A Street-Legal KTM X-Bow is in Development


The road-going KTM X-Bow will pack the same engine as the Audi RS3, and should deliver insane performance.

When I wrote about the latest version of the KTM X-Bow back in 2020, I called it a “top contender for the coolest car rocking Audi power.” And for what it’s worth? I stand by that. It’s a wicked-looking track weapon designed to deliver quick lap times and destroy the competition, and it’s been successful in race series around the world. There’s nothing “race car for the road” about this machine either, as it’s not street legal even — even on its home turf of Austria. But that’s about to change, as KTM is developing a road-going version. Have mercy.

Like the track-only version, the new KTM supercar will sport the same mill as Audi’s RS3, which Ingolstadt ships with 401 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. Now, once the mad scientists at KTM got their hands on it, the little five-pot was stoked to deliver a whopping 600 horsepower and 531 lb-ft of torque in the track machines. Given all the emissions restrictions that street-legal cars are required to conform to, it’s unclear whether those sky-high numbers will be sustainable. But we do know that gear changes will be handled by KTM’s seven-speed direct-shift transmission, and that, unlike the Audi, the X-Bow will be rear-wheel drive.


Of course, even if KTM doesn’t manage to get more poke out of Audi’s mill, performance will be spine-tingling. Because by any measure, the X-Bow is a featherweight, as it’s constructed from a Dallara-sourced, 176-pound carbon monocoque. Race versions tip the scales at around 2,300 pounds, so it’ll be interesting to see how close the company can get to that number after it adds all the necessary safety equipment required to register it. As you might expect, there’s little hope that X-Bow will be legal to drive on our shores…

Well, except that something similar has been available here before. Back in 2014, English company Radical unleased the RXC and RXC Turbo on well-heeled Americans. And while the power levels were more modest in comparison to the KTM’s, so was the weight — as the Brits delivered a street-legal version that weighed less than 2,000 pounds. And as insane as that sounds? I can assure you that the performance will blow your mind. Because I was once a passenger in a Radical powered by a Suzuki Hayabusa engine, and even though that was over a decade ago, nothing since has compared in the slightest. Hopefully, we’ll get some video of this baby in action soon!

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New Evotech KTM 390 Duke Parts For Better Protection

Evotech Performance has been around for a while, producing a range of aftermarket parts from their Lincolnshire base. And they’ve now turned their attention to the KTM 390 Duke. As a smaller 375cc A2 learner legal motorcycle it’s not only a great motorcycle. It’s also one that appeals to younger and newer riders. So it makes sense that the new Evotech KTM 390 Duke parts will give the bike more crash protection, as well as looking good.

The parts will all fit the 2017-2018 model year, and can all be bought separately as required. And Evotech kit is used by race teams from BSB to MotoGP and the Isle of Man TT, as well as on special projects by the likes of Guy Martin. So you can probably put a fair bit of confidence in it doing the job. There are actually 8 new Evotech KTM 390 Duke parts and accessories to run through, so sit back and get your credit card out.

The Evotech KTM 390 Duke 2017-2018 Tail Tidy:

Starting at the rear is a tail tidy for the KTM 390 Duke which has a clean and uncluttered finish. You keep the original license plate light and indicators to make it easy to fit. But the Concealed Designed Wire Technology (CDWT) approach means that you hide everything away, but with additional plate mounts, reflector and LED lights included where international markets might require them.

Evotech KTM 390 Duke Tail-Tidy

The Evotech Tail Tidy is made from CNC-machined lightweight aircraft grade aluminium with a black powder coated finish. And the result is a weight of 760g. It costs £124.99 with all the required fixings included.

The Evotech KTM 390 Duke Radiator Guard:

The radiator guard will give you protection from debris and damage. But the hexagonal matrix pattern means you still get the best possible airflow to keep things cool. Like the tail tidy, it’s constructed from aircraft quality aluminium and finished in black powder coat with the edges deburred.

Evotech KTM 390 Duke Radiator Guard

The Evotech Radiator Guard for the KTM 390 Duke fits to the existing mounting points, doesn’t need any modifications, and comes with all the fittings you’ll require. It weighs 120g, and will cost you £54.98.

The Evotech KTM 390 Duke Rectifier Guard:

Next up is the Rectifier Guard, which might look pretty similar to the radiator version. That’s because it has the same pattern to let air in while also stopping as much damage as possible. And you’re once again looking at high quality aluminium machined to fit with black powder coating, and no need for modification to the existing mounting points on your 390 Duke.

Evotech KTM 390 Duke Rectifier Guard

It costs just £29.99, and weighs 80g. And the Rectifier Guard comes with replacement stainless steel fasteners included.

The Evotech KTM 390 Duke Crash Protectors:

It’s a sad fact that newer riders tend to have more accidents. Hopefully most will be minor low-speed incidents which don’t injure more than pride, but can have a bit impact on your bike. So the Evotech Performance Crash Protectors have an anodised aluminium core, polyurethane washers and injection moulded nylon to protector your motorcycle and bodywork from getting damaged by contact.

Evotech KTM 390 Duke Crash Protectors

You don’t need to modify your KTM for them to fit, and they come with replacement fasteners with spacers for everything to come together without any problem. They do add 1.38kg of weight, but it’s worth it to save the time and cost of damage, for just £109.99. And if you need individual parts, they’re also available via Evotech Performance.

