Energica Week 2022

Today, we bring you a fresh page or two from the world’s Supercar Capital, Modena, Italy – and today, the annual Energica Week is front and center.

The press release from PRNewswire states that the festivities will run from Sept. 5-9. This year marks the second annual iteration of Energica Week, and will celebrate the company’s astounding sales successes and continual growth. 

Energica riders enjoying a cruise through town. Media sourced from Roadracing World.
Energica riders enjoying a cruise through town. Media sourced from Roadracing World.

Shenanigans for this year include a ribbon cutting on Monday, Sept. 5 at Energica Headquarters with Ideanomics, as well as a meet on Wednesday, Sept. 7, between schools/universities and the Energica technical department ‘to talk about projects, education, and ideas to move electric vehicle development and sustainability practices forward.’

“This is part of the #StayChargedEDU initiative, meant to stimulate conversation regarding the future of electric mobility.” (per RideApart)

Energica owners experiencing the track on their electric machines. Media sourced from Energica Motor Company.
Energica owners experiencing the track on their electric machines. Media sourced from Energica Motor Company.

The crowning feature, however, will be the long-awaited gathering at the track for Energica bike owners, showcasing the brilliant successes of a pioneering electric brand.

All told, a roaring lineup dedicated to a newer, cleaner future. 

Marc Marquez with his Honda racebikje in the background. Media sourced from The Guardian.

We gusta. 

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Drop a comment letting us know what you think, and as ever – stay safe on the twiste.s 

*Media sourced from PRNewswire, RoadRacing World and Energica Motor Company*

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2022 KTM 390 Adventure

The 390 Adventure is KTM’s big-bike-inspired beginner ADV.

The 390 Adventure is KTM’s big-bike-inspired beginner ADV. (KTM/)


  • Well priced for a first dip in the ADV pond
  • Nice electronics suite that keeps on improving
  • Confidence-inspiring stopping power
  • Suspension performs well for both street and dirt applications


  • Less refined switch gear


While large-displacement ADVs are the golden ticket to long-distance exploring, there’s an argument to be made for smaller, lighter adventure motorcycles to help introduce riders to the category while also being a great time on the trail. KTM’s 390 Adventure is a perfect example of a small-displacement ADV that’s easy to manage yet fully capable of full-spectrum fun.


The motorcycle market has long prioritized highly capable, albeit large, adventure motorcycles suited for riders with years of experience. That meant only a small selection of ADV machines for the beginner. KTM spotted the gap, which resulted in the launch of the 2020 KTM 390 Adventure.

The Austrian manufacturer repurposed the heart of its beginner-appropriate 390 Duke and RC 390 and wrapped the powerplant in an able-bodied chassis for tackling rougher terrain. With input from multitime Baja winner Quinn Cody, the handling and suspension were developed for off-road chops. Additionally, as covered in CW’s first look, KTM claimed its trellis frame was similar to the one found on the 450 Rally, putting greater emphasis on the 390 ADV’s off-road spirit.

For 2022, KTM sprinkles some more ADV pixie dust on the 390 Adventure to bring it closer to its larger siblings. Updated electronics with off-road ride modes and “more robust” cast wheels make this latest offering even more capable. New paint makes it visually closer to KTM’s Dakar bikes as well.

A welcome site for the traction control’s off-road mode.

A welcome site for the traction control’s off-road mode. (KTM/)

Updates for 2022

The bike is still essentially the same machine, with an unaltered steel trellis frame wrapped around a 373cc single-cylinder DOHC water-cooled engine making an impressive 43 hp and 27 lb.-ft. of torque. Recently updated to meet Euro 5 emissions limits on KTM’s home continent, that mill gets a new suite of electronic rider aids for 2022.

The traction control system now has an off-road mode alongside the standard street setting, allowing more wheelspin before stepping in to cut torque. Meanwhile, updated ABS now includes a cornering system that works when the bike is banked.

The 2022 bike also gets new 10-spoke cast alloy wheels said to be stronger than the previous hoops.

Pricing and Variants

The 390 Adventure comes in two color choices and is listed at an MSRP of $6,799.


