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KTM Adventure Rider Rally to Take Place Oct. 10-13

KTM Adventure Rider Rally 2024

The KTM Adventure Rider Rally invites ADV riders of any brand to come to Deadwood, South Dakota, for four days of adventure riding and KTM motorcycle demos.

The rally is based out of The Lodge in Deadwood and will take place Oct. 10-13, 2024. Participants can expect rides featuring extensive double-track trails, red dirt/clay, rocky sections, snaking turns, mountain climbs, and valleys. Landmarks in the region include Devil’s Tower, Spearfish Canyon, the Black Hills, and more.

Routes include various loops suitable for different skill levels, so all adventure riders will be able to enjoy the event. Ride groups will consist of two to four riders of similar skill level. If you’re bringing your buddies, you can register to be placed in the same ride group.

The first day of the event, Oct. 10, is the demo day, on which participants can try out KTM models from the list below. The pre-event dinner on Thursday night is also included in the cost of registration.

KTM Adventure Rider Rally 2024
The KTM 790 Adventure is one of many models that will be available for demo rides during the KTM Adventure Rider Rally event.

KTM Demo Models:

The next two days are ride days when participants will enjoy riding with their ride group. On Saturday, participants can recount the tales of their adventures during the included Awards Dinner. There will also be shorter rides and games on Sunday. Throughout the event, some KTM ambassadors and athletes will be present, including Marvin Musquin, Ryan Dungey, and Taylor Robert.

Registration is now open, but space is limited, so it’s recommended to register early. Registration includes an event t-shirt and hat, the pre-event dinner, breakfast from Friday to Sunday, and the Awards Dinner on Saturday. Registration costs $350, and there’s a “meals only” package for $175 for those traveling with participants. Visit the KTM website to register.

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2025 KTM 990 RC R Prototype Announced

2025 KTM 990 RC R Prototype
2025 KTM 990 RC R Prototype

In KTM’s current lineup, the only street-legal, track-focused sportbike is the RC 390. The RC 8C is a track-only, homologation special limited to 100 units. KTM hasn’t offered a street-legal, liter-class supersport since the 1190 RC8, which was produced from 2008-2015. But starting in 2025, the KTM 990 RC R will fill that hole in the lineup. Read KTM’s full press release below for the inside scoop. Click here for details as well as the first episode in the 990 RC R documentary series.

Related: 2024 KTM 990 Duke Review | First Ride


2025 KTM 990 RC R Prototype
2025 KTM 990 RC R Prototype

KTM Roars Ahead: Unleashing the Dominant KTM 990 RC R Range

The KTM 990 RC R, which is set to roll off the Mattighofen production line in early 2025, has a dedicated Supersport persona but will be homologated for street use, catering to the desires of orange enthusiasts fixated on track days and individuals seeking to maintain the adrenaline rush with an exceptionally capable street bike. The all-new development embodies the fusion of Austrian engineering excellence and the ferocious racing DNA, delivering unrivaled performance while embracing the practical demands of the road.

The 990 RC R will excite enthusiasts with its street homologated model, but its race DNA will be intentionally unveiled in early 2024 in the form of a prototype, making appearances as a wildcard entry in non-point scoring outings across select European Supersport series, igniting anticipation among fans. KTM believes in developing this newcomer to their stable in the most READY TO RACE way possible – through racing.

2025 KTM 990 RC R Prototype
2025 KTM 990 RC R Prototype

KTM is also filming a multi-part behind-the-scenes documentary about the R&D journey of the bike and its entry into the Supersport sector. This exclusive behind-the-scenes content will give viewers close, and not usually seen, insights into the fast-paced world of the Austrian-based factory and what it takes to craft a motorcycle from an idea into reality. Follow the final stages of the research and development process moving all the way from the very beginning to the final unveiling of the finished street homologated version of the 990 RC R. Click HERE for the inside scoop.

2025 KTM 990 RC R Prototype
2025 KTM 990 RC R Prototype

KTM 990 RC R: The Purpose

Over the last fifteen years, KTM metered sport-orientated road products to the public at a time when the company was extending its off-road racing prowess to the asphalt: the KTM RC8, the KTM RC 390 and the track-only, limited edition KTM RC 8C were the prime examples.

Across that period KTM has merged R&D, learning, and roadracing accomplishments at a rapid rate. The company now caters to motorcyclists seeking a machine born from competition yet engineered to be the ultimate, advanced street tool. The search to minimize hard compromises brought on by overly sporty ergonomics and handling is over. The 990 RC R has been years in the making and with a wealth of data garnered by titles and trophies in almost every category of various MotoGP categories. The bike represents the natural evolution of the current KTM RC line-up, yet its sporting potential allows for a straightforward conversion into a 990 RC R TRACK edition. True to the READY TO RACE ethos, this edition is poised to make its debut in the second quarter of 2025.

2025 KTM 990 RC R Prototype
2025 KTM 990 RC R Prototype

KTM 990 RC R: The Product(s)

The street homologated 990 RC R boasts an LC8c powerplant, honed for rasping torque and horsepower, pumped out through the new ergo-crafted and condensed stainless steel muffler and fettled through a shifter that can be reversed to race-shift as standard.

The steel frame has been engineered for dynamic performance, with increased weight bias towards the front end. It features a dedicated steering head angle of 25 degrees and offset for enhanced steering responsiveness. Beefed-up stiffness gives the right feel and stability under acceleration on bumpy roads or on racetracks while also maintaining agility, especially at low speeds. A diecast aluminum subframe contributes to the ride.

Ergonomics are key to the 990 RC R’s behavior. Lengthy experimentation primed the six contact points on the tank for a better connection, leaning and ‘tucking in’ to ensure comfort but also support for knees, arms, and lower pressure on the hands. A new fuel tank has been shaped as a main component of the ergo. Adjustable footrests play a part, as well as the fully adjustable WP APEX Open Cartridge Suspension and light weight cast aluminum wheels wrapped in Michelin tires.

The MotoGP heritage is evident with the wind-tunnel-chiseled aero wings that provide stability for braking and cornering and other edges and profiling around the bodywork that screams ‘racer.’

If there were any lingering doubts about the bike’s intended purpose, the minimal modifications required for the transition to the KTM 990 RC R TRACK edition should indisputably reinforce its racing pedigree. Crafted by KTM in their Austrian factory, the modifications strip away the road-legal essentials, incorporate protective components, fine-tune adjustments, customize further, and revise racing bodywork, including a full exhaust system. These modifications ensure that riders focus on lap times rather than leisurely rides. Additionally, the ease of repair, low maintenance requirements, and extensive official dealer support provide further advantages.

KTM 990 RC R: The Promise

“The KTM 990 RC R is a groundbreaking innovation for those who live for the thrill of cornering. It’s for those who lean close to the road, almost brushing their knees, and then push the limits, dragging elbow to the tarmac on the racetrack. This bike offers power and prestige without the exorbitant price tag. At last, we can unveil our KTM 990 RC R and introduce a truly exceptional motorcycle to dealerships in early 2025, fulfilling the anticipation of countless riders and race enthusiasts. Our Duke range and other street products have garnered a loyal following for their distinct character; we believe the KTM 990 RC R will quickly attain cult status because it excels at the two things it was designed for so remarkably well. Success will be evident on the track, but the unparalleled experience for customers on the road will truly set it apart.” – Riaan Neveling, Head of KTM Global Marketing

The countdown to early 2025 starts right now. Follow the final stages of development in the special documentary video series by clicking here.

