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KTM 950 Super Enduro R

KTM 950 Super Enduro R

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SPURRED on by the antics of those mad in Weston last weekend talking the beach racers not the fallers from the bridge who proceedings), I couldn’t help but the opportunity of riding KTM’s enormous Super Enduro R for a

It’s a remarkable bike to With a seat that’s a full metre off the ground, it come with a rope as standard. At six-foot tall, and adopted a fresh mounting I could only just my tiptoes on both sides. on flat ground, somewhat on an adverse camber.

With wheels, long travel and a raised headlamp, this orange motor scares the out of car drivers without even to.

Combine this with underseat exhausts that insanely and you have a bike is surprisingly good at zipping traffic. Not only does every car tuck in for you, the are a good six inches above car and that really is handy. You can see for too, above cars, and MPVs.

Only buses and obstruct the view.

Performance-wise, a bit hairy on the open road. The LC8 is a direct lift from the 950SM supermoto and is very indeed. It’s carburetted a manual choke and, warmed up, its response is instant. from the torquey V-twin is and it can be a struggle to keep the front planted.

Its only downside on the road apart from cutting out at junctions — is the very that makes this what it is: the knobbly tyres. Continental Twinduros are at best on corners, providing you don’t the proverbial, and top speed is recommended to be to 100mph. Fortunately, KTM have this expensive machine the finest Brembo brakes and rear, just in case you get away heading into the

Locking the rear on Tarmac is not to be on a bike of this height and

The first three days I with the Super Enduro R all on-road, and aside from the open-mouthed stares at filling I was beginning to wonder why you would with £8,000 for a bike although fun, is a bit on the primitive The switchgear is the most basic seen in a decade, the cables get in the way of the and its height can become wearing if all doing is popping out for a loaf of

Only one thing for it, and that’s to it off the beaten track. If this was angry on the road, it’s blood now. Sure, heavy for a moto-crosser, but this of torque and grip on muddy, rutted tracks is simply This really is no pretend The WP long-travel suspension helps up the worst of the bumps while the Enduro’s weight helps the wheel with traction.

It’s a hugely powerful and dirt bike, allowing the to climb all over it and keep out of tight turns, its long and smooth torque curve enormous confidence.

You have a of riding position, too, by the long bench seat. You can get up to the tank for more control, sit and cruise while the headlamp the wind over you, or advantage of the high bars and on the pegs when the going really tough. But what’s unbelievable is that a bike this good off road can sit comfortably all day at motorway speeds, not to duck through the rush traffic with style.

The KTM Enduro R is an enormously addictive and offers a real natural If you’re into road but also fancy a bit of the other, you to give one a go. Or if you’re mostly off-roading but need something to get you into work and back, the Enduro R could be just the you need.

A bit like scaling Ben Nevis, a hell of a climb, but once made it, the feeling’s amazing.

written: October 22, 2007

The KTM 950 Enduro R was kindly loaned by Motorcycles of Bath Road, For more information about rides, call Fowlers on 977 0466.


Price: £8,195 (@ Oct 2007)

942cc, 70 deg V-twin

Top speed: 120 mph (est)

Power: 98 bhp at rpm

Torque: 66 lb/ft at 7,000 rpm

KTM 950 Super Enduro R
KTM 950 Super Enduro R
KTM 950 Super Enduro R
KTM 950 Super Enduro R


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