In 1996, almost ten years after the launch of the LC4 engine, KTM presented an electric-start version of the water-cooled unit. However, the new engine was in no way intended to signal a renunciation of the hard enduro philosophy; instead the aim was to attract new consumer groups.
The KTM and Red Bull network encourages riders to get together and train, so when Sam Sunderland and good mate Jonny Walker went on a recent (very cold) riding day in Cowm Quarry, UK, we at the KTM BLOG took the opportunity to catch up with them.
An extremely rare peek at the birthplace of orange motorcycles was afforded to a select few press at Mattighofen last week and as we can sometimes escape corporate binds here on the BLOG this is what we found in the depths of R&D …
Last autumn an unusual motorsports event in the UK – one that glided under the radar – was ‘scrapped’. Literally. The first Red Bull Breakers took prominent British Motocross talents and threw them around the strangest racetrack seen for some time … in the depths of an English scrapyard, or ‘breakers yard’. The exhibition ‘invitational’ was so weird and something so far out of the leftfield that it seems hard to believe it actually happened.
The Dakar Rally has exerted a special fascination for motorcycle fans for more than three-and-a-half decades. The heroes of the early years have never been forgotten. Marc Coma also deserves his place among the greats, having dominated the Dakar for more than a decade with his fellow KTM factory rider Cyril Despres.
Being the R&D Manager at KTM North America is an incredibly important task, but one that Casey Lytle has grabbed with both hands and influenced with his years of experience. A former professional rider, test rider, and team manager, Lytle is well known in the industry. Now into his second year in his current role, during which time we’ve seen the latest SX range released, we caught up with Casey to get a take on all things R&D.
With the Dakar heading into its final stages we reflect on the comments made by the Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Racing Team Technical Manager, Stefan Huber, who gave us his inside line right before the race began. It was a busy build up, but with things in full swing and Price leading the KTM campaign at present, it’s interesting to look at his predictions coming into the race.