In a celebration of three decades of relentless innovation and performance. KTM proudly unveils the latest additions to its iconic DUKE model range. The journey that began in 1994 with the introduction of the inaugural KTM DUKE marking its 30th anniversary. Evolved into a symbolic legacy of power, style, and groundbreaking technology.
The Birth of a Legend: 1994 – 1999
The roots of the KTM DUKE trace back to 1994 when KTM revolutionized the street motorcycle scene with the first DUKE model. Sporting a robust 609 cc single-cylinder engine, the 1994 DUKE defied conventional design norms. Further, embracing a Supermoto-street fighter hybrid with unapologetic naked styling. This audacious approach resonated with riders, establishing the DUKE as a symbol of raw and unbridled riding experience.
The success prompted KTM to introduce the DUKE II in 1999. Further, marking the beginning of the Naked segment within the KTM street motorcycle lineup. Over the years, the DUKE range expanded with various engine capacities and cylinders. That, included the powerful 990 SUPER DUKE in 2005. Basically, a cult favorite that set the stage for the 990 SUPER DUKE R in 2008.
KTM Duke Anniversary | Expanding Boundaries: 2008 – 2014
The year 2008 also witnessed the launch of the KTM 690 DUKE, a muscular single-cylinder machine challenging design norms. This model laid the foundation for the distinctive DUKE attitude seen in subsequent iterations.
As the DUKE family grew, 2011 introduced smaller capacity models like the KTM 125 DUKE. Further, providing ample power and maneuverability without compromising the DUKE personality. The KTM 200 DUKE in 2012 and the KTM 390 DUKE in 2013 expanded the lineup, catering to urban riders with nimble handling and punchy power delivery.
In 2014, KTM disrupted the Naked motorcycle segment with the introduction of “THE BEAST” – the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R. Further, featuring a formidable 1,301cc V-twin engine. This model paved the way for a new segment, leading to the more travel-focused KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE GT in 2016.
A New Era Dawns: 2018 Onward
The DUKE evolution reached a turning point in 2018 with the introduction of the KTM 790 DUKE, signaling a new era of performance and style with a powerful parallel-twin engine, cutting-edge electronics, and bold design.
Now, as KTM marks three decades of DUKE excellence, three anniversary models make their debut. The KTM 390 DUKE, at the entry level, showcases distinctive styling, a class-leading electronics package, and unrivaled performance. The KTM 990 DUKE, equipped with an all-new LC8c parallel-twin, enters the 1,000 cc Naked segment with enhanced dimensions, advanced technology, and heightened street presence.
Pinnacle of Power: KTM 1390 SUPER DUKE R and KTM 1390 SUPER DUKE R EVO
At the pinnacle of hyper-naked motorcycles, the KTM 1390 SUPER DUKE R and the KTM 1390 SUPER DUKE R EVO embody immense power, unmatched electronics, and a revolutionary design direction. To commemorate this milestone, the three models feature exclusive “30 YEARS OF DUKE” livery inspired by their predecessors.
Celebrating DUKE Enthusiasts: Giveaway and Launch Extravaganza
In a gesture of appreciation to DUKE enthusiasts, KTM conducted a giveaway via digital platforms. Further, awarding lucky winners with a KTM 390 DUKE, a KTM 990 DUKE, and a KTM 1390 SUPER DUKE R. With over 700,000 entries received, the DUKE legacy continues to captivate riders worldwide.
KTM officially launches its “30 YEARS OF DUKE” campaign at the International Media Launch in Almeria, Spain. Press and associated partners will have the opportunity to experience the 2024 KTM 390 DUKE, KTM 990 DUKE, KTM 1390 SUPER DUKE R, and KTM 1390 SUPER DUKE R EVO models in their natural habitats.
This historic launch marks the first time in KTM history that three new models are introduced simultaneously. Winners of the DUKE giveaway will join the event, accompanied by KTM Ambassador Rok Bagaros and KTM royalty Jeremy McWilliams. Further, providing firsthand insights into the capabilities of the new DUKE models.
Thrilling Experiences: Media Coverage and Test Rides
Over two days, the media will cover 115 km along Spain’s scenic coastline and twisty passes aboard the KTM 390 DUKE. Further, participate in a gymkhana course, and experience a dedicated road ride led by KTM staff with the KTM 990 DUKE. Simultaneously, Jeremy McWilliams will lead a track session for the KTM 1390 SUPER DUKE R and KTM 1390 SUPER DUKE R EVO. Especially, featuring specially built versions equipped with KTM PowerParts, WP PRO COMPONENTS Suspension, and slick tires.
To conclude this extraordinary launch, an afterparty fit for a DUKE awaits the press and DUKE winners. Further, celebrating the anniversary in the pits with the entire KTM DUKE range sharing the spotlight. As the curtain rises on the next chapter of DUKE evolution. Further, KTM reaffirms its commitment to pushing boundaries and setting new standards in the world of hyper-naked motorcycles.