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When it comes to the Hypermotard 1100 EVO, Ducati has adhered to a tried-and-tested formula grounded on minimalism and functionality.

The Hypermotard’s unique and innovative design stands out head and shoulders above the competition, highlighted by a distinctive beak that blends into the stylish headlamp fairing, making it an instantly recognizable bike. Couple that with a carefully shaped tank that tapers into a skinny waistline and you have a bike that looks and feels like a proven winner.

When the bike was first shown in concept guise at the 2005 Milan Bike Show, it represented the creation of a new segment that bridged the gap between refined sportbikes and minimalist supermotards. Despite initial reservations on the look of the bike, Ducati signed off on the production of the Hypermotard, driven by the belief in the upright and in-control riding position of a dirtbike, but not the harsh characteristics of its single cylinder engine.

In the end, the Hypermotard has proven to be a popular choice among Ducati aficionados. From the sturdy look of the Marzocchi front forks to the Ducati signature single-sided swingarm and underseat exhausts, the Hypermotard’s design remains unique and pure Ducati.

The result is a bike that’s not only easy to handle, but also offers unbelievable agility, incredibly sure-footed handing, and a flexible engine that can tackle any road.

Find out more about the Ducati Hypermotard 1100 EVO after the jump.

From a concept bike that wasn’t initially well received, the Ducati Hypermotard has evolved into a really special machine, spawning the 1100 EVOSP Corse Edition that injects some real racing fervor into the Hypermotard concept. With a higher ground clearance than the standard model, a top-spec suspension, higher bars, and the aggressive Corse colour scheme, the Hypermotard 1100 EVO SP is ready to rip up the racetrack in an instant.

The Hypermotard concept created an innovative segment that bridged the gap between hyper-sports bikes and supermotards. In essence, it took the high speed handling and smooth engine from a hyper-sport bike and combined it with the aggressive styling, lightweight minimalism, and slow corner precision of a supermotard.

Whereas the Hypermotard created a new market unto itself, the 1100 EVO SP has taken that concept and given birth to a true favorite among extreme riders. With those people looking for a bike that provided extra beef and more functionality, especially in extreme conditions, the Hypermotard 1100 EVO SP offers plenty of riding characteristics that extreme riders enjoy.

The combination of a 1100 L-Twin engine with an improved chassis are only two of the most important traits of this bike. It’s no wonder that Ducati has made this bike one of the most important in its roster. Not only has it morphed into a true prized ride, it has also turned the attention of those that had initial skepticism about it. In the end, the Hypermotard 1100 EVO SP has become a true extreme wonder bike, and in so doing, has given Ducati enthusiasts even more reason to love the brand.

Find out more about the Ducati Hypermotard 1100 EVO SP after the jump./i>

KTM’s line of EXC Six Days enduro bikes are all built for competition, and when it comes to that, there’s nothing that offers more power than the KTM 500 EXC Six Days.

Built to race and compete in what is arguably the world’s largest enduro competition, the International Six Days Enduro offers a competitive proving ground of some of the best riders in the world. And if you want to be competitive, the 500 EXC Six Days has the tool to make competition so much more fun.

The bike’s 510cc four-cylinder, single engine is equipped with plenty of race-spec features, including a common oil circuit for engine and transmission and two oil pumps, a pressure pump that lubricates the engine, and a suction pump that draws oil from the crankcase, using it to lubricate the transmission. The 500 EXC’s new, improved silencer features a special Six Days coating that not only offers greater volume and a new design, it also reduces noise levels to the stricter standards of the future.

In terms of design, the 500 EXC Six Days was built with new bodywork consisting of a very slim seat and spoiler lines to go with excellent contact points, making handling even simpler and more precise. It also has a longer rear fender that protects the rider even more effectively from swirled up stones while a Camel SXS seat offers improved long-distance comfort. The bike also has an engine guard made of high-strength plastic for protecting engine case and frame down tubes, a radiator fan for optimizing temperature control under extreme loads, and CNC-machined, orange-anodized triple clamps for high-precision clamping of the fork tubes in favor of optimum sliding of the telescopic fork.

Find out more about the KTM 500 EXC Six Days after the jump.

Sometimes, enduro bikes need not be the most powerful of the lot. More often than not, you can enjoy the playful handling of a 125 and the engine power of a 250cc enduro all wrapped up into one. And what better bike to do that for you than the KTM 200 EXC ?

The KTM 200 EXC is a special bike that is not only built for a specific Enduro World Championship class, but also for those who want to break fee from the competitive class-based society and are looking for nothing more than a fun, rideable, and perfectly ergonomic bike. For 2012, the 200 EXC comes with even more performance than before and a completely revamped chassis, making it a true must-ride for upstart riders everywhere.

