The Austrian Drift Challenge has been a booming competition for years, with the Mazda MX-5 standing as the undisputed champion. High time that the latest model is challenged to a face-off with a motorcycle then. Picking up the gauntlet for two-wheels is Hanson Schruf, a master drifter with his KTM 450 SX-F – and already sitting in fourth spot in the world rankings for the flat track world championship.
Madrid has been synonymous with FMX innovation for the past 15 years and last Friday night was no different: The world’s best FMX riders gathered in Madrid for the 15th time to celebrate the Red Bull X-Fighters anniversary and once again push the sport to the next level.
Women under voltage. You want to read a fast and peculiar story from the KTM world? There are things that are rather the exception than the rule: Young women working as e-mobility development engineers at a sportmotorcycle manufacturer. Young women riding offroad. Young women who are so crazy about offroad riding that they register for a 24-hour Enduro race. That´s the story of the “KTM HighVoltage Girls”.
Read that ‘click’. Again. Faster. Now cut it in half. That’s the amount of time KTM’s 1290 SUPER DUKE GT needs to perform one of the slickest gearshifts in the company’s history. Here’s how the wizards at KTM R&D pulled it off. And why you will want this quick shift on your next bike.
We spoke to Red Bull KTM’s Joan Olivé recently here on the BLOG and were intrigued to know how exactly the former Grand Prix rider advises and helps Moto3 racers Brad Binder and Bo Bendsneyder by watching them trackside. What can the Spaniard see? What does he observe different to the rest of us – perhaps motorcyclists but also race fans – enrapt through television or at the fences?
Enduro has many guises, but one thing is very clear, KTM is committed to providing something that does the job, and does it well. The new generation of Enduro is here, and the R&D experts in Mattighofen, Austria have revised each and every machine from the ground up with over 90% of parts in each bike being completely new.
KTM’s grass roots lie in offroad racing. Offroad racing’s roots are in the families that devote their weekends to practicing and competing, be it at local, national or international level, so it’s only apt that KTM devotes energy into developing a superior quality of machine for the young rider.