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CFMoto Launches the 1250TR-G

The partnership between KTM and CFMoto has now created a large-displacement touring motorcycle. The bike is called the 1250TR-G. It was recently revealed at the CIMA show in China.

The 1250TR-G features KTM’s LC-8 1,279cc twin engine at the heart of the touring motorcycle, and it will put out 140 hp and 89 lb-ft of torque.

The bike doesn’t just have good power and torque from a KTM-sourced engine. According to Bennetts, it also managed to leverage its relationship with KTM to get WP Suspension components and Brembo brakes. There are even a JBL built-in stereo system and a 12.3-inch TFT dash.


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The new bike looks like it could rival motorcycles like the Honda Goldwing in terms of equipment and technology and features. It will be interesting to see how CFMoto’s new bike stacks up against the competition.

The company hasn’t released pricing yet on the motorcycle and the bike is currently only scheduled for sale in the Chinese market, though I could see this being a winner for CFMoto on a global scale. If you could get a bike that provides KTM levels of technology and performance at a much lower price point, I could see riders around the globe happy to make the purchase.

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KTM sells RC16 GP bikes as sales fall

Despite KTM Group’s boss saying sales were up during the pandemic, the Austrian company has suffered a one-third sales slump as it offers two rare RC16 race bikes for sale.

In the first six months of 2020, sales of KTM Group motorcycles, which also includes Husqvarna and Gas Gas, were down 33% from 135,711 to 90,331.

This is despite several reports that CEO Stefan Pierer said they were not affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and had hired more people.

Certainly sales are strong in Australia.

KTM off-road sales here were up 36.6% and road bike sales up 21.6% while Husky sales rocketed 59.8% for trail bikes and a whopping 134.9% for road bikes. Gas Gas sales are not available.

RC16 saleKTM RC16

Meanwhile, KTM Motorsports is selling two race-prepared KTM RC16 factory MotoGP bikes from last year’s season.

This is a very rare opportunity.

The only other time we can recall MotoGP bikes being sold was in 2012 when Ducati sold Casey Stoner’s 800cc Desmosedici for about $A455,000 and Valentino Rossi’s bike for $A444,000.

They were sold because the series moved from 800cc to 1 000ccc.

The unspecified 2019 KTM race bikes will come with a Pol Espargaro’s racing leathers and helmet, other merchandise and a VIP MotoGP hospitality weekend in 2021.

KTM is asking about $A475,000 each for the bikes.

If you’ve got that sort of money after raiding your superannuation, send an email to [email protected].

KTM will compile a list of buyers and make a final decision on the lucky buyers.

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WP Suspension to suit more models

Esoteric Austrian suspension company WP Performance Sports GmbH which is owned by KTM Group has announced it is branching out into units for other models.

In Australia, WP Suspension is sold through KTM and has been available only for KTM models.

However, a recent release from the company about its street suspension says WP Suspension plans to “expand its portfolio with suitable products for a large number of other manufacturers”.

It’s good news for riders as the suspension units are among the best in the world.

The range includes on and off-road competition-focused Pro Components, such as Cone Valve forks, Trax rear shock absorber, triple clamps and steering dampers, as well as t-shirts and stickers.

KTM Australia adds WP Suspension and gear

WP Suspension history

The Dutch company launched as White Power Suspension in 1977 and has been heavily involved in motorsport, winning more than 300 FIM World Championship titles.

Its unfortunate name was based on its iconic white coil springs.

The company went broke in 1991 and relaunched the same year as WP Suspension.

KTM gradually took over the company from 1997 and re-established the factory right next to theirs in Mattighofen.

Championship winning KTMs

Their combined engineering has helped the company develop their off-road and now road racing motorcycles.

Meanwhile, their street-oriented APEX PRO COMPONENTS feature a growing selection of cartridges, forks, shocks and steering dampers for KTM motorcycles.