Check out more new bikes in Rider’s 2024 Motorcycle Buyers Guide

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2024 KTM 1390 Super Duke R Evo Review | First Ride

2024 KTM 1390 Super Duke R Evo review
The 2024 KTM 1390 Super Duke R Evo offers more power, sophistication, and capability than its predecessor. (Photos by Francesc Montero & Sebas Romero)

KTM is celebrating “30 Years of Duke” this year, and we’ve already reviewed two updated models, the 390 Duke and 990 Duke. We’ve saved the best – and biggest – for last, the 1390 Super Duke R Evo. Known for years as “The Beast,” the Super Duke gets a displacement bump from 1,301cc to 1,350cc (hence the evolutionary name change from 1290 to 1390) and other upgrades for 2024. KTM says it’s 60% new.

2024 KTM 1390 Super Duke R Evo review
With an extra 10 hp and new cam shift technology, the KTM 1390 Super Duke R Evo’s engine delivers more performance throughout the rev range.

To achieve the larger displacement, KTM bored out the Super Duke’s twin cylinders from 108mm to 110mm but left stroke the same at 71mm. There’s also a new cam shift system that alternates between two different valve lifts above and below 5,700 rpm, allowing for both a deep well of low-end torque and a screaming top end rather than having to compromise between the two. The 1390 Super Duke R Evo’s liquid-cooled, 75-degree LC8 V-Twin now makes a claimed 190 hp (up from 180) at 10,000 rpm and 107 lb-ft of torque (up from 103) at 8,000 rpm, all while meeting Euro 5+ homologation.

2024 KTM 1390 Super Duke R Evo review
The KTM 1390 Super Duke R Evo is available in KTM’s signature “Ready to Race” orange as well as black. The black bike on the left is closest to stock, while the two orange bikes are fitted with many accessores from KTM’s PowerParts catalog.

Other engine changes include a redesigned airbox with a reduced stack height due to shorter throttle bodies, a larger throttle body inlet diameter (60mm, up from 56), a repositioned top-feed injector for better atomization of the fuel-air mixture, and revised 5th and 6th gears. Improvements in durability have enabled longer service intervals, with valve inspection checks now required every 60,000 km (37,282 miles).

2024 KTM 1390 Super Duke R Evo
2024 KTM 1390 Super Duke R Evo in stock trim

The redesigned air intake and airbox allowed KTM to increase the volume of the fuel tank from 4.2 to 4.6 gallons. Refreshed bodywork includes revised tank spoilers with new winglets that produce downforce at speed, a slimmer subframe cover, and a new, 1.5-lb-lighter LED headlight unit that’s shared with the 990 Duke.

2024 KTM 1390 Super Duke R Evo review
New winglets on the tank spoilers add downforce at speed.

KTM 1390 Super Duke R Evo | GEAR UP

As before, the 1390 Super Duke R Evo has a chromoly-steel trellis main frame that uses the engine as a stressed member, and holding up the tailsection is a cast-aluminum/composite subframe. The updated WP Apex semi-active suspension consists of a 48mm inverted fork and a rear shock with multiple modes (Auto, Comfort, Street, Sport, and Rain). The optional Suspension Pro package adds Track and Pro modes, automatic preload leveling, anti-dive, and Factory Start, which reduces rear preload when coming to a stop to lower the seat height.

2024 KTM 1390 Super Duke R Evo review
Updated WP Apex suspension with Semi Active Technology provides real-time damping adjustment with multiple modes. Nope, that triple clamp isn’t a stock item.

Throttle-by-wire and a 6-axis IMU allow for a full suite of electronics, including ride modes (Sport, Street, and Rain), cornering ABS with a Supermoto mode that disables ABS at the rear, lean-sensitive traction control, and cruise control. The optional Tech Pack adds Motor Slip Regulation, Quickshifter+, Suspension Pro, and the Track Pack, which adds Track and Performance ride modes, engine-brake control, wheelie control, telemetry, and a lap timer.

2024 KTM 1390 Super Duke R Evo review
The KTM 1390 Super Duke R Evo has top-shelf brakes and new stickier, lighter Michelin Power GP tires.

Top-shelf Brembo Stylema monoblock calipers squeeze 320mm discs up front, and they are controlled by a Brembo MCS (multiple-click system) radial master cylinder. A self-venting Brembo clutch master cylinder eliminates the need to bleed the hydraulic clutch system. The Super Duke’s 17-inch wheels are shod with new dual-compound Michelin Power GP tires, which save 1.2 lb of unsprung weight over the previous tires. Claimed wet weight for the Super Duke is 441 lb.

2024 KTM 1390 Super Duke R Evo review
The KTM 1390 Super Duke R Evo has a 4.6-gallon fuel tank, which adds 0.4 gallon compared to the 1290.

We tested the 1390 Super Duke R Evo at Almeria Circuit, a racetrack in southern Spain. The English translation of the track’s website describes the 2.5-mile, 15-turn circuit as “expectacular” with “more hours of sun of Europe.” Actually, it’s a tricky track with multiple blind corners. And when we were there, it was cold with “more hours of clouds” and, after the first few sessions, “tears falling from the sky” (rain).

2024 KTM 1390 Super Duke R Evo review
The KTM 1390 Super Duke R Evo is a light, compact machine, but it has a reasonably spacious cockpit with a comfortable riding position.

As a naked bike, the 1390 Super Duke R Evo has agreeable ergonomics, with an upright handlebar, adequate legroom, and a well-padded seat. Despite its “Beast” moniker, in today’s world of sophisticated electronics and refined tuning, the Super Duke is quite civilized, or at least it can be. Our slow-speed riding was limited to pit lane, but during our tests of previous models, the Super Duke has been well-behaved on city streets.

Related: 2022 KTM 1290 Super Duke R Evo Review

2024 KTM 1390 Super Duke R Evo review
An updated 5-inch TFT display with new menus and graphics simplifies navigation through the 1390 Super Duke’s many settings. KTMconnect Bluetooth smartphone connectivity adds navigation, music, and phone functions.

While learning an unfamiliar track on a cold day, the 1390 never felt edgy or twitchy. It was easy to modulate the bike’s throttle, and its handling characteristics were neutral and reassuring. After a couple sighting laps, I started to figure out Almeria’s layout and dial up my speed through the bends. It’s on corner exits that The Beast really comes alive, with heaps of torque at the ready. On the circuit’s two straights, I was able hold the throttle WFO and feel the remarkable amount of thrust the Super Duke is capable of.

2024 KTM 1390 Super Duke R Evo review
A beauty of a beast, but definitely not stock, especially those slicks.

Approaching the end of those straights, a firm squeeze on the right lever threw everything into reverse, returning man and machine to more manageable speeds, and a light push on the handlebar quickly initiated a lean into the next corner. As my confidence increased, the Super Duke was right there with me, always ready to give more without ever crossing that invisible line into the abyss, where things go from great to oh-shit in the blink of an eye.

2024 KTM 1390 Super Duke R Evo review

Judging by the speeds at which the former racers and track rats in our group passed me, the 1390 Super Duke R Evo is capable of much more than I was able to wring out of it. Then it started raining.

