,
  • 85 SX 19/16,
  • 85 SX 17/14,
  • 65 SX, and
  • 50 SX.

Its single cylinder 4-stroke motorbikes are the 450 SX-F, 350 SX-F, and 250 SX-F. The latest version is equipped with a dual overhead camshaft engine.


KTM: A Leader in Adventure Sports Motorbike - II

Enduro is street-legal off-road EXC versions of KTM.

It was manufactured with gearboxes and lights which possess a wider ratio and non-linkage suspensions.

It also comes with different models categorized under the 2-stroke and the 4-stroke engines with versions like:

  • 500 EXC-F Six Days,
  • 500 EXC-F,
  • 450 EXC-F Six Days,
  • 450 EXC-F, and
  • 350 EXC-F Six Days just to mention a few.


It is an amalgamation of both the Trial bikes and Enduro version.

The Freeride 250R, for example, has a 6-speed gearbox especially designed with a close transmission on all gears except the sixth one. It is powered by a diminutive version of the 250 EXC Enduro engine.


KTM: A Leader in Adventure Sports Motorbike - II

KTM also has a range of motorbikes designed for adventurous two-wheeler riders. The range was designed keeping in mind the endurance and the comfort of travelers.

The latest 1290 Adventure R is packed with a 1301cc, 140 Nm of torque and 160 hp running on 119kW of power, all built into the famous Enduro Chassis.

Some other models include:

  • 1290 Super Adventure S,
  • 1090 Adventure R,
  • 1090 Adventure,
  • 790 Adventure R,
  • 790 Adventure,
  • 690 Enduro R, and
  • 450 Rally.

Sports Tourer:

KTM: A Leader in Adventure Sports Motorbike - II

The KTM 1290 Super Duke GT motorbike was designed with a large fuel tank for long distance performance. It provides touring comfort on its revised handlebar and a longer robust frame.

It also has three electronically controlled riding modes on its 2-cylinder 4-stroke and 75 degrees cylinder LC8 motor.


The KTM street and competition ready motorbike weighing just about 141 kg were developed with a revised styling and chassis on a 690 LC4 motor.

It also comes with a single cylinder engine powered by a 48 kW liquid-cooled 4-stroke motor and has a hydraulic actuated slipper clutch.


KTM: A Leader in Adventure Sports Motorbike - II

KTM provides naked motorbikes with displacements ranging from 125 to 1290cc.

The Duke 200 has been equipped as a motorcycle with a racing capability on a 200cc displacement.

It is a water-cooled single-cylinder 4-stroke engine bike with an ultralight tabular trellis frame.

Other similar models are the 790, 690, 390 and the 250 dukes.


The latest RC 390 features in this category.

It is an extremely sporty motorbike with about 1000cc displacement just like the RC16 suitable for either the race tracks or roads with its agility and speed.

New Launch – Duke 200 ABS 

KTM: A Leader in Adventure Sports Motorbike - II

Now, most of you must be aware that Duke 200 was jointly developed with Bajaj way back in January of 2008 to produce 125cc and 200cc bikes for Europe and the Far East.

However, the models were eventually launched in India by Bajaj in January 2012 and badged under KTM.

KTM India launched the ABS version of the Duke 200 just last month.

This time the Duke 200 will come with an ABS version of the motorbike as well.

The braking system equipped on both the front and the rear wheels of the new model is developed by the German company, Bosch.

If reports are to be believed, this development will most likely also cover the 390 Duke pretty soon.


As far as the price goes, the standard non-ABS version is just Rs. 8,000 less than the ABS version which is priced at Rs. 1.6 lakh.

To be frank, although KTM has been in India for just about 6 years it has seen India as its largest market with an annual growth rate of a whopping 48%. It is quite evident as the company ended up selling over 50,000 units as of 2017 in the Indian motorbike community alone.

Lastly, we, at Motorbikes India, expect the Duke ABS also to do extremely well in the Indian two-wheeler market and look forward to many more such innovations in the future.

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