New products include the APEX PRO 7500 Cartridge, APEX PRO 7746 Shock and APEX PRO 7117 Steering Damper for the KTM 890 DUKE R and KTM 1290 SUPERDUKE.

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Jack Miller & Toby Price in motocross duel

As Jack Miller prepares to return to MotoGP racing this weekend, a video has been released of a motocross track showdown with fellow Aussie Toby Price.

It’s like one of those pub questions come to life: “Who would win a motocross race out of Jack Miller and Toby Price?”

The pair both started in motocross at regional tracks, so this showdown is held in Rockhampton.

Jack MillerJack Miller helmet motoGP biushfire appeal

Jack, 25, recently signed with the official Ducati Team for the 2021 MotoGP World Championship.

He won the German IDM 125ccc championship in 2011 and was runner-up in the 2014 Moto3 championship.

The Townsville racer made his MotoGP debut in 2015 at the age of 20 and joined Ducati in 2018 with the Pramac Racing Team, the factory-supported team of the Bologna manufacturer.

He has one MotoGP win to his name and finished last season eighth overall in the standings last year, taking five podiums.

Toby PriceToby Price lead

Toby, 32, is Australia’s first Dakar Rally champion.

He won the gruelling event in 2016 and again in 2019.

Toby also became the first Australian to win the FIM World Cross Country Championship and has scored a record six wins in Australia’s toughest motorcycle rally, the Finke Desert Race.

The motocross race

To find out who won the motocross showdown and claimed the unusual prize, you’ll just have to watch the video.

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CFMoto CF1250J is biggest yet

A civilian version of the new CFMoto CF1250J police bike with a modified KTM LC8 engine is coming and it will be the biggest Chinese bike yet!

Michael Poynton, director of Australian importer Mojo Motorcycles, confirms the civvy version of the CF1350J is coming, “however this will be a while off yet”.

“I haven’t received technical details yet from CFMoto,” he says.

However details published in the UK “appears to be on the money from what I know”.

CF1250J tech specsCFMoto CF1250J police bike

That means it is a superseded KTM LC8 engine with new castings and now 1279cc with 104kW output and 240km/h top speed.

That would make it the biggest and most powerful motorcycle engine from a Chinese factory.

Other details include a porky 279kg wet weight, digital instruments, 190/55 ZR17 and 120/70 ZR17 tyres, Bosch ABS and Brembo calipers.CFMoto CF1250J police bike

The civvy version will be a CF1250G and, of course, it will include a pillion seat.

The current CFMoto range in Australia includes 150-650cc learner-approved motorcycles ranging in price from just $3290 to $8490.

They are also adding the 300SR, their first fully faired sports model.

CFMoto 300SRCFMoto 300SR

It was to arrive this month, but Michael says they decided to postpone the release of this model to spring due to current market conditions.

“This decision was made at the end of March, when things were obviously looking a lot worse than they are currently,” he says.

Full production

CFmoto factory coronavirusCFMoto factory

After a temporary closure in early February for the coronavirus pandemic, the CFMoto factory has been in full capacity production since the end of March, Michael says.

The factory in Hangzhou makes their bikes for the world market as well as KTMs for China.

“We have seen no impact to our supply chain, vehicles or spare parts,” he says.

“As we enter our peak season with ATV/UTVs in the lead-up to end of financial year, we actually have record volumes of CFMoto shipments scheduled to arrive over the coming months.

“And no, we have not experienced any backlash against Chinese products with our CFMoto retail numbers actually increasing over the first four months of 2020.”

The CFMoto factory is just outside Shanghai and about 750km from Wuhan, the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak.

CFMoto and KTM are also building a joint factory in China with an estimated output of more than half a million bikes a year for the world market.

Michael says the joint factory was progressing well with production planned for the third quarter of this year.

“I believe the first models to be manufactured there will be the new CFMoto 700s (released in Milan) followed by KTM 790s.”