We huddled and shivered in the unheated paddock as dark clouds dumped sheets of rain on the track, glum faces all around. After a while, when the downpour gave way to drizzle, the KTM guys asked if we wanted to go out on the track to do rolling burnouts and wheelies. Not being a wheelie guy, normally I’d pass, but this was the perfect opportunity to test the new adjustable wheelie control, which can be set to one of five levels, from very low to very high, or it can be turned off.

2024 KTM 1390 Super Duke R Evo review
The 2024 KTM 1390 Super Duke R Evo makes more than enough power to loop a ham-fisted wheelie, so the adjustable anti-wheelie function provides a reassuring safety net.

Ripping a stylin’ wheelie turned out to be easy. The Super Duke makes so much low-end torque that no clutch work is required. I selected the medium wheelie setting, got going in 2nd gear, rolled off the throttle to compress the fork, then wacked the throttle open. The front wheel came right up but wouldn’t go higher than the set lift angle thanks to intervention from the IMU-based traction control system. From zero to hero with the press of a button.

2024 KTM 1390 Super Duke R Evo review
Up, up, up to the desired height and then no more.

Later, I ventured out onto the track for one last session on damp pavement, but when another ride low-sided into the gravel ahead of me, I tucked my tail and returned to the paddock.

The KTM 1390 Super Duke R Evo is a potent machine, with more power, sophistication, and capability than before. While its full potential can only be unleashed on a track in the right hands in the right conditions, it’s also a helluva streetbike, provided you can resist the temptation to go too far on the wild side.

2024 KTM 1390 Super Duke R Evo review

2024 KTM 1390 Super Duke R Evo Specs

  • Base Price: $21,499
  • Website: KTM.com
  • Warranty: 1 yr., 12,000 miles
  • Engine Type: Liquid-cooled, transverse V-Twin, DOHC w/ 4 valves per cyl.
  • Displacement: 1,350cc
  • Bore x Stroke: 110.0 x 71.0mm
  • Horsepower: 190 hp @ 10,000 rpm (factory claim)
  • Torque: 107 lb-ft @ 8,000 rpm (factory claim)
  • Transmission: 6-speed, hydraulically actuated slip/assist wet clutch
  • Final Drive: Chain
  • Wheelbase: 58.7 in.
  • Rake/Trail: 24.7 degrees/4.0 in.
  • Seat Height: 32.8 in.
  • Wet Weight: 441 lb
  • Fuel Capacity: 4.6 gal.
  • Fuel Consumption: 40 mpg (factory claim)

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2024 KTM 990 Duke Review | First Ride 

2024 KTM 990 Duke review
The 2024 KTM 990 Duke 96% new and replaces the 890 Duke R. We tested it in the mountains of southern Spain as part of KTM’s “30 Years of Duke” launch that included the 390 Duke and 1390 Super Duke R Evo. (Photos by Francesc Montero & Sebas Romero)

What’s the magic number? When the first Duke debuted 30 years ago, it was 602cc, which was packed into a single-cylinder engine that made 58 hp. These days (in the U.S. market), Dukes range in displacement from 249cc in the Duke 250 to 1,350cc in the 1390 Super Duke R Evo. In between, KTM offers the 390 Duke (399cc), 790 Duke (799cc), and 990 Duke (947cc). For this KTM 990 Duke review, we take one of the newest Dukes on a test ride in the mountains of southern Spain.

Related: 2024 KTM 390 Duke Review | First Ride

2024 KTM 990 Duke review
Evolution of the Duke. Front and center is the 1994 KTM 620 Duke. Behind it to the left is the 990 Duke, in the middle is the 1390 Super Duke R Evo, and behind it to the right is the 390 Duke. They are surrounded by other milestone Duke models from the past 30 years.

With its displacement approaching a liter, the new 990 Duke resides in the so-called “super middleweight” class. It replaces the 890 Duke R, but there’s more to it than just a 58cc bump in engine size. According to KTM reps at the global launch in Spain, the 990 Duke is 96% new and “more like a smaller Super Duke.”

Powering the 990 Duke is KTM’s liquid-cooled LC8c parallel-Twin with DOHC and 4 valves per cylinder – the same engine platform found across the 790/890/990 Adventure and Duke lines. Only the 990 Duke has the 947cc version that makes a claimed 123 hp at 9,500 rpm and 76 lb-ft of torque at 6,750 rpm (up from 121 hp and 73 lb-ft on the 890 Duke R). The intake mixture is fed through a 46mm throttle body and compressed at a ratio of 13.5:1, the Bosch engine management system uses throttle-by-wire, and the 6-speed transmission is mated to a PASC slip/assist wet clutch. Spent gasses exit through a new stainless-steel exhaust that’s Euro 5+ compliant.

2024 KTM 990 Duke review
The liquid-cooled LC8c parallel-Twin is a workhorse engine that powers all KTM 790/890/990 Adventure and Duke models. The frame, subframe, and swingarm are new.

Wrapped around the 990 Duke’s engine is a new frame, subframe, and swingarm. The chromoly steel frame, which uses the engine as a stressed member, is stiffer for added stability and wider at the back to pass outside rather than inside the swingarm. To compensate for the stiffer frame, the diecast aluminum subframe allows more flex, and it now houses the airbox. The swingarm, which is constructed using gravity diecast aluminum and uses a closed-lattice rather than the previous open-lattice design, is 3.3 lb lighter than the 890 Duke R’s. Curb weight with the 3.8-gallon tank fuel is a svelte 395 lb.

2024 KTM 990 Duke review
The KTM 990 Duke has a stiffer frame while its swingarm allows more flex. The net result is more responsive handling.

Gear Up | KTM 990 Duke Review

Like the 890 Duke R, the 990 Duke is equipped with adjustable WP Apex suspension, but it has a new 43mm inverted open-cartridge fork with 5.5 inches of travel and a single gas-assisted rear shock that’s mounted directly to the top of the swingarm and has 5.9 inches of travel. Convenient fork-top adjusters offer five-click adjustability for compression (left leg) and rebound (right leg). The shock also has a five-position adjuster for rebound that requires a flat-blade screwdriver, and preload is adjustable using a spanner (both tools are in a kit under the seat; compression cannot be adjusted).

2024 KTM 990 Duke review
The KTM 990 Duke’s front wheel is shared with the 1390 Super Duke R Evo, and a new rotor mount saves 2.2 lb of unsprung weight. The 4-piston calipers are made by J.Juan.

The 990 Duke rolls on 17-inch cast-aluminum wheels shod with Bridgestone Battlax S22 tires (the latest S23s weren’t yet available for homologation). The front wheel is the same as the 1390 Super Duke R Evo’s, but the rear is slightly different because the 990 has a two-sided swingarm and the 1390 has a single-sided swingarm. Slowing things down are the same 4-piston radial front calipers with 300mm discs and 2-piston rear calipers with a 240mm disc as on the 890 Duke R, but a lighter connection between the front rotors and the wheel saves roughly 2.2 lb of unsprung weight. Cornering ABS with a rear-off Supermoto mode is standard.

2024 KTM 990 Duke review
The 5-inch TFT display uses intuitive graphics that show how different settings affect the motorcycle’s behavior.

