Entire 2011 KTM model line up leaks

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Oh hey, it’s all the 2011 KTMs, leaked a few days ahead of their official debut at EICMA. There’s only one significant new model, the KTM 350 EXC-F Factory, which is basically a motocross racer with lights that they’ll be dominating enduro with next year, but there’s new colors and minor tweaks for bikes like the 2011 KTM RC8 R too. Like most such things you read on Hell For Leather, we’re the only ones with this.

2011 KTM 350 EXC-F Factory

KTM won a lot of motocross races in 2010 with the 350 SX-F and it’s looking to translate that success to enduro racing in 2011. The EXC-F uses the exact same fuel-injected, DOHC, 349.7cc single-cylinder engine, which KTM claims is as powerful as a 450 and as light and compact as a 250. This will be a factory race bike and won’t yet be available in serial production so there aren’t full tech specs, but we’d guess the SX-F’s 103.8kg/229lbs (dry) weight, plus a kilo or two, would be a good starting point.

2011 KTM 125 Duke

We’ve already showed you this model in detail as it was released at the Intermot show a couple of weeks back. Presumably built by KTM’s Indian partner Bajaj to keep costs down, the 125 Duke looks ridiculously high-spec for a European learner-legal 125. Power from the four-stroke engine is 15bhp while the whole thing weighs just 125kg/276lbs (wet, full tank).

2011 KTM RC8 R

This is the other big news for EICMA. A new crankshaft, refined fuel injection and new dual-plug ignition increases power from 168 to 175bhp and torque is up 1.5lb/ft to 93.6. That crank, the injection refinements and a new, heavier flywheel should address the main complaint people have of the RC8: an aggressive surge of power as it comes on-cam. When you’re fully leant over and that happens it can upset things. It’s not a huge deal, but people do bitch about it; hopefully no longer. KTM claims these changes also marginally improve fuel consumption and reduce emissions.

On the handling side, KTM claims its thoroughly revised the suspension giving it a wider range of adjustment than before. These changes include a new eccentric linkage for the rear shock.

Then there’s the looks. KTM clearly employs the best graphic designer currently working for any OEM. Loud, but classy, the two-color paint schemes perfectly accent the RC8’s sharp, geometric lines. Color us impressed. Oh and there’s a new LED running light.

Only plan to use your RC8 R on the track? KTM will sell you a version with race fairings and a race exhaust. They call it the KTM RC8 R Track.

2011 KTM 990 SMT ABS

Like the 125 Duke, this model was released at Intermot and we’ve already covered it. It’s the 990 SMT practical supermoto thing, now with anti-lock brakes.

2011 KTM 990 Adventure Dakar

We showed you a sneak peak at this special edition the other day, but didn’t know any mechanical details. In addition to the blue and orange paint, suede seat and standard engine bars, the Dakar combines the 115bhp engine from the KTM 990 Adventure R with the rest of the parts coming from the regular KTM 990 Adventure, including ABS brakes. Expect pricing similar to that of the non-R, which will make this a pretty good deal.

  • http://www.muthalovin.com the_doctor

    Hot DAMN that RC8 is good looking. KTM does indeed employ some visual magics. Boss.

  • slowtire

    Nice scoop guys!

  • BN.

    I’ll keep saying it until they do it. Bring a 250 Duke stateside and I’ll buy one. I promise.

    • Patrick from Astoria

      250 good, 350 to 400 better. As super-happy as I am to see the new Japanese 250s, I can’t help but wish for something in that bit-more-but-not-much-more sweet spot.

      • BN.

        A 400 would be even better, but I’ll take what I can get.

    • miles_prower

      How ’bout the 690 version of it? A few years ago, KTM showed off an LC4-engined Stunt 690, which as you’ll see from the photos at the link, was the inspiration for the 125 Duke that’s now being introduced in Europe.

  • MajesticTrout

    Does this mean the 690 line won’t see any changes for 2011?

    If so, I won’t feel so bad picking up the leftover 690 SMC at the local dealer.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler


  • voxveho

    If price was no object, that RC8 would be the one I’d buy. Today. As it is, I can think of better ways to blow 20 large. But it sure is purty.

