New KTM 125 & Super Duke Brake Problems?

June 19, 2009
Ian Kerr
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Our man in Europe, Ian delivers a monthly dose of those tasty rumors and hearsay from across the pond that make up our Euro Gossip column.

The undeniable leader of the Orange Army  the 2007 990 Super Duke.
For those riding their KTM Super Duke bikes though the winter months, should keep an eye out for corrosion on the brakes.

Delivering some positive motorcycle industry news, KTM  reports that it has succeeded in increasing its share of the European market by 5.2% since the start of its current financial year. It also reported that its ongoing project with major shareholder Indian manufacturer Bajaj will result in a launch of a small capacity (125cc) motorcycle at the Milan bike show in November this year.

KTM boss Stefan Pierer also announced the Austrian firms aim was also still to produce an electrically-powered enduro motorcycle and this was still an ongoing project. However, despite all these positive points they too announced a financial loss, staff cuts and short-time working for staff.

In the UK there have been claims that the brakes have locked on the Super Duke, causing riders to fall off causing injury and in some cases extensive damage. Initial investigations show that the problem is confined to bikes ridden throughout the winter, resulting in corrosion affecting the Brembo calipers. Currently it is the subject of an ongoing investigation and the numbers are thought to be low and confined to those machines ridden all year!

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