The Evotech KTM 390 Duke Front Spindle Bobbins:

Use the original front fork mounting points to add the high quality nylon spindle protection bobbins. They weight 80g and feature anodised internal aluminium spacer mounts.

Evotech KTM 390 Duke Front Spindle Bobbin

Subtle and effective, the bobbins will cost you just £25, including the supplied fasteners.

The Evotech KTM 390 Duke Exhaust Hanger:

Want to add even more style to your KTM? What about a race-style aluminium exhaust hanger which also ditches both of the original pillion footpegs if you don’t plan on letting passengers come for a ride? It’s CNC machined and black powder coated with chamfered leading edges for a factory style finish.

Evotech KTM 390 Duke Exhaust Hanger

To always have an excuse to ride solo, and to get the race look will cost you £44.99, and the hanger has a weight of 240g, which will mean a decent saving once the pillion pegs have gone into the garage or bin.

The Evotech KTM 390 Duke Paddock Stand Bobbins:

There’s a reason why people use paddock stands, even if their motorcycle came with a sidestand. It can make maintenance a lot easier and safer, as well as keeping your bike stored securely. Balancing a bike on a sidestand to spin the rear wheel and lube the chain only takes one slip to turn into a bit of a disaster, for example.

Evotech KTM 390 Duke Paddock Stand-Bobbin

Paddock stands aren’t too expensive, but bikes rarely come with any method to use them as standard. So the Evotech Performance Paddock Stand Bobbins come with mounting bolts to secure the two-piece nylon outers and stainless steel inner sleeve with bespoke spacers. They weigh 120g and cost £25.

The Evotech KTM 390 Duke Toe Guard:

Another part which will make your KTM look a bit more trick, as well as potentially helping safety, the toe guard will reduce the chance of your lower leg coming into contact with the chain and drive line. And it means a carbon fibre ‘shark fin’ profiled guard like racers use, along with the included stainless steel mounting fasteners.

Evotech KTM 390 Duke Toe Guard

The Evotech Performance Toe Guard will cost you £44.99 and weighs 140g.

Even More Evotech KTM 390 Duke Parts

So that little lot will definitely make a difference to how your KTM 390 Duke looks. And there are still more products available which weren’t described in detail, such as the Evotech KTM 390 Duke mirror extensions, if you’re struggling to see what’s behind you. They do make the mirrors look more like the antennae of an insect, but taller riders will find them invaluable to keep an eye on following traffic.

Evotech KTM 390 Duke Front Straight

And the end result of all the Evotech KTM 390 Duke parts is a bit more style, and a lot more crash protection. Which sounds like a decent plan if you want to keep your mini-Duke in good nick. Or take it on track and minimise the risks to bike and rider.

Evotech KTM 390 Duke Parts

Time to get the credit card out…

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New Adjustable Machineart ADVance Guard Handguards

Some of the best ideas tend to be simple ones. And for versatility and avoiding the need to unbolt guards, these new adjustable Machineart ADVance Guard Handguards could well make the cut. With the frame fitted, you can choose to slip an insert in for additional warmth and protection, and also slide a shield up and down for more coverage. So you don’t have to take them on or off, and then discover the bolts went missing in the garage in the Summer. Or they’ve seized up on your bike.

New Adjustable Machineart ADVance Guard Handguards Open

The Machineart ADVance Guard Handguards consist of a wide aluminium Safety Frame which allows the air to pass through it. But still means your hands, brake and clutch levers are protected from knocks, scrapes and falls. Which is useful. And it fits to the handlebars and bar ends with lightweight forced aluminium mounts shaped to avoid messing with any cables. And they look alright for everyday riding, too.

But what happens if the weather gets cooler?

New Adjustable Machineart ADVance Guard Handguards Closed

Then you just snap in the Machineart ADVance Guard Handguards Insert, obviously. So that will provide some extra wind and weather protection for your hands. And also more defense against stones and other debris hitting your paws. So if you’re riding off-road behind someone, it’ll mean less chance of getting a pebble propelled by a rear tyre into your digits. If you’ve had it happen, you know how much it hurts.

But what if it gets even colder? Or the bike in front is sending up a rooster tail of gravel and debris?

New Adjustable Machineart ADVance Guard Handguards Extended

For the coldest conditions, there’s the Machineart ADVance Guard Handguards Adjustable Shield. Like the insert, it’s made from a resilient plastic polymer, and it’s quick to attach or remove. And once fitted, you can raise it up to 142mm to stop anything hitting your hands, and keep more of the chill away.

At the moment, the new adjustable Machineart ADVance Guard Handguards are available for:

  • BMW R 1200 GS/A LC
  • BMW F 800
  • BMW F 700
  • BMW F 650 GS
  • BMW R 1200 R LC
  • BMW R 1200 GS/A (2005-2012)
  • BMW R 1200 GSA (2013)
  • BMW R 1150 GS
  • BMW S 1000 XR
  • KTM 990 Adventure
  • KTM 1090 Adventure
  • KTM 1190 Adventure
  • KTM 1290 Adventure
  • Honda Africa Twin

More bikes are being added to the list in 2018, and the Machineart ADVance Guard Handguards cost £189, which included a model-specific fitting kit and instructions.

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