    • miles_prower

      This past fall, Freedom Cycles in NH was blowing out a few RC8s (new, not used) for less than $15k. I had my eye on one they were listing on eBay for $13k “Buy Now”, before I came to my senses and realized I didn’t need a bike that had way more performance than I could ever handle.

      The East Coast market for street KTMs, as minuscule as it was, completely bottomed out during this recession.

      Freedom Cycle has an all-white RC8 listed for $15k now. I’d be surprised if you couldn’t talk them down by a full Grover.

      Okay… ‘nuf wasting my time window-shopping for KTMs. It must be a rainy Friday.

  • slowtire

    I agree. Their graphics design person(s) is outstanding. The detail in these pictures is amazing too.

    • miles_prower

      If you like the quality of KTM’s press photos, you can download high-res images of the current lineup here (after free registration):


  • MikeD

    That White/Orange RC8R looks AWESOME HOT!
    SMT growing on me too.

  • Sid-X

    What!? No Superduke?

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      They’ll continue selling it, it’s just unaltered.

      • Sid-X

        Ah, cool. I never get tired of mine but would like to see it evolve a little. In the meantime I will happily ride mine into the ground.

  • spidiracer

    Efffffff that RC8 is SEXY! The 990 Adventure Dakar though… Blarg. That 125 duke is really nice looking too…

    • miles_prower

      I agree, the origami styling of the RC8 remains uniquely beautiful, even though it was originally revealed FIVE years ago!!!

      More than once, I thought of buying an RC8 on looks alone, even though I’m not a sportbike/superbike kinda guy. (I have owned three KTMs though, and my current KTM is a Duke 690.)

      Photos don’t do the 990 Adventure justice. Personally, I don’t like its looks, but in real life, the thing looks all-out INTIMIDATING — in its own unique way.

  • http://www.urbanrider.co.uk UrbanRider

    MMmmmm every time an RC8 pulls up at the store, which isn’t often, I do turn into an excitable 4 year old!

  • specialist

    I’ve said it before, but now I’ll put it in writing. I would happily own any/all of the Ktm lineup. There’s nothing they do that leaves me cold.

    • miles_prower

      Even the soon-forgotten 2007 690 SMC, the most spy-vs-spy motorcycle ever? It looked uglier in real life. Even uglier than anything Terblanche f*cked up during his tenure at Ducati.

      • specialist

        Even the 690sm.

        All motards are fun, punchy, handle better than a sportbike in tight stuff and are easy to lose your license on… if vibey and limited (seat, ergo’s and tank range(I own a husky smr510). I’ve had a play on a mate’s 690sm, like all motards it punches the front into a wheely under power alone in the first 3 gears (can clutch them up in 4th and 5th even), but compared to my husky its got a comfier seat and less vibes when cruising.

        Don’t try and compare the style to an sportsbike, this is a tard and can only be compared to fellow tards. :D

        I got to take a clients super duke R out for a week before he sold it, and thats a laugh and a half too.

        Hope to swap my gsxr with a rideday buddy to get a go on his RC8R at my next trackday this summer.

        Maybe I’m biased, but I’ve been able to play on a lot of Ktm’s over the years and I wouldn’t kick any of them out of bed, they’re all very functional and fun. Sham I can’t afford any of the new stock.

        … Do I get HFL-points for my longest comment here yet?

  • Bronson

    Nice HFL decal on the 350 EXC-F Factory’s numberplate ;-)

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      It’s nice of them to help promote us like that, we really feel the love.


    Nice story! that RC8-R and 125 Duke are sexy.

  • cdsv

    No coincidence it was leaked just before Halloween. The whole line up is designed for this holiday.

  • http://www.smartcycleshopper.com/motorcycle-reviews/2011-harley-davidson-forty-eight-review/ DougD

    You forgot to include coverage of the KTM Strider PREbike, probably one of the most important debuts of 2011.


  • John

    Too bad KTM is more concerned with winning races than building bikes people want to own.

    • http://www.smartcycleshopper.com/motorcycle-reviews/2011-harley-davidson-forty-eight-review/ DougD

      There’s a pretty big market for race-proven engineering and technology, believe it or not.

  • http://www.tripleclamp.net Sasha Pave

    Great scoop HFL!

    KiskaDesign does such a fantastic job keeping the KTM brand contemporary.

    But I think it’s time to retire “Ready to Race” and broaden the line. The SMT is a great direction.