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2008 KTM Motorcycle Range

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KTM Enduto Concept Stunt BikeKTM 1190 RC8

KTM 690 DukeKTM 690 Enduro


The KTM Model 2008 is in fact very auspicious. For the first time in the more than 50 years of the company’s history, KTM is presenting a complete pallet of sports motorcycles – both for offroad and for harder surfaces.

The latest “Superbike” model family therefore represents a unique milestone and a consistent continuation of KTM’s already established course of success. With the official introduction of the 1190 RC8 at the international innovations fair EICMA, the company takes a huge step forward to finally enter into the highest level of series motor cycle manufacture. What has already created enthusiasm and excitement in the Superbike world as a concept study, will be out on the open roads and racing
circuits as the most powerful and fastest KTM of all times from the spring of 2008.

But although significant efforts have gone into the realization of the first KTM
Superbike, the product developers in Mattighofen have still been working hard on numerous other developments. That is why three completely new varieties of the
to-date most modern series single cylinder in the world, the legendary LC-4 concept, have also come into being. While the models 690 Duke and 690 SMC hit the highways with enormous reserves of power, the 690 Enduro is, to its fans,
a purist yet still ultra modern Enduro.

Meanwhile no expense in time and resources has also been spared in KTM’s
ascendancy in its traditional and particularly important area of“competition offroaders”. As well as the completely new 450 and the 530 EXC-R models, the entire EXC family also profits from an innovative new chassis and numerous improvements that directly result from the KTM factory team’s official racing activities and according to the “Ready to Race” philosophy.

Naturally, the KTM developers are still not satisfied with these new developments.
Just as it does in motor sports, for KTM there is one rule that applies to all 31
models – to stop means to take a step backWards. The Euro III homologation for
all KTM models that are licensed for use on the road is a very significant
advancement, including the powerful and still very popular two-stroker.

Regardless of whether it is offroad or on the asphalt or with what motor concept,
KTM is pulling out the throttle and going its own way, at top speed, into 2008.

At the beginning of the company re-launch in 1992, the vision was to build the world’s best Enduros. The new motorcycles were to be“Ready to Race“, a motto that 15 years later still stands at the centre of all KTM development strategy.

A decisive factor in the unparalleled history of success of the KTM Brand has been embodied by the clear focus on endowing every product with an unmistakable design language.

It is not only in motor racing that concentrating on reducing to the absolute minimum can optimize the performance of a motorcycle. That is why KTM bikes are only made from components fully tested by KTM riders that are successful in their sport.

From the very first meter, every KTM delivers the same transparent feel for riding that brings victory on the race track. Every one of our bikes supports the rider with spontaneous feedback and generous performance. It is thanks to reoriented and competitive interpretation of our motorcycles that guarantees that KTM riders, above all, have a whole lot of riding pleasure.

With a KTM, the motorcyclist enjoys their very own adventure both offroad and on
the highways. The high quality technology therefore ensures that it is the rider and
not the motorcycle that decides what is his personal performance limit.

At KTM further development is always on the limit of the capability of man and
machine because KTM motorcycles are built for the most extreme motorcycle
riding situations.

KTM is orange. The most significantly recognizable characteristic of the KTM brand is by far and above the unique orange product colour. The engagement by KTM in the offroad sector is and remains at the heart of the company. In the last several decades KTM has had a decisive influence on Enduro, motocross and rally sports and in the future nothing will change concerning this commitment.

In 2008, KTM will, with the RC8, raise the pulses and make the hands of opponent Superbike competitors sweat. With the introduction of this product, KTM moves further in the direction of being a manufacturer offering a complete range of products. Naturally, all future KTM products will still be developed, built and deployed according to the“Ready to Race” philosophy.

All motorcycle components relevant to performance, such as engine, framework
and chassis, are individually developed by KTM and are assembled together with
the best available components by established specialists like WP Suspension, Brembo, Excel, Renthal or Acerbis.

At the beginning of his career, Hans Trunkenpolz ran a metalworking shop in
Mattighofen. He sold DkW motorcycles and over the years expanded his shop to
become the biggest in Upper Austria. 1951 saw his first motorcycle to be built in series: the KTM R 100. The name Kronreif Trunkenpolz Mattighofen appeared for the first time. Right from the start KTM was associated with racing. In 1960, Erwin Lechner chalked up one victory after another with the legendary KTM engine designed by the engineer Rudolf Apfelbeck. In 1968, American John Penton won KTM’s first overseas victory. Highlights of the 70s are KTM’s 50 cc models and the first motocross world championship title in the 250 cc class, won by Russian
Gennadij Moiseev. In the 80s, Heinz Kinigadner and Trampas Parker laid the foundation for the KTM legend with 3 world championship titles.

In 1987, the legendary four-stroke LC4 was born. After some difficult times, Stefan Pierer was able to successfully reposition KTM with the excitingly designed, Hard
Enduro concept. KTM started with rallies, presented the matchless Duke and in 1995 purchased Husaberg and WP Suspension. Its many victories and Shane King’s motocross world championship title in the 500 cc class successfully revived KTM’s sports heritage. In 1999, KTM moved into the new plant in Mattighofen.

From 2001, KTM has dominated the Paris Dakar. With the slogan“Ready to Race”, racing sport became KTM’s main identifying characteristic. In 2003, KTM introduced the first uncompromising 2-cylinder touring enduro, the 950 Adventure, and, with
Harald Bartol in the saddle, entered the 125 World Championship; the first
victory wasn’t slow in coming.

Shortly after, KTM introduced its first pure-blooded street motorcycles, the 990 Super Duke and the 950 Supermoto. The company, fired by its unbridled energy for development, and its huge sporting ambition, is, in 2008, presenting a complete assortment of high-quality offroad and street sports motorcycles. With this, KTM is fully equipped to continue on the path of becoming Europe’s leading Power Sports