Year: 1991

KTM came out with the Duke in 1994, but it wasn’t the first production supermoto. That title goes to Gilera’s Nordwest of 1991. It was a 600cc single, and pretty much shook itself to pieces. The electrics were terrible, and the plastic would all fade to yellow, but that wasn’t the point. The Nordwest proved that the world was ready for sumos, and we have it to thank for Suzuki’s DRZ, the WR250, and countless Huskys and KTMs.

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