Enduro

2015 KTM 450 EXC SIX DAYS

2015 KTM 450 EXC SIX DAYS

Overview
Rock-Hard
The 450 EXC Six Days is "READY TO RACE " for the world’s largest enduro competition, the "International Six Days Enduro". Six days in succession, over a thousand offroad kilometres, 40 hours in the saddle - a gruelling test, not only for the rider. A whole package of high-quality special options makes the KTM 450 EXC Six Days fit for this ruthless contest, in which more than half the starters bank on KTM every year. No other brand is anywhere near as strong and (...)

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2015 KTM 350 EXC-F SIX DAYS

2015 KTM 350 EXC-F SIX DAYS

Overview
Legendary
The 350 EXC-F Six Days is "READY TO RACE" for the world’s largest enduro competition, the "International Six Days Enduro". Six days in succession, over a thousand offroad kilometres, 40 hours in the saddle - a gruelling test, not only for the rider. A whole package of high-quality special options makes the 350 EXC-F Six Days fit for this ruthless contest, in which more than half the starters bank on KTM every year. No other brand is anywhere near as strong and successful (...)

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2015 Beta RR 2T 300

2015 Beta RR 2T 300

Overview
The Beta RR Enduro project continues to grow and improve, boosted by successes on the racetracks and by the great commitment of the technical and R&D departments in Rignano sull’Arno. The RR Enduro 2015 models are lighter and more agile, and their great power and torque are more easily controlled. They are the ideal bikes for enthusiasts and the winning solution for victory-hungry racers.
The RR Enduro 2T 2015 range has also evolved, the 250 version featuring certain technical (...)

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2015 Beta RR 2T 250

2015 Beta RR 2T 250

Overview
The Beta RR Enduro project continues to grow and improve, boosted by successes on the racetracks and by the great commitment of the technical and R&D departments in Rignano sull’Arno. The RR Enduro 2015 models are lighter and more agile, and their great power and torque are more easily controlled. They are the ideal bikes for enthusiasts and the winning solution for victory-hungry racers.
The RR Enduro 2T 2015 range has also evolved, the 250 version featuring certain technical (...)

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Video: Husqvarna 701 Supermoto Runs Wild

Video: Husqvarna 701 Supermoto Runs Wild

There’s been a lot of hype surrounding the Husqvarna 701 Supermoto and the KTM-owned brand hasn’t been shy about touting its supermotobike to the public. Over the past few months, we’ve seen Husqvarna launch a dedicated microsite for the 701 and release a promotional video of the bike running roughshod over a makeshift track on the surface of a frozen lake in Sweden. Now, Husky’s taking it one step further with the release of a new promo video of its new supermoto bike stretching its legs in its natural habitat: a race track.

The video shows the 701 completely at home in this element, taking any semblance of stunt riding out of the equation. The bike looks quick, agile, and totally in control of its surroundings and it’s a little rewarding to see it navigate around the track with aplomb, hitting apexes with ease and executing perfect lean angles on corners. It’s the kind of environment that the 701 was built for. Watching and listening to it run around the track is already giving me goosebumps on what it can do when it lines up against other 450cc bikes in actual competition.

I can’t tell at this point how the 701 Supermoto will do against its rivals, but judging from this new video alone, I’d be very confident in its chances, weight issues notwithstanding.

Continue reading to read more about the Husqvarna 701 Supermoto.

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Video: Honda Gives Insightful Promo Of The New Africa Twin

Video: Honda Gives Insightful Promo Of The New Africa Twin

Honda’s got high hopes for the Africa Twin, the company’s resident adventure bike that’s itching to become the game-changer in the segment Big Red always hoped it would be. The all-new Africa Twin clearly has a lot on its shoulders so as you can expect, Honda has prepared a marketing siege to help promote the bike, including a promotional video of the bike with interviews from the people who were directly responsible for building it in the first place.

Honda went straight to the point here and you have to applaud them for that. Instead of the carefully crafted promo piece, the company went straight to highlighting what the new Africa Twin will have at its disposal.

One new feature on the Africa Twin is the Dual Clutch Transmission, which is not only new to the model, but also a first for off-road riding in general. Whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing remains to be seen, but from the looks of things, Honda’s willingness to take the bike outside of its comfort zone speaks to the company’s confidence that the name, cache, and overall features will translate well to off-road riders the world over.

As far as the video itself is concerned, it’s nice to see the team behind the all-new Africa Twin to talk shop with their Japanese counterparts who were responsible for the development of the original model. Hearing how both sides reflect on their creations is like listening to two proud sets of parents comparing their equally awesome children. It’s a nice break from the usual cavalcade of promotional materials that focus solely on the aesthetics without diving deep into the spirit of these machines.

The new Honda Africa Twin is promising a lot, which it should if it wants to separate itself from the likes of the KTM 990 Adventure or the Yamaha Super Tenere. After watching this video, I’m hopeful that all these promises won’t go unfulfilled.

