Now, the automotive industrial company has set their sights on CFMoto, claiming that they will “take over distribution of 11 CFMoto models in 5 lucrative European markets: Austria, Germany, Spain, Switzerland, and the U.K, as of January 2023” (via ADVPulse).
All this movement comes richocheting off of last year, considered to be PIERER Mobility’s best to date: 332,881 motorcycles were sold in 2021, showing off a +23% increase from 2020’s numbers (270,407).
Currently, PIERER owns KTM, Husqvarna and GasGas; now that MV Agusta and CFMoto have hopped on the distribution bandwagon, we can expect a wider diversity of bikes in our local dealerships, with PIERER’s 2021 revenue (€2,040 million, up 32%) likely continuing to feed inspiration for new bikes in new places.
What do you think?
Drop a comment below letting us know what you think, and as ever – stay safe on the twisties.
The Cardo KTM Packtalk Edge is a grand expression of “Katoom” (KTM) fanboy fanaticism, and there’s nothing wrong with that. If you bleed orange and black, this is for you!
This fancified Packtalk Edge isn’t just a pretty face either. It boasts excellent battery life, premium JBL speakers, Dynamic Mesh intercom, wireless firmware updates, and best of all, unmatched voice command control over all functions.
It’s expensive, still suffers from the occasional glitch or two, intercom audio interference can occur, and the Air Mount longevity is unknown, but overall I think this is the safest and the top in-helmet communicator I’ve used to date.
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Accurate voice command system (~95% accuracy)
Bluetooth can connect to Sena and other off-brand devices for intercom needs
Excellent battery life
Mesh and Bluetooth communication systems work well
JBL speakers have clear, above-average sound quality
USB C charging cable
Over-the-air updates are super convenient
The Cardo Connect app has a great selection of settings
Waterproof, dustproof, and resists cold/heat well
The magnetic “Air Mount” is ingenious and holds securely
Also available in a Honda-branded version
Some microphone placement issues were encountered during testing
The control buttons can be difficult to locate while wearing gloves
Voice control accuracy is affected noticeably by how noisy your helmet is
The charging indicator light turns off when the battery reaches 100%
That KTM badge sometimes costs $30 US more to buy than a standard Packtalk Edge device
The Air Mount protrudes outwards more than competitor devices
Air Mount long-term durability?
Connecting multiple riders in the app should be simpler
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The Cardo KTM Packtalk Edge is a bluetooth helmet communicator with great battery life, premium speakers, and Dynamic Mesh technology. It also offers excellent voice control.
The Cardo Packtalk Black offers many of the same features with a lower price tag, but the KTM Packtalk Edge is a superior device by virtue of its advanced technology like wireless firmware updates.
It’s relatively expensive compared to other intercom systems, but if you’re looking for a premium helmet communicator, the KTM Packtalk Edge is one of the best we’ve ever reviewed. It’s also available in a Honda-branded version.
First Impressions of the KTM Packtalk Edge
Open the box of the Cardo KTM Packtalk Edge and you’ll be dazzled by the eye-popping, bright orange housing this aesthetically enhanced communicator wears. The orange pops visually when compared to the comparatively drab grey-colored housing found on the base model Packtalk Edge.
As everyone knows, putting the KTM logo on anything adds 10% more horsepower, but detractors claim it also negatively affects reliability. For die-hard KTM riders, I’m sure that’s a price they’re willing to pay.
On a serious note, this device seems well-built, although everything I can touch on it is entirely made of plastic with a bit of rubber on the rotary switch and charging port cover. That makes it lightweight, but will it also be durable? Will it degrade and fall apart after long-term exposure to UV light, rain, cold, heat, dirt, dust, and mud? Is it even made for adventure riding?
The Testing Conditions
In order to properly field test the KTM Edge, my plan was to take it on a long and taxing adventure trip in the real world. Specifically, on a 5000-mile (8100 km) ride from Canmore, Alberta, Canada southwards, keeping mainly off-road along the Continental Divide Trail before ending at the Mexico border in Antelope Wells, New Mexico. Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, will all be featured as beautiful backdrops along the way as well.
