In the 1950s, scooters were just as common a sight on urban streets as they are today – even if the design was more than a little different. Scooters have long been a part of KTM’s proud history too. Sixty years ago the young motorcycle manufacturer introduced its first scooter: the Mirabell, named after Mirabell Palace, one of the most famous tourist destinations in Salzburg.
It’s a new era of Dakar. After 10 years of domination by former KTM-aces Marc Coma, who retired from racing earlier this year, and Cyril Despres, there’s room for a new emerging star and KTM is excited to have yet another strong team for the notoriously tough Rally.
Only a matter of weeks before they hit showrooms and dealer floors the new KTM 690 DUKE and KTM 690 DUKE R tore up some of the scenic mountain roads in Gran Canaria this week as a gathering of media from across the continents gave their verdict on the new LC4 propelled bikes.
Mika Kallio, recently turned 33 years of age, is one of KTM’s most decorated Grand Prix riders. The Fin has posted twelve wins and another 32 podium finishes and classified as a world championship runner-up twice in five years wearing ‘orange’.
The inhabitants of central Mattighofen are likely to get used to the sound of construction work over the next year as plans for the KTM Museum are accelerating quicker than a KTM 450 SX-F out of a start gate.
There are more people than normal on the vast KTM stand in Milan. In fact, if you haven’t bagged a spot close to the display area and where the new 690 DUKE R is unveiled as well as the menacing looking 1290 SUPER DUKE GT then there is not much chance of seeing anything.
Europe’s biggest motorcycle show usually provides a few surprises and KTM are just one of many manufacturers to use the large halls at Milan’s Fiera to whip the covers of new bikes for the first time. For 2016 the engineers and designers at Mattighofen have come up with something rather special to amplify further KTM Street range …
The cut-and-thrust, chop-and-change and general craziness of Moto3 is a tough playground and ‘school’ for MotoGP’s brightest young talents. Podium battles often involving up to ten riders and more are the norm on the pacey 250cc four-stroke motorcycles. How does it feel to be in the middle of it all? And how satisfying is it to emerge from an intense and stressful scrap with the taste of rostrum champagne?