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KTM Announces 390 Duke, RC 390 And 1290 Super Adventure

Chaparral Motorsports
December 6, 2014

KTM recently announced three new motorcycles to join their lineup with the RC390, 390 Duke and the 1290 Super Adventure, Motorcycle USA reported. The three will be available in the U.S. in Spring 2015.

KTM 390 Duke

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KTM has made sure the 390 Duke has made its way to American streets by giving riders a taste of foreign engineering with an aggressive touch. The 390 Duke has a liquid-cooled four-valve single Bosch electronics and a six-speed transmission. Additionally, the 390 Duke has WP suspension components and bare body fairing common on all the Duke models.

According to the KTM press release, the four-stroke engine has an electronic fuel-injection system and a four-valve cylinder head. The motorcycle also has DLC-coated finger followers. The KTM 390 Duke starts at an affordable $4,999.

2015 KTM 390 Duke Image Gallery

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KTM RC 390

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The development of the KTM RC390 evolved from entry-level road racing series, where this bike worked very efficiently, Motorcycle USA reported. The price was heavily debated when the RC 390 was first announced back in September this year. However, a lot of experts believed the price would range around $6,500 for the motorcycle.

Instead, KTM set the price at $5,499, which is comparable to the 2015 Kawasaki Ninja 300 SE, just over $1,000 more than the 2015 Honda CRB300R, and roughly $500 more than the recently released Yamaha YZF-R3. The KTM RC 390 is expected to be competitive with the other motorcycle manufacturers when it's released next year.

2015 KTM RC 390Image Gallery

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KTM 1290 Super Adventure

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The newest addition of the KTM 1290 Super Adventure will join the already esteemed lineup of the award-winning 1190 Adventure and the 1190 Adventure R, the KTM press release stated. The newest edition includes a standard equipment package that adds more electronics, comfort and overall performance.

The Semi-Active WP suspension and the world's first LED cornering light make this an attractive bike for long-ride motorcyclists. Also, the 1290 Super Adventure has newly padded heated seats, heated grips and the U.S. editions will include KTM touring side bags.

The bike has cruise control and four different ride modes from which to choose. There's also cornering off-road ABS and MTC traction control for a smoother ride. The newest Super Adventure model has a market sale retail price of $20,499 and comes in a two-toned silver color scheme with black alloy wheels.

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