The partnership between KTM and CFMoto has now created a large-displacement touring motorcycle. The bike is called the 1250TR-G. It was recently revealed at the CIMA show in China.
The 1250TR-G features KTM’s LC-8 1,279cc twin engine at the heart of the touring motorcycle, and it will put out 140 hp and 89 lb-ft of torque.
The bike doesn’t just have good power and torque from a KTM-sourced engine. According to Bennetts, it also managed to leverage its relationship with KTM to get WP Suspension components and Brembo brakes. There are even a JBL built-in stereo system and a 12.3-inch TFT dash.
The new bike looks like it could rival motorcycles like the Honda Goldwing in terms of equipment and technology and features. It will be interesting to see how CFMoto’s new bike stacks up against the competition.
The company hasn’t released pricing yet on the motorcycle and the bike is currently only scheduled for sale in the Chinese market, though I could see this being a winner for CFMoto on a global scale. If you could get a bike that provides KTM levels of technology and performance at a much lower price point, I could see riders around the globe happy to make the purchase.
Based on the 790 Duke but with the bigger engine and improved dynamics, this solo seater is a much sharper tool, hence the name Super Scalpel.
The parallel-twin size increases from 799cc to 890cc with a slightly wider bore and longer stroke, more compression (13.5:1) and more aggressive cams.
That results in any impressive power boost from 78kW to 89 kW with torque up 15% from 86Nm to 99Nm.
Internals have been made lighter with a new balance shaft for smoother performance.
It also features racier ergonomics, performance Brembo brakes, fully adjustable WP APEX suspension, WP steering damper, slipper clutch, improved electronic rider aids and an optional up/down quickshifter.
The Super Scalpel is also a precision instrument with new electronic rider aids that include a new 6D lean angle sensor.
It allows some drift and there is an anti-wheelie control.
The three power modes are sport, street and rain and there is an optional track mode with launch control, nine levels of traction control and wheelie control switched off.
Super Scalpel sits 15mm higher with a seat height of 834mm and more ground clearance for better lean angles.
They say rider egos are also sportier with the rider sitting higher and further forward. There are also no pillion pegs.
Super Scalpel is shod with track-day Michelin Power Cup 2 tyres.
– Sales volume: 280,099 motorcycles / + 7% compared to the previous year – Revenues: 1,520.1 mEur / + 4% compared to the previous year – EBITDA: 240.8 mEur / + 14% compared to the previous year – Free Cash Flow: 92.1 mEur / 6.1 % of revenues – Offensive with HUSQVARNA E-Bicycles in Europe – Integration GASGAS
Preliminary revenues and earnings in the business year 2019
The PIERER Mobility Group achieved in the business year 2019 record revenues in the amount of 1,520.1 mEur (+4.0%). This corresponds to an increase of 57.9 mEur.
The preliminary EBIT (Earnings Before Interest and Tax) reached 131.7 mEur (+2.3%) after 128.7 mEur in the previous year.
The operating earnings before depreciation (EBITDA – (Earnings Before Interest, Tax, Depreciation and Amortisation) increased from 211.0 mEur to 240.8 mEur corresponding to an EBITDA margin of 15.8%.
The Free Cash Flow improved significantly and amounted to approximately 92.1 mEur compared to -16.7 mEur in 2018.
For the growth in the business year 2019 was invested around 121 mEur in product development and around 44 mEur in plants and infrastructure. All the key earnings figures refer to the continued operation of the Group (previous year excluding Pankl Group).
On December 31, 2019, the PIERER Mobility Group had 4,368 employees, 3,639 of which were employed in Austria. The Group forces the dual training within the framework of the KTM Academy. The aim is to increase the number of the apprentices – currently 160 – to 180 and further develop the employee training.
2020 KTM 1290 Super Duke R
Market position expanded
In the past business year, the PIERER Mobility Group with its brands KTM and Husqvarna Motorcycles outperformed the overall market (-6.3%) in the key motorcycle markets (> 120cc) with a registration increase of +14.5% and expanded its market position.
With 234,449 sold KTM motorcycles and 45,650 sold HUSQVARNA motorcycles in the financial year 2019 the sales volume was increased by about 7% compared to the previous year. In comparison BMW sold 175,162 motorcycles and Ducati 53,183.
In Europe, the overall market grew by around 8.9% in the fiscal-year of 2019. In the same period, KTM succeeded in maintaining its high market share by around 12 %.
In the US market, which declined in the business year 2019 (-2.7%), KTM was successful in positioning itself. KTM increased its registrations by 3.6%, thereby raising its market share as of December 31,2019 to 9.7%.
In the most important future market for KTM, India, its registrations (brand KTM) in the fiscal year by over 35% in comparison with the previous year. The market share rose from around 4.5 % to around 7.3 %.
The 100% acquisition of Motorcycle Distributors Australia Pty Ltd. further strengthened the market presence in Australia and New Zealand. As a result of a market offensive, 15,343 KTM and Husqvarna motorcycles were sold in these important markets in the past business year.
KTM HQ have taken over the distribution of their own products throughout Australia – Jeff Leisk pictured
In the 4th quarter of 2019, a majority interest in the Spanish offroad brand GASGAS was acquired. With the acquisition of a market leader in trial motorcycles, we have succeeded in entering this segment.
Offensive in HUSQVARNA E-Bicycles
With the early and complete takeover of PEXCO GmbH, Schweinfurt/ Deutschland a further growth step was taken in the field of e-mobility and to participate in the attractive market growth in the e-bicycle sector. For the business year 2020 sales of more than 100 mEur are expected. For the mid-term, it is intended to become a significant player in this area.
Positive outlook 2020 – Striving for Market leadership in Europe
In the financial year 2020, the PIERER Mobility Group will continue to focus on organic growth in all core areas. The objective is to further expand market shares in the markets that are important for KTM and Husqvarna – despite the challenging market environment. As part of the industrial cooperation with GASGAS Motorcycles, to integrate the GASGAS motorcycle division into the Group as a third brand in order to achieve the market leadership in Europe.
The integration of the e-bicycle business (PEXCO) into the newly founded HUSQVARNA E-Bicycles is being pushed forward and implemented.
For the business year 2020 a revenue growth of 8 – 10 % is expected. As a result of the expansion into the electric 2-wheeler activities and the integration of the third motorcycle brand GASGAS, an EBIT margin between 6 – 8 % for the business year 2020 is temporary expected. Due to the operating earnings before depreciation (EBITDA), which remains at a high level, a positive free cash flow between 45 to 55 mEur is also anticipated for the business year 2020. A sustainable positive free cash flow between 3 – 5 % of sales is expected.
Matt finished in last place at 100th and placed last in 96th!
However, even to finish a gruelling Dakar is a massive feat and to have all four Aussie entrants complete the event is a tribute to their heroics.
About a third of the 158 field did not finish due to crashes or mechanical failures.
Five women made it to the finish of the Dakar led by Laia Sanz in 17th place overall, with Dutchwoman Mirjam Pol, South Africans Kirsten Landman and Taye Perry, and Spaniard Sara García also in the general classification.