PH2: new Duke and KTM adventure bikes

Both Ducati and KTM have unveiled new adventure bikes, showing once again how important this category of machine is to manufacturers.

Ducati has updated its Multistrada with a new look, a tweak to the Testastretta engine and the addition of a semi-active suspension system. Called Ducati Skyhook Suspension (DSS), the system creates an imaginary ‘hook’ in the air that the electronics use to calculate the suspension’s movement and to keep the bike level and pitch-free.

Ducati will release more information when the bike is launched later this month. PH2 will bring you a full technical explanation when we get our heads around it!

KTM 1190: 150bhp on gravel anyone?
KTM 1190: 150bhp on gravel anyone?
Over in Austria, KTM has updated the Adventure and Adventure R with a new 150hp 1190 engine that contains ride-by-wire technology, traction control and a slipper clutch. The chassis gets electronic WP suspension, a new look and adjustable riding position. Again, more info will be released later this month.

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  • Greenslade 20 Sep 2012

    they need to get rid of that beak !

  • shanes 20 Sep 2012

    fk they are ugly and i love KTM's

  • garypotter 20 Sep 2012

    Ducati "Skyhook" Suspension
    Other upgrades include - A long wait, Tartan Paint and a left handed hammer!!

  • garypotter 20 Sep 2012

    And a new bubble for the spirit level

  • fwaggie 20 Sep 2012

    Spot the PHer that hasn't heard of Maserati Sky Hook suspension smile
    (which is apparently a lot better than what preceded it)

    The Multistrada is a nice looking bike in the flesh, same power as this new KTM, I wonder if Ducati will tweak the power to get one up on KTM?!

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