When the young KTM MotoGP team racked up the first world championship points in Termas de Río Hondo (Argentina) at the beginning of April, road racing at KTM already had a tradition spanning several decades. Sixty years ago, the star of Erwin Lechner first began to shine. The young rider achieved success after success in both road and offroad racing. At the same time, KTM designer Ludwig Apfelbeck conceived both the 4-valve racing engine and a small 2-stroker for the moped “Mecky”.
The latest addition to the KTM ADVENTURE line-up, the KTM 1090 ADVENTURE R, promises much with spoked wheels, improved WP suspension and with it much improved offroad potential … perfect for Southern Californian trails.
It seems very simple: you twist a throttle every day and at the end of the month somebody puts money in your bank account for it. What a wonderful existence.
Although our Panini motorcycle world tour has already entered the final third, we’re certainly not tired of it – and even we are a little surprised by that! After every ‘bike-free’ day, we look forward to getting back in the saddle, pressing on, making new discoveries, and having new encounters on our KTM 1190 ADVENTURE Rs.
Getting your first bike is like a dream come true. I can still recall the moment when I laid eyes on my own Enduro for the very first time: A 2015 KTM 350 EXC-F. I loaded it onto the trailer and proudly drove it home.
Eating, working, meeting, shopping, watching, admiring and even getting a haircut: it is all possible in an environment of total biker cool at The Bike Shed in London. The venue is unlike anything we’ve seen, and among the custom jobs and motorcycle regalia there is a little bit of orange …
He’s achieved the goal of a lifetime, but it’s back to work for Sam Sunderland, only this time he will begin the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship as a Dakar winner.
A fresh challenge for one of the very fastest offroad motorcycle racers in the world in 2017 as twenty-year old Herlings moves up from three FIM World Championships in the last five years in MX2 to tackle the ‘big boys’ in MXGP. We asked the Dutchman and his crew about the transition from pushing the limits on the KTM 250 SX-F to the KTM 450 SX-F …
In the last of our chats with two senior figures from the depths of the immense R&D Department in Mattighofen we grabbed exclusive opinions on some of the topics motorcycle riders could be thinking about …