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KTM 890 SMT/GT Spied Testing

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We’ve known an 890 platform was on the docket for a while, and in the coming months we’ll likely see exactly what KTM has been cooking up.
We’ve known an 890 platform was on the docket for a while, and in the coming months we’ll likely see exactly what KTM has been cooking up. (BMH-Images/)

KTM is working on a new 890 parallel twin platform for 2020, spy shots reveal. Although what the exact model will be is still a bit of a mystery.

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My money would be on KTM developing a 890 Super Duke GT. Rumors have been circulating for months about the impending 890 platform, and many have speculated that the mill would power a supermoto-style machine, possibly as a challenge to models like the Ducati Hypermotard. That could be the case here, since the motorcycle captured testing is clearly not in production dress at the moment, but to me, a GT seems the much more logical option.

KTM has been busy filling in middleweight spaces in its line, and there is a big hole in its sport-touring segment. Currently, the 1290 Super Duke GT is the only "sport-touring" machine KTM offers. Granted, there is only one bike in the supermoto category too, but the design direction of the spied machine is already much more GT than SMT.

Small but important details like the front fender, the seemingly adjustable windscreen, the tank shape, position of the instrument panel, seat shape, and tail section all resemble a bike headed on tour. Of course, it's also conceivable that KTM could strip this machine down and add a 890 to its naked line, just above its new 790 Duke, but that doesn't seem likely.

This new engine is bound to be utilized in multiple motorcycles, and an upper middleweight sport-tourer would be a great way to get the new displacement range started.

Harris a member of the Pagans Motorcycle Club was arrested Friday night in Fairmont 1 Million Dollar Bond

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FAIRMONT – Jason “Jay Bird” Edward Harris, 48, of Fairmont, is being held on a $1,000,012 bond on one count each of attempted murder and conspiracy to commit a felony.

Harris was one of four men who carried out a pre-planned attack on a New York man on Aug. 3 outside of the BFS Foods convenience store in White Hall.

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During the fight, the attackers struck Kenneth Murphy of Hilton, N.Y. with a baseball bat, as well as cut and stabbed Murphy with a knife.

“This is based upon a police investigation which is supported by physical evidence, surveillance video, witness statements, and personal observations,” states the complaint.

Harris, a member of the Pagans Motorcycle Club, was arrested Friday night in Fairmont after staff with the U.S. Marshals Service in Clarksburg received a confidential tip. Witnesses at the scene the day of the attack said Murphy was wearing a Hell’s Angels Motorcycle Club jacket.

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A Sibley County farmer is charged in the deaths of two motorcyclists after a trailer he was pulling came off the hitch and rolled into oncoming traffic.

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GAYLORD, Minn. — A Sibley County farmer is charged in the deaths of two motorcyclists after a trailer he was pulling came off the hitch and rolled into oncoming traffic.

The criminal complaint filed against 60-year-old Curtis Marc Petzel details how State Patrol reconstruction specialists found that the defendant was using a ball on the hitch of his tractor that was too small, causing the cattle trailer to break away. Investigators say Petzel was also not using the safety chains attached to the trailer, and had no battery in a break-away safety brake system.

Troopers were dispatched to a location on State Highway 19 near Sibley County Road 65 on June 1, after reports of a farm trailer versus motorcylists crash. After arriving on scene investigators learned that a group of riders from Aberdeen, SD on vacation were headed towards Treasure Island Casino when a 16-foot livestock trailer came loose from the tractor that was pulled it and veered into their eastbound lane. Two people on the lead cycle, later identified as 60-year-old Marvin Fandrich and his wife 61-year-old Kathy Fandrich, were struck and killed.

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Petzel is charged with two counts of manslaughter, two counts of criminal vehicular homicide, and both reckless and careless driving. Those charges come just two years after Petzel was convicted of careless driving in an incident where another moto

Women bikers in Colorado attempted to set a world record on Saturday. More than 430 women showed up to the Harley Davidson dealership

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FREDERICK, Colo. (CBS4) – Women bikers in Colorado attempted to set a world record on Saturday. More than 430 women showed up to the Harley Davidson dealership in Frederick on motorcycles, hoping to set the record for most women riding in one place at one time.

“In Colorado, women bikers are growing like a weed,” said Susan Udero, organizer of Colorado Women’s World Record Ride. “There are 88,000 bikers registered (in Colorado). How many are women? (The DMV) said 4,000 or 5,000.”

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The world record is held by the United Kingdom, where more than 1,100 riders showed up. While the riders in Frederick were unable to set the record, they were able to raise a lot of money for children with Autism.

“It brings me great joy,” Udero said.

“All the pr

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