At the heart of the KTM 200 EXC is a revamped 193cc 1-cylinder 2-stroke engine, water-cooled, with a reed intake, an exhaust control, a redesigned air box, and a flow-optimized intake flange between the airbox and the carburetor that ensures more powerful revving and even more power in all rev ranges for the liquid-cooled, two-stroke machine.

In terms of handling, the 200 EXC is equipped with the latest WP upside-down fork with wider adjustment ranges and a new setting. The sensitive responsiveness and outstanding damping of the open-cartridge fork with 48 mm (1.89 in) outer tubes are a perfect complement for the 200 EXC’s playful handling and precision. The 200 EXC also boasts of new wheels that come with CNC-machined hubs, Excel rims, zinc/nickel-coated spokes and aluminum nipples, all of which improves the playful handling of the 200 EXC.

Find out more about the KTM 200 EXC after the jump.

The KTM 50 SX is a really cute little bike that’s got a lot more attitude than its size will let on. As the smallest bike in the SX line-up, the 50 SX is the ideal enduro ride young people - ages thee to four - can enjoy as they begin their first taste of what enduro racing is all about.

The 50 SX weighs only 88 lbs and was designed to be as fun and as safe as any entry-level bike. After all, it’s important to have a bike that kids can not only have fun in, but also be something that adults can trust with their children.

The KTM 50 SX has everything that impresses riders up to a height of 1.30 m (4.27 ft) while also reassuring the parents that it’s been built with a high-quality chassis with easily applied disc brakes, top-quality components, and a powerful, reliable engine with easy-to-operate centrifugal clutch.

The engine isn’t a monster by any stretch of the imagination, making it an ideal ride for young ones everywhere. And since the clientele for this bike revolves around kids, KTM designed the 50 SX to carry a centrifugally controlled automatic clutch that doesn’t put the onus on junior racers worry about changing gears. All they need is to hit the gas and the bike’s ready to go.

A high-quality, aluminum alloy, Renthal handlebars was also designed specifically for the 50 SX to create the ergonomic conditions for optimum control of the vehicle. In particular, the new, two-component rubber grips on the handlebars provide a secure hold for the hands, with the center strut bearing a crash pad should the worst come to the worst.

It’s easy, as a parent, to worry about your kids anytime they ride a motorcycle, but if there’s one bike that parents know will treat their little ones right, it’s the KTM 50 SX.

Find out more about the KTM 50 SX after the jump.

The KTM 50 SX Mini is practically a toy bike, built exclusively for young children looking to break into dirt bike racing. How young, exactly? Try three to four-year old children.

Remarkably light at just 88 lbs, the 50 MX Mini retains a high standard of safety, controllability, and plain overall fun. The ride height - 4.27 ft - is also short relative to the kids riding it and to give parents ease-of-mind, KTM built a high-quality chassis with easily applied disc brakes, top-quality components, and a reliable engine with an easy-to-operate centrifugal clutch.

The KTM 50 SX Mini is the perfect bike for beginner riders. It includes premium features like adjustable seat height, disc brakes at the front, and a long travel rear suspension, as well as the best power output available in the class.

Speaking of its power, the KTM 50 SX Mini boasts of a 50cc 1-cylinder, 2-stroke water-cooled engine that is mated to a centrifugally controlled automatic clutch, making it easier for junior racers to ride their bikes without worrying about the clutch or changing gear. Simply hitting the gas is enough. Similarly, the clutch can be adjusted in the workshop to the riding ability of the budding racer.

Starting slow is always the best option and once little riders get the hang of it, then you can let the bike loose.

Find out more about the KTM 50 SX Mini after the jump.

Just a shade above the 50 SX in KTM’s pecking order for upstart dirt bikes is the 65 SX . Whereas the former caters to the little tikes, the latter is just the right sports machine for all up-and-coming riders from 8 to 12 years of age and up to a height of about 1.60 m (5.25 ft).

The design of the bike is relatively simple and easy-to-use, something that kids will have a good time with while not worrying about all the complicated trinkets that adult bikes come with. On top of that, the 65 SX boasts of an impressive 65cc two-stroke engine that excels, thanks to its PCEV (Pressure Controlled Exhaust Valve) exhaust control system, with a great deal of torque from the bottom end up and very linear power development, making it correspondingly easy to ride.

The 65 SX’s engine is mated to a six-speed transmission, and when combined with a generous suspension travel and high-quality components, the mini-crosser provides everything necessary for having plenty of fun and laying the foundations for a promising MX career.