CFMoto 700CL-X HeritageCFMoto 700CL-X Heritage

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KTM 890 R sharpens Super Scalpel

KTM had to abandon its world media launch of the new 890 R, dubbed the Super Scalpel, in the Canary Islands off Africa because of the pandemic.

However, the bike has been virtually launched on the KTM YouTube official channel and will arrive in Australia in May from $17,195 (plus on-road costs).

Super Scalpel

Based on the 790 Duke but with the bigger engine and improved dynamics, this solo seater is a much sharper tool, hence the name Super Scalpel.

The parallel-twin size increases from 799cc to 890cc with a slightly wider bore and longer stroke, more compression (13.5:1) and more aggressive cams.2020 KTM 890 Duke R Super Scalpel

That results in any impressive power boost from 78kW to 89 kW with torque up 15% from 86Nm to 99Nm.

Internals have been made lighter with a new balance shaft for smoother performance.

It also features racier ergonomics, performance Brembo brakes, fully adjustable WP APEX suspension, WP steering damper, slipper clutch, improved electronic rider aids and an optional up/down quickshifter.2020 KTM 890 Duke R Super Scalpel

The Super Scalpel is also a precision instrument with new electronic rider aids that include a new 6D lean angle sensor.

It allows some drift and there is an anti-wheelie control.

The three power modes are sport, street and rain and there is an optional track mode with launch control, nine levels of traction control and wheelie control switched off.

Super Scalpel sits 15mm higher with a seat height of 834mm and more ground clearance for better lean angles.2020 KTM 890 Duke R Super Scalpel

They say rider egos are also sportier with the rider sitting higher and further forward. There are also no pillion pegs.

Super Scalpel is shod with track-day Michelin Power Cup 2 tyres.2020 KTM 890 Duke R Super Scalpel

KTM 890 R tech specs

  • Engine: 890cc, liquid-coole, 4-Stroke, DOHC, parallel twin
  • Bore x stroke: 90.7 x 68.8mm
  • Transmission: six-speed, slipper clutch, optional quickshifter
  • Fuel: DKK Dell’Orto, 46 mm Throttle Body
  • Frame: CroMoly Tubular Steel, Engine as Stressed Member, aluminium subframe
  • Suspension: WP APEX USD 43mm forks, WP APEX Monoshock
  • Travel: 140mm (front); 150mm (rear)2020 KTM 890 Duke R Super Scalpel
  • Brakes: 320mm dual discs; 240mm
  • Wheels: 3.50 x 17”, 5.50 x 17”
  • Tyres: 120/70ZR17”; 180/55ZR17”
  • Steering Angle: 24.3º
  • Wheelbase: 1482mm
  • Clearance: 206mm
  • Seat: 834mm
  • Tank: 14L
  • Dry weight: 166kg

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Dakar Rally plan to limit top speeds

After the death of two riders in the Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia in January, organisers are planning a series of measures to make the race safer including power restrictions to limit top speeds.

Over the years the rally has reduced engine sizes to 450cc to limit the high speeds of some riders who approach 200km/h on dirt and sand.

With the deaths of Paulo Gonçalves and Edwin Straver this year, organisers are now discussing a range of new safety measures.

They plan to have separate stages for motorcycles to the rest of the categories to limit the amount of fast and open sections and therefore top speeds.

There are also plans to limit the power of bikes and/or install speed limiters.

The antiquated navigation paper rolls that require the riders to take a hand off the bars to scroll through the routes will likely be replaced by more modern electronic handsfree versions.

It might also avoid the problem this year when an error in the roadbook forced officials to amend the finishing results on a super marathon stage this year.

Toby price in Dakar dunesTwo time Dakar winner Toby Price of Australia goes over the paper route map

We don’t expect they will get satnav units, but the new units will include visual and audible warnings.

Like most other international motorcycle racing, airbag jackets will also become mandatory.

