KTM Officially Unveils the 350 SX-F
November 11, 2009 9:42am
Milan, Italy Yesterday KTM presented a wide range of innovative new motorcycles at the 2009 EICMA motorcycle trade fair including the new 350cc motocross prototype, the 690 Duke R and future 125cc models.
By presenting a 350cc pre-series racing bike, KTM illustrates the determination of the Austrian company to go its own way. Among the new models features are fuel injection and linkage and of course its unique 350cc engine. While the company’s 250 SX-F and 450 SX-F models have been successful and oriented to suit the specific displacement of the sport’s regulations, now KTM is the first manufacturer in the world to present a 350cc displacement bike for the sport of Motocross.
Multi-time World Motocross Champion Stefan Everts has contributed greatly to the development of the bike in Europe while numerous tests have been ongoing in the US to make sure the bike is suitable to all markets. A concrete date for series production of this already very mature prototype has not yet been decided.
KTM’s creative dynamic in its street product is most evident in the small displacement bike segment where it introduced a range of 125cc products at EICMA that have been 100% developed at the company headquarters in Mattighofen, Austria. The four-valve cylinder head, water cooling, fuel injection, two overhead cam shafts and 15 hp all demonstrate the desire for the highest level of technological development. The latticed tubular steel frame is the guarantee of perfect riding fun.
As always, the very succinct KTM appearance comes from the extremely creative Kiska design team. High quality suppliers like WP Suspension and Brembo are the guarantee of premium quality components throughout. Coming with individual design possibilities, these completely newly constructed motorcycles are a breath of fresh air for the segment.
For KTM, the range of single cylinder LC4s represent tradition, legend and future and well as performance, rideability and the smooth, quiet, harmonious running of the engine. When KTM introduced this motor concept in 2007, it elevated single cylinder enjoyment to a level that to date has not been surpassed. With the presentation of the 690 Duke in 2008 KTM caused another sensation among the worldwide community of Duke fans.
Now, the 690 Duke R puts out an impressive 70 hp with a weight of just 148kg along with all the perks of KTM machines including high quality components and unique optics typical of KTM motorcycles. The powerful motor is highlighted inside the orange frame reserved only for KTM ‘R’ models. Carbon mudguards, a sophisticated fork and the new orange rear damper spring are among the outstanding features of the 690 Duke R. Other improvements include an extended maintenance interval thus setting this bike way ahead of its closest competitors.
The Remaining Models
As well as the very latest models, KTM also exhibits other models at EICMA that make the line-up of sports motorcycles for the model year 2010 broader and more attractive than ever. These also include the rare RC8R Akrapovic Race Replica; homage to KTM’s impressive first season in Superbike. In addition, the company also exhibited the successful twin Red Bull replica.
In honor of the success of the KTM motocross factory riders Max Nagl and Marvin Musquin, the motorsports company displayed genuine replicas of the MX1 and MX2 racing machines.
All current model updates and new optics are being presented in Milan along with the comprehensive range of KTM PowerWear and PowerParts products. With qualitatively better clothing ranges and performance-oriented spare parts and extras, the brand illustrates the Austrian lifestyle in best “Ready to Race” style.
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