I told ya, son. Them boys at KTM are serious about their stuff.
They finally relented to their customers and told their legal department to shut-up. This new bike is their latest off-road bike with the smallest charging stem and barest lights possible. No cush-drive, no beefier trans gears, no shockload resistant springs in the driveline, no 'tuned for the street' engine, it's a full-on racebike with lights and DOT tires.
Their lawyers must be chittin' kittins....
More power to KTM for doing it anyways.
They always built exellent, but 'different', dirt bikes, thru the 70's and 80's, and in the 90's they started to work on the 'different' part. This century they have had it nailed, awesome bikes with ergos most people can deal with, and with industry-leading build quality and the best from outside vendors. Still, nothing else 'feels' like a KTM. I have ridden almost every off-road bike made since 1975 and owned a good selection of them, and the Japanese make fantastic bikes, but KTMs feel solid compared to them.
They just released their first dedicated streetbike, and all reports say it is a potent machine. Wait and see, in 20 years KTM will the Euro company handing the Japanese factories their performace bike bottoms back to them.