2015 KTM 1050 Adventure and Aprilla RSV 4

"Aprilla RSV4"

KTM came to India, caught the attention of millions and has stayed in the hearts of riders ever since. Those of you wondering why KTM needs to build both an 1190 Adventure as well as a 1290 Super Adventure, here is your chance to get bewildered. This Austrian Motorcycle brand officially unveiled the new 1050 Adventure that is an ADV machine at the EICMA show held at Milan in 2014. This brand is headed to India in 2015.


KTM says that the new 1050 is intended for that person who believes a two-cylinder enduro bike can never be light enough, or someone who simply despises the added weight that always seems to magically appear on large sport-tourers.

Here is everything that you need to know about the 1050 KTM bike.

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Powering the KTM 1050 Adventure is a 1,050cc, 75-degree V-twin petrol motor producing a claimed 95 BHP of power & 75 Nm of torqque mated to a 6-speed gearbox. The motorcycle weighs well over 200 kg, but shouldn’t be too much of a problem since most of the big-bike owners are used to handling their 200 kg + motorcycles on the Indian streets. Seat height of 840+ mm will surely not invite riders of all heights.

"1050 Adventure"
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In terms of features, KTM has ensured that this bike will consist of everything that is essential for modern day riders. With a hefty price tag, this bike surely provides a lot. Firstly, you will come across the ferocious and powerful LED DRL’s. The bike has KTM trellis frame in signature orange that compliments the black bodywork. It has WP Suspension and carries Keihin engine management system. Interestingly, this bike has 3 different riding modes; Sport, Street and Rain. It also has features like Traction Control, ABS, Slipper clutch, cat alloy wheel whims, Adjustable foot pegs, Adjustable handle bar, Adjustable front windscreen, Wrist guards, Long Conventional exhaust pipe, luggage mounting section at the back, Engine Sump Guard, a 23 liter fuel tank, 110 / 80 / R 18 front tyre and 150/70/R17 rear tyre.

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Build Quality:

KTM has great reliability and the build quality of the upcoming bike seems quite reliable.

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The KTM 1050 Adventure is not quite a price friendly bike. With a whooping price tag ranging between Rs. 10 to Rs. 15 lakhs, you might be wondering if the bike would get any buyers. But, it is sure to attract plenty of buyers.


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Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC ABS:

The RSV 4 from Aprilla was launched way back in 2009. The little company from Noale, Italy, has won four manufacturer and three rider titles in World Superbike competition. The RSV4 has been a great platform, and the 2016 version represents another crucial step in the ongoing development of the RSV4 model.

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First off, the Aprilla ASV4 Engine carries a DOHC 65-degree V-4, four valves per cylinder with Unleaded Petrol fuel capacity. It has a total capacity of 999.6 cc and has a bore X Stroke 78 x 52.3 mm. The vehicle delivers a maximum power of 201 hp at 13000 RPM. The vehicle has an Air box with front dynamic air intakes. Variable-length intake ducts controlled via the engine control unit. 4 Marelli 48-mm throttle bodies with 8 injectors and latest generation Ride-By-Wire engine management. Multiple engine maps selectable by the rider with bike in motion: T (Track), S (Sport), R (Race). The vehicle has 6-speed transmission.


In terms of features, the vehicle carries an APRC System (Aprilia Performance Ride Control), which includes Traction Control (ATC), Wheelie Control (AWC), Launch Control (ALC), all of which can be configured and deactivated independently. It RSV4 comes in 2-different designations; RR and the limited edition RF (only 500 units will be made).

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Build Quality:

The vehicle carries Aluminum dual beam chassis with pressed and cast sheet elements. It has plenty of foreseen adjustments such as headstock position and rake, new engine height, swing arm pin height, non=adjustable sachs steering damper.

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In terms of suspension, the bike has Sachs fork with 43 mm stanchions; [Öhlins fork with TIN surface treatment]. Low profile forged aluminum radial calliper mountings. Adjustable spring preload and hydraulic compression and rebound damping. It also has 120 mm wheel travel. The rear suspension on this bike consists of Double braced aluminum swing arm; mixed low thickness and sheet casting technology. Sachs monoshock adjustable in: hydraulics in rebound damping and compression, spring preload, centre-to-centre length [Öhlins Racing monoshock with piggy-back, fully adjustable in: spring preload, wheelbase and hydraulic compression and rebound damping. APS progressive linkage. Wheel travel 130 mm. In terms of braking, the bike has Dual 320-mm diameter floating stainless steel disc with lightweight stainless steel rotor and aluminum flange with 6 pins. Brembo M430 monobloc radial callipers with four 30 mm opposing pistons. Sintered pads. Radial pump and metal braided brake hose front brakes. In terms of rear braking, the bike has 220 mm diameter disc; Brembo calliper with two 32 mm separate pistons. Sintered pads. Pump with integrated tank and metal braided hose. ABS Bosch 9MP, adjustable to 3 maps, equipped with RLM (Rear wheel Lift-up Mitigation) strategy which can be disengaged.