In terms of technology, the 990 Duke has a new 5-inch color TFT display with a scratch- and glare-resistant bonded-glass screen, redesigned menus, and optional KTMconnect for smartphone pairing to allow access to navigation, audio, and phone calls. All lighting is LED and there’s a USB-C charging port. Rider electronics include three standard ride modes (Sport, Street, and Rain) and two optional ride modes (Performance and Track) that adjust throttle response, lean-sensitive traction control, and wheelie control. Track mode enables a10-level rear-wheel slip adjuster that can be adjusted on the fly, launch control, a lap timer, and telemetry functions. Cruise control, Motor Slip Regulation, and an up/down quickshifter are optional.

2024 KTM 990 Duke review
The 2024 KTM 990 Duke is nicknamed “The Sniper” and is available in orange or black.

The 990 Duke has also been restyled, with a more muscular, hunched-forward stance like the 1390 Super Duke R Evo. Both share a unique headlight design with stacked low and high beams in the center that are framed by a pair of DRLs shaped like curved talons. Compared to the 890 Duke R, the 990 Duke’s seat is angled up more in the front to prevent the rider sliding forward, is flatter, has new foam, and sits at 32.4 inches, down from 32.8 on the 890. The pillion seat was moved up by 0.8 inch to give the passenger a better view and more legroom.

2024 KTM 990 Duke review
Spain is one of the most mountainous countries in Europe and it has fantastic twisty roads.

My test ride on the 990 Duke was a romp in mountains above Almería, Spain, on a cold, clear February morning that was part of the “30 Years of Duke” press launch that included the 390 Duke and 1390 Super Duke R Evo. When we did a comparison test of KTM’s full Duke lineup in 2021, the 890 Duke was a staff favorite, “a standout machine that encourages you to test its handling and your nerve, and it consistently rewards the rider with confidence-inspiring feel and agility or a gentle prod where lesser machines fall short.” We described it as “a mustang, wild at heart, straining at the bit, and embodies the essence of the Duke series: immediate power and razor-sharp cornering stripped down to the barest of essentials.”

2024 KTM 990 Duke review
The KTM 990 Duke has a unique headlight design that’s shared with the 1390 Super Duke R Evo.

Is the 990 Duke even better? Yes and no. It is an exciting machine that provides a thrilling rush of power and has a light and balanced feel, a responsive chassis, and an excellent electronics package. The Duke’s steady evolution from the 790 to the 890 to the 990 is obvious, but the 990 feels like it just turned 40, suddenly thrust into middle age. As a seven-tenths scale Super Duke (at least in terms of engine displacement; the 990’s 123 hp is 65% as much as the 1390’s 190 hp), it demands more respect and has lost a bit of its free-spiritedness.

That’s not necessarily a bad thing. It’s just a shift in focus, and with the 790 Duke back in KTM’s lineup, it makes sense.

2024 KTM 990 Duke review
The KTM 990 Duke, all grown up and serious as a heart attack.

Our launch base camp was the Circuito de Almería, located in an arid region near the southern Spanish coast where many Spaghetti Westerns were filmed. From the track, we rode north into the mountains, climbing rapidly on a road with so many hairpins it felt like riding the Alps minus the tour buses. On such a tight, technical road, the 990 Duke felt like overkill. The 390 Duke we rode the previous day would have made more sense, or perhaps KTM’s 690 SMC R supermoto.

After we did our photo passes on a 1st-gear hairpin where I struggled to find my groove, we continued climbing to the top of the mountain. Down the other side, the curves opened up and the 990 Duke felt more in its element.

2024 KTM 990 Duke review
The KTM 990 Duke is light, powerful, and agile.

On a short ride on public roads, some of which were wet or lightly glazed with ice, I didn’t try out the Performance or Track modes, or the new launch control. The Street and Sport modes provided plenty of excitement, and the more I rode the 990 Duke, the more I fell under its spell. Allow me to reiterate two key specs: 123 hp and 395 lb. That power is delivered in a direct but very manageable way to the rear wheel, which is attached to a lightweight motorcycle with a retuned chassis that ensures steering inputs hit the bullseye. Admirable qualities, but also ones that encourage a high rate of speed.

2024 KTM 990 Duke review
Compared to the 890 Duke R, the KTM 990 Duke’s seat is flatter and 0.4 inch lower.

I’ve tested enough KTMs to become accustomed to its menus and appreciate the intuitive illustrated motorcycle graphics that show how different settings affect vehicle dynamics. The new switchgear on the 990 Duke is easy to use, but there are too many steps involved in changing modes and settings on the fly. A simple “mode” button that would allow a rider to quickly toggle between ride modes would simplify the process.

So 990 may be the magic number. Nearly 20 years ago, the KTM 990 Super Duke was the first big-bore streetbike made by a small Austrian company known for its dirtbikes. Since then, KTM has become Europe’s largest motorcycle manufacturer, the Super Duke has gotten super-er, and the 990 Duke honors that legacy.

2024 KTM 990 Duke review
2024 KTM 990 Duke

2024 KTM 990 Duke Specs

  • Base Price: $12,500
  • Website: KTM.com
  • Warranty: 2 yrs., 24,000 miles
  • Engine Type: Liquid-cooled, transverse parallel-Twin, DOHC w/ 4 valves per cyl.
  • Displacement: 947cc
  • Bore x Stroke: 92.5 x 70.4mm
  • Horsepower: 123 hp @ 9,500 rpm (factory claim)
  • Torque: 76 lb-ft @ 6,750 rpm (factory claim)
  • Transmission: 6-speed, cable-actuated slip/assist wet clutch
  • Final Drive: Chain
  • Wheelbase: 58.1 in.
  • Rake/Trail: 24.2 degrees/3.9 in.
  • Seat Height: 32.5 in.
  • Wet Weight: 395 lb (factory claim)
  • Fuel Capacity: 3.9 gal.
  • Fuel Consumption: 50 mpg (factory claim)

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2024 KTM Street Demo Tour Announces Dates

Continuing on the success of previous years’ Ride Orange Street Demo Tours – and this year marking “30 Years of Duke” – KTM has announced the first dates of the 2024 KTM Street Demo Tour. Test rides at dealers are a rarity, so the KTM Street Demo Tour is a great opportunity to ride KTM’s street-legal range, everything from the 250 Duke up to the 1390 Super Duke R Evo, ADVs ranging from the 390 Adventure to the 1290 Adventure R, and the 350 and 500 EXC-F dual-sports.

This year’s tour kicks off in March coinciding with Daytona Bike Week, and there are currently 10 stops scheduled for the demo tour between March and October, with more likely to be added. Check out the details in KTM’s official announcement below.


2024 KTM STREET DEMO TOUR
The 2024 KTM Street Demo Tour kicks off during Daytona Bike Week.

MURRIETA, Calif. – The KTM Street Demo Tour is touring the United States once again in 2024, offering orange bleeders the ultimate chance to sample the latest models in the KTM Street range. Commencing between March 1-9 during Daytona Bike Week in Florida, U.S. consumers will have the opportunity to take part in the tour to be staged alongside a wide selection of premier motorcycle events across the nation.

Organized by KTM North America, Inc. in association with participating dealers, you’ll be able to get up close and explore the 2024 range, together with knowledgeable KTM experts on location. Following that, it will be your time to take to some of the most enjoyable roads in the country. Each ride will take place on pre-planned routes that will be sure to deliver an exceptional experience at this year’s KTM Street Demo Tour.