That’s exactly how it went.
Temperatures during my testing ranged from a low of 41 Fahrenheit (5 Celsius) to a high of 102 Fahrenheit (39 Celsius). The KTM Edge braved high winds, plenty of dust, and heavy rain at times, but the elements proved inconsequential to its performance over the 18 days used to complete our journey.
Thank You Cardo!
Our Cardo contacts Kasey and Zach were so confident in the Edge they sent us 5 more base model devices at no cost to equip the rest of my riding group for this trip of a lifetime. This way we could not only stay safer by keeping the 6 of us connected verbally using the Dynamic Mesh intercom feature but also allowing a wider sample of the product for testing. In my mind, that yields more accurate results.
Installing the KTM Packtalk Edge in Different Helmets
Klim Krios Pro
Three members of our team (myself included) wore Klim Krios Pro helmets on this trip. The Edge was an excellent fit in all three sizes (Medium, Large, and XL). I popped it in my helmet and stuck the velcro-backed JBL speakers directly to the microsuede-lined speaker pockets.
The Krios Pro has a perfect location right above the chin bar vent to mount the button-style microphone and there’s a hole in the neck roll to route wires from the Air Mount bracket on the exterior to the interior where the speaker and microphone connections are housed. Installation took about 15 minutes.
My helmet and the Cardo KTM Edge paired up especially well from a visual perspective since it has the Loko Striking Grey pattern which mirrors the orange/black KTM Edge colour scheme. It was a match made in heaven!
Scorpion EXO AT950
There were two Scorpion EXO AT950 modular helmets (ADX-2 outside North America) in the group. The owners equipped the boom-style microphone in lieu of the button-style mic in their flip-front lids. Again, no issues with mating the Cardo with these helmets.
Unfortunately, one of the boom mics was non-functional right out of the box, but we had 3 spare, unused ones from the Krios Pro wearers’ kits. A warranty claim was made through the usual Cardo channels and a replacement mic arrived 4 weeks later. That wasn’t the most stellar example of a speedy replacement, to be sure, and I hope Cardo improves on it.
Arai XD-4 (Tour X4)
The Arai was the only helmet that gave us issues with the Edge installation.
We just couldn’t find a good location for the microphone to sit where it wouldn’t be picking up some wind noise at highway speeds. We tried both the boom and button mics to no avail, and in the end, we all just learned to live with the whistling wind noise constantly accompanying Ian’s witty banter out on the road.
The same issue was there with the Sena 10C Evo microphone I experimented with in my own Arai XD-4, so I’m positive it’s a characteristic of the helmet and not a fault of the Cardo.
Quality of the Boom Microphone
We found the microphone quality to be exceptionally clear and good once the correct level of sensitivity was dialed in using the Cardo App, but the boom mics need to be placed almost inside the user’s mouth in order to be top-shelf clear.
On the Great Divide Trip, the boom mic in Ian’s Arai XD-4 was a constant struggle to position ideally because the Edge’s built-in Noise Canceling technology would inadvertently lower the volume of his speech while working to cut down the wind noise being transmitted to the rest of us.
If you have an Arai helmet you may need to invest in a better wind muffler for your microphone regardless of whether it is a Cardo Edge or something else.
A Synopsis of What Works As Advertised on the Packtalk Edge
Here’s a summary list of the features we found to work very well on the Cardo KTM Packtalk Edge and base Packtalk Edge.
