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KTM defies downward sales spiral

Whatever KTM is doing, it seems to be working because the company, together with its acquisition Husqvarna, is defying the worldwide downward motorcycle sales spiral.

The Austrian manufacturing group has just posted record revenue, sales and earnings results for the ninth time in a row. 

KTM group sold 135,711 motorcycles in the first half of 2019 consisting of 115,318 KTM motorcycles and 20,393 Husqvarnas. That’s up 7% on last year.

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In Australia, KTM sales are slightly down 4.9% in the first half of the year compared with the 11.4% marketwide downward spiral.

However, KTM is the only company in Australia with increased road bike sales, up 9.1%.

Meanwhile, Husqvarna is down 13.6% and 23.8% in road bikes.

Australian market third-quarter results are expected to be announced in the first week of October.

It will be interesting to see how KTM performs after the factory bought the distribution rights to KTM and Husqvarna motorcycles in Australia and New Zealand in June

Australia is the third largest market in the world for KTM.

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So what is KTM doing right?

For a long time KTM has been successful on the track and showroom floor with dirt bikes.

Several years ago they realised they could not realistically grow their market share anymore in this sector, so they started to concentrate on road bikes.

KTM has always been successful in converting Sunday track wins to sales, so maybe it has something to do with its MotoGP involvement, although they will pull out of supplying the Moto2 chassis from next year.

Perhaps it is the right mix of motorcycles that is KTM’s strength.

Despite its MotoGP involvement, the company has spurned the sagging super bike market.

Instead, their line-up is comprised of high-performing, modern-styled supermotos, naked, sports tourers and adventure bikes.

Whatever they are doing, it might be time for other manufacturers to look at the KTM sales model.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Watch this epic 10,000km ride across Siberia

A photo of a dilapidated bridge in Siberia was the inspiration for this epic trip across Russia and Mongolia beautifully captured in this 30-minute “Broken Roads to Siberia” video.

Broken Roads to Siberia 

The 10,000km “Broken Roads to Siberia” journey started when Finnish rider Jyri Koski started planning an off-road route to the infamous Vitim River Bridge in Siberia.

It’s an old train bridge crossing the Vitim River which is only six-foot-wide path. Its old metal structure is covered with rotting wooden planks, which can be slippery due to frequent ice in the area.

Once the route was planned, Jyri needed a riding partner and a host for his planned travel film, so he sent a message to his friend Tuukka Josefsson with a picture of the dangerously dilapidated bridge.

“Do you want to join me for a motorcycle ride to this bridge in Siberia?” Jyri asked in the message.

Tuukka was in immediately!  

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“Next important task was to select the motorcycle for the adventure,” Tyre says.

“It had to be light enough, yet strong enough to carry all the gear and take the beating as well as a great off-roader and of course fun to ride.

KTM 690 Enduro R filled all our requirements.”

Jyri and Tuukka replaced the air filter box with an additional 6.5-litre fuel tank and carried extra five-litre fuel canisters with them.

That gave them about 400km fuel range, depending on the riding conditions.

Riding gear was another important selection as Jyri and Tuukka needed protection from Siberia’s harsh conditions.

They chose Rukka’s new “Rough Roads” motorcycle wear, specially made for adventure riding.

For light and rugged luggage, Jyri and Tuukka opted for Kriega’s luggage system.   

Film festivals

Wildfire dangers in Siberia
Wildfire dangers in Siberia

Their journey through Russian wilderness, Altai mountains, Mongolian deserts and Siberian taiga takes its toll on the young riders as seen in their video.

“Broken Roads to Siberia” has been selected for several film festivals around the world: French Riviera Motorcycle Film Festival, Travel FilmFest International Film Festival, MotoTematica Rome Motorcycle Film Festival and The Adventure Travel Film Festival.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Brad Binder scores Tech3 KTM promotion to MotoGP for 2020

Brad Binder joins Red Bull KTM Tech3 MotoGP

KTM will welcome their next MotoGP racer to have come through the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup and Red Bull KTM Moto3 and Moto2 ranks when 2016 Moto3 World Champion Brad Binder joins former team-mate Miguel Oliveira at Red Bull KTM Tech3 next season.

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Moto3 2016 – Brad Binder

The South African 23-year-old will ride the KTM RC16 next year after three seasons, 3 victories and 8 podiums – to-date – in the Moto2 category.

Binder will join Red Bull KTM Tech3 for what will be the team’s second season in ‘orange’ and the early stages of a young project for both the squad and the brand.