The adventurous 390 can battle it out with the BMW G 310 GS, Kawasaki Versys-X 300, or Honda CB500X, but these would need more aggressive tire treads to better compete with the KTM’s dirt-suited Continental TKC 70s.

The new color nods to KTM’s dune and desert racebikes.

The new color nods to KTM’s dune and desert racebikes. (KTM/)

Powertrain: Engine, Transmission, and Performance

The Adventure’s Euro 5–compliant 373cc single-cylinder engine is the same engine that can be found in the 390 Duke. Although motivated by a sub-400cc single, the bike has plenty of big-bike attitude, as confirmed in our first ride aboard the small ADV, where we noted, “This isn’t a beginner’s-only, low-spec and -tech affair. No, this is a motorcycle befitting KTM’s Adventure badge.”

This liquid-cooled single doles out 37.5 hp at 8,970 rpm and 23.2 lb.-ft. at 6,990 rpm when spinning its rear wheel on our Dynojet 250i rear-wheel dyno. There’s plenty of torque for dirt or road applications, as well as ample power for the highway, although riders should expect to use the upper edge of the rpm range when running at freeway speeds. With the wind at our backs, we noted that its top speed could get over the ton and into triple digit speeds.

The 390’s road manners are excellent.

The 390’s road manners are excellent. (KTM/)


Quinn Cody, a decorated off-road racer turned KTM R&D rider, provided input on the suspension and handling of the 390 Adventure, which resulted in WP Apex suspension that exceeds expectations. Suspension is stiff enough to handle technical sections off-road, but still performs admirably on road, being planted and taut in those conditions as well. The fork is adjustable for compression and rebound, while the shock is adjustable for preload and rebound.

The bike falls into turns with ease thanks in part to a 56.3-inch wheelbase and lightweight packaging. If traction gets dicey, lean-angle-sensitive TC is there to help. In addition to the Street ride mode, the electronics suite now comes with Offroad mode to suit off-the-beaten-path riding. As previously noted, “The 390 Adventure can handle any terrain put before it as long as you attack it at the proper speed.”


Braking performance from Brembo’s budget-conscious ByBre units is excellent. The front radial-mounted four-piston caliper holds fast to a large 320mm disc and a two-piston floating unit grabs onto a 230mm disc. Cornering ABS can be turned off, while the Offroad mode completely deactivates the antilock braking system at the rear and reduces intervention at the front.

KTM says the new cast alloy wheels provide increased stiffness compared to the outgoing units.

KTM says the new cast alloy wheels provide increased stiffness compared to the outgoing units. (KTM/)

Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

KTM claims fuel economy of 100 km/3.37 liters (about 62 miles/0.9 gallon).

Ergonomics: Comfort and Utility

The fanned-out two-piece seat is well suited for longer jaunts; the reach to bar and peg are plenty spacious and comfortable. There’s ample room for moving around the saddle. The seat height is somewhat tall at 33.7 inches.

An impressive 7.9 inches of ground clearance gives the 390 Adventure a nice buffer between hard parts and rough topography. The stubby windscreen offers some wind protection and does not intrude into the rider’s line of sight.


Despite being a smaller, budget-friendly bike, KTM loaded the 390 Adventure with an impressive electronics suite that enables it to excel regardless of conditions. Offroad mode allows some rear-wheel slip for adverse conditions, and maintains its settings in the event of a stalled engine; Offroad ABS balances traction without overregulating brake control on a trail; and KTM’s Motorcycle Traction Control system is lean-angle sensitive.

The rider interface includes a 5-inch full-color TFT display that can be connected to the KTM My Ride app for phone pairing. LED lighting throughout is a nice touch that adds to safety and conspicuity.

KTM doesn’t just slap “Adventure” onto a model name willy-nilly. When KTM says Adventure, it means it.

KTM doesn’t just slap “Adventure” onto a model name willy-nilly. When KTM says Adventure, it means it. (KTM/)

Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

KTM offers a 24-month/24,000-mile warranty for the 390 Adventure. The warranty can be transferred to subsequent owners within the stated warranty period.