In terms of its handling characteristics, the 65 SX features a newly developed, fully adjustable WP telescopic fork that is generously dimensioned with 35 mm outer tubes. The anodized handlebars from Renthal are manufactured from a high-quality aluminum alloy. Likewise, four-piston brake calipers and wave discs have been fitted at the front and rear of the bike while aluminum spoked wheels and the nickel-coated exhaust system round off the image of a mini-crosser that kids will undoubtedly enjoy.

Find out more about the KTM 65 SX after the jump.

When you’ve graduated from the introductory dirt bikes in KTM’s line-up, the next step is riding a junior bike that has championship tradition. Kind of like the KTM 125 SX.

Those wanting to race in the Junior World Championship need look no further than this beauty to stay competitive. The free-revving and lively two-stroke engine has gained even more performance for the current season. If you thought that the 125 SX’s 125cc 1-cylinder 2-stroke engine was impressive, its newly developed exhaust expansion chamber has not only improved in quality, but it now comes with an optimized soundbox that ensures an extra shot of engine power that’s explosive and dependable, all at the same time.

The 125 SX also comes with a completely revamped frame made from high-quality chrome-molybdenum steel that’s extremely light and torsion-resistant. The bike is also characterized by a particularly balanced geometry that combines playful handling with razor-sharp precision. The two-strokes in the MX range from KTM are also now equipped with an elaborate linkage rear suspension system.

Linking the shock absorber via a lever system provides high progressiveness and wide adjustment ranges. Apart from the new linkage rear suspension, there is the new cast aluminum swingarm, which is designed for minimum weight while supplying optimum lateral stiffness and defined longitudinal flexibility. This makes a major contribution to the 125 SX’s excellent tracking stability, playful handling, and extreme traction, making for a bike that’s got plenty of substance to back up its long-standing tradition as a motocross bike that has a history of championship-winning performances.

Find out more about the KTM 125 SX after the jump.

High-performance enduro bikes are always in great demand, especially if it’s to be used in competitive races like the Extreme Enduro or the E2 World Championship. When that’s the case, KTM has a solution for one of the best enduro bikes on the market today: the 250 EXC .

Built with the ideal combination of performance and weight, the serial Erzberg winner is the enduro to beat when you’re in need of a highly competitive bike. For 2012, the bike comes with improved performance courtesy of a redesigned airbox and the flow-optimized intake flange between the airbox and the carburetor that ensures improved charging with fresh gas. Together, these features result in even freer revving and even more power in all rev ranges, making for one of the most powerful two-stroke machine in its class.

In addition to the improved performance, the 250 EXC also comes with a completely revamped chassis with a new frame and the latest WP upside-down fork with wider adjustment ranges and a new setting. All the performance and suspension improvements make the 250 EXC a bike that’s practically unbeatable in terms of weight, mechanisms, and overall stability.

There’s not a lot of things about the KTM 250 EXC that speaks of mediocrity. Certainly, anybody that rides this bike will attest that it’s one of the most rounded and versatile in its class.

Find out more about the Kawasaki 250 EXC after the jump.

The KTM 250 EXC-F is as tough as they come, boasting of credentials that practically guarantee top places in a tough and physical enduro sport. Renowned for its powerful performance from deep down up to 13,000 1/min, the new generation 250 EXC-F boasts of an even more powerful DOHC four-stroke engine, a new fuel injection system, a new electric starter, and a completely revamped, top-quality chassis. From top to bottom, the 250 EXC-F is as world-class as it gets, one that’s definitely head and shoulders above its competition.

The 250 EXC-F’s revamped frame is made from high-quality chrome-molybdenum steel and is characterized by even greater lateral stiffness. It also has new wheels that have CNC-machined hubs, Excel rims, and zinc/nickel-coated spokes.

The bike’s overall build is fully complemented by a compact, state-of-the-art 250cc four-stroke engine that excels with a redesigned cylinder head and an improved engine management system with electronic injection. The bike also has a more powerful generator, a redesigned electric starter, and four titanium valves that are actuated in the DOHC cylinder head by carbon-coated cam levers.

Handling is also a critical component of the 250 EXC-F. A new, lighter cast aluminum swingarm accommodates the shock absorber, while a new, 7 mm (0.28 in) longer PDS shock absorber with adjustable rebound and high/low-speed compression damping, as well as a new setting is installed more flatly, provide a comprehensive list of tools that allow this bike to be a world-class machine destined for greatness.

Find out more about the KTM 250 EXC-F after the jump.


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