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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Dream Racer, the critically acclaimed film based on the Dakar Rally, has won the “Best Feature Film” award at the New York 2015 Motorcycle Film Festival. It’s the latest in a series of accolades the film has received, following similar achievements in other film festivals. In addition to its latest triumph, Dream Racer also bagged the “Human Values & Sport Award” at the Barcelona International Sports Film Festival; the “Best Foreign Feature Documentary Award” at the Los Angeles All Sports Film Festival; and the “Mention D’Honneur” at the Milan International FICTS Festival.
We’ve featured the rally in these pages in the past and we can attest to how difficult it is to finish, let alone compete in. Participants actually have to endure 15 days and close to 6,300 miles of desert terrain just to be able to complete the race. It’s no wonder that over 50 percent of participants don’t even make it to the finish line. But this film isn’t so much about the Dakar Rally itself as it is about the journey of Christophe Barriere-Varju, a man who made it his personal goal to complete the race.
Like everyone else who enters it, Barriere-Varju’s quest didn’t come with its share of setbacks. But through it all, he persevered, overcoming fatigue, injuries, and tragedy to successfully say that the achieved his dream. It’s arguably one of the most inspirational films you’ll ever get to watch so if you need a little kick to get you dreaming once again, Dream Racer will give you that…and then some.
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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 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.
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Husqvarna is all set to make a comeback at the Dakar Rally, adding more beef to an already stacked lineup of some of the fiercest rally raid competitors in the world. The company made the announcement, saying that it would be fielding a two-rider lineup at the 2016 staging of the event, namely veteran rally rider Ruben Faria and up-and-coming hotshot Pierre-Alexandre Renet.
Faria, in particular, will bring his Dakar Rally experience to Husky, including a second place finish in 2013 with KTM. In a roundabout kind of way, Faria will still be racing under the KTM umbrella, only this time it will be for one of its new sub-brands. On the opposite end of the experience pipe is Renet, who will be making his first appearance at the Dakar Rally after establishing a career that saw him excel in the enduro racing scene. Both Faria and Renet will be using the Husqvarna 450 Rally where it will line up against a whole plate of competitors, including KTM.
None of that matters at this point because what’s important is that Husqvarna’s returning to the Dakar Rally. Some form of credit must also go to KTM, Husky’s new parent firm, which is doubling down on its participation during the race by essentially having two factory teams in it.
There are also talks about Husqvarna bringing a satellite team with it to the 2016 Dakar Rally. There’s still no confirmation on whether that’s going to happen, but with the team already having a name - HT Husqvarna Rally Team - and a manager - Henk Hellegens - it could only be a matter of time before Husqvarna makes a formal announcement pertaining to this satellite racing team.
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Five-time Dakar Rally champion Marc Coma has been named the new Sporting Director of the rally, closing the door on his quest to win a sixth championship in the world’s toughest cross-country race.
The news comes as a little bit of a surprise to a lot of people, many of whom thought that Coma would once again ride for KTM in the 2016 staging of the rally. But by assuming this new role as sporting director for the rally, any thought of actually competing in the race and vie to sit on equal terms with the great Stephane Peterhansel has been shut down.
While it’s a little disappointing to know that Coma won’t compete in the 2016 Dakar Rally, it’s also exciting to see that one of the series’ most decorated riders will now have a big hand in organizing the entire event. He won’t be as visible as he was in the past, but rest assured, his impact will be far greater now that he’s a part of management.
It certainly didn’t take long for Coma to work on his new role and responsibilities. Multiple reports indicate that the Dakar legend is already scheduled to spend most of July reporting to the Amaury Sport Organization (ASO), the company that owns the Dakar Rally. From there, Coma is expected to spend a lot of time in South America, looking for and testing potential routes that could be added to the race.
They’re only small samples of the kind of work Coma will now have on his plate now that he’s the Sporting Director of the Dakar Rally. It’s not the kind of role we’ve gotten used to, but if he puts as much time and effort into it as he did winning the rally five times, I’d say that the event has been placed in pretty good hands.
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Why We Ride Films, the producers behind the critically-acclaimed documentary, “Why We Ride”, is inviting everyone to watch the documentary for free over the next seven days to help spur crowd support and funding for its next feature documentary, “I Am Sturgis.”
The offer to watch Why We Ride is available on the I Am Sturgis Kickstarter page, providing viewers an easy way to enjoy the documentary while also pledging financial support to help produce the new documentary.
Offering Why We Ride for free is a great way to attract viewers to the real purpose of the Kickstarter campaign, which is to help fund the company’s new film project. The offer to watch the documentary is really a means to an end, but you can’t blame the producers for doing it. The group hopes to raise $350,000 for the production budget of the new documentary, but with a little under three weeks left before the producers’ self-imposed target date, donations on the Kickstarter page have only reached $36,79 as of May 14, 2015. That’s a little over 10 percent of what producers are hoping to get.
Time’s of the essence to finish the documentary before the 75th Anniversary of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally begins in the first week of August 2015. The producers needed something, anything, to get more people to go to its I Am Sturgis Kickstarter page. Offering a free-viewing of its award-winning Why We Ride documentary is a great way to entice more people to visit the page and hopefully, contribute as little as $5 to the cause.