It connects to my iPhone 13 Pro Max and other phones immediately once set up
It’s slow to connect to the Cardo phone app on Android & Apple devices, but once connected, it works very well and there is a multitude of useful settings to fine-tune performance
Firmware updates wirelessly execute when connected to WiFi or cell data
The battery charges to full in less than 2 hrs and lasts all day even when used continuously except when using Mesh, which cuts battery life to just over half of Bluetooth levels (12+ hrs for BT and approximately 8 hours for Mesh). If you turn off the Edge when having lunch or other breaks, the Mesh intercom lasts 12+ hours as well
The battery still reports at 50% after sitting unused for 15 days
Installs easily in every helmet I’ve attempted to install it in
Plays music, radio stations, podcasts, and any audio coming from my phone perfectly
Makes and takes clear phone calls
Activates Siri on my iPhone every time I request it verbally or using the phone button
Connects to navigation apps or devices that work concurrently with music playing in the background
Connects via Bluetooth intercom to other Cardo and even Sena devices
Performed as intended in temperatures as low as 41 Fahrenheit (5 Celsius) to a high of 102 Fahrenheit (39 Celsius)
Handled exposure to rain, dust, and dirt without issues
Those are the things that worked well on the KTM Packtalk Edge, but in the rest of this review, I’ll dive into the things that really set it apart and the areas it could improve upon.
Over-the-Air Firmware Updates
The first thing to do when you remove the KTM Packtalk Edge from the box is to charge it fully, although mine arrived that way.
The second thing to do is update the firmware wirelessly… which I found to be an absolute piece of cake. Unlike other devices, you don’t need to plug it into a laptop to do this and it’s entirely painless to use WiFi or even cellular data for it.
The Cardo Voice Command Feature
Some things are so freaking good that once inserted into my life that I can’t imagine how I got by before having them. The Cardo Voice Command is one such thing.
My first Cardo device (a Freecom 4X) also had this feature and it showed me that I should never need to take my hands off the handlebars again to poke at the buttons on an in-helmet comms device.
Since that Freecom 4X, I’ve not touched a Cardo button other than when turning on or off the device’s power… with one lone exception while riding by an airport in Montana!
Airports vs. Cardo Devices
Airports are the Kryptonite of Cardo devices.
I’ve no idea what happened when I was riding home from Sturgis in July 2022, but the airport in Billings, Montana shut down all voice command functionality on my Edge. I can’t explain why, but after rebooting the device things were back to normal.
Overall the Voice Command has operated at roughly 95% accuracy in my Krios Pro helmet. Even when I mumble or fake a Scottish accent—it’s nearly flawless.
This feature allows a rider to verbally manage all of the Edge functions.
You can even activate Siri or Google to do things like making a phone call. The photo below shows the list of available Cardo KTM Packtalk Edge commands.
The Safest Communication Device
The Edge is safer to use than other similar in-helmet devices because it’s the easiest to control verbally.
As mentioned above, my hands stay on the bars instead of fumbling around on the helmet while attempting to find the volume wheel or phone button.
The new Sena 50 series devices also have a good voice command feature on them which can accomplish the same thing, but the user has to make a distinct pause between activating the voice command feature (“Hey Sena”) and issuing the command (“stop music”).
With the Cardo Edge, you can string both parts together into one, run-on sentence. A minor difference to be sure, but it’s easy to appreciate when you’re trying to quickly shut off your music when your significant other, or a police officer is trying to speak to you out on the road.
USB C Charging Cable
Another small advantage the Cardo KTM Pactalk Edge has over the competition is its USB type C connector which can plug into the device both ways.
My Sena devices sometimes frustrate me when I’m attempting to get the charging party started because its USB mini connector only fits in one way without damaging the charge port.
The PackTalk Edge Intercom Connects Easily to Sena Devices
The Cardo Edge is a cut above the competition when it comes to playing nicely with non-Cardo devices. It can trick my Sena 10C EVO and 20S devices into thinking it’s a smartphone when it comes to establishing a Bluetooth intercom grouping. Doing that makes the Sena devices pair up immediately when asked to make a Bluetooth intercom connection between them.
The way to do it is to initiate a standard Bluetooth intercom connection using the Cardo app and then activate the phone pairing feature on the Sena. They’ll link up and you can chat while out on the road.
This is a huge draw if you ride with friends who don’t own a Cardo device because getting earlier Cardo and Sena devices to connect successfully has been so difficult that I’d just give up after multiple attempts.