Continue reading to read more about the arrival of the new Honda Africa Twin.

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SWM Releases Prices For New Model Lineup

SWM Releases Prices For New Model Lineup

Italian motorcycle manufacturer SWM appears to be very eager to get back into the business after being on the sidelines for the better part of 30 years. Yep, we last saw SWM back in 1984 but none of that matters now that the company has the financial backing of Chinese motorcycle company Shineray at its disposal.

The return of SWM is great for the motorcycle industry as it reintroduces a company that was widely revered back in the day for its impressive lineup of motocross and off-road motorcycles. As you can expect, the company’s return will also bring about the rebirth of a lot of these models, albeit repackaged to fit into the requirements of modern-day motocross racing.

All in all, SWM will be introducing seven new models when it makes its triumphant return later in the year. Most of them will continue to carry the brand’s trademark motocross roots with the exception of two road bikes, specifically the Scrambler-inspired Silver Vase 440 and the Gran Milano 440 streetfighter.

In somewhat of a surprise, SWM has priced these two road bikes as the cheapest of its seven new models. The Gran Milano, in particular, carries a price tag of just €5,400, which is about $5,900 based on current exchange rates. A little more expensive is the Silver Vase with a price tag of €5,800, or roughly around $6,300.

From there, the enduro bikes come next, specifically the RS300R at €6,250 ($6,800), the RS500R at €6,400 ($7,000), and the SM500R at €6,550 ($7,130). Finally, the two top of the line models, the RS650R and the SM650R, carry the highest price tags at €6,650 ($7,250) and €6,750 ($7,350), respectively.

The prices are right around the numbers I expected them to be, although I did find it a little surprising to see that the two road bikes were the cheapest ones of the lot. That led me to think that SWM will stick to its bread and butter and continue to build its new brand around its lineup of enduro and motocross motorcycles.

It’s a sound strategy considering that the company made a name for itself using a similar business map.

Continue reading to read more about Energica’s price guide for its new model lineup.

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Video: Red Bull's Enduro World Series Web Series Season 2 Trailer

Video: Red Bull’s Enduro World Series Web Series Season 2 Trailer

Of all the companies that have attached themselves to motor racing, Red Bull is arguably the one company that has successfully transitioned into all disciplines of racing. From Formula One to MotoGP to the Enduro World Series, Red Bull is there in some form or capacity.

The Enduro World Series, in particular, has been a strong point of Red Bull’s reach. The series itself is in the middle of just its third season and we’ve already witnessed a lot of pulsating action from some of the best endurance riders this side of Pluto. Red Bull has been front and center in the promotion of the series, doing so in a number of different ways, including the development of a web series called “On Track” that highlights the life and times of the riders competing in the series.

One such rider is Curtis Keene, who not surprisingly is sponsored by Red Bull. Keene has competed in the Enduro World Series since its inception. He hasn’t had the results to back up his potential and even in the current season, Keene sits in 57th place with 151 points. But results notwithstanding, Keene is a perfect example of a rider who experiences all the highs and lows of competing in the Enduro World Series.

The first episode of Open Track’s second season drops on July 21, 2015. In the meantime, do check out this series trailer to get you up-to-speed with the dynamic world of the Enduro World Series through the eyes of Curtis Keene.

There’s a reason why the series has grown in popularity in just its third season. If you didn’t know it by now, Open Track will show you exactly what you’ve been missing out on.

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Video: The Red Bull Romaniacs Is Four Days Of Grueling Endurance Racing

Video: The Red Bull Romaniacs Is Four Days Of Grueling Endurance Racing

I don’t think it needs to be said but many people are of the belief that the Enduro Championship is the toughest motorcycle racing series in the world. Fittingly enough, the toughest round of the Enduro is called the Red Bull Romaniacs. Somewhat of an appropriate name, wouldn’t you say?

This season, Red Bull is going overdrive in promoting the race, so much so that the company even produced a pretty slick video that documents the perils that await the riders who will compete in the race.

The Romaniacs is a real thing, justifying its hype by being a four-day enduro rally race that will take just about ever last ounce of skill from the riders competing in it. The race will have its scenic routes, but I doubt riders will find time to enjoy the scenery, knowing full well that the slightest distraction would likely mean the end of their race.

Typical of the current climate in Romania, the race is also expected to be held under the searing heat of the sun, making it even tougher for riders to concentrate on the task at hand.

Imagine yourself trying to win a race that involves spending nine hours a day on your bike and doing it for four straight days while also having to worry about the competition and Mother Nature’s good ‘ol treachery. Not exactly a ride to the park, is it?

This isn’t to say that the Red Bull Romaniacs is unconquerable. On the contrary, the race will feature a handful of riders who have had success in the Romaniacs. Graham Jarvis will be there. He’s won the race four times, making the most successful rider in the history of the round.