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Red Bull KTM Tech3

Hervé Poncharal, Red Bull KTM Tech3 Team Manager

“We are only halfway through our first racing season in MotoGP with KTM, but already we have some incredible, exciting news coming with the signing of Brad Binder for the 2020 MotoGP season. Brad is somebody I have been following since he joined the championship in the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup and later in the Moto3. I have always been amazed by his talent, his aggressivity and his never-give-up-attitude and when you run a motorcycle race team, this is the profile of rider you wish and you love to have. I think to have the Miguel Oliveira – Brad Binder line-up reunited with us next year, is something that shows the Red Bull KTM organization and path is working. I think Brad Binder more than deserves a MotoGP ride next year after what he has been showing in the Moto2 the past two seasons. I know KTM and I can witness KTM is working incredibly hard to improve the MotoGP bike and I’m quite sure that Brad with the winter test will be very happy and very fast from round one on that bike. It’s going to be a strong team, as I think there will be a great relation between him and Miguel, his teammate and I honestly believe, I couldn’t dream for a better structure. Miguel and Brad know each other, they are both incredible competitors and when you are a team owner, this is all you wish for. So, together with Red Bull, KTM and Tech3 there was never any doubt that this is the line-up we wanted to have and I would like to thank Pit Beirer for his investment, I would like to thank Niki Ruhstorfer for his support. I would also like to thank Bob Moore, Brad’s personal manager, because I think the four of us, we managed to make that happen and this is a great news for MotoGP racing and a great news for the Red Bull KTM Tech3 team. I would like to say a huge warm welcome to Brad and tell him we are going to follow him even closer during the second part of the Moto2 season. I’m sure he’s going to win some races, why not fight for the title and we are ready to welcome him from the Valencia test.”

The Red Bull KTM Ajo team with Brad Binder celebrate his Moto3 World Championship win

Binder made his Grand Prix debut in 2011 (as a Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup race winner) and grabbed his first silverware in 2014. He claimed the 2016 Moto3 world title in just his second term with Red Bull KTM Ajo (becoming South Africa’s first world champion in thirty-six years and just the third from his country), and graduated immediately to Moto2 with the same team. He raced alongside Oliveira in 2017 and 2018.

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Brad Binder – 2019 Moto2

Brad Binder

“It is incredible to have this opportunity. I want to say a huge ‘thank you’ to KTM, Red Bull KTM Tech3, my manager and my family for helping me get to the premier class and to be able to give it a try. It is an amazing feeling right now and a dream come true. When you are growing up then this is what you aim for – to be in the MotoGP class with the best riders in the world with the best bikes – so it is a crazy feeling right now.”

Brad Binder
Brad Binder – Moto2 2018

In MotoGP Binder will be the first South African to take to the grid in the four-stroke era and to score significant points since Kork Ballington, Jon Ekerold and Brett Hudson in the early 1980s.

Kork Ballington with compatriot Brad Binder, the 2016 Moto3 World Champion
Kork Ballington with compatriot Brad Binder, the 2016 Moto3 World Champion

Pit Beirer, KTM Motorsport Director

“To be able to sign Brad Binder for our MotoGP project is an exciting moment because he has been with us for five years already and is one of our world champions. We have a strong story and connection and we’re really happy that it continues. It is clear we all have a big challenge in front of us and we also feel responsible for him to be able to maintain this good path we have together. We also like the fact that Brad has this distinctive riding style that allows him to push a bike and project to the maximum. We feel that he ‘fits’ to us, and we cannot wait to see how he handles and attacks a MotoGP bike. I’m sure he can add some extra and special things because he has done that with every motorcycle he has raced so far and it will be a highlight not only for us but for all MotoGP fans.”

Brad Binder – Moto2

Source: MCNews.com.au

CFMoto expanding engine sizes

CFMoto could soon be expanding its engine sizes with a 700cc liquid-cooled parallel twin engine and KTM’s first-generation 990cc LC8 engine.

Images from the Chinese company’s patent application have leaked showing the 700cc engine which is expected to replace the current 650cc units.

Expanding capacity

The company has close ties with KTM, making their bikes in China for the domestic market and using the same designing house, Kiska.

CFMoto are not only expanding engine capacities but also expanding production.

They are building a joint factory wth KTM in China, producing more than half a million bikes a year.

From 2021, the factory will make all KTM models powered by the new 799cc parallel-twin for the world market.

Now CFMoto has also bought the rights to use their old LC8 engines in models for the Asian market.

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The leaked 700cc patent images also show the bikes will have a new tubular steel frame, aluminium swingarm, upside-down forks and rising-rate monoshock rear shock mounted on the swingarm rather than a direct-action setup as on the current 650cc line-up.

