The 12th edition of the KTM Adventure Rider Rally took place in late September 2015 in Crested Butte, Colorado. As expected, the event was a resounding success.
Created to give riders of all skill levels the chance to earn their stripes and learn from the best in the business, the Adventure Rider Rally once again drew hundreds of riders to Crested Butte where they got a chance to interact and ride with some of KTM’s top riders, including Quinn Cody, Andrew Short, Chris Fillmore, Mike Lafferty, Russell Bobbitt, and Paul Krause. The event wasn’t just your typical meet-and-greet; it also gave up-and-coming riders a chance to test their skills against the aforementioned KTM riders.
KTM even released a short video of highlights of the Adventure Rider Rally and judging by the testimonials from those who attended the event, the annual gathering is living through its purpose of providing a place for KTM enthusiasts to come together and enjoy the experience of riding their respective KTM bikes in a picturesque place like Crested Butte.
There’s a reason why the Adventure Rider Rally is still going strong for 12 straight years now. There’s no event quite like it for KTM enthusiasts and as long as there are riders who continue patronizing the Austrian motorcycle brand, the Adventure Rider Rally will continue to be a staple and a circled date in the calendars of KTM riders of all shapes and sizes.
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We all remember where we were when Robbie “Maddo” Maddison seemingly did the incredible when he rode a KTM dirtbike on Tahiti’s world famous Teahupoo and Papara waves. At that time, everybody was going nuts over the stunt, including yours truly. But anybody who knows anything about physics will tell you that unless it’s Jesus we’re talking about, riding a bike on a wave is impossible.
Naturally, Maddison didn’t really ride the world famous waves. A lot of work and preparation went into making it look like he really ride those waves yesterday, September 27, 2015, ABC took its viewers behind the scenes into the making of the stunt. The one-hour show, dubbed “Behind the Dream: The Making of Robbie Maddison’s Pipe Dream,” was shown at 4pm ET. Most people might have been enjoying their fill of NFL football, but those who did watch the episode caught a good glimpse of the incredible amount of work that was put into perfecting the stunt. The episode offered a complementary take into a similar “making-of” episode created by DC Shoes, videos of which you can watch above.
Let’s not just consider the fact that it was a dangerous stunt to begin with. No amount of preparation can really prepare anybody, Maddison included, for the elements that come with riding waves as huge as the ones found in Teahupoo and Papara. But thanks to a dedicated group of professionals, we were treated to what really is one of the most incredible stunts we’ve ever seen. Visually, it looks absolutely incredible, even if there were a few sleight of hands involved in making it look the way it did.
Check out the videos above and learn how Robbie Maddison’s Pipe Dream episode came to life.
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Australian daredevil Robbie Maddison pulled off his most audacious stunt yet when he successfully rode massive waves in the island of Tahiti.
For a man who has performed some of the most nerve-wracking stunts in history, riding one of the world’s most treacherous waves in a KTM dirt bike fitted with skis is next to mental. Yet somehow, whether its through force of will or just downright luck, Maddison pulled it off in spectacular fashion, proving once again that when it comes to fearless stunts, the Australian has no peer.
The incredible footage of Maddison’s wave ride was used in his “Pipe Dream” video and it’s really a sight to behold. The editing made it look even more incredible, but you can’t deny Maddison’s steely nerve to attempt a stunt like this in Teahupoo, considered as one of the premier surfing destinations in the world.
The mere suggestion of performing a stunt like this is crazy enough on its own. But Maddison’s an entirely different level of crazy and he proved as much when he somehow rode past the towering waves in his customized KTM dirt bike.
Maddison’s stunt itself is incredible to watch, but what isn’t shown is the intense preparation that goes on leading up to the death-defying ride. According to Maddison himself, this particular stunt took two years of preparation before the actual ride happened in April 2015. Even with all that time to prepare for his sick wave ride, it took Maddison a handful of attempts before finally succeeding in pulling off his amazing derring-do.
The video doesn’t do it enough justice. I’ve never seen anything quite like it and after watching it, I’m confident that a lot of you will share in my sentiments.
