Let’s face it: getting the rear end loose while entering a corner, or “backing it in” is cool. Whether you’re on the bike or simply a spectator, sliding a motorcycle is fun to watch. If only it were so simple. Here, watch pro roadracer Jake Holden explain how he slides the rear end on his […]
Duke-Based 2015 200 KTM Supermoto Spied
KTM is following-up its small-displacement naked Duke and RC sportbike models with a new line of supermotos based off of the same platform. As with the Duke and RC models, we should expect KTM to offer supermotos in 125, 200 and 390 versions, all sharing similar engines and frames.
A test mule of what appears to be a KTM 125 or 200 Supermoto prototype was spotted fueling up somewhere in Europe and from the photograph (see below for a larger version) above we can see a swingarm, ten-spoke wheels and trellis frame that appear identical to those on the Duke.
The bodywork is covered in the usual camo pattern found on test bikes, but the white rear shock is unmistakably from KTM-owned WP Suspension. The rear shock and fork are longer than on the naked and sportbike models, and we can tell from the swingarm angle the supermoto offers greater ground clearance.
The undertail exhaust appears similar to those equipped on the KTM 450 SMR and 450 XC-F. The mirrors, lights and tires however mean the supermoto will be street legal.