The JBL Speakers in the Cardo KTM PackTalk Edge
Cardo 40mm JBL speakers and Sena’s HD speakers sound comparably close in quality and clarity, but I give the JBLs the “edge” at higher volume.
It’s possible to upgrade the 40mm speakers to JBL’s 45mm speakers for $90 US if you’re a complete and utter audiophile who insists on having the best of the best. I haven’t yet tried the 45mm speakers, but thus far the 40mm ones have met or exceeded my requirements.
Charging the KTM Edge While in Use?
No problem charging on the fly with the KTM Packtalk Edge. This is a big deal if, like me, you ride 10 to 12-hour days… or on occasion forget to charge the night before.
The Packtalk Edge “Air Mount” Mounting Plate
The KTM PT Edge housing will jump through the air and attach itself to the Air Mount cradle when moved within 2 inches of the intended landing strip thanks to the power of magnetism.
Magnets draw the two halves together but it’s a plastic latch that securely bonds them as one. Never once over the 5000 miles ridden over rough and smooth terrain did any of my riding group’s Edge devices separate from the Air Mount. Cardo did an excellent job with this design even though I worry at times I’m about to break the plastic latch when releasing the device from the Air Mount. The latch feels on the flimsy side but thus far refuses to break or bend.
In fact, removing the Edge from the Air Mount is a two-handed endeavor for my clumsy meathooks.
The Air Mount Might Become An Issue Over Time
Each time I charged my KTM Edge, I removed it from the cradle and cleaned the two surfaces to prevent wear and tear on it. The two halves are installed so close together that they seem flush but I found traces of fine dust inside. Water will get in between them as well (as seen in the photo above).
It’s my observation that the members of my riding group who followed my lead (cleaning when charging) versus those who left the devices coupled when charging them experienced fewer electrical glitches.
Interestingly, the dust and water never did manage to invade the electrical connectors on my device thanks to the improved seal Cardo put around them.
Electrical issues were few and far between on the 6 Edges tested on the Continental Divide Ride my group completed, but I’ll mention the examples found here anyway. This is in addition to the airport phenomenon already mentioned.
The intercom usage in our group was 100% of the Dynamic Mesh variety because Bluetooth wouldn’t allow 6 of us to be linked together all the time. We found riders 4 through 6 in the group wouldn’t hear complete sentences from rider 1 if there were hills or other large barriers between the front and back of the group. It was necessary to have rider 3 repeat important information and only then would the signal be clear for all.
Occasionally the gap between the front and back of the group would grow too large and someone would drop out of range, but the Mesh pairing would instantly heal anytime line of sight was re-established. The range astounded us at times! We easily could have 2 miles between the front rider and rear rider with crystal clear audio if there weren’t too many large barriers in the way.
Boom Microphone Issues
As mentioned one boom mic didn’t work at all out of the box, but the same rider also had an isolated issue with the replacement boom mic in his Scorpion AT950 helmet at the two-week mark.
We don’t know why, but at the beginning of the day, his mic simply wouldn’t work at all until we unplugged the 3mm connector and rebooted the Edge device (switched off then back on). Not a huge problem in reality, but worthy of noting along with the fact that none of the button-style microphones experienced any issues whatsoever.
Noise wasn’t a problem with any of the devices as it has been with some of my Sena 10C EVO, 20S, and 30K devices. These Cardos just seem to do audio better overall although I haven’t tried the Sena 50 series yet to comment on the latest generation of comparable Senas.
How Can The KTM PackTalk Edge Be Better?
Charging Light Indicator
The charging light indicator glows red while the device is charging but then switches off entirely when the battery reaches full. I’d prefer it to glow green when fully charged to let me know it was successful with a glance.
Alternatively, I’d like a visual battery life gauge on the device, even though whenever the Edge is switched on or off the battery status is verbally announced to the wearer.