The 649cc engine delivers 52kW of power, while the 700cc is expected to deliver up to 60kW.cfmoto 700cc patent engine sizes

CFMoto Australia boss Michael Poynton says he doesn’t know “too much at this point in time about the 700cc platform”.

“Like always, there will be some new motorcycles released by CFMoto at EICMA later this year but I am unsure on what these will be,” he says.

The only problem with the new models is that they would no longer be learner-approved like the current range of 650cc and 400cc models.

650cc deals

Meanwhile, CFMoto Australia has some “cracking deals on “excessive inventory” of their current 650cc models ahead of the release of the new 650GT later this year.

Customers can save $500 on the $5990 ride-away price on a new CFMoto 650NK ABS or the $7490 650MT ABS.

The 650MT ABS adventure models also comes with a free set of panniers worth $650.

CFMoto motorcycles come with a two-year, unlimited kilometre factory warranty.

The “CFMoto Double Deal” will run to 30 September 2019.


Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

KTM NZ Adventure Rallye returns to South Island in 2019

2019 KTM New Zealand Adventure Rallye: Top of the South

Running November 9-14 this year (2019), the KTM New Zealand Adventure Rallye returns to the South Island for five action packed days of amazing terrain, that is the dreams of all adventure riders. Entrants will be treated to a course set by local experts who are all Rallye riders themselves and are excited to showcase the stunning landscape they call their backyard.

Set to explore the famous Top of the South regions of Nelson Tasman, Marlborough and Canterbury, “Sunny Nelson” provides the ideal location to start and finish the Rallye.

Kickstarting the action is a loop day out Nelson, with riders straight into dirt mere kms from downtown, with a fun rocky climb followed by breathtaking views – and that is just the first 50km!

The route will then see riders head to the riverside mountain town of Murchison along some of the local experts favourite tracks, as well as some of the South Islands most famous adventure roads – Rainbow and Molesworth Stations – with further overnights at the charismatic town of Hanmer Springs and the coastal port of Picton before returning to Nelson to cap off an epic week.

KTM NZ Adventure Rallye
KTM New Zealand Adventure Rallye: Top of the South

Open to orange adventure riders with the following eligible KTM bikes: 640, 690, 790, 790R, 950, 990, 1050, 1090, 1090R, 1190, 1190R, 1290 & 1290R models. The Rallye is tailored to suit a wide range of rider abilities, from those in their first years of Adventure riding up to seasoned Adventure pros.

The aim on the KTM New Zealand Adventure Rallye is to be suitable for all KTM adventure riders – therefore we offer two route options daily for riders: Main Route and Breakout Route. The Main Route will be shorter and less technically challenging, with the Breakout Routes offering advanced riders more challenging terrain.

KTM NZ Adventure Rallye
KTM New Zealand Adventure Rallye

The Main Route will be made up of winding back country roads, metal roads and well formed off road tracks. Riders on the Breakout routes can expect rocks, mud, hills, mountains, farm land and some real challenges.

And taking the adventure to another level, back for 2019 is the KTM Ultimate Race Qualifiers, which will see two lucky Rallye riders win the chance to participate in the 2020 Merzouga Rally in Morocco.

The KTM New Zealand Adventure Rallye is about offering a great experience to our orange adventure riders by taking all the hard work of planning a ride so you can truly enjoy your adventure.  With lead riders, sweep riders, GPS routes, luggage support, technical support, medical support, a backup vehicle, dinner every night and a photographer and videographer to capture the memories – we cover the details, so you can enjoy the good stuff!

KTM NZ Adventure Rallye
KTM New Zealand Adventure Rallye

Registrations for the 2019 KTM New Zealand Adventure Rallye: Top of the South open on Friday June 28th at 9.00am (NZST).  For full details on the event visit https://www.ridektm.com.au/2019-ktm-new-zealand-adventure-rallye-top-of-the-south/

Also – if you wish to take advantage of the Dealer Priority Registration, be sure to contact your local KTM New Zealand dealer now so you are on their list to receive the registration link first.

Source: MCNews.com.au

KTM 790 Adventure Rally R | Limited Edition | 500 units only

KTM have produced some fap fodder for hard-core adventure motorcyclists worldwide with the announcement overnight of a limited edition KTM 790 Adventure Rally R. Only 500 will be sold world wide and as yet we are unsure as to how many have been collared for Australia but one thing is for sure, however many of that 500 they bring Down Under they will sell out of them.

KTM Adventure Rally R
KTM Adventure Rally R

Rest assured though if your pockets are deep enough all the kit that is standard on this machine will be available via your local KTM parts department to build your own KTM Adventure Rally R from the base machine.