With the naked bike range celebrating 30 Years of Duke in 2024, KTM brings the ferocious, all-new KTM 1390 Super Duke R Evo – The Beast, reborn – the sniper-like KTM 990 Duke, as well as the powerful yet rideable KTM 390 Duke and KTM 250 Duke. Joining this lineup of all new naked bikes is the original Scalpel, the KTM 790 Duke. Throw a leg over these class-leading machines and discover why the KTM Duke nameplate has stood the test of time.

In addition, the current adventure range, including the KTM 1290 Super Adventure R and S, KTM 890 Adventure R, KTM 790 Adventure, KTM 690 Enduro R, and KTM 390 Adventure, will also be star attractions across as many as 10 events scheduled for 2024. Plus, don’t miss the KTM 500 EXC-F and KTM 350 EXC-F dual-sport models.

2024 KTM Street Demo Tour Models:

  • KTM 1390 Super Duke R Evo
  • KTM 990 Duke
  • KTM 790 Duke
  • KTM 390 Duke
  • KTM 250 Duke
  • KTM 1290 Super Adventure R
  • KTM 1290 Super Adventure S
  • KTM 890 Adventure R
  • KTM 790 Adventure
  • KTM 690 Enduro R
  • KTM 390 Adventure
  • KTM 500 EXC-F
  • KTM 350 EXC-F

* Please note that the model list is subject to change and may vary by demo location.

Participants at the KTM Street Demo Tour will receive a VIP voucher (valued up to $500 MSRP), redeemable on KTM PowerParts, KTM PowerWear, and/or KTM SpareParts at an authorized KTM dealer with the purchase of a new KTM Street model.

Registrations for each stop of the 2024 KTM Street Demo Tour open at 9 a.m. on the morning of that event, with riding to take place between 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Demos are first come, first served.

The KTM Street Demo Tour is open to riders 21 years and older who hold a valid motorcycle endorsement. Riders 21 to 24 year olds can only ride motorcycles 500cc and under. Riders who are 25 years and up may ride any displacement. Experienced riders only (no beginners). No passengers are allowed at any time, and KTM staff can revoke riding privileges at any time for any reason deemed necessary.

All riders must show a government-issued photo ID with motorcycle endorsement and will be required to complete a signed waiver prior to any demo rides. Proper riding apparel is essential, including but not limited to a DOT-approved helmet, eye protection, gloves, long sleeves, pants, and sturdy footwear.

For a complete list of 2024 KTM Street Demo Tour locations and to connect with your local participating dealer, please visit the KTM website or email [email protected]. Follow KTM USA on all social media platforms for the most up-to-date information on events.

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2024 KTM 390 Duke Review | First Ride

2024 KTM 390 Duke review
For this 2024 KTM 390 Duke review, we traveled to Almeria, Spain, to test the updated naked bike on the street and a gymkhana course. (Photos by Francesc Montero & Sebas Romero)

This is a year of milestones. The AMA is celebrating its 100th anniversary, Rider is celebrating its 50th, and KTM is celebrating “30 Years of Duke.” What started out as one bike in 1994 is now a seven-model lineup, including the 125 Duke, 250 Duke, 390 Duke, 790 Duke, 990 Duke, 1290 Super Duke GT, and 1390 Super Duke R Evo. We tested three new/updated models recently – the 390, 990, and 1390 – and we’ll start off with our KTM 390 Duke review.

2024 KTM 390 Duke review
A selection of Dukes over the years, with the original Duke 620 in the middle, three 2024 models (390 Duke to the right of the Duke 620, and the 990 Duke (l) and 1390 Super Duke R (r) in the front), and others from intervening years.

Thirty years ago, KTM – then a small Austrian manufacturer of dirtbikes – launched its first street-focused motorcycle, the Duke 620, a supermotard-style bike that was the brainchild of KTM engineer Wolfgang Felber. Starting with a KTM 620 R/XC dual-sport, which had a kickstart-only 602cc Single that made 56 hp, Felber shortened the suspension and gave it 17-inch spoked wheels shod with sticky street tires. Weighing just 315 lb, the flickable, wheelie-happy Duke – named after Geoff Duke, a British GP racer who won multiple world championships – became a cult favorite, a hooligan bike that encouraged a rowdy riding style.

2024 KTM 390 Duke review - 1994 KTM Duke 620
On display at the “30 Years of Duke” launch in Almeria, Spain, was the first 1994 KTM Duke 620 that rolled off the assembly line. Even three decades on, it’s still a bad-ass looking bike. (Photo by the author)

Today, KTM is the biggest brand in the Pierer Mobility empire – Europe’s largest motorcycle manufacturer that also includes Husqvarna, GasGas, and MV Agusta. Although the “Ready to Race” brand says it prefers to look ahead to the future than dwell on the past, KTM recently honored the Duke legacy by hosting a press launch in Almeria, Spain, for three new/updated models: the 390 Duke, 990 Duke, and 1390 Super Duke R Evo. The launch began with a half-day ride on the 390 Duke, which is the focus of this review.

Related: 2024 KTM 990 Duke Review | First Look

Related: 2024 KTM 1390 Super Duke R Evo Review | First Look

2024 KTM 390 Duke review
Except where noted, the 2024 KTM 390 Duke in the static photos is outfitted with a long list of PowerParts accessories and its mirrors have been removed. The Akrapovic exhaust system and engine crash guards are two of the most obvious ones in this photo.

What’s New | 2024 KTM 390 Duke

Launched in Europe in 2013, the 390 Duke made its way to our shores in 2015 (read our road test review). Along with the 125 Duke and 250 Duke, the 390 Duke is made in India by Bajaj under the scrupulous supervision of KTM engineers. Just as KTM’s 790 Duke and 790 Adventure models are made in China by CFMOTO, these strategic partnerships allow KTM to increase its production capacity, keep a lid on ever-increasing labor costs, and gain in-country access to the two largest motorcycle markets in the world.

2024 KTM 390 Duke review
Displacement of the liquid-cooled, counterbalanced LC4 Single was increased from 373cc to 399cc, netting a small gain in horsepower and torque.

While the 390 Duke has evolved steadily over the years, the 2024 model represents a major leap forward. Compared to its predecessor, KTM says it is 90% new. Displacement of its liquid-cooled, single-cylinder engine has increased from 373cc to 399cc, contributing to a small increase in horsepower (45, up from 44) and torque (28.8 lb-ft, up from 27.3). The updated engine is lighter, has improved cooling yet also warms up faster, and has longer oil-change and valve-inspection service intervals. A larger airbox is located under the seat, and the fuel tank now holds 3.9 gallons, up from 3.6.

The 390’s tubular-steel trellis frame was made stiffer and now has an upper mount for the rear shock, which was moved from the center to the right side and positioned at a more horizontal angle, lowering the seat height from 32.7 to 32.3 inches. A new pressure die-cast aluminum subframe is also stiffer, and the new curved, open-lattice cast-aluminum swingarm has a lower mount on the right side for the shock and is curved to accommodate the tucked-in exhaust.

2024 KTM 390 Duke review
WP suspension front and rear was upgraded to adjustable Apex components. The rear shock was moved to the right side and mounted at a more horizontal angle to lower the seat height. The orange billet reservoir cover is an accessory.

