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.
American racer Taylor Robert is taking on the world this season. The Arizona-man is stepping over to the Enduro World Championship aboard the KTM 350 EXC-F factory bike and is realizing his dream of racing the full series after a five years getting a taste of what’s to come while competing at the International Six Days Enduro. We caught up with Taylor during pre-season to find out what made him switch, and how his plans are going in the lead up to the first race.
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.
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 …
“I have a professional understanding and a professional training that allows me to do my job but I think my biggest strength is that I understand motorcycles and absolutely love them. I grew up around dealers, racing and the industry so I have a feel for it.”
2012 will be a racing year that will reverberate long in the halls of Mattighofen … for being the season when KTM swapped knobbly tyres for slicks and made a powerful statement in the Moto3 category.