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2018 KTM Freeride E-XC

2018 KTM Freeride E-XC

More Power, Longer Range

Power capacity is one of the major hurdles EV bikes have to overcome, and KTM seeks to address that issue with its newest electro-tastic Freeride E-XC. This is a second-generation machine that packs half-again more power than the previous gen along with revised graphics and bodywork for a new look as well. KTM’s off-road experience is evident in the lightweight, agile frame and long-stroke suspension components that make this a truly capable machine that definitely furthers the cause of EV bikes in general.

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2015 KTM 85 SX 17/14

2015 KTM 85 SX 17/14

Overview
The Little Big One
In the junior class from 11 to 15 years of age, there are no longer any beginners pootling around. This is where future champions fight for victory, whether it be in the Junior WC or a regional championship. The 85 SX is regarded as a winning bike in this scene. With the most powerful engine in the field and an ultra-light, sturdy chassis, it has nothing to fear from any full-size bike. 2015 KTM 85 SX 17/14 Features and Benefits:Masters The Toughest Tracks: (...)

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2015 KTM 450 SX-F

2015 KTM 450 SX-F

Overview
Power For All
With the 450 SX‑F, KTM has a winning motorcycle in its range, which derives its potential from a high-capacity engine and a chassis perfectly tuned to the power unit. The 450 SX-F is the no. 1 choice for the official KTM factory team in the AMA Championship. No wonder; the compact SOHC engine guarantees brutal yet controllable power with its revolutionary injection technology. Above all, the 450 SX-F scores highly compared with other large 4-strokes in terms of (...)

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2016 KTM 450 SX-F

2016 KTM 450 SX-F

It isn’t every day that I get to write about a “new” bike that already has podium time, but KTM produced a bike for its upcoming lineup that has done just that. Introducing the KTM 450 SX-F; newly redesigned for 2016, and newly crowned Supercross king. Those clever Austrians weren’t content to simply tweak the 2015 model, instead opting for more of a ground-up approach, a decision that seems to have worked out well so far. This ride has had such an auspicious start, I decided to take a look-see and find out why.

Continue reading for me review of the 2016 KTM 450 SX-F.

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2016 KTM 50 SX MINI

2016 KTM 50 SX MINI

Ever since I watched my first live Supercross event, I have been guthooked on all sorts of dirt bike/motocross sports, and I realize that some of the best riders started out at a very tender age. So does KTM. Introducing the 2016 50 Mini; KTM’s absolute bottom-tier motocross trainer designed to ease brand new riders into the sport as safely (safety being a relative concept, it is still a motorsport) as possible. In spite of its size, this is no “toy bike,” and is built for serious (if adorable) competition.

Continue reading my review of the 2016 KYM 50 SX Mini.

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Marc Coma Wins 2015 Dakar Rally

Marc Coma Wins 2015 Dakar Rally

The 2015 Dakar Rally ended up becoming one of the most eventful races in recent memory. It pretty much had everything, from tremendous highs and awful lows. In the end, though, it was Marc Coma who came out on top, taking home his fifth Dakar Rally championship in the motorcycle segment and moving him one away from tying Stephane Peterhansel’s all-time mark of six Dakar Rally titles. Oh, and Coma’s fifth title also puts him in a tie with rival Cyril Despres. That’s good for him, at least as far as bragging rights are concerned.

Coma’s fifth Dakar title would’ve been more impressive if it wasn’t for the team he was riding for, KTM. The Austrian bike maker recorded its 14th straight Dakar Rally title, an incredible achievement no matter which way you slice it.

Both the rider and his team should be proud of this result, not only because it asserted their dominance over the world’s most treacherous off-road rally but also because it showed how much room there is for other competitors to improve before they can even come close to competing against Coma and KTM. That’s not to say that there wasn’t any competition throughout the race. In fact, Honda’s Joan Barreda actually led the overall standings for a significant part of the race, only to see his lead disappear after his CRF450 Rally succumbed to electrical damage in one of the later stages of the race. If that didn’t happen, we’d probably be singing a different tune by now.