The switch gear is a little less refined than on KTM’s big bikes, but there are nice touches carried down from the 790 Adventure, like a full-color display that’s easy to read at a glance.

2022 KTM 390 Adventure Claimed Specifications

MSRP: $6,799
Engine: 373cc, DOHC, liquid-cooled single
Bore x Stroke: 89.0 x 60.0mm
Transmission/Final Drive: 6-speed/chain
Cycle World Measured Horsepower: 37.5 hp @ 8,970 rpm
Cycle World Measured Torque: 23.2 lb.-ft. @ 6,990 rpm
Fuel Delivery: Bosch EFI w/ 46mm throttle body; ride-by-wire
Clutch: PASC slipper; mechanically operated
Engine Management/Ignition: N/A
Frame: Steel trellis
Front Suspension: 43mm WP Apex fork, compression and rebound damping adjustable; 6.7 in. travel
Rear Suspension: WP Apex monoshock, spring preload and rebound damping adjustable; 7.0 in. travel
Front Brake: ByBre radial-mount 4-piston caliper, 320mm disc w/ ABS
Rear Brake: ByBre 2-piston floating caliper, 230mm disc w/ ABS
Wheels, Front/Rear: Cast wheels; 19 x 2.5 in. / 17 x 3.5 in.
Tires, Front/Rear: Continental TKC 70; 100/90-19 / 130/80-17
Rake/Trail: 26.5° / N/A
Wheelbase: 56.3 in.
Ground Clearance: 7.9 in.
Seat Height: 33.7 in.
Fuel Capacity: 3.8 gal.
Cycle World Measured Wet Weight: 387 lb.
Contact: ktm.com

Source: MotorCyclistOnline.com

Marc Marquez rides again at MotorLand Aragon

Naturally, Marquez won’t compete at this weekend’s event in San Marino, but he should be present at post-GP Misano Test where he can cast a close eye on the development of the RC213V. It will be a key crucial couple days as the Japanese factory will look to take the next steps in developing a competitive bike for their all-star line up of Marquez and Joan Mir (Team Suzuki Ecstar) in 2023.

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Marc Marquez rides again in MotorLand Aragon

Naturally, Marquez won’t compete at this weekend’s event in San Marino, but he will be present at post-GP Misano Test where he will cast a close eye on the development of the RC213V. It will be a key crucial couple days as the Japanese factory will look to take the next steps in developing a competitive bike for their all-star line up of Marquez and Joan Mir (Team Suzuki Ecstar) in 2023.

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Yamaha Awards New Outdoor Initiative Grants

Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative
All Kids Bike is one of six Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative grant recipients for 2Q 2022.

As motorcycle enthusiasts, we celebrate all things outdoors. Whether it’s riding a bicycle or a dirtbike or a streetbike, whether you’re into hiking or fishing or camping, spending time outside recharges our mental and physical batteries and makes us better people. We applaud the financial commitment Yamaha has made and continues to make to maintain access to outdoor activities for people of all ages and walks of life. Read about the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative in the press release below.

Yamaha Motor Corp., USA recently announced the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative (OAI) grant awards totaling $145,175 for the second quarter of 2022 in support of its ongoing mission to protect, improve, and expand access to public land for motorized and outdoor recreation. This quarter, Yamaha OAI resources were deployed to help national efforts, as well as specific projects directly impacting the future of motorized recreation. Projects being funded in the second quarter grant cycle include:

  • Developing a database of public land trades to help generate public awareness and involvement in protecting access for recreation.
  • Conducting a workshop educating land managers on sustainable trail building and maintenance to protect the safety of riders and the future of access on public lands.
  • Significant trail rehabilitation and rerouting efforts to improve off-road experiences while protecting sensitive environments.
  • Introducing kindergarteners to biking.
Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative

“We continue to prioritize projects offering innovative and sustainable solutions to the problems facing access to land for motorized and outdoor recreation. This quarter’s applicants delivered in many impactful ways and we are excited to continue being involved in making real progress on the ground,” said Steve Nessl, Yamaha’s Motorsports marketing manager. “We are additionally pleased to continue our partnership with The Nature Conservancy in Tennessee in support of their efforts to build 150 miles of legal motorized trails on the Northumberland Plateau.”