Five bucks really isn’t much for a lot of people so if you happen to watch the Why We Ride documentary, do the producers a solid and help out their cause. Your contributions, no matter how small they be, could go a long way in helping Why We Ride Films finish the I Am Sturgis documentary in time for the 75th anniversary of the motorcycle rally in South Dakota on August 2015.
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The Can-Am Spyder may not have the greatest reliability track record in the world, but that hasn’t stopped buyers from taking the plunge and buying the three-wheeler anyway. And so, seven years after the first Spyder was handed over to Jay Leno in 2008, the plucky three-wheeler has finally reached 100,000 units sold status.
The announcement was made at the SpyderFest banquet, considered as the largest Spyder gathering in the world. The event is currently taking place in Springfield, Missouri where over 1,200 Spyder owners and enthusiasts are attending. One of them, Brahm Wilson, recently purchased a Spyder and by sheer luck and happenstance, the model he’s taking home just so happened to be the 100,000th Can-Am Spyder.
Appropriately, Wilson was presented with the keys of his brand-new Spyder at the SpyderFest banquet, instantly earning him a pinch of celebrity status among the Spyder owners who witnessed the historic turnover. It’s a pretty neat way to take delivery of a three-wheeler nobody expected would be the 100,000th Spyder. If anything, Wilson might be smart enough to keep his brand-new Spyder as spotless as possible, knowing full well that this isn’t just any other Spyder model.
Then again, the three-wheeler is meant to be ridden out on the road and despite the temptation of not riding it due to its historical significance in the Can-Am universe, something tells me that Wilson will enjoy every last ounce of run he can have with his newest motorcycle purchase.
As well he should because he certainly earned it.
Unlike most racing series in the world, the Dakar Rally offers a dramatic change of scenery, far removed from the glamor and pizzazz of Formula One and the breathtaking spectacle of NASCAR. The Dakar Rally is neither of those things, which is precisely why it’s become one of the most exciting races in the world. it’s also the most dangerous, spread across three South American countries covering a schedule that lasts two weeks. Needless to say, anything and everything can happen at the Dakar Rally.
The 2015 staging of the race was no different. It began on January 4, 2015 in Buenos Aires, Argentina before crossing through Chile and Bolivia and then returning to Buenos Aires for the finish line. The race lasted through 13 days of competition, covering a total distance of almost 5,600 miles. The sheer spectacle of the race is unrivalled, and in those 13 stages, we saw a treasure trove of action-packed sequences that will remain in our heads for the foreseeable future.
There were dramatic highs. There were sad lows. But through it all, the Dakar Rally lived up to its reputation as the world’s most dangerous race. There are instances when such words ring hyperbole. Not this time. The race was definitely one for the books, as this video will show you.
So sit back and enjoy the very best from the 2015 Dakar Rally. It’s going to be a long wait before the 2016 race begins. Trust me when I’ll tell you, this video should be archived so that if you need to satiate your thirst for the rally until next year, you at least have a video to go back to.
Sturgis was a big center of attraction for bikers and motorcycle lovers, as it hosted the 73rd Annual Motorcycle Rally.
As the place was crowded with motorcycles fans, Mustang Motorcycle Products, LLC thought that it is the perfect place to show up their new Signature Series seat.
The Signature Series seat was fitted on a custom motorcycle built by Dave Perewitz.
Talking about their collaboration with Perewitz, Mustang’s Product Manager Matt Kulman said “There is no mistaking a bike built by Perewitz…just as there is no mistaking this seat. Perewitz knows style, Mustang knows comfort and together we make a pretty good team!”
With this occasion, Mustang has also organized a small contest for its fans and the winner will be drawn from the entry box at the end of the Rally. The prize offered by Mustang is either a studded or a standard Journey Bag. The bag was designed with practicality in mind and features three side compartments. It offers a volume of 3,744 cubic inches and measures 18” tall x 14” deep x 20” wide.
The 2010 edition of the world’s toughest rally, Dakar, will see Team Giofil’s riders – Paolo Ceci, Gerard Farres, Francisco Lopez and Alex Zanotti – competing on the barely revealed Aprilia MXV 450 Africa.
This is the latest version of the bike that brought the team the last two consecutive Rally of the Pharoahs wins (in 2008 and 2009) and third place overall in 2009.
Although based on the standard MXV 4.5 model, the four competition bikes that Aprilia will supply Team Giofil with are all powered by a seriously modified engine and strengthened chassis, the bodywork and navigation equipment being actually the least stressful part when preparing any bike for 16 days of hell on earth.
Teams will be setting off on January 1 and surrender weapons on January 17, 2010.
This year’s ‘Old Indians Never, Ever Die’ vintage motorcycle rally held in Pebbleshire, Scotland between 24th and 26th of July gathered no less than 400 vintage Indians, which is very impressive to see on the old continent.
Proud of their achievement (and this was just the second time they got together the impressive number of Indian motorcycles and owners), the organizers will release a 1 hour long documentary about it. Meanwhile, you can enjoy the trailer.
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 (...)