Limit welcomed

2020 Africa ECO Race Andrew HoulihanAndrew Houlihan

Albury racer Andrew Houlihan who competed in the challenging 14-day 2020 Africa ECO Race from France to Senegal this year has welcomed the changes.

Andrew hopes to compete in next year’s Dakar when the changes are expected to be implemented.

“I think it needs to be slowed down a little,” he says.

“There were some crazy fast sections in the Africa Eco Race as well.

“Trickier navigation would also help. We had a little bit of the electronic road book in the liaison stages at Rally Du Marcos last year and it wasn’t too bad.

“I still like the idea of the paper roadbook but pre coloured like we had at Du Marcos and at Dakar.”

Dakar Rally organisers have met with the sport’s governing body, Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme and some race teams to discuss the safety measures.

There has been no announcement yet, but we will follow developments.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Virus forces motorcycle factory closures

The list of motorcycle factory closures due to the coronavirus pandemic is growing daily.

Ducati has now announced it will extend the closure of its factory in Bologna until 25 March 2020 and Brembo and Yamaha have closed their European factories.

Moto Morini, KTM, Husqvarna and GasGas had already closed their factories in Italy and Austria.

Ducati closed its factory in Borgo Panigale last Friday and was due to reopen tomorrow (18 March 2020).

However, the closure has been extended while the company implements changes to the production lines to keep workers further apart.

The company has also introduced a multi-shift work programme to halve the number of people on the assembly line at the same time.

Brembo has also closed its Bergamo factory until next week and Yamaha has announced the closure of its Italy and France facilities until 22 March.

The Piaggio Group – owner of Aprilia, Moto Guzzi and Vespa – closed its factories over the weekend for a “deep clean” and were due to return to production this week.

Meanwhile, MV Agusta in Lombardy, the epicentre of the Italian coronavirus contagion, continues production with a reduced workforce.

However, they “guarantee production continuity”.

Production continues in “full compliance with the urgent provisions contained in the Prime Minister’s 11/03 decree and with the guidelines issued by Confindustria Lombardia”.

MV Agusta RVS#1 RVS heritage f4MV Agusta factory

What closures mean to riders

While motorcycle factory closures may not have a huge impact on the production of models, it could impact spare parts.

The closure of the Brembo factory is of more concern as it could hamper the supply chain and the production of many models such as BMW and Triumph.

Meanwhile, the pandemic has forced the postponement and cancellation of many motorcycle racing events and rallies.

Global motorcycle racing body Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme says the 2020 season could be extended into 2021.

A petition has also now been circulated to close the Isle of Man TT races in May-June.

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Pierer / KTM have ninth record result in a row | 280,099 motorcycles

KTM 2019 Financial Results

– Sales volume: 280,099 motorcycles / + 7% compared to the previous year
– Revenues: 1,520.1 mEur / + 4% compared to the previous year
– EBITDA: 240.8 mEur / + 14% compared to the previous year
– Free Cash Flow: 92.1 mEur / 6.1 % of revenues
– Offensive with HUSQVARNA E-Bicycles in Europe
– Integration GASGAS

Preliminary revenues and earnings in the business year 2019

The PIERER Mobility Group achieved in the business year 2019 record revenues in the amount of 1,520.1 mEur (+4.0%). This corresponds to an increase of 57.9 mEur.

The preliminary EBIT (Earnings Before Interest and Tax) reached 131.7 mEur (+2.3%) after 128.7 mEur in the previous year.

The operating earnings before depreciation (EBITDA – (Earnings Before Interest, Tax, Depreciation and Amortisation) increased from 211.0 mEur to 240.8 mEur corresponding to an EBITDA margin of 15.8%.

The Free Cash Flow improved significantly and amounted to approximately 92.1 mEur compared to -16.7 mEur in 2018.

For the growth in the business year 2019 was invested around 121 mEur in product development and around 44 mEur in plants and infrastructure. All the key earnings figures refer to the continued operation of the Group (previous year excluding Pankl Group).