As before, the 390 Duke’s suspension is made by KTM-owned WP, but for 2024, it is upgraded to higher-spec Apex components. The 43mm inverted fork, held in place by new triple clamps, now offers rebound and compression adjustability with five-position clickers atop the fork caps. The Separate Piston rear shock has five-position rebound adjustability in addition to adjustable preload (both easily done with toolkit stored under the seat). Suspension travel has increased from 5.6 to 5.9 inches in the front and remains 5.9 inches out back.

2024 KTM 390 Duke review
For 2024, the single-disc Bybre front brake was moved to the right side of the wheel, and the 320mm disc is 20mm larger than on last year’s model. Revised wheels and new Michelin Power 6 tires reduced unsprung weight by nearly 10 lb.

Revised 17-inch cast-aluminum wheels are shod with new Michelin Power 6 tires, and the combo sheds a remarkable 9.5 lb of unsprung weight. Claimed wet weight for the bike, however, remains the same at 364 lb. Single-disc brakes front and rear are made by Bybre, with a 4-piston radial front caliper pinching a 320mm disc (up from 300mm) and a 1-piston rear caliper with a 240mm disc (up from 230mm). ABS with a rear-off Supermoto mode is standard.

2024 KTM 390 Duke review
The new headlight design is similar to that on the 2024 2024 KTM 990 Duke and 1390 Super Duke R Evo. The orange-anodized reservoir cover and levers as well as the lever guards are accessories.

The 390 Duke has a new LED headlight with a DRL surround that’s shaped like the new headlights on the 990 Duke and 1390 Super Duke R Evo, and all three bikes share a 5-inch color TFT display. With an MSRP of $6,299, electronics are typically limited in this price range, but the 390 Duke has throttle-by-wire with two ride modes (Street and Rain) that adjust throttle response and lean-adaptive traction control, as well as new launch control. New switchgear and revised menus on the TFT are easier to use, but multiple buttons must be pushed to change ride mode and other settings. We’d prefer a single button to change ride mode on the fly.

2024 KTM 390 Duke review
The 5-inch color TFT display is shared with the 990 Duke and 1390 Super Duke R Evo.

What’s It Like to Ride? | 2024 KTM 390 Duke

I love small sporty bikes, and I have a particular fondness for the 390 Duke. My Duke dalliance started in 2017, when KTM hosted a launch for an updated version of the 390 Duke in Turin, Italy, where we began our test ride by turning laps on a test track with banked curves on the roof of the Lingotto building, a massive five-story structure that was a Fiat factory from 1923 to 1982. Then we buzzed around the streets of Turin before making our way into the foothills of the Alps. Cool location notwithstanding, it was the most fun I’d ever had on such a light, affordable bike. Its MSRP back then was just $5,299.

2024 KTM 390 Duke review - 2017 KTM 390 Duke
Riding the 2017 KTM 390 Duke on one of the banked corners of the rooftop test track at the Lingotto building in Turin, Italy. (Photo by Sebas Romero & Marco Campelli)

A year later, we got a 390 Duke for a test on our own turf, and I wrangled the keys away from Jenny Smith long enough to give it a proper thrash.

This time around, it was a cold, clear day in Almeria, Spain, when our multinational group of journalists hopped on a fleet of shiny new 390 Dukes. I chose one in KTM orange, with the bright color found not only on the tank and sharply angled bodywork but also on the seat, frame, and wheels. When I turned on the key, the instrument panel welcomed me with a “30 Years of Duke” animation that’s exclusive to 2024 models. Although the seat is a tad lower, the 390 Duke doesn’t feel dainty or undersized but rather slender and compact.

2024 KTM 390 Duke review
Over its 11-year history, the KTM 390 Duke has been updated multiple times. The 2024 model is 90% new.

Gear Up

The 390 Duke is an eager beaver, a fiesty machine that begs to be flogged. Its 399cc Single fires up quickly and settles into a mellow burble at idle, but the ’lil Duke really comes alive when its throttle is twisted WFO. With peak horsepower at 8,500 rpm, peak torque at 7,000 rpm, and a 10,000-rpm redline, it pays to keep the engine spinning. Let the revs drop too much, and it can be hard to regain momentum on a twisty road. Though counterbalanced, the engine gets buzzy at high revs.

And believe you me, Spain has more than its fair share of muy twisty roads.

2024 KTM 390 Duke review
The KTM 390 Duke is a compact, narrow machine that is fun to toss around on tight, technical roads. The best approach is to maintain corner speed and keep the revs up.

KTM’s nickname for the 390 Duke is “Corner Rocket,” and it lives up to the name. With just 53.4 inches between the axles, sporty steering geometry, and narrow, grippy tires (110/70 front, 150/60 rear), the 390 turns almost as quickly as your brain’s synapses fire off the command to your hands. A lot of shifting is required to stay in the meat of the powerband, and the 6-speed gearbox with slip/assist clutch does the rider’s bidding with minimal effort. The bikes we were riding had the optional Quickshifter+ installed, allowing us to bang our way up and down through the gears without the clutch.

2024 KTM 390 Duke review
New electronics for 2024 include ride modes, cornering traction control, and launch control.

The new Apex suspension did a good job of soaking up bumps as well as the chassis gyrations of being constantly on and off the gas. Since my 200-plus pounds is above average, I used the hook spanner under the seat to ratchet up the rear preload a few clicks. Likewise, the brakes capably slowed the bike and its oversized cargo, and the adjustable hand levers were appreciated.

2024 KTM 390 Duke review
As with all KTM streetbikes, the 390 Duke’s design is heavy on sharp angles.

After a 75-mile hair-on-fire street ride, we returned to the hotel, where KTM had set up a gymkhana course in the parking lot. Pairs of riders went head-to-head on an out-and-back slalom course, with bragging rights going to the fastest time. I’m not a racer, so even though I beat the other rider, I didn’t bother to ask my time. The fastest journalist was a guy from Australia who sliced and diced the course in 34 seconds. Jeremy McWilliams, the former MotoGP racer, current King Of The Baggers racer for Indian, and development rider for KTM, beat all comers with a 32-second time – while wearing jeans and tennis shoes. Check out his Instagram page to see a photo of him losing the front, which he saved on his way to victory.

2024 KTM 390 Duke review
2024 KTM 390 Duke in orange colorway (no accessories)

Upgrades like ride modes, cornering traction control, and adjustable suspension have pushed the 390 Duke’s price up to $6,299, but it’s still a reasonably priced bike that’s more fun than ever. And it’s certainly worthy of the Duke’s 30-year legacy.

2024 KTM 390 Duke review
2024 KTM 390 Duke in blue colorway (no accessories)

Check out more new bikes in Rider’s 2024 Motorcycle Buyers Guide

2024 KTM 390 Duke Specifications

  • Base Price: $6,299
  • Website: KTM.com
  • Warranty: 2 yrs., 24,000 miles
  • Engine Type: Liquid-cooled, transverse Single, DOHC w/ 4 valves
  • Displacement: 399cc
  • Bore x Stroke: 89.0 x 64.0mm
  • Horsepower: 45 hp @ 8,500 rpm (factory claim)
  • Torque: 28.8 lb-ft @ 7,000 rpm (factory claim)
  • Transmission: 6-speed, cable-actuated slip/assist wet clutch
  • Final Drive: Chain
  • Wheelbase: 53.4 in.
  • Rake/Trail: 24 degrees/3.7 in.
  • Seat Height: 32.3 in.
  • Wet Weight: 364 lb
  • Fuel Capacity: 4.0 gal.
  • Fuel Consumption: 69 mpg (factory claim)

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21 Cool New Motorcycles at AIMExpo 2024

We’re at the 2024 American International Motorcycle Exposition (AIMExpo) in Las Vegas, where nearly 200 vendors from around the world are displaying the latest motorcycles and products to dealers, media, and other industry insiders. Here are 21 cool new motorcycles we’ve seen at the show.