Microphone Wind Muffler
The microphone has a foam wind muffler on it but this is largely inadequate for helmets like the Arai XD-4 which channel wind at the wearer’s mouth and muck up the audio quality. A “dead cat” style muffler would help deal with this problem.
Connecting Intercom Groups
The Cardo App is better than the Sena App in almost every way except one: connecting intercom groups. Cardo should copy Sena and have an individual QR code on each person’s phone app that gets scanned using the camera on the group creator’s phone to establish the desired connections.
Charging Port Seal
The charging port seal is easy to accidentally leave open when charging is finished. Once properly closed it stays put to keep water and dirt out at least.
The Edge will connect with older Packtalk Bold and Black devices for intercom, but in order to do it the newer Edge will need to create the group and then have the older devices connect to it. Doing the inverse has resulted in frustrated Edge owners due to incompatibility. I confirmed this with a couple of my friends who own Bolds but it wasn’t an issue for me to be the intercom group creator. YMMV of course.
Final Thoughts on the Cardo KTM Packtalk Edge Communicator
The KTM Pactktalk Edge is a device for people like me: KTM fans who don’t already own a Cardo Packtalk Bold or Black. The wireless firmware updates and awesome voice command features set it above all competitor devices I’ve used and the KTM livery is the exclamation on the “love it!” recommendation I am happy to label it with.
The only good reason I can think of to buy a Sena or other brand is if you want a built-in camera on your helmet communicator. That’s where the new Sena 50C might have the advantage or edge over the Edge, if you know what I mean.
Hopefully, Cardo will soon build a device to compete with Sena in that regard.
Cents and Sense: The Value of the Packtalk Edge
The KTM PT Edge is (sometimes) $30 more expensive than the base model PT Edge. This is annoying, but understandable since KTM isn’t in the habit of letting their logo get used for free. Although at the time of this writing I see Cardo has dropped the price of the KTM Edge to $389 US making it the same price as the base model Edge.
The KTM Packtalk Edge is impressive but not the best value in Cardo’s lineup.
People looking for the best value should instead cast their gaze towards the Cardo Packtalk Black.
The Packtalk Black can be had for $350, has the upgraded 45mm speakers, still has Dynamic Mesh, Voice Command, and the majority of the same features as the PT Edge. The Black lacks the unnecessary but nice-to-have Air Mount but so what? The only real downside to it is the missing wireless firmware updates, thus having to use a Cardo-specific cable to upgrade the software on it using a laptop.
Food for thought…
For myself, I’d wait for an end-of-the-season sale and buy myself a KTM Packtalk Edge because it’s far too easy to misplace the original charging cable for the Black. Apparently, only the original cable or specific ones like it can be used to update the Black and Bold.
Maybe I’m just too fancy for my own good, but I’d pay $40 more for wireless updates and an orange housing.
KTM North America has announced details for the 2022 KTM Ride Orange Street Demo Tour, giving U.S. motorcyclists a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with KTM’s versatile lineup of 2022 street models. Kicking off on Saturday, Feb. 26 at KTM’s North American Headquarters in Murrieta, California, the 2022 schedule will once again make stops at some of the largest motorcycle events in the country.
Riding on the nation’s best roads, participants of the KTM Ride Orange Street Demo Tour program will experience KTM’s pure performance on pre-planned routes that navigate through some great riding areas, thanks to a partnership with participating KTM dealers across the nation. Come explore KTM’s all-new Adventure lineup, including heavy-hitters like the ultimate high-performance KTM 1290 Super Adventure S and the all-terrain powerhouse KTM 1290 Super Adventure R. Beginning this April, riders can also enjoy the pure race-inspired performance of the new KTM RC 390.
Participants will also receive a Ride Orange VIP Card 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.
In order to participate in the KTM Ride Orange Street Demo Tour, you must be 25 years or older for 690cc and up, and 21-years-old or above for 500cc and under. Participants 21- to 24-years-old can ONLY ride motorcycles 500cc and under. Experienced riders only (no beginners). All riders must show a government issued Photo ID with motorcycle endorsement. Demos are on a first-come first-served basis and registration will take place on-site the morning of the event.
