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With KTM finally running on the current MotoGP calender, its production racer is up next.

With KTM finally running on the current MotoGP calender, its production racer is up next.

Joining the likes of Ducati, Honda and Aprilia in giving us a taste of the MotoGP.

KTM is the brand new entry to the MotoGP championships and is the current calendar season has been their first stint at the premiere world of motorcycle racing. The Austrian company has successfully managed to make a competition bike but are still waiting to taste podium success.

Now though, the company seems to be busy with making one for their road customers. From the very first day, KTM never made it a secret that the literal "Ready to Race" motto machine KTM RC16 will also be offered to the ’admiring the sport’ customers too.

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KTM Delivers One-Two Punch At Pikes Peak International Hillclimb

KTM Delivers One-Two Punch At Pikes Peak International Hillclimb

1290 Super Duke R Has Stellar Day

KTM and Kawasaki were represented in the top four finishes in the Heavyweight Motorcycle division at the 95th running of the Pike’s Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado Spring, Colorado, but it was KTM’s [1290 Super Duke R->mot5233 that delivered the one-two punch by taking first and second place, as well as fourth place. Chris Fillmore, an in-house racer for KTM, made a record-setting climb of 9.49.265 to beat the previous record held by Carlin Dunne set in 2013. All-in-all, it was an excellent day of racing for KTM and the 2017 Super Duke R.

Continue reading for more on the race.

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Video: Highlights From The 12th KTM Adventure Rider Rally

Video: Highlights From The 12th KTM Adventure Rider Rally

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.

Continue reading to read more about the 12th KTM Adventure Rider Rally.

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Video: KTM Previews 2015 Adventure Rider Rally

Video: KTM Previews 2015 Adventure Rider Rally

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.

Continue reading to read more about the 12th KTM Adventure Rider Rally.

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KTM To Line Up Two Factory Teams At 2016 Dakar Rally

KTM To Line Up Two Factory Teams At 2016 Dakar Rally

The 2016 Dakar Rally is getting more and more interesting. A day after Husqvarna announced its plan to return to the endurance rally race, its parent company, KTM, dropped its own bombshell, announcing that it will have two factory racing teams lining up at the start of the competition.

The first of the two teams is the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Rally Team, which will be made up of four riders. Serving as team leader will be Dakar veteran Jordi Villadoms, who came in 2nd in the motorcycles class in the 2014 staging of the race. Villadoms will be joined in the team by Toby Price, Sam Sunderland and Matthias Walkner. Noticeable by his absence is Marc Coma, the five-time Dakar champion who, incidentally, is also the defending champ of the motorcycle class. Coma retired from the competition after winning the 2015 race so it appears that KTM has laid the groundwork of transitioning from the Coma era to field a balanced team of grizzled Dakar veterans with young, up-and-coming riders.

That’s exactly the sentiment KTM Racing Department chief Pit Beirer shared when he revealed the team’s plans moving forward. According to Beirer, the team has been planning this transition for the past three years and with the lineup KTM has assembled, Beirer expressed confidence that the team will continue to be a contender well past Coma’s exit from active competition.

A second factory team will also be entered in next year’s race. While the name of this team hasn’t been announced, Beirer did say that it will be made up of Pablo Quintanilla, multiple Enduro world champion Antoine Meo, and female Dakar rider Laia Sanz.

And if that’s not enough, KTM also announced that a satellite team, KTM Warsaw Motorrally, will also compete in the 2016 race. The Polish-based squad will by run Marek Dabrowski with the rider lineup scheduled to be announced soon.

The 2016 Dakar Rally will begin on January 3, 2016 in Lima, Peru and will run until January 16, 2016 at the finish line in Rosario, Argentina.

Continue reading to read more about KTM’s two new factory teams that will compete at the 2016 Dakar Rally.

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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.

Click past the jump to read more about Marc Coma’s fifth Dakar Rally title.

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2014 KTM RC390 Cup

2014 KTM RC390 Cup

KTM has revealed its all new 2014 RC390. The motorcycle is taking design cues straight from the RC8 and was developed as a GP racing model for the Moto3 World Championship.

The bike weighs only 130 kg and is built around a 373.2 cc, 4-stroke, EFI, DOHC engine which cranks out a maximum power of 38 hp. It is fed by a 9.5 liters fuel tank and is mounted on a powder coated, tubular steel trellis frame.

The motorcycle is fitted with a set of high quality suspensions signed by WP Suspension. They include a front WP-USD Ø 43 mm fork and a rear WP-Monoshock.

The motorcycle’s speed is kept in check by a performance-oriented four piston caliper braking system which uses 300 mm discs up front and 230 discs out back.

For the moment KTM didn’t reveal the price of its new RC390, but given the excellent pricing of the new D390 we can expect to a decent number.

Hit the jump for more information on the 2014 KTM RC390.

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KTM RC8 R McWilliams Limited Edition

KTM RC8 R McWilliams Limited Edition

This attracting sight represents KTM’s RC8 R McWilliams replica, a machine produced in a limited number (100 units) both to honor Jeremy McWilliams, KTM’s racer in the IDM German Superbike Championship, and to offer club racers the possibility to get their hands on a machine that looks like nothing ordinary (not that the stock RC8 does, but this is yet another step forward).

Apart from the cool new livery, the KTM Club Racer kit includes an Akrapovic EVO4 full system, hi-lift cams and datalogging. The total number of break horsepower reaches 180, which is 10 bhp more than on the standard model.

Street legality is always the sacrifice in the quest for more power and that is why the KTM RC8 R McWilliams addresses to club racers. Sure, you can always convert it to road spec, but what’s the point in buying it if that’s the plan?

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Go to KTM Only Trackday

Go to KTM Only Trackday

For all of you riding KTM motorcycles out in the UK, this is a reminder of next two weeks KTM Only Trackday scheduled to take place at Cadwell Park.

The event will strike up next Thursday (September 4th) and you will be organized in three groups. Price per rider is £75.

Log on to www.focusedevents.com to book it up.

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First Transorientale Race Finishes

First Transorientale Race Finishes

The famous and notorious Paris-Dakar is known for its very long and tough rally, with motorcycle riders taking the brunt of its toughness. Accidents, even many fatalities, exhaustion and bandits/terrorists have been plaguing the race since its inception.
Gilles Martineau, later assisted by René Metge, planned for two years to produce a real adventure race: a rally from St. Petersburg, Russia to Beijing, China. A race covering 10,000 kilometers in 17 days. Bad roads, deserts, mountains and (...)

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