New Motorcycles AIMExpo 2025 CFMOTO 450CL-C
2025 CFMOTO 450CL-C

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New Motorcycles AIMExpo 2025 CFMOTO Ibex 450
2025 CFMOTO Ibex 450

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New Motorcycles AIMExpo 2024 CFMOTO Papio SS
2024 CFMOTO Papio SS

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New Motorcycles AIMExpo 2024 GasGas ES 500
2024 GasGas ES 500

New Motorcycles AIMExpo 2024 Kawasaki Ninja 7 Hybrid ABS
2024 Kawasaki Ninja 7 Hybrid ABS

2024 Kawasaki Ninja 7 Hybrid ABS and Z7 Hybrid ABS Review | First Look 


New Motorcycles AIMExpo 2024 KTM 890 SMT
2024 KTM 890 SMT

2024 KTM 890 SMT Review | First Look


New Motorcycles AIMExpo 2024 KTM 1390 Super Duke R Evo
2024 KTM 1390 Super Duke R Evo

2024 KTM 1390 Super Duke R Evo Review | First Look 


New Motorcycles AIMExpo 2024 Moto Guzzi Stelvio
2024 Moto Guzzi Stelvio

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New Motorcycles AIMExpo 2024 Moto Morini Calibro
2024 Moto Morini Calibro

New Motorcycles AIMExpo 2025 Moto Morini Corsaro Sport
2025 Moto Morini Corsaro Sport

New Motorcycles AIMExpo 2025 Moto Morini X-Cape 1200
2025 Moto Morini X-Cape 1200

New Motorcycles AIMExpo 2024 MV Agusta LXP Orioli
2024 MV Agusta LXP Orioli

New Motorcycles AIMExpo 2024 MV Agusta Rush 1000
2024 MV Agusta Rush 1000

New Motorcycles AIMExpo 2024 MV Agusta Superveloce 98
2024 MV Agusta Superveloce 98

New Motorcycles AIMExpo 2024 Suzuki GSX-8R
2024 Suzuki GSX-8R

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New Motorcycles AIMExpo 2024 Suzuki GSX-S1000GX+
2024 Suzuki GSX-S1000GX+

2024 Suzuki GSX-S1000GX+ Review | First Ride 


New Motorcycles AIMExpo 2024 Suzuki Hayabusa 25th Anniversary Edition
2024 Suzuki Hayabusa 25th Anniversary Edition

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New Motorcycles AIMExpo 2024 Triumph Scrambler 400 X
2024 Triumph Scrambler 400 X

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New Motorcycles AIMExpo 2024 Triumph Speed 400
2024 Triumph Speed 400

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New Motorcycles AIMExpo 2024 Triumph TF 250-X
2024 Triumph TF 250-X

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New Motorcycles AIMExpo Yamaha Tricera Concept
Yamaha Tricera Concept

Check out more new bikes in Rider’s 2024 Motorcycle Buyers Guide 

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2024 KTM 1390 Super Duke R Evo Review | First Look 

2024 KTM 1390 Super Duke R Evo
2024 KTM 1390 Super Duke R Evo

In celebration of 30 years of the Duke, KTM has announced an upgrade to the KTM 1390 Super Duke R Evo. For 2024, “The Beast” is even stronger with a 49cc bump in displacement, updated styling that celebrates the lineage of the Duke platform, and improved suspension, ergonomics, and electronics. 

2024 KTM 1390 Super Duke R Evo

The Beast has grown since its 2007 KTM 990 Super Duke origins. For model year 2024, the 1,301cc LC8 V-Twin from the 1290 Super Duke gets bored out from 108mm to 110mm for a displacement of 1,350cc, and a new camshaft allows for two separate valve lifts depending on rpm. The redesigned airbox has a shorter stack height, and the new throttle bodies have an increased inlet diameter of 60mm (up from 56mm). Additionally, 5th and 6th gears have been revised for better use of the rpm range. 

Related: 2022 KTM 1290 Super Duke R Evo | Road Test Review 

2024 KTM 1390 Super Duke R Evo

The new model also receives upgraded suspension with the latest generation of WP’s Semi-Active Technology that provides a range of adjustability. The Suspension Control Unit adjusts damping rates in real time based on information from the IMU, and all suspension settings can be managed through the 5-inch full-color TFT display. Five damping modes are also available on the display: Auto, Comfort, Rain, Street, and Sport. 

For even more suspension customization possibilities, the optional Suspension Pro pack adds two more suspension modes (Track and Pro), three preload settings (Low, Standard, and High), and an Anti-Dive setting. Also included in the package is Factory Start, which automatically reduces shock preload to lower the rear when coming to a stop. 

2024 KTM 1390 Super Duke R Evo

The Super Duke’s ergonomics receive an upgrade for 2024 with a focus on performance. The tank is angled outwards for better rider support while hanging off into corners, and the handlebar has been moved lower for better control. 

Slowing down The Beast are Brembo braking components, including dual 4-piston Stylema monoblock front calipers biting 320mm discs and a 2-piston rear caliper with a 240mm disc. A new Brembo multiple-click-system master cylinder is also included. The Super Duke also gets new tires in the form of Michelin Power GP tires for better grip and a lighter weight. 

Related: 2024 KTM 890 SMT Review | First Look 

The Beast has been known for its aggressive styling, and that is even more evident in the 2024 1390 Super Duke R Evo. The model gets a new LED headlight unit, new tank spoilers, and new winglets, and fuel tank capacity has been increased from 4.2 to 4.6 gallons. 

2024 KTM 1390 Super Duke R Evo

The Beast’s new styling is most evident in its new angular headlight unit. Position and daytime running lights are located along the edges and are auto-adjustable, and the automatic low beam is in the center. 

Upgrades to the 5-inch TFT display include new graphics and a redesigned menu structure intended to offer faster access to features with fewer clicks required. The Tire Pressure Monitor System has been upgraded with more accurate software and shows tire pressures on the TFT, and it now offers custom pressure settings for track use. 

2024 KTM 1390 Super Duke R Evo

Related: 2024 KTM 1290 Super Adventure S and Super Adventure R Review | First Look 

The 2024 KTM 1390 Super Duke R Evo comes with three ride modes as standard (Rain, Street, and Sport), and two optional modes (Performance and Track). Each mode manages power, traction control, and throttle response. Performance mode allows for customization of traction control, throttle response, anti-wheelie control, and launch control. In Track mode, the same level of customization is available but with a “ready to race” focus with two display settings that focus on lap times and other race-focused data.

2024 KTM 1390 Super Duke R Evo

Other optional technology includes cruise control, Engine Brake Control (adjustable among five levels), anti-wheelie mode (adjustable among five levels), and KTMconnect. 

The 2024 KTM 1390 Super Duke R Evo will be available in orange with red highlights or black with orange highlights. Pricing has not yet been announced. 