For a list of KTM Ride Orange Street Demo Tour locations and to connect with your local participating dealer, please visit KTM.com or email [email protected]. Follow KTM USA on all social media platforms for the most up-to-date information on events.
KTM Australia has been organising adventure and dirt bike riding events in recent years and has announced their calendar for next year.
And it’s not just limited to KTM riders, either,
Since KTM Australia also imports Husqvarna and GASGAS dirt bikes, their Ride Out Moto Weekends are open to adult riders who own a KTM, Husqvarna or GASGAS off-road motorcycle (enduro, MX or cross-country) and to their kids on any brand of kid’s bike.
The weekend events will take place across three states in 2022.
Each event is a two-night, two-day recreational adventure on private property and is designed to be a non-competitive, family-friendly experience.
The first is in Stroud (NSW) on March 25-27, followed by Cooby Dam (Qld) on April 8-10, with the final weekend taking place in Wangaratta (Vic.) on April 29 to May 1.
Each weekend features a custom-cut 20km trailride loop, a grasstrack, an easy hillclimb and a newbies/kids track.
You can ride as much or as little as you want over the two days, making the most of all the tracks and set-ups on offer.
The registration fee is $299 per adult rider, $50 per child rider (aged 5-15) or $499 per family (two riding adults and two riding kids). An extra non-riding family member can attend for $30. Each event includes two nights of camping and two days of riding on an exclusive private property.
Also on offer, the latest range of 2022 KTM, Husqvarna Motorcycles and GASGAS off-road models will be available to test on a 10km test ride loop, along with live music, American-style BBQ cook-offs, catering, coffee, partner stalls, giveaways (including rider goody-bags), plus special guests and mechanical advice.
Numbers are limited and registrations open next Wednesday, January 19, 2022, at 12pm AEDT.
However riders are encouraged to contact their local authorised KTM, Husqvarna Motorcycles or GASGAS dealer for priority registration information.
Riders must either have a Motorcycling Australia (MA) competition licence, or an MA recreational licence, which is available to purchase at time of registration.
To find out more about each Ride Out Moto Weekend, contact your local KTM, Husqvarna Motorcycles or GASGAS authorised dealer.
The KTM 390 Adventure is one of the most exciting motorcycles in the entry-level ADV space. It made its debut at EICMA 2019, but it seems like it’s already in store for an update. Zigwheels has shared images of a test mule, revealing some rather significant changes.
Image Source: Zigwheels, KTM
Earlier this week, the 390 Adventure received some rather notable updates in its home market. These include a revised traction control system — now has an off-road mode — and changes to the alloy wheel design and new color schemes.
Autocar India reports that the prototype in these pictures will likely go on sale in 2023 or be added to the existing lineup as a new variant. One of the most notable changes is with the front end. The headlight unit that also houses the instrumentation clutter sits visibly higher on the motorcycle than on rally-spec Dakar bikes.
Along the same lines, the test mules sport a more substantial windscreen, resulting in much better wind protection. Considering the 390 Adventure’s tarmac-biased setup, the added wind deflection will be significant on the highway. The report also mentions that KTM has revised the ergonomics of the upcoming variant with a taller handler and flatter footpegs.
Another change is to do with the tires. While the 19-inch front and 17-inch rear wheel setup seem the same, the wheels are shod in tires with a more prominent block pattern. This leads us to believe that this model could be a more off-road biased iteration or variant of the existing bike.
Only time will tell if this is the next generation of the KTM 390 Adventure or a new variant. Considering that the changes are pretty minimal, the latter does seem unlikely.
Earlier this year, KTM unveiled the track-only RC 8C. Limited to 100 units, the supersport was jointly developed by the KTM Factory Racing Team and US-based Kramer Motorcycles. While this was exciting news from the manufacturer, it left many of us craving for a more accessible, road-going iteration.
