KTM READY FOR ANY AD­VEN­TURE

800cc ma­chine will take on Tri­umph’s Tiger and Honda’s new Africa Twin

Motorcycle News (UK) - - This Week - By Andy Downes

Ad­ven­ture bikes are a huge part of KTM’S range and now they have an 800 ready to mop up mid­dlewight sales. With a smaller bike able to of­fer af­ford­abil­ity, de­cent enough on­road power and off road han­dling, KTM’S new ma­chine looks set to shake up the sec­tor.

KTM make bril­liant big-ca­pac­ity ad­ven­ture bikes and now they look set to un­leash an 800cc con­tender to take on rivals from Honda, Tri­umph and BMW. This all-new KTM 800 Ad­ven­ture model is ex­pected to be of­fi­cially re­vealed next year.

Our long-lens shots were grabbed near KTM’S fac­tory in Mat­tighofen, Aus­tria, and show for the first time the bike which will share the 800cc par­al­lel-twin that will de­but first in the KTM 800 Duke later this year (as re­ported in last week’s MCN). Our pho­tog­ra­pher only man­aged to grab a hand­ful of spy shots be­fore the pro­to­type dis­ap­peared from view, but we can see enough de­tail to judge how crit­i­cal this ma­chine is to KTM as the firm plugs gaps in its range.

The en­tire 800 fam­ily is an im­por­tant de­vel­op­ment for KTM and bosses have pumped a huge amount of time and money into the new en­gine and chas­sis plat­forms which will serve as the un­der­pin­nings for a range of both KTM and Husq­varna mo­tor­cy­cles.

Husq­varna were bought from BMW to be a part of the KTM em­pire sev­eral years ago with the in­ten­tion that the brand will be­come Europe’s third best­selling man­u­fac­turer with a range of bikes that will share ev­ery en­gine used by KTM from 125cc through to 1301cc.

This new Ad­ven­ture of­fer­ing is ex­pected to ap­peal to those want­ing some­thing less in­tim­i­dat­ing – and maybe eas­ier on the wal­let – than the cur­rent 1050 or 1190 op­tions. KTM clearly want this ma­chine to be ca­pa­ble in all con­di­tions, es­pe­cially off road, and will have taken on board just how well the Honda Africa Twin has sold this year. The less pow­er­ful, softer Honda, at £10,499 is the UK’S best-sell­ing bike over 125cc so far in 2016. The Tri­umph Tiger 800 range and the BMW F800GS mod­els will also be in KTM’S line of fire.

The new Ad­ven­ture 800 boasts an all-new swingarm, chas­sis, ex­haust sys­tem, sub­frame, fuel tank and front end, mean­ing that won’t be much, be­yond the mo­tor, that it shares with the planned new Duke model.

The rough state of this bike sug­gests it’s still a fairly long way from a show­room. KTM boss Stefan Pierer re­cently told MCN that the 800 Duke would be the first of the new 800s to ap­pear with an ad­ven­ture model to fol­low.

While Pierer wouldn’t be drawn on the ex­act tim­ing of ei­ther model, MCN un­der­stands the 800 Duke will be launched later this year as a 2017 model and the 800 Ad­ven­ture will fol­low in late 2017 as a 2018 model and it’s ex­pected to cost around £9000.

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Up­right rid­ing po­si­tion and bash plate mark it out as an Ad­ven­ture Pro­tected pipe Rugged wheels

The ex­haust rout­ing is a new de­sign and looks to be in­tended to tuck vul­ner­a­ble pipework out of the way as much as pos­si­ble so it won’t risk dam­age from stones or spills in the dirt. DID rims and spokes en­sure this bike is go­ing to be able to with­stand some off-road pun­ish­ment. It ap­pears the bike has a 17in di­am­e­ter rear wheel and 21in front wheel which will im­prove its off-road man­ners.

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