The second quarter grants for 2022 have been awarded to six applicants:

  • Colorado Wild Public Lands — Basalt, CO
  • Indian Creek Valley ATV Club – Indian Head, PA
  • Limestone Trail Hawks — Aroostook County, ME
  • National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council
  • All Kids Bike
  • The Nature Conservancy – Tennessee Chapter

Related Story: Listen to our podcast interview with All Kids Bike founder Ryan McFarland

The application deadline for consideration in the third quarter of this year’s funding cycle is September 30, 2022, and riding clubs, land stewardship associations, and public land managers are encouraged to work together with Yamaha dealers to identify projects and apply for support. To aid those considering applying for a Yamaha OAI grant, visit YamahaOAI.com for submission guidelines, an application, answers to most popular questions about the program, and recaps of some typical projects.

About the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative
Since 2008, the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative has led the Powersports industry in supporting responsible access to our nation’s public lands for outdoor enthusiasts. With more than $5 million contributed to 400 projects across the country, Yamaha has directly and indirectly supported thousands of miles of motorized recreation trails, maintained and rehabilitated riding and hunting areas, improved staging areas, supplied agricultural organizations with essential OHV safety education, built bridges over fish-bearing streams, and partnered with local outdoor enthusiast communities across the country to improve access to public lands. Each quarter, Yamaha accepts applications from nonprofit or tax-exempt organizations including OHV riding clubs and associations, national, state, and local public land-use agencies, outdoor enthusiast associations, and land conservation groups with an interest in protecting, improving, expanding, and/or maintaining access for safe, responsible, and sustainable public use.

Updated guidelines, application form, information, and news about the Outdoor Access Initiative are available at YamahaOAI.com. For specific questions about the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative, call the dedicated hotline at 1-877-OHV-TRAIL (877-648-8724), email [email protected], or write to:

Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative
Yamaha Motor Corp., USA
3065 Chastain Meadows Parkway, Bldg. 100
Marietta, GA 30066

About Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA
Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA (YMUS), is a recognized leader in the outdoor recreation industry. The company’s ever-expanding product offerings include Motorcycles and Scooters, ATV and Side-by-Side vehicles, Snowmobiles, WaveRunner Personal Watercraft, Boats, Outboard Motors, Outdoor Power Equipment, Power Assist Bicycles, Golf Cars, Power Assist Wheelchair Systems, Surface Mount Technology (SMT) and Robotic Machines, Unmanned Helicopters, Accessories, Apparel, Yamalube products, and much more. YMUS products are sold through a nationwide network of distributors and dealers in the United States.

YMUS has a corporate office in California, two corporate offices in Georgia, facilities in Wisconsin and Alabama, and factory operations in Tennessee and Georgia. Additional U.S.-based subsidiaries include Yamaha Marine Systems Company (YMSC) with divisions Bennett Marine (Florida), Kracor Systems (Wisconsin) and Siren Marine, Inc. (Rhode Island), Skeeter Boats (Texas), with division G3 Boats (Missouri), and Yamaha Precision Propeller (Indiana).

Connect with Yamaha on social media via @YamahaOutdoors or search any of the following hashtags on all platforms: #Yamaha #YamahaOAI #REALizeYourAdventure #ProvenOffRoad #AssembledInUSA

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Aegerter vs Granado: Misano stages the grand finale

In all, it may seem an uphill battle for Granado as Aegerter arrives knowing the venue so well and with a MotoE™ win here under his belt, but the Brazilian has won the last three and put together his best campaign yet, swatting away the pressure. Can the Swiss rider do the same as the grand finale arrives, with Granado’s winning streak already having nearly halved a once 34-point gap?

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Marquez brothers and Alzamora announce mutual split

Alzamora started working with Marc Marquez when he was just 12 years old, with Alzamora enrolling him in his rider training school. Later, he also began to manage the career of Alex Marquez, who is three years younger than Marc Marquez. Throughout these years Marc has won eight world titles and Alex two, establishing themselves as a reference in the MotoGP™ World Championship.