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The KTM Adventure Rider Rally has been an institution since the event began in 2004. Now on its 12th year, the event returns from September 18 to 20, 2015 to provide riders of all skill levels the chance to earn their stripes and learn from the best in the business.
As is the case every year, the Adventure Rider Rally is open to riders on all brands of street-legal motorcycles, although KTM would certainly prefer that riders show up for any one of its lineup of adventure and enduro bikes. The preferences may vary, but in the end, the event itself was designed for the KTM 640, 690, 950, 990, and 1190 Adventure bikes.
Those who show up in their KTMs will be happy to know that KTM itself will be in attendance during the three-day event. Some of the company’s factory riders, including Andrew Short, Chris Fillmore, Mike Lafferty, and Paul Krause. All four KTM factory riders will be available to teach up-and-coming riders the inner workings of navigating these bikes like a seasoned professional. Better yet, that’s only one of the many things that will take place during the Adventure Rider Rally.
Riding clinics from Jimmy Lewis will also be part of the festivities, as well as technical seminars and demo rides on the 690 Enduro R, 1190 Adventure, 1190 Adventure R, and 1290 Super Adventure.
Anybody with a vested interest in enduro and adventure riding should make plans to attend the event at Crested Butte, Colorado. Organizers are even offering reduced rates and free t-shirts to those who pre-register for the event.
Sounds like a good deal to me. But in case you still need a little more convincing, check out this preview video of the event to get you pumped up for the event.
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The KTM 1190 Adventure R is considered one of the best off-road bikes in the market for good reason. It has a dynamic suspension, tough wheels and tires, and rugged handling capabilities few bikes in the market can compete with. Red Bull rider Chris Birch knows the 1190 Adventure R all too well and his familiarity with the bike allows him to roughshod over some of the roughest terrain in the South Island of New Zealand with relative aplomb.
Motorcycle Adventure Dirtbike TV created a stunning video of Birch riding the 1190 Adventure R in one of the most beautiful places in the world. You can watch the video and admire the natural beauty of New Zealand or you can watch Birch do some impressive riding stunts in the saddle of the 1190 Adventure R. Either way, I can’t think of a better way to get your week started than to hit play and watch Birch in action as the Belligerents’ “In My Way” is blaring in the background.
The video itself can be interpreted as some kind of advertorial for the KTM 1190 Adventure R. Not that it needs one, but it certainly doesn’t hurt the bike’s credibility when people can watch Birch do some pretty spectacular things with it. Wheelies in the river? Sure. Scale rock walls? No problem. Streak along dirt paths effortlessly? At least give it a challenge.
In any case, I’m done talking about the video. The best way to appreciate it is to watch it, which is why I’m inviting you to do it right now. It’s only a little over three minutes long, and rest assured, it’s three minutes you wouldn’t want to get back.
Sometimes, bigger doesn’t always mean better. No more is that evident with supermoto bikes. They’re not the biggest ones out there, but they sure are fun to ride.
This video proves as much. Uploaded by YouTube user Supermofools, we have here a pair of the finest supermotos in the business - a Husaberg FE570 and a KTM 640 LC4 putting in some work around a race track. The video itself isn’t about the two bikes matching wits with another, but more about seeing them seamlessly navigate around the track with the ease and versatility reserved for bikes of hits status. There are no big air jumps, which is a little bit of a bummer, but hey, you get what you can get, right?
I’ve personally ridden a KTM 640 LC4 and I can attest to its impressive handling credentials, especially when it’s in its proper environment. Watching this video kind of makes me want to hop back on one right now.
I can’t exactly do that at this moment, but rest assured, the next opportunity that I can, I’m getting in one and finding the nearest track in my neighborhood.
These guys were out on the twisties having the time of their lives and filming themselves while on it when everything ALMOST came to a tragic end when a BMW rider passing a van during a turn suddenly appeared in front of them. But luckily, the surprised rider manages to countersteer his bike immediately and avoid a head on collision by going off the road. He lives to ride another day and have this post on youtube.
After all that talk about how Michael Schumacher started racing motorcycles we now show you this video of the Formula 1 seven times world champion riding the KTM SuperDuke and getting of it with a big smile on its face. This short film was made in Misano, Italy at the Schumi KTM race so the occasion couldn’t have been better.