But things happen at the Dakar Rally. That’s why it’s called the most difficult racing series in the world. Heck, just a little over half of the 420 competitors managed to finish the race. But Coma and KTM soldiered on, taking home the title and ensuring that every other motorcycle team in the race has another year to lament over what it needs to do to take out Coma and KTM’s reign at the Dakar Rally.

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2014 KTM 150 XC

2014 KTM 150 XC

The 2014 KTM 150 XC is a tough motorcycle that can deal great with anything you ask of it. Thanks to its compact dimensions the motorcycle is pretty easy to handle and also has low maintenance costs.

Fitted with a 143,6 cc, 1-cylinder, 2-stroke, water-cooled engine the KTM 150 XC is able to tackle any terrain without baking down. The engine is complemented by a six speed transmission and is fed by a 10 liters fuel tank.

The KTM 150 XC’s backbone is represented by a high quality, lightweight, chrome-molybdenum steel frame which offers a perfect compromise between lightness and rigidity. It is also worthy of being mentioned that for 2014, the KTM 150 XC comes with a new color for the frame. The frame sits on a front WP Suspension up side down fork and a rear WP Suspension shock absorber.

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2014 KTM 350 XCF-W

2014 KTM 350 XCF-W

The KTM 350 XCF-W is one of the toughest machines in its class. From the moment you jump on its saddle, the bike is ready to reward you with a fun riding experience being able to deal effortless with everything you ask of it.

At its heart lies a compact, DOHC, 349 cc, 1-cylinder 4-stroke, water-cooled engine which is linked to a 6-speed gear box. The unit is brought to life by an electric starter and is fed by a generous fuel tank made of lightweight polythene with a capacity of 8.5 L.

The stopping power is handled by high-tech Brembo brakes that are offered as standard equipment. The braking system includes lightweight Wave discs that are combined with a new master cylinder with a new reservoir, a smaller piston diameter and a new lever with optimized kinematics.

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2014 KTM 300 XC-W

2014 KTM 300 XC-W

The 2014 KTM 300 XC-W is a reliable off road machine that offers a perfect mix between power, agility and handling. The motorcycle offers the best power to weight ratio in its class and is propelled by a 293 cc, 1 cylinder, 2 stroke, water-cooled engine with reed intake and exhaust control.

The unit is combined with a kick starter and an electric starter and is mated to a 6 gear, claw shifted transmission. You also get a sporty exhaust control that ensures a manageable power delivery. It is also worthy to mention that the 2014 engine features an enhanced cylinder head and new reed valve.

The motorcycle’s backbone is represented by a central tube frame made of chrome molybdenum steel tubing. The frame sits on a front WP Suspension up side down fork and a rear WP shock absorber.

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2014 KTM Freeride 250 R

2014 KTM Freeride 250 R

KTM has taken the wraps off its all-new Freeride 250 R two stroke. The motorcycle was especially developed for the beginner off-road riders or for those who want a fun motorcycle that can deal with any type of terrain without backing down.

The motorcycle is propelled by a detuned version of the unit that powers the 250EXC. The 1-cylinder 2-stroke, 249 cc, water-cooled unit comes with weed intake and exhaust control and is mated on a six speeds, claw shifted transmission.

The motorcycle’s backbone is represented by a modern frame made of stainless steel sections and bolt-on forged aluminium components.

The stopping power is assured by a modern Formula braking system that includes a revised piston system, radial callipers with four pistons front and two pistons rear, and lightweight wave brake discs.

The 2014 KTM Freeride 250 R will be available in dealers from mid-September.

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2012 KTM 300 EXC Six Days

2012 KTM 300 EXC Six Days

The KTM 300 EXC Six Days was especially designed to compete in the "International Six Days Enduro". This competition is a tough test as it means that the bike needs to withstand the punishment of off-road track for six days in a raw covering over a thousand kilometers. A whole package of high-quality special options makes the 300 EXC fit for this ruthless contest, in which more than half the starters bank on KTM every year.

