Remember the middleweight adventure from KTM that we saw in August 2016? Well, that motorcycle will be accompanied by an Enduro version and spy images of a pre-production test mule of the off-road variant, the Enduro 800, have already surfaced courtesy MoreBikes. KTM’s middleweight adventure isn’t a highly guarded secret as Stefan Pierer, CEO of the Austrian two-wheeler brand, confirmed the development of the motorcycle in an interview and we already saw a test mule earlier this year.
Visually, the test mule of the enduro gets different body panels over the motorcycle that was spotted earlier. Moreover, this recently spotted motorcycle features the off-road spec knobby tyres. But the hardware such as the long travel suspension, swingarm and tall set exhaust canister are identical to the previously spied motorcycle. The enduro motorcycle, as seen in the new spy images, features long travel WP suspension upfront, wire-spoked wheels, knobby tyres and a tall set exhaust canister. Braking duties will be provided by Brembo sourced dual discs upfront and a single disc at the rear.
Mechanically, the motorcycle will draw power from KTM’s newly developed parallel twin-cylinder engine that will also propel the new Duke 790, although with a different state of tune.
The test mule looks far from being production ready and we expect to see the final product at the next year’s EICMA motorcycle show. We may see the new set of headlights from the KTM’s adventure motorcycle family making way on this middleweight although it’s a little to early to comment on that front.
Once launched, this middleweight upcoming middleweight will go against the Triumph Tiger 800 and the recently introduced Ducati Multistrada 950 and looking at KTM’s aggressive pricing strategy, it would probably retail at a highly competitive price tag in the segment.