KTM seems to have noticed because what appears to be a street-legal RC 8C has been spotted testing. The images of a test mule were first shared by German publication Motorrad and show a bike in the latter stages of the development process.
The RC 8C is powered by the same 889cc, parallel-twin engine from the 890 Duke R, and the same engine is likely at the heart of this upcoming motorcycle. Meanwhile, the radiator seems larger, possibly compensating for the restricted cooling that the fairing will result in.
Components like the frame and swingarm have been based on the ones on the 890 Duke R, as well. VisorDown reports that the swingarm and frame use beefier frame tubes and a more robust-looking strut linkage, respectively.
In comparison, the track-only RC 8C has an entirely different frame that’s similar to the ones seen on Moto2 and Moto3 machines — a design that wouldn’t be feasible on a production bike.
As we mentioned earlier, the test mule looks like it’s pretty close to production. That said, it was seen sporting a blacked-out color scheme, so it’s hard to say what it’ll look like. If the RC 8C is anything to go by, this will be one good-looking motorcycle.
The KTM 1290 Super Duke GT is one of the most capable sport touring motorcycles that money can buy right now. For 2022, the Austrian manufacturer has given it several minor yet notable updates, making it even better than it already was.
For starters, KTM has updated the engine to comply with Euro5 norms; it’s managed to do so without compromising performance and peak power remains the same at 173hp. The more significant updates are to the chassis.
For 2022, the Super Duke GT will feature APEX semi-active suspension from WP, and a revised chassis, from the mental KTM 1290 Super Duke R EVO. It’s also been equipped with the lighter wheels from the Duke R EVO, resulting in a 1kg drop in weight. The new wheels wear Continental SportAttack 4 tires, and KTM claims these deliver a sportier riding experience.
Asphalt and Rubber report that the bike has also been equipped with a new 7-inch TFT display, along with updated switchgear. The new dash is capable of ‘Turn by Turn PLS’ navigation, which is said to be a significant improvement over their current system. You’ll still need to pair your smartphone to the dash, but the update allows you to control navigation directly.
MCN has mentioned in its report that KTM has not equipped the new Super Duke GT with radar-equipped cruise control, and this is definitely a feature we’d have liked to see on the motorcycle — especially since the 1290 Super Adventure S was recently equipped with the tech. That said, there’s no saying that KTM won’t offer this as an accessory or an update in the future.
The 2022 KTM 1290 Super Duke GT is set to reach dealerships in Europe by January 2022.
This season of racing was filled with nail-biting races and multiple title contenders. MXGP reports that the top riders were Herlings, Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team’s Romain Febvre, and Team HRC’s Tim Gajser. The championship went down to the very final race, and Herlings crossed the line in first place, clinching the title just 5 points ahead of Febvre, who crossed the line second.
Herlings has been a KTM racer since he started his career in 2010 as a 15-year-old. Entering the final two rounds at Mantova, Herlings, Febvre, and Gasjer were separated by just 3 points. Aboard his KTM 450 SX-F, he fended off pressure from the competition and claimed his fifth Motocross World Championship title and second in the MXGP division.
In 2021, he also put together 14 podiums, 9 wins, and 13 pole positions from 17 rounds. That puts him just two victories away from the all-time record of 101. With another two years left on his Red Bull KTM Factory Racing contract, it looks like there’s going to be no stopping him from breaking this record.
Strong finishes from the other KTM riders — Tony Cairoli and Jorge Prado — also meant KTM took home the 2021 Manufacturers’ Championship.
Jeffrey Herlings was a true champ following his victory and said, “I’m super happy, but at the same time, I feel bad for the other two guys. I want to thank both of them for a great championship. The bad thing about our sport is that only one can win, but they have been great, and I have such respect for both of them. To go 1-1 today was special. I haven’t slept for a week thinking about what could happen, what might happen, and this-and-that. This wasn’t an easy championship. All three of us kept charging until the last moto, especially me and Romain in these last two races, and the pressure was on. I didn’t break, and I made the championship happen. It was the most difficult one ever, so many ups-and-downs, and I’ve needed nerves of steel these last weeks, but we made it.”
