Spy shots: KTM Duke

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Published on 28 November 2014 by Gill

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Spy shots surfacing from Spain have lead to excitement over the new KTM Dukes range. Popular on the market since 2011, the images that have emerged suggest updates to several of the Austrian manufacturers bestselling bikes are currently being trailed.  

The new range looks set to includes the 1290 Super Duke R, an almost like-for -like replacement for the 990 SM-T, but with significant new additions. These include a fly screen for touring capabilities, a revised and longer sub-frame and a more defined two-piece seat arrangement.  Updated versions of the 125, 200 and 390 appear to be undergoing testing, with subtle aesthetic improvements and developments to their structures evident from the shots.

New sub-frames, which at this stage are bolt on rather than welded, could make the bikes more crash resistant and the revised rider rearsets and repositioned rear indicators are other notable advances. With the largest bike in the range, the 390, we also see a switch from underbelly to side mounted exhaust, potentially to reduce exhaust noise or emissions. 

It is likely that any revisions will be officially unveiled at the 2015 EICMA show in Milan, with the new models available in 2016.