KTM Reveal 2019 – KTM revealed their 2019 MY Enduro machines this week, but with most of the big changes with new engines and then fuel injected two strokes happening in the last two years, the new models have been only mildly tweaked from the 2018 versions. The biggest and most obvious change is to heap a load more orange into the mix, with the number boards and frame getting the full Jaffa treatment. The orange frame is said to make it look more like the factory machines, but it’s a move that the Austrian manufacturer has used before when there are less significant changes between model years. In reality, the most changes have been in the 125 and 150 Enduro bikes, with the engines being made slimmer and more powerful thanks to changes in the clutch, porting and power valve.
For the other models, the changes are confined to the colour, graphics, new seat with ribbing and tweaks to the suspension. At the front that translates to a new stiffer setting for the WP Xplor 48mm forks to prevent bottoming out on those big hits and also to maintain ground contact on the way back up. The same tweak has been applied to the rear shock to match the stiffening of the front end. Oh and there’s a new and more powerful lithium battery for all but the 125 – that has no e-start – but if that kind of detail excites you, you need to get out more ….
The ever popular Six Day models are in the livery for the Chile event later in the year and come with the usual upgrades and farkles, but with sister company Husqvarna starting with a higher spec to start with, the 6D versions are the closest KTM come to matching their own internal competition. No matter – they will still fly out of the showrooms.
At present the KTM website doesn’t have the information on the new models, but that will no doubt change in the coming weeks. In the meantime, just check out the gallery and start saving up.
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All studio images – H Mitterbauer / KTM Images
All action images – R Schedl / KTM Images