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All you need to know about the 2022 Rising Stars Series!

Just as Dorna’s junior racing programmes (the Red Bull Rookies Cup, the FIM Junior World Championship, Asia Talent Cup, the British Talent Cup, the Northern Talent Cup) aim to promote young talent to the pinnacle of the sport, the Rising Stars Series aims to do the same in the rapidly growing eSports world.

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All aboard the Bagnaia express at Misano?

The Italian is the in-form rider with three wins in a row and Misano is a favoured stomping ground too

Another Grand Prix rears its head in 2022 as we get set for the Gran Premio Gryfyn di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini, meaning it’s another weekend of important decisions in MotoGP™ Fantasy. The question is: is it all aboard the Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Team) express?

The ideal team from Austria

GOLD: Francesco Bagnaia (36)
GOLD: Luca Marini (34)
CONSTRUCTOR: Ducati (35)
SILVER: Fabio Quartararo (32)
SILVER: Marco Bezzecchi (29)

As expected, race winner Bagnaia came out on top in terms of points, closely followed by VR46 Academy stablemate Luca Marini (Mooney VR46 Racing) as the Italian climbed from P13 on the grid to finish a career-best P4. The sensational effort from Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP™) made sure it wasn’t complete domination from Ducati, while Marco Bezzecchi (Mooney VR46 Racing Team) claimed a nice 29-point haul after his P20 to P9 rise on Sunday.

Is Bagnaia now a must-have?

After three wins from the last three races, Bagnaia is now the most owned rider in the game with 18,566 players either enjoying his recent run or wanting a piece of the action. Even before a wheel has been turned in anger at Misano, 356 players have already transferred him in – and for good reason. Pecco won on home soil last year and it should have been two if it wasn’t for a crash out of the lead in the Emilia-Romagna GP.

Basically, players should be trying to make Bagnaia their top priority ahead of the San Marino GP. Now at $4.7m, Pecco is joint with Quartararo on being the most expensive rider in the game. That means getting him in, without wanting to sell someone like Quartararo if you own the World Championship leader, is tricky. Tough decisions lie ahead. 

MotoGP™ has the speed, and it’s bringing it to Misano!

Riders to keep an eye on

Pecco’s teammate Jack Miller (Ducati Lenovo Team) has shown great form recently too, and at $3.4m, the Australian is much easier to get into your team than someone like Pecco. Miller is the fifth most owned rider in the game and has also seen plenty of players transfer him in ahead of the weekend – 305 to be exact. Miller will be eying up three podiums in a row this weekend and four in the last five races, so this could be as good a time as any to place some faith in the number 43.

However, at $3.1m, Enea Bastianini (Gresini Racing MotoGP™) is a very tempting prospect. The Beast finished third at Misano last year on a two-year-old Desmosedici in his rookie season, while in 2022 he’s coming into the San Marino GP off the back of the news that he’ll be Pecco’s teammate in 2023. After securing pole position at the Red Bull Ring, Bastianini should be on everyone’s radar.

If you’re fancying the look of some cheaper options, then Marini ($2.5m) and Bezzecchi ($2.7m) should be monitored. Marini is the most transferred in rider this week and both the Italians know the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli like the back of their hand. The duo could both act as enablers if you’re wanting to get the likes of Pecco or Quartararo into your teams too.

The deadline for making your moves is just before MotoGP™ Q1 gets underway at 14:10 local time (GMT+2) on Saturday afternoon. 

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Match point Rueda as JuniorGP™ stars on the biggest stage

Fourth overall heading to the Adriatic coast is Angel Piqueras. After crashing out of podium contention last time out, the Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 rider will be determined to bounce back. He sits just one point clear of Aspar Junior Team’s Filippo Farioli after the Italian was handed a 55 second penalty for irresponsible riding in Portimão. What happened? At the start of the final lap, the 17-year-old wiped out both his Aspar teammate David Alonso and SIC58 Squadra Corse’s Harrison Voight, so Farioli will be looking for a less dramatic finish on the Adriatic. For his part, Voight will be making his Grand Prix debut as a wildcard in Misano and, therefore, won’t be on the JuniorGP™ grid.

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