One of the most important features of the 300 EXC is the latest WP upside-down fork which comes 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 300 EXC’s playful handling and precision.

Other modifications include the new wheels with CNC-machined hubs, new black-anodised rims from Giant, black zinc/nickel-coated spokes and ultra-light aluminum nipples.

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2012 KTM 350 EXC-F Six Days

2012 KTM 350 EXC-F Six Days

The 350 EXC-F was unleashed and is ready to race in the famous enduro competition the "International Six Days Enduro". This competition is a tough test for both the bike and its rider as is translated in thousands off road kilometers and over 40 hours spent in the saddle.

Needles to say, that both the rider and bike need a very tough character to be able to finish this race successfully. Thereby, KTM’s technicians gave their best to arm the 350 EXC-F Six Days with all it needs to be able to endure harsh riding conditions.

To help it stand out from the crowd, the 350 EXC-F Six Days received an orange powder-coated frame and a newly developed clutch with a robust steel cage and transmission-friendly back-damping. The bike also features a hydraulic actuation mechanism from Brembo which facilitates sensitive modulation of the clutch.

Power comes from a rugged 350cc engine paired with a specially tuned six-gear transmission.

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2012 KTM 450 EXC Six Days

2012 KTM 450 EXC Six Days

KTM presented its pumped up 2012 450 EXC model destined to compete in the world’s largest enduro competition, the "International Six Days Enduro". This competition is one of the toughest you’ll ever find and covers thousands of kilometers of unbeaten tracks.

For the starters the 450 EXC Six Days comes with a catchy orange powder-coated frame and a newly developed clutch, with a robust steel cage and transmission-friendly back-damping. Additionally the hydraulic actuation mechanism from Brembo facilitates sensitive modulation of the clutch.

The motorcycle is also fitted with an improved silencer featuring a special Six Days coating which not only offers greater volume and a new design, but it also reduces noise levels to the stricter standards of the future. Power comes from a 449 cc engine which has enough grunt to deal with any type of terrain with poise.

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2012 KTM 690 SMC R

2012 KTM 690 SMC R

In building the KTM 690 SMC R, KTM adhered to one motto: "what isn’t there doesn’t weigh anything either."

It sounds a lot simpler than it looks, but KTM did a fantastic job following this saying with the 690 SMC R while fitting it with a new 690cc LC4 single-cylinder engine, an improved chassis, and world-class Supermoto ergonomics. Really, everything you’d want in an enduro bike is part of the entire 690 SMC R package.

The new 690 SMC R is an unrivaled Supermoto for the most demanding requirements, which leaves all others in its wake. It is suitable for racing or everyday use, features a potent design, and is state-of-the-art.

Talking about its ergonomics, the 690 SMC R comes with a self-supporting rear fender/fuel tank unit that’s made from robust plastic bears with a new, equally comfortable and low seat. The redesigned tank fairings and the ideally angled, wide aluminum handlebars form a perfect arrangement, allowing for simpler controlling and navigation on any kind of road surface.

Then there’s the bike’s state-of-the-art, water-cooled LC4 single-cylinder engine that delivers an impressive 66 horsepower, combining powerful acceleration from the lowest rpms with an outstanding free-revving nature and refined engine running. The bike’s electronic engine management system features fuel injection that offers the rider the choice between three different mappings for influencing the engine characteristics. Likewise, the "electronic power throttle" ensures that the throttle commands from the rider are translated electronically into the optimum throttle valve opening at all times, giving rise to tremendously progressive power development that very few bikes in its segment can compete with.

Find out more about the KTM 690 SMC R after the jump.

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2012 KTM 450 SMR

2012 KTM 450 SMR

"Ready to race" in its purest form, the KTM 450 SMR provides perfect technology for the racetrack, one that riders will come to enjoy for all of its awesome benefits.

For the 2012 model, the 450 SMR is equipped with the very finest components that money can buy, including a new chassis with high-quality WP suspension components and high-tech brakes and a renowned powerhouse of the 450 SX-F engine that has turned the 450 SMR into an invincible weapon in every Supermoto race.

