There was clear emotion in KTM CEO Stefan Pierer’s voice last week with the presentation of the company’s MotoGP ‘weaponry’ at Spielberg for the Austrian stop on the Grand Prix trail. But with Mr Pierer, Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta and KTM Motorsport Director Pit Beirer all talking about an important chapter in KTM’s story it was a decent opportunity to grab five minutes with the Austrian to ask about his own biking background …
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He might be 52, but whenever the opportunity to leap onto a racing bike presents itself, Jeremy McWilliams does not need to be asked twice. The one-time Grand Prix rider has maintained a close relationship with KTM for many years, and so he was not going to pass up the chance to join other ex-motorsport riders for the KTM 690 DUKE Battle in Assen.
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.
Norbert Thaler, Hannes Maier and Thomas Gradinger didn’t have much time for egg hunting this Easter. The three KTM test riders were too busy tearing around the track at the 1000 km Hockenheim on a KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R.
From 125 to 1301cc, the current KTM DUKE range is as wide-ranging and diverse as ever in 2015. The KTM BLOG attended the ‘DUKE IT’ media event in Thailand to ride the six-strong line-up back-to-back and found out more about the many changes that KTM’s first global superstar – the 390 DUKE – receives this year.
Ross Noble is one of the biggest names in stand-up comedy in the United Kingdom and Australia and the 38-year old is also massively into his motorbikes – on and offroad. Ross also has an alternative travel series beginning on TV in the UK on March 24 which sees him ride the length and breadth of the country on a KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R. The KTM BLOG caught up with him before the first episode aired.