Pit Beirer, KTM Motorsports Director, also commented on the victory: “This was not a normal season. It was a difficult and special title to win. The competition was incredible so big compliments to them: Tim and Romain produced an incredible year, and any one of the guys would have deserved a title, but we also worked really hard for this. Jeffrey was amazing. He had ups-and-downs but was always fighting and coming back for more. It is always an emotional ride with him but, in the end, I feel that he deserved this title the most.“
“I have to thank the whole team because they have made so much effort, but in our motocross ‘world’ the rider is the superstar, and we have great ones in our team. Tony, Jorge, Mattia, Rene, and Tom: the relationship we have is also amazing and makes our work so much fun. We will go home tomorrow to work hard and continue to be strong next year.”
KTM has added a limited-edition EVO model to its 1290 Super Duke R range with a host of new electronics.
The wild naked R and EVO bikes arrive in Australia and New Zealand in February 2022 in the familiar blue and orange livery plus a new silver and orange.
Pricing is yet to be confirmed, but expect an increase for the updated electronics on the EVO. Currently the R costs $28,395.
In 2020, the Super Duke R was trimmed down.
Now the EVO arrives with second-generation WP APEX semi-active suspension with three damping modes – Comfort, Street and Sport.
The spring preload of the rear suspension can be set via the TFT display to up to 20mm in 10 steps to allow for rider, pillion and luggage weight.
An optional Suspension Pro package offers three more damping modes: a stiff Track mode, Advanced which allows the rider to select damping in eight levels and Auto which automatically adjusts for rider behaviour.
Suspension Pro also offers three automatic preload auto-levelling settings to adjust the preload automatically to the weight of the rider, pillion and luggage.
In Low mode, it provides a “relaxed, less aggressive, more comfortable geometry, with a lower seat height. Standard mode is a “neutral and balanced geometry” while High is an “aggressive, agile track attack geometry, with a more loaded front end”.
Another optional and switchable feature on Suspension Pro is an anti-diving setting that keeps the front-end high under hard braking.
The 2022 1290 Super Duke R and EVO models retain the Rain, Street and Sports modes with optional Track and Performance settings which provide feedback about what the engine is doing, with less intrusive traction control and anti-wheelie mitigation.
All can be selected without having to stop.
Throttle response has been boosted with the addition of a new quick-turn throttle twist grip, reduced by 7 degrees to 65 degrees.
KTM says this not only offers a faster and more responsive throttle, but also reduces the rider wrist angle as well as the elbow drop at full throttle.
It seems KTM has yet another update in store for its flagship super-naked. Asphalt and Rubber report the arrival of a KTM 1290 Super Duke R EVO, and it’s set to replace the 1290 Super Duke RR, which debuted just last year as a replacement to the already mental 2019 KTM 1290 Super Duke R.
This time around, the number of changes the 2022 update brings is minimal, but the role they’ll play is quite significant. A&R reports that “The Beast” will include a new quick-turn throttle (65° of twist), higher spec active suspension sourced from WP, and bold new color schemes.
The semi-active suspension is the most notable change and is a welcome move away from the manually adjustable units on the previous iteration of the Super Duke. The update will also allow the bike to be better poised to take on the competition in the segment, like the Aprilia Tuono V4 Factory (which received Öhlins semi-active suspension for 2021) and the Ducati Streetfighter V4.
KTM has mentioned that the new suspension kit is more reactive and precise in its adjustments. KTM will also offer an optional “Suspension Pro” package, bringing individually adjustable front and rear damping and an anti-dive feature.
The 2022 KTM 1290 Super Duke R Evo has been priced at $19,599, a $900 hike over the KTM 1290 Super Duke R that currently retails in the U.S market (the Super Duke RR was not sold there.) Despite the considerable hike in price, the new Super Duke is still a superbly impressive bike that sits in one of the hottest segments right now.