KTM Adventure Rally R
KTM Adventure Rally R

Based heavily on the KTM 790 Adventure R, this exclusive model retains the same steel trellis chassis and the potent and compact 95hp LC8c parallel twin engine, with the major component difference being the addition of the special WP XPLOR PRO suspension. Built in the same department as WP’s Factory Racing equipment, it offers similar levels of performance for extreme riding. An additional 30mm of suspension travel front and back helps clear the most awkward obstacles and also creates a seat height of 910mm for this special model.

KTM Adventure Rally R
KTM Adventure Rally R

The WP XPLOR PRO 7548 fork uses cone valve technology; a unique valving system that KTM claims delivers almost limitless damping performance and combines comfort with bottoming resistance. Setting levels that normally can only be achieved by changing the shim stack can now be adjusted from the outside. The cone valve allows unlimited opening, so harshness of the suspension is reduced.

KTM Adventure Rally R
KTM Adventure Rally R

The high quality and fully adjustable WP XPLOR PRO 6746 shock absorber for the KTM 790 Adventure R Rally has been developed based on KTM’s unrivalled experience from top-level rally competition. Due to modern, low-friction components, the shock absorber shows a significant increase in its damping performance and reduces the physical strain for riders. The shock absorber employs a progressive damping system (PDS) and has completely – and easily – adjustable damping behavior.

KTM Adventure Rally R
KTM Adventure Rally R

To emphasise its Ready To Race credentials along with the WP XPLOR PRO suspension, the KTM 790 Adventure R Rally features a weight-saving Akrapovič exhaust, carbon-fibre tank protectors and Quickshifter+ as standard.

KTM Adventure Rally R
KTM Adventure Rally R

Easily distinguished by its unique color and graphic design with clear screen and winglets, yes winglets have now migrated from sportsbikes to adventure bikes, this special edition model comes with narrower rims fitted with tubes for hard off-road conditions, a high, straight racing seat to improve racing ergonomics and Rally footrests for comfort and grip when standing for long days.

KTM Adventure Rally R
KTM Adventure Rally R

Hubert Trunkenpolz (CMO KTM AG)

“Quite simply, we’ve built the KTM 790 Adventure R Rally because we can! At KTM we continually try to push ourselves and the development of our products – this is the Ready To Race way. We have the equipment at our disposal and we know how to make a truly special bike for our hardcore customers. With its Pro Components range, WP offers suspension close to the same level used by the Dakar-winning Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Rally team on the KTM 450 Rally. The new KTM 790 Adventure R Rally is exactly as it says: A rally bike ready for any adventure.”

KTM Adventure Rally R
KTM Adventure Rally R

Further details on pricing, availability and the ordering process for purchasing one of the limited number KTM 790 Adventure Rally R motorcycles will be announced in coming months.

KTM Adventure Rally R
KTM Adventure Rally R

Source: MCNews.com.au

KTM Australia Adventure Rallye Tasmania – The Film!

KTM Australia Adventure Rallye Tasmania

The 2019 running of the KTM Australia Adventure Rallye Tasmania was another resounding success, held in March with 190 KTM adventure riders sweeping through Tasmania for the fourth annual iteration.

Throw in an unexpected appearance by a surprise guest, an outstanding mixture of terrain and conditions and the unique atmosphere and camaraderie of a group of orange adventurers and you get one epic adventure!

Adam Riemann from Motology Films brings us all the action from the five days on the Apple Isle in the full length feature film, out now on YouTube – see below.

Watch the adventure unfold, as over a hundred and ninety like-minded orange riders come together to tackle challenging conditions and the beauty of Tasmania from a motorcycle: experience the 2019 KTM Australia Adventure Rallye now.

Don’t want to miss out on the next KTM Australia Adventure Rallye? Check out ridektm.com.au for more information on orange adventures down under. Plus, the worldwide KTM Adventure Rally microsite is live at ktm-adventure-rally.com. Discover the true meaning of adventure and what it means to embrace the KTM spirit with KTM Rallyevents taking place in Europe, USA, Canada, South Africa and more!

Source: MCNews.com.au

KTM factory takes over Australian distribution

The KTM factory has bought the distribution rights to KTM and Husqvarna motorcycles in Australia and New Zealand, the company’s third largest market in the world for KTM.

Factory ownership will give Aussie KTM and Husqvarna riders and dealers an increased level of support, says KTM Group Australia and New Zealand GM Jeff Leisk.

KTM bikes had been distributed by Automotive Holdings Group for 25 years and in recent years they also imported Husqvarna and WP Suspension.

