KTM announced at the 2014 EICMA motorshow in Milan that they would be looking to fill a gap in their product line up by way of new midcapacity v-twin powered bikes ranging between 600cc and 800cc in size. Despite releasing a large number of new models over the past few years, there’s a distinct lack of mid-range road bikes from KTM in this area. As it stands, between the 390 Duke/RC390 and the 1050 Adventure sits the 690 Duke and Enduro – single cylinder machine which really pushes the capacity limits of what most people are prepared to accept from a thumper.
Cycle World has obtained some spy pictures showing a test mule based on the 690 Enduro being run alongside a BMW F800GS – a parallel twin bike that KTM would be squarely targeting given the success KTM has had in the offroad category with it’s larger capacity bikes.
Unlike the current KTM 690 Enduro, this test mule/prototype has the exhaust on the right hand side of the bike rather than the left and is hanging off the side of the rear more. While the plumbing from the engine indicates it’s still using the single cylinder engine, the fact that it’s being tested alongside the BMW bike indicates that KTM is having a good look at how the BMW performs.
According to Stefan Pierer, head of KTM, the time frame for these new machines is around three years so don’t hold off on making your new purchase. The platforms will also be available to sister company Husqvarna.