KTM UK will be at Motorcycle Live in full force with the chance to see the 2018 collection for the first time, test ride highlights from the current range, have the chance to get up close to KTM Factory Racing machines, meet MotoGP rider Bradley Smith* and also have the chance to win prizes – including the all-new KTM 790 DUKE. Beginning at Birmingham’s NEC on Saturday November 18, Motorcycle Live is the UK largest motorcycle show and runs for nine days, concluding on Sunday November 26.

The main KTM stand (Hall 3, Stand 3D20) will be the first place to see the 2018 range in the UK for the first time. More diverse than ever with a comprehensive collection of naked, supersports, adventure, sports touring and off-road machines, the all-new KTM 790 DUKE and KTM FREERIDE 250 F take centre stage as all-new models for the new year.


The KTM 790 DUKE is the star of the show, sharing many family traits with it’s big brother the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R, the 790 DUKE gets a new 799cc parallel twin motor. Dubbed ‘The Scalpel’, the lithe chassis and state of the art technology combined with lean-angle sensitive Motorcycle Traction Control (MTC), Cornering ABS, a Quickshifter+ system and Launch Control are all standard features on a machine that looks anything but standard.

The Freeride range also sees big changes for 2018. The FREERIDE 250 F is a completely new model, replacing the 350cc four-stroke and 250cc two-stroke machines of before. 

The  electric KTM FREERIDE E-XC is also on show. Powered by a state-of-the-art electric motor with a peak of 18kW fitted into a re-designed composite frame, updated WP Suspension and a 50% increased KTM PowerPack that now provides one and a half hours of riding time.


Highlights from the 2017 KTM Street range will be available for free demo rides in three different areas of the show. In the TEST RIDE ZONE, showgoers can sign up for a ride on either the 690 DUKE1090 ADVENTURE1290 SUPER ADVENTURE S1290 SUPER DUKE GT or ‘The Beast’ 1290 SUPER DUKE R for a ride around the surrounding roads to the show.

In the EXPERIENCE ADVENTURE, the 1090 ADVENTURE R and 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R await riders to introduce them to their first taste of adventure riding which will include tuition, on bike set-up, body positioning and balance across a number of testing terrains.

The Get On TWO WHEEL TASTER is open to people aged 14 and over who are thinking of taking up or returning to riding motorcycles and gives them a 20 minute motorcycle lessons with a professional instructor and provide protective clothing too on either the new KTM 125 DUKE or KTM RC 125.


The KTM READY TO RACE feature (Hall 3, Stand 3D10) will allow visitors to get up and close to some of KTM’s Factory race machines. For Grand Prix fans, the KTM RC 16 MotoGP will be flanked by the race-winning Moto2 and Moto3 bikes, along with a Red Bull Rookies Cup bikes. Also, Enduro star Jonny Walker’s KTM 300 EXC, Sam Sunderland’s new 450 Rally and Antonio Cairoli’s MXGP-winning KTM 450 SX-F. Red Bull KTM MotoGP rider, Bradley Smith, will also be in attendance on Saturday November 18, signing autographs on the KTM stand and taking part in activities and a Q&A session on the main stage.

As well as the chance to win a new KTM 790 DUKE by visiting the show’s website, each day on the Black Horse Stage, the KTM ADVENTURE TRAVEL PACK competition will give show visitors the opportunity to compete for prizes in a crazy challenge that sees them race to pack as many items into a 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE S – but there’s a twist. Set the benchmark time on Saturday November 18 will be Red Bull KTM Factory Racing MotoGP rider, Bradley Smith.

There’s also chance to get your hands on the latest KTM PowerWear collection at the official shop on Stand 3D20. Rammed with casual and functional clothing to must-have accessories for any KTM fan, there’s something for everyone no matter their age. For visitors that have taken a KTM demo ride at the show, they’ll also receive a £10 voucher to spend in the KTM Shop.

Book your tickets at www.motorcyclelive.com and discover more about KTM at www.ktm.com

* Bradley Smith only appearing on Saturday November 18
Tony Carter

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