At the worldwide riding presentation of the new KTM Duke 390 in Salzburg testers from Southeast Asia and Scandinavia were present on the last day. Blog Author ‘Pump Kinn’ has collected some opinions on the versatile machine…
Blog author and master of wit, ‘Pump Kinn’, was in Salzburg this week for the press presentation of the KTM 390 Duke. Here are his thoughts and impressions of the new bike
It is nice to spend the day on country roads to Austria. After 600km blown away at the handlebar and knowing that your destination address in Salzburg is ‘Sheraton Hotel’ the world can begin to look orange again after a shower and slap-up dinner. I discover a special touch on arrival as KTM have decorated the hotel with flags, screens and banners, a Duke 390 has taken up residency in the lobby and there are even floor display stickers saying ‘Duke 390’, so that everyone can immediately see where to head for event info the next day.
With the 390 Duke rolling out onto roads in Austria this week for the official launch we grabbed ten minutes with the extremely busy Philipp Habsburg – head of R&D at the factory – to ask him about the growth of the Duke line-up, from off-road beginnings to the most comprehensive street motorcycle model range available today.
A few weeks ago we blogged about ‘Motocross Madness’ a new game with an old title developed by Graz-based company Bongfish for the Xbox; realised with KTM input. Development versions have been pre-tested and tried out by staff in Mattighofen but now the project is finished and ‘Motocross Madness’ is ready for any Xbox live fans to saddle up.
The game can be played with regular Xbox profiles. Multiple routes can be selected from a variety of settings: beaches and water in Australia, deserts and pyramids in Egypt as well as ice planes and lava fields in Iceland.
All kinds of stunts and tricks help in the hunt for points. That the producers have been closely cooperating with KTM is clear not only in the selection of different bikes but also through the gameplay and the many details. The sense of riding (slides, jumps, etc.) resembles a stunningly realistic simulator and also is noticeable on diverse terrain such as sand, stones or snow.
It is possible to play ‘Motocross Madness’ with friends thanks to a split-screen mode and a multiplayer function is also included, as well as the addition of a global leaderboard ranking.
A review on the game page www.rebell.at says: “Judging by initial tests, Bongfish succeeded in creating both a casual, and amazingly extensive, arcade game. With 800 MS Points and after a 1.5 GB download you are there. There is also a demo.”
On one hand it does seem a bit pointless. I mean the journey from fast junior to fast adult professional is a tightrope that many have walked and most did not reach the other side. Then again – when it comes to motocross – a teenager who is not old enough to vote can happily carry an important place of recognition in the Grand Prix paddock. Over Easter weekend Red Bull KTM’s Jeffrey Herlings won the Dutch MXGP for the fourth year in a row…the defending world champion is only eighteen years old.