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KTM attacked over ‘aggressive’ promo video

MP accuses Austrian manufacturer of 'appealing to lunatic within'

KTM HAS been criticised by an MP and senior police officer over an “aggressive” promotional video for the 1290 Super Duke R.

Steve Baker, Tory MP for Wycombe and Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Motorcycling, showed the video to a safety conference as an example of publicity which he says is bad for motorcycling.

The video shows a prototype of the 1290 Super Duke R performing burn-outs, wheelies and stoppies. 

Baker, a keen motorcyclist who rides a KTM 990 Supermoto, at first joked: “There are two things I learned from that video. One was that I’ve absolutely got to get a 1290 Super Duke R. The other is that I definitely must not get caught on it.”

He then added: I was shocked that KTM was choosing to be quite so aggressive. All the time we’re appealing to the lunatic within we’re never going to be treated with parity with cyclists.

"We all know that that is fantasy and that the only place for it is off the road.

"I don’t think there’s anybody here who would do wheelies and stoppies on the road."

Addressing representatives of the motorcycle industry, Humberside Deputy Chief Constable David Griffin said: “I know it’s sexy but it’s not the right thing to do. Come on, guys.”

KTM's video was in fact shot on a track. Is it bad for motorcycling or just a bit of fun? Here it is again to help you decide. Just try to keep a rein on that lunatic within.

The conference, organised by the Motorcycle Industry Association and held in the offices of the Department for Transport in London, examined evidence that increasing the number of motorcyclists on the road could actually improve safety.

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