Visit the KTM website for more information. 

Check out more new/updated bikes in Rider’s 2024 Motorcycle Buyers Guide 

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2024 KTM 790 Adventure Review | First Look

2024 KTM 790 Adventure in white with orange graphics
2024 KTM 790 Adventure in white with orange graphics

Adding to KTM’s list of recent announcements, including the reintroduction of the SMT line with the 2024 KTM 890 SMT and a new generation of single-cylinder engines dubbed the “LC4c” found in the KTM 390 Duke and 250 Duke, the company has released details on the 2024 KTM 790 Adventure, redesigned in Mattighofen, Austria.

KTM calls the bike an ideal “first taste” for riders who are looking to try out the adventure segment. Rider would agree, having awarded the 2019 Motorcycle of the Year honor to the KTM 790 Adventure. In our Tour Test of the bike, our reviewer called it “an eminently capable lightweight ADV tourer that was designed for excursions into some pretty gnarly territory.”

2024 KTM 790 Adventure

Related: 2019 KTM 790 Adventure | Tour Test Review

The 2024 KTM 790 Adventure still has the 799cc parallel-Twin LC8c with DOHC, but KTM says the bike is now more stable at constant speed and has gained more cornering poise thanks to a 20% increase in rotating mass. Reworked Dell’Orto throttle bodies bring a cleaner and more efficient connection due to the enhanced combustion, and the knock control sensor results in a higher state of ignition and better capacity for low octane fuel, which is a reassuring characteristic for the different qualities of gasoline found while traveling and addresses one of the minor gripes from our reviewer regarding the 2019 model.

2024 KTM 790 Adventure in black option
2024 KTM 790 Adventure in black option

The 790 Adventure also has a 6-speed gearbox, throttle-by-wire, a PASC slip/assist clutch, a new airbox, and a reconfigured optional Quickshifter+. The bike also benefits from the latest 6-axis IMU that can be found on larger KTM siblings like the KTM 890 Adventure R and KTM 1290 Super Adventure models and which informs the Cornering Motorcycle Traction Control and other aspects such as ABS, Motor Slip Regulation (optional), and three standard ride modes – Street, Offroad, and Rain – as well as the optional Rally mode. ABS modes now automatically switch between the ride modes, removing the need for more configuration. Demo mode allows sampling of the full electronic rider aids suite for the first 1,500 km. 

See all of Rider’s KTM coverage here.  

WP Apex suspension includes a 43mm inverted fork and a preload-adjustable shock with 7.9 inches of front/rear travel. Braking comes from dual 4-piston calipers clamping down on 320mm discs up front and a 260mm disc in the back. The bike still rides on 21/18-inch front/rear tires, but they’re wrapped in new Pirelli Scorpion STR tires with large tread blocks for more of an off-road focus.

2024 KTM 790 Adventure

The 790 Adventure has 9.1 inches of ground clearance, an adjustable seat height (33/33.8 in.), and a 5.3-gallon fuel tank, which follows the flow and lines of the bike to where a new front mask gives way to an integrated fairing. A new higher windscreen provides more wind protection, a larger aluminum engine guard is fitted as standard, and the plastics (injected molded with graphics for more resistance) have also been reshaped to guard the tank and seat against unwanted knocks.

2024 KTM 790 Adventure

The lights are full LED, and the bike has a new 5-inch TFT that reacts to ambient lighting and utilizes a redesigned menu system of new infographics for faster and easier customization.

2024 KTM 790 Adventure

In addition to Rally mode and MSR, other optional features include KTMconnect with Bluetooth connectivity, Quickshifter+, heated grips, a heated seat, and cruise control.

The 2024 KTM 790 Adventure will arrive in December 2024 in two new colorways: white with orange graphics or a black option. Pricing has not yet been announced.

2024 KTM 790 Adventure in white with orange graphics
2024 KTM 790 Adventure in white with orange graphics

For more information, visit the KTM website.  

Check out more new/updated bikes in Rider’s 2024 Motorcycle Buyers Guide 

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2024 KTM 890 SMT Review | First Look

2024 KTM 890 SMT
Former AMA Superbike and Supermoto rider Chris Fillmore took the 2024 KTM 890 SMT on a Sardinian Mountain climb.

KTM has announced the reintroduction of the SMT line with the 2024 KTM 890 SMT. Last seen in the U.S. more than a decade with the KTM 990 Supermoto T, the platform blends the rowdy playfulness of a supermoto with the practicality of a sport-tourer. 

2024 KTM 890 SMT

The 2024 KTM 890 SMT features an 889cc LC8c parallel-Twin with DOHC and dual balancer shafts, the same platform behind the KTM 890 Adventure R with a 20% increase in rotating mass over the KTM 790 platform. KTM calls the bike a “purposeful model” between its adventure and street product ranges. The new SMT has 46 mm dual Dell’Orto throttle bodies, throttle-by-wire, a 6-speed gearbox, and a PASC slip/assist clutch. 

Related: 2021 KTM 890 Adventure R | Long-Term Ride Review 

The three standard ride modes – Sport, Street, and Rain – can be expanded by an optional Track setting that permits the rider to toggle different amounts of throttle modes and traction control through 10 levels. The SMT also has cornering Motorcycle Traction Control (MTC). Demo Mode allows sampling of the full electronic rider aids suite for the first 1,500 km.  

2024 KTM 890 SMT

From an ergonomic and aerodynamic standpoint, the 4.2-gallon tank has been slimmed and designed specifically for the KTM 890 SMT. The form of the tank slides the rider even farther into the bike with a wide contact patch but still compact enough for free and flowing movement, aided by the single-piece Supermoto-shaped 33.8-inch seat. The SMT offers six different handlebar positions within a 1.2-inch range, and the aerodynamics-optimized smoked windscreen is placed just above the double fender with a low splash guard on the fork legs.  

2024 KTM 890 SMT
Former AMA Superbike and Supermoto rider Chris Fillmore took the 2024 KTM 890 SMT on a Sardinian Mountain climb.

See all of Rider’s KTM coverage here. 

Chassis-wise, the KTM 890 SMT has a chromoly trellis frame with a tighter geometry and the engine as a stressed member. The WP Apex rear shock is angled farther to reduce the seat height and accommodate the longer swingarm, contributing to a forward riding position as well as reported straight-line stability. In the front is a 43mm inverted WP Apex open-cartridge fork. Suspension front and rear is fully adjustable and offers 7.1 inches of travel. The bike rides on 17-inch wheels shod with Michelin PowerGP tires. Stopping power comes from a 4-piston caliper grabbing a 320mm front disc and a 2-piston caliper and 260mm disc in the back. Cornering ABS with Supermoto mode is standard. 

2024 KTM 890 SMT

The 5-inch multifunctional TFT display is made from optically bonded mineral glass and is scratch- and glare-resistant and comes with a USB connector, reworked intuitive graphics, and Turn-by-Turn+ navigation (KTMConnect app needed). 

Optional add-ons include heated grips and the chance to add Motor Slip Regulation for better control in low grip situations and for fast downshifts. Quickshifter+ and cruise control are also optional and ready to go with a simple activation process. 

The 2024 KTM 890 SMT will be available in December. Pricing has not yet been announced. 

For more information, visit the KTM website.  

Check out more new/updated bikes in Rider’s 2024 Motorcycle Buyers Guide 

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