KTM factory Australia adds WP Suspension and gear
WP Suspension

The Austrian factory bought 26% of the company in 2017 and from July will own 100% in a deal that values the business at $18 million.

KTM chief marketing officer Hubert Trunkenpolz says the transaction “reinforces our commitment to the Australian and New Zealand markets”.

“This is a very positive development for the KTM dealer network and the KTM customer in both countries,” he says.

The change will have no impact on KTM Group staff or established dealer networks for KTM, Husqvarna Motorcycles and WP Suspension, a company statement says.

The four Japanese motorcycle manufacturers, plus BMW Motorrad, Harley-Davidson and Indian Motorcycle are the only other motorcycle manufacturers who also own the distribution rights in Australia and New Zealand.

All others are distributed by Australian-own importers.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

KTM Australia & NZ now fully owned by KTM HQ in Austria

KTM Group Australia and New Zealand

After 25 years of stable and successful business Automotive Holdings Group (AHG) has sold the remaining 74% share of its motorcycle importation business to the brands’ parent company KTM.

AHG has been the exclusive importer and distributor of the KTM brand for the Australian and New Zealand market since 1994, with the Husqvarna Motorcycles and WP Suspension brands joining the stable in recent years.

In 2017 KTM, which is Europe’s leading motorcycle manufacturer purchased a 26% share of the AHG motorcycle importation business. It now moves to full ownership of both KTM Group Australia and KTM Group New Zealand.

The move to full ownership will see KTM Group Australia and KTM Group New Zealand become full subsidiaries of the Austrian company. Now selling more than 11,000 KTM and Husqvarna Motorcycle units combined, the Australian and New Zealand business has become the third largest market in the world for KTM and will now become the third largest subsidiary for the company.

“What a journey it has been since our first AHG Dealer Conference in 1994 and there have been so many significant milestones along the way,” said Jeff Leisk, General Manager, KTM Group Australia and New Zealand.

“I am extremely proud to have seen the KTM and Husqvarna Motorcycle brands go from strength to strength in both the Australian and New Zealand markets. We have built strong relationships with our dealers and our customers and this has been the key to our success. Becoming a factory owned subsidiary will increase the level of support that we can offer our dealer network, our staff and our customers, so I am excited about the next chapter,” said Jeff.

About the new acquisition Hubert Trunkenpolz, Chief Marketing Officer, KTM said “We are absolutely delighted with the outcome and our full ownership of KTM Group Australia and KTM Group New Zealand. This transaction once again reinforces our commitment to the Australian and New Zealand markets. This is a very positive development for the KTM dealer network and the KTM customer in both countries.”

The change will take effect from the 1st July 2019. While the change of ownership is a significant development for both the company and the market, there will be no impact on KTM Group staff or the established dealer networks for KTM, Husqvarna Motorcycles and WP Suspension.

Source: MCNews.com.au

KTM plans to make electric motorbikes in India

KTM has been in no hurry to get into electric motorbikes with only the Freeride E (pictured above) in production since 2015.

However, that could soon change with the Austrian motorcycle manufacturer combining with Indian vehicle manufacturer Bajaj Auto to develop a common 48-volt platform for electric two-wheelers.

They won’t be big road motorcycles, but scooters and mopeds with power from just 3kW to 10kW with production to begin in Pune by 2022.

In 2015, KTM decided to shelve plans to go into production with their Speed-E electric concept scooter.

Now that could be brought back with this new Baja venture.

KTM E-SPEED electric scooter
KTM E-SPEED electric scooter

Electric motorbikes?

It is not the first joint project with Bajaj as they already produce several KTM and Husqvarna motorcycles for the world market.

KTM Industries AG holds almost 52% of KTM AG and Bajaj has the remaining holding.

KTM global product marketing manager Diego Arioli said they would not get into electric motorbikes until they had a “decent range”.

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KTM E-SPEED electric scooter

Diego says if they had kicked off their EV program with big electric motorbikes, customers would expect more range.

“We don’t want to stretch the technology now but as soon as it is right for what they need we will be ready for the market,” he said.

“It also has to fit into our ‘Ready to Race’ motto.”

KTM Freeride SM
KTM Freeride

The Freeride is not imported to Australia and has had limited success in Europe.

There are two versions of the Freeride E, the SX racer and the road-legal XC aimed at commuters and learners.

Prices are €10,995 for the SX (about $14,100) and €11,295 for the XC (about $14,500).

The Freeride E weighs only 104kg and features both brakes on the handlebars like a bicycle as there is no clutch lever.

The company hopes those controls will be familiar to cyclists who it hopes to win over for commuting.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com