On December 31, 2019, the PIERER Mobility Group had 4,368 employees, 3,639 of which were employed in Austria. The Group forces the dual training within the framework of the KTM Academy. The aim is to increase the number of the apprentices – currently 160 – to 180 and further develop the employee training.

KTM SuperDuke R

KTM SuperDuke R

2020 KTM 1290 Super Duke R

Market position expanded

In the past business year, the PIERER Mobility Group with its brands KTM and Husqvarna Motorcycles outperformed the overall market (-6.3%) in the key motorcycle markets (> 120cc) with a registration increase of +14.5% and expanded its market position.

With 234,449 sold KTM motorcycles and 45,650 sold HUSQVARNA motorcycles in the financial year 2019 the sales volume was increased by about 7% compared to the previous year.  In comparison BMW sold 175,162 motorcycles and Ducati 53,183.

In Europe, the overall market grew by around 8.9% in the fiscal-year of 2019. In the same period, KTM succeeded in maintaining its high market share by around 12 %.

In the US market, which declined in the business year 2019 (-2.7%), KTM was successful in positioning itself. KTM increased its registrations by 3.6%, thereby raising its market share as of December 31,2019 to 9.7%.

In the most important future market for KTM, India, its registrations (brand KTM) in the fiscal year by over 35% in comparison with the previous year. The market share rose from around 4.5 % to around 7.3 %.

The 100% acquisition of Motorcycle Distributors Australia Pty Ltd. further strengthened the market presence in Australia and New Zealand. As a result of a market offensive, 15,343 KTM and Husqvarna motorcycles were sold in these important markets in the past business year.

KTM Jeff Leisk

KTM Jeff Leisk

KTM HQ have taken over the distribution of their own products throughout Australia – Jeff Leisk pictured

In the 4th quarter of 2019, a majority interest in the Spanish offroad brand GASGAS was acquired. With the acquisition of a market leader in trial motorcycles, we have succeeded in entering this segment.

Offensive in HUSQVARNA E-Bicycles

With the early and complete takeover of PEXCO GmbH, Schweinfurt/ Deutschland a further growth step was taken in the field of e-mobility and to participate in the attractive market growth in the e-bicycle sector. For the business year 2020 sales of more than 100 mEur are expected. For the mid-term, it is intended to become a significant player in this area.

Positive outlook 2020 – Striving for Market leadership in Europe

In the financial year 2020, the PIERER Mobility Group will continue to focus on organic growth in all core areas. The objective is to further expand market shares in the markets that are important for KTM and Husqvarna – despite the challenging market environment. As part of the industrial cooperation with GASGAS Motorcycles, to integrate the GASGAS motorcycle division into the Group as a third brand in order to achieve the market leadership in Europe.

Albert Cabastany GasGas Factory Racing GasGas TXE

Albert Cabastany GasGas Factory Racing GasGas TXE


The integration of the e-bicycle business (PEXCO) into the newly founded HUSQVARNA E-Bicycles is being pushed forward and implemented.

For the business year 2020 a revenue growth of 8 – 10 % is expected. As a result of the expansion into the electric 2-wheeler activities and the integration of the third motorcycle brand GASGAS, an EBIT margin between 6 – 8 % for the business year 2020 is temporary expected. Due to the operating earnings before depreciation (EBITDA), which remains at a high level, a positive free cash flow between 45 to 55 mEur is also anticipated for the business year 2020. A sustainable positive free cash flow between 3 – 5 % of sales is expected.

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Good Samaritan Toby Price on Dakar podium

A Good Samaritan act, shortened and cancelled stages and incorrect roadblocks hampered Toby Price in his valiant efforts to win his third Dakar Rally.

Despite all the hurdles, Toby finished on the podium today as the best KTM rider after a strong third place in the 429km 12th and final stage.


The event was won by American Ricky Brabec (Honda), the first American to win the gruelling event held for the first time in Saudi Arabia.