We shouldn’t expect anything less, either considering the bike has been built with a huge amount of innovative technology, clearly setting the standard in production Supermotos. Headlining the bike’s list of impressive features is a 450cc DOHC engine that comes mated to a 5-speed transmission that has been specially designed for Supermoto and an APTC anti-hopping clutch. This provides everything you need as standard for landing on the very top of the podium.

The APTC anti-hopping clutch on the 450 SMR precisely prevents the rear wheel from chattering, therefore improving control when drifting into curves. This design also significantly reduces the hand strength required to operate the hydraulic clutch. The Magura hydraulic system is completely maintenance-free and guarantees precise application with the minimum of effort.

Lastly, you’re going to get a real good treat with the KTM 450 Supermoto R and the fact that it has been integrated with an extremely lightweight titanium exhaust header and the innovative "Header Pipe Resonator System“ (HPRS), in conjunction with the new silencer, guaranteeing even greater performance at further reduced noise levels.

Find out more about the KTM 450 SMR after the jump.

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2012 KTM Freeride E

2012 KTM Freeride E

With electric bikes starting to become en vogue these days, KTM is offering one that provides new off-road motorcycle fun in one small package.

The revolutionary Freeride E is an agile, lightweight, and noise-free, motorcycle that broke the mold in the way enduro riding is being enjoyed these days. The bike is powered by a low-wear, slim, and compact magnet synchronous motor that generates a peak power of 30 horsepower - the electric motor packs 20 horsepower - and 42Nm/31 lb-ft of torque. And the best part of the Freeride E is that you can enjoy it without having to worry about using the clutch or about fuel consumption. All you need is to recharge the motor and you’re ready to go!

With the Freeride E, KTM is setting a new standard in respect to the response, traction, performance, and handling of a motorcycle. From the ground up, KTM spent exhaustive amounts of labor and development because an electric bike is also subject to the same requirements in terms of performance, robustness, and quality as all other motorcycles that leave the factory buildings in Mattighofen, Austria.

When it comes to fresh ideas and thinking ahead of the curve, KTM doesn’t have a peer. The motorcycle maker has developed an electrically driven, emission-free offroad bike that opens up completely new fields of use in urban and suburban areas and generates greater acceptance of offroad sport. All-terrain riding has never been easier!

Find out more about the KTM Freeride E after the jump.

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2012 KTM Freeride 350

2012 KTM Freeride 350

It doesn’t look a whole lot like a bike that can’t take the rigors of motocross riding, but don’t mistake KTM Freeride 350 for a flimsy lightweight; it is far more impressive than it looks.

The new KTM Freeride 350 unites extremely easy handling with a low seat height and outstanding ergonomics, thanks in part to weighing only 99.5 kilos/219 lbs. With its lightweight structure, the Freeride 350 allows the rider to always be completely in control, even on the toughest trails, whether it be rough terrain, narrow single tracks, or wide gravel roads.

In addition, the Freeride 350’s state-of-the-art 350 cm³ DOHC four-stroke engine has proven to be the ideal drive unit for this vehicle concept and scores highly in every situation with controllable, torque-oriented performance characteristics. The engine management system from Keihin with electronic fuel injection and 42 mm throttle body ensures spontaneous, powerful responsiveness and handling, as well as makes a significant contribution to the low fuel consumption. Convenient temperature, altitude compensation, and the electronic cold-start enrichment are state of the art as is the closed-loop lambda control, which comes as a prerequisite for the efficient reduction of exhaust emissions by the two catalytic converters.

Another exceptional feature of the Freeride 350’s engine is set-up is the design of the exhaust system where engineers focused their attention on low noise levels and emissions, as well as very rideable, high-torque engine characteristics. The exhaust gases are fed through a central header pipe underneath the engine, protected by the frame and a sturdy under-run plate, to the two aluminum silencers. Each of these is equipped with a catalytic converter, effectively reducing both emissions and riding noise to an environmentally friendly level.

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