Johnny Walker (not to be confused with the alcoholic beverage) won the race in 2014 so he’s all set to defend his crown. Then there’s 2009 winner Andreas Lettenbichler, who you can never rule out in a competition like this. Same with Alfredo Gomez and Wade Young, two past podium finishers looking to finally step into the top step of the podium.

There are plenty of interesting storylines tied into the Red Bull Romaniacs. But every year, all the talk always falls back to how difficult the race is relative to every other round in the Endurance Championship.

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Video: Touratech Gifts The Kawasaki KLR 650 With New Aftermarket Goodies

Video: Touratech Gifts The Kawasaki KLR 650 With New Aftermarket Goodies

The Kawasaki KLR650 isn’t the kind of bike that hardcore racers will go crazy for, but it does hold a special place in the hearts of young and up-coming riders looking to break into the adventure scene. In some ways, the bike’s relative anonymity has served it since the KLR650 has built an aura of versatility and reliability that’s uncommon on this segment.

We can even ask aftermarket company Touratech for its opinion on the KLR650 and chances are, it’s going to have nothing but good things to say about it. That’s because Touratech is familiar with the KL650, thanks to a recent review it did of the dual-sport adventure bike.

To be fair, the parts company did have a vested interest in doing this review of sorts since the KLR650 it used was carrying a number of its of its KLR650-specific parts and accessories. Watch the video closely and you’ll notice a handful of aftermarket items on the bike. The most obvious ones are the exhaust pipe and the side stands switch protectors. But the adventure bike also received a headlight metal mesh protector, wide serrated foot pegs, topcase racks, progressive fork springs, two new rear stocks, and a rear suspension spring courtesy of Hyperpro.

The additions to the bike are impressive and should give the KLR650 even more versatility and sturdiness when it hits the open road. That bodes well for owners of the bike since they can get more out of it than they otherwise could have.

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Video: Suzuki Dominates Opening Round Of FIM Endurance Championship At Le Mans

Video: Suzuki Dominates Opening Round Of FIM Endurance Championship At Le Mans

The Suzuki Endurance Racing Team has dominated the FIM Endurance World Championship in such a laughable manner that the Yamaha Racing GMT 94 Michelin’s championship win in 2014 is looking more and more like an aberration. After all, SERT has won six of the last eight Endurance World Championship titles, with the only notable exception being Yamaha victories in 2009 and 2014.

This year, the Suzuki Endurance Racing Team is already looking like the team to beat after dominating the season-opening race at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Apparently, the motivation to erase last year’s disappointment is strong within SERT and it showed in Le Mans as the team laid waste to the competition, meeting little resistance on its way to winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans for the 11th time in the last 15 years. That’s domination spelled with a capital “D.”

The extent of Suzuki’s dominance even extended to its “junior team,” which ended up winning the Superstock class of the series and finishing fourth overall. The trio of Anthony Delalle, Vincent Philippe, and Eitenne Masson romped their way to a convincing win on the Suzuki GSX-R1000, further illustrating what many of us have known for a long time.

When it comes to the FIM Endurance World Championships, it’s Suzuki, then it’s everybody else. As if winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans isn’t enough vindication for the team, it also released a tribute video of the team’s performance at Le Mans in case anybody missed out on the smackdown it just laid on the historical race track in France.

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BMW Motorrad Announces Plan To Build All-Female Racing Team For 2016 GS Trophy Series

BMW Motorrad Announces Plan To Build All-Female Racing Team For 2016 GS Trophy Series

BMW Motorrad is taking an unprecedented - and admittedly awesome - step in putting together the first-ever all-female international Trophy team that will compete at the GS Trophy endurance race. The company behind the competition is calling on all women motorcycle riders to sign up for a chance to be part of a history-making team that will compete in the biennial racing series.

If this has the makings of an all-around good idea, it’s because it is. The GS Trophy has been around since 2008 and while a handful of women racers have competed in certain events in the past, none of them have made it into the finals, much less been part of an all-female team.

BMW hopes to change that with this announcement, knowing full well that the growth in the number of women riders has created more interest in the sport from the fairer gender. This watershed moment is now being put in place to firmly bring home that point.

According to BMW, all applications entered into the GS Trophy website be taken into consideration by a jury, who will then choose ten finalists who will travel to South Africa to compete in a special qualifier from September 9 to 16, 2015. The three female riders who show the most promise in these qualifiers will then be chosen to be part of the 2016 GS Trophy series.

Female riders, especially those with experience riding the BMW R1200GS or F800GS bikes, have until June 26, 2015 to fill out their applications on the GS Trophy site. Best not be tardy about this because you can expect a lot of female riders to vie for those precious qualifier slots.

Continue reading to read more about BMW Motorrad’s attempt to build an all-female racing team for the 2016 GS Trophy endure series.

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