Ricky also brought to an end KTM’s winning streak of 18 titles with his 16-minute win over Chilean Pablo Quintanilla (Husqvarna).

Toby Price Good Samaritan Dakar RallyToby congratulates Ricky

Good Samaritan

Toby had said he was “comforted” by the fact that he virtually sacrificed his third rally win by being the first to stop for fallen rider Paulo Goncalves in the seventh stage.

Sadly Paulo later died and the eighth stage was cancelled in his honour, leaving less opportunity for Toby to make up time. The 10th stage was also cut short when too many riders crashed.

In the wake of these setbacks, Toby’s podium finish is a truly champion effort.

Toby Price Dakar rallyToby celebrates with victory donuts!

Toby wasn’t the only Aussie who did us proud in the Dakar as both a tough competitor and aa Good Samaritan.

Mr Consistency, Rodney Faggotter (Yamaha, Queensland) finished most stages in the top 20 and recorded career best 13th outright and a sixth in one stage.

Rodney Faggotter Good Samaritan Dakar RallyRodney Faggotter

Like Toby, on the 10th stage Rodney stopped to help a crashed rider and was given the time back by the officials.

“I had a solid 2 weeks and rode the most ‘in control’ but also at the best I have ever done,” Rodney says.

“The riders in front of me are the best rally riders in the world and most of them full time athletes. I’m pumped to be near and amongst these guys!”

Fellow Aussies Ben Young (KTM), Matthew Tisdall (KTM) and Trevor Wilson have also done well to keep going. 

Ben Young Toby Price attacks in last-ditch Dakar effortBen Young

Ben as finished 70th with an overall 58th position in his second Dakar.

Trevor finished 62nd today and was 70th overall in his debut. The Brisbane schoolteacher flies back home today and will have a celebration party at the Eaton Hills Hotel tomorrow from 1pm.

Trevor Wilson Dakar RallyTrevor Wilson

Matt finished in last place at 100th and placed last in 96th!

However, even to finish a gruelling Dakar is a massive feat and to have all four Aussie entrants complete the event is a tribute to their heroics.

About a third of the 158 field did not finish due to crashes or mechanical failures.

Five women made it to the finish of the Dakar led by Laia Sanz in 17th place overall, with Dutchwoman Mirjam Pol, South Africans Kirsten Landman and Taye Perry, and Spaniard Sara García also in the general classification.

For the first time the Dakar rally was run in the one country, Saudi Arabia, after being run in 35 countries on three continents since 1978.

Toby aids firefightersToby Price Dakar Rally super marathon stage

Like many Aussie sports stars and celebrities, Toby is raising money for the bushfire appeal.

He is auctioning his starting jersey and pants for firefighters

Toby is also doing his bit for the current critical bushfire situation by auctioning his starting jersey and pants with proceeds going to the NSW Rural Fire Service.

It is open worldwide, just send in your bid in Australian dollars on his Facebook page or Instagram.

Current highest bid is still $13,001.

Auction closes on tomorrow (18 January 2020) at 5pm (AEST).

If you can’t bid, please donate on this link. Sp far he has raised more than $5000.

Jack Miller's MotoGP helmetJack Miller’s MotoGP helmet

Meanwhile, Aussie MotoGP racer Jack Miller put his 2018 MotoGP helmet up for auction to raise money for the bushfire crisis.

The auction has closed with 22 bids and the winner bidding $18,000.

Jack will sign and send the helmet to the winning bidder.

Two-time MotoGP champ Casey Stoner says he will auction an old race suit for the first time, but no details are available yet.

Meanwhile, Deus Ex Machina founder Dare Jennings is raffling off his 1977 Triumph T140V.

Triumph bushfireDeus Trumpy

Money raised will be split among the Australia Red Cross, Save The Animals and Rural Fire Service.

You have the chance to win it by making at least a $50 donation via PayPal.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com