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In terms of features, the Bike has Digital Speedometer, Fuel gauge, Analogue Tachometer, Digital fuel gauge, Trip meter and electric start.

The bike is available in a few exciting colors; Racing Black, Glam White, Black Competition and Sunlit yellow.


In terms of pricing, owning the Aprilla RSV 4 bike is almost as close as fantasy. The bike is priced at Rs. 26, 83, 560/- (Ex showroom Mumbai)


KTM 390 Duke-Ownership Review

During the middle Ages, the title “Duke” refers to the member of noble classes or the Monarch ruling a fief. In India, people are not much used to this title until few years ago, when Austria based motorcycle manufacturer KTM launched its KTM Bikes here. Bajaj autos has partnered with KTM to launch a series of KTM bikes in India. This partnership has seen a runaway success through the KTM 200 Duke and KTM 390 Duke. KTM 390 Duke was launched in India in mid 2013.

Lead up:

I have owned a Yamaha RX100, Pulsar 150 and Pulsar 200NS so far. Pleased with the performance of Pulsar motorbikes, i would call myself as a fan. Bajaj Auto owns a considerable stake in KTM, which produces KTM bikes at the Chakan unit, Pune. As per the law of natural progression I started to look for my next valuable possession which is an orange and black KTM 390 Duke.  I opted for this color scheme due to its striking attitude and eye catching graphics. And finally took delivery of the bike from Khivraj motors, Bangalore.

With the Bike:

KTM 390

 KTM 390 Duke:

If you feel that KTM 200 Duke offers you adequate power, you need to rethink because KTM 390 offers you much more. The fun of riding a KTM 390 comes from the 375 CC liquid cooled single cylinder engine. The moment you start to shift gears, you will feel the racier personality of the bike which starts to surround the rider too. KTM 390 refined 6 speed gearbox gives you a rewarding experience at higher rpm. KTM 390 develops 43bhp which gives this leaner bike a better power to weight ratio. The bike starts to give a satisfying performance starting from 5000 rpm onwards.

KTM 390

The factory fitted silencer is not an Akrapovic, but the 3 chamber silencer is well positioned near to the overall center of gravity of the bike. The exhaust note sounds music to your ears at higher power band. Catalytic converter helps in meeting the emission norms. The 11 litre fuel tank is ergonomically designed which offers a better knee contact. The front and rear disc brakes offer a better braking experience. The front disc is fitted on the left side and the rear one on the right side of the tire.

The wide rear metzeler tire offers better grip in dry and wet road conditions. The riding position is good and not compromised for its sporty stance. Even when taking long trips – given the fact that I used to do frequent weekend trips from Bangalore to Mysore on KTM 390. It’s faster as well as quicker. It’s brilliant. Now coming to factors which could have been better is its overheating and pillion seat comfort. Overheating makes me uncomfortable at times especially in bumper to bumper traffic. The Pillion seat is comfortable only if you have model type girlfriend 😉  Coming to the running costs, I am getting around a mileage of 30 km/litre.

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Dealership Experience:

I bought the bike from Khivraj motors in Bangalore and I am happy with the dealership experience. After sales service is good and they do it in a timely manner. So far I haven’t done any aftermarket fitments and no plans in near future too.


KTM doesn’t face much competition in this segment in India, as there are not much competitor bikes except the Royal Enfield Continental GT. KTM 390 Duke was awarded “Bloomberg TV-Autocar Bike of the Year 2014” and “2014 CNBC TV-18 Overdrive Bike of the Year”. The reason cited was its performance, ride, handling, decent fuel efficiency and a value for money (price-tag) in a winning package. I expect the KTM will sure do a good job, when they launch their much expected KTM 125 for the young, price conscious consumer segment. Among the various Bikes in India, KTM bikes standout among the crowd and it’s a sure head turner which I personally have observed many times. This bike lives truly to the KTM motto of “Ready to Race” for bike enthusiasts. I would say in one line about KTM bikes as “The Austrian prince who has won Indian bikers hearts”.

A word of caution: I would suggest my fellow bikers to wear the right gear and choose the right helmet (with proper safety ratings). Ride defensively at crowded places which will make you less vulnerable. At the same time, enjoy your driving and happy motoring.

My Dream Bike: Suzuki Hayabusa GSX1300R

Thanks to Parashuram for sharing his Ownership experience

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