KTM North America has announced details for the 2022 KTM Ride Orange Street Demo Tour, giving U.S. motorcyclists a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with KTM’s versatile lineup of 2022 street models. Kicking off on Saturday, Feb. 26 at KTM’s North American Headquarters in Murrieta, California, the 2022 schedule will once again make stops at some of the largest motorcycle events in the country.
Riding on the nation’s best roads, participants of the KTM Ride Orange Street Demo Tour program will experience KTM’s pure performance on pre-planned routes that navigate through some great riding areas, thanks to a partnership with participating KTM dealers across the nation. Come explore KTM’s all-new Adventure lineup, including heavy-hitters like the ultimate high-performance KTM 1290 Super Adventure S and the all-terrain powerhouse KTM 1290 Super Adventure R. Beginning this April, riders can also enjoy the pure race-inspired performance of the new KTM RC 390.
Participants will also receive a Ride Orange VIP Card voucher (valued up to $500 MSRP), redeemable on KTM PowerParts, KTM PowerWear and/or KTM SpareParts at an authorized KTM dealer with the purchase of a new KTM street model.
In order to participate in the KTM Ride Orange Street Demo Tour, you must be 25 years or older for 690cc and up, and 21-years-old or above for 500cc and under. Participants 21- to 24-years-old can ONLY ride motorcycles 500cc and under. Experienced riders only (no beginners). All riders must show a government issued Photo ID with motorcycle endorsement. Demos are on a first-come first-served basis and registration will take place on-site the morning of the event.
For a list of KTM Ride Orange Street Demo Tour locations and to connect with your local participating dealer, please visit KTM.com or email [email protected]. Follow KTM USA on all social media platforms for the most up-to-date information on events.
KTM Australia has been organising adventure and dirt bike riding events in recent years and has announced their calendar for next year.
And it’s not just limited to KTM riders, either,
Since KTM Australia also imports Husqvarna and GASGAS dirt bikes, their Ride Out Moto Weekends are open to adult riders who own a KTM, Husqvarna or GASGAS off-road motorcycle (enduro, MX or cross-country) and to their kids on any brand of kid’s bike.
The weekend events will take place across three states in 2022.
Each event is a two-night, two-day recreational adventure on private property and is designed to be a non-competitive, family-friendly experience.
The first is in Stroud (NSW) on March 25-27, followed by Cooby Dam (Qld) on April 8-10, with the final weekend taking place in Wangaratta (Vic.) on April 29 to May 1.
Each weekend features a custom-cut 20km trailride loop, a grasstrack, an easy hillclimb and a newbies/kids track.
You can ride as much or as little as you want over the two days, making the most of all the tracks and set-ups on offer.
The registration fee is $299 per adult rider, $50 per child rider (aged 5-15) or $499 per family (two riding adults and two riding kids). An extra non-riding family member can attend for $30. Each event includes two nights of camping and two days of riding on an exclusive private property.
Also on offer, the latest range of 2022 KTM, Husqvarna Motorcycles and GASGAS off-road models will be available to test on a 10km test ride loop, along with live music, American-style BBQ cook-offs, catering, coffee, partner stalls, giveaways (including rider goody-bags), plus special guests and mechanical advice.
Numbers are limited and registrations open next Wednesday, January 19, 2022, at 12pm AEDT.
However riders are encouraged to contact their local authorised KTM, Husqvarna Motorcycles or GASGAS dealer for priority registration information.
Riders must either have a Motorcycling Australia (MA) competition licence, or an MA recreational licence, which is available to purchase at time of registration.
To find out more about each Ride Out Moto Weekend, contact your local KTM, Husqvarna Motorcycles or GASGAS authorised dealer.
The KTM 390 Adventure is one of the most exciting motorcycles in the entry-level ADV space. It made its debut at EICMA 2019, but it seems like it’s already in store for an update. Zigwheels has shared images of a test mule, revealing some rather significant changes.
Image Source: Zigwheels, KTM
Earlier this week, the 390 Adventure received some rather notable updates in its home market. These include a revised traction control system — now has an off-road mode — and changes to the alloy wheel design and new color schemes.
Autocar India reports that the prototype in these pictures will likely go on sale in 2023 or be added to the existing lineup as a new variant. One of the most notable changes is with the front end. The headlight unit that also houses the instrumentation clutter sits visibly higher on the motorcycle than on rally-spec Dakar bikes.
Along the same lines, the test mules sport a more substantial windscreen, resulting in much better wind protection. Considering the 390 Adventure’s tarmac-biased setup, the added wind deflection will be significant on the highway. The report also mentions that KTM has revised the ergonomics of the upcoming variant with a taller handler and flatter footpegs.
Another change is to do with the tires. While the 19-inch front and 17-inch rear wheel setup seem the same, the wheels are shod in tires with a more prominent block pattern. This leads us to believe that this model could be a more off-road biased iteration or variant of the existing bike.
Only time will tell if this is the next generation of the KTM 390 Adventure or a new variant. Considering that the changes are pretty minimal, the latter does seem unlikely.
Earlier this year, KTM unveiled the track-only RC 8C. Limited to 100 units, the supersport was jointly developed by the KTM Factory Racing Team and US-based Kramer Motorcycles. While this was exciting news from the manufacturer, it left many of us craving for a more accessible, road-going iteration.
KTM seems to have noticed because what appears to be a street-legal RC 8C has been spotted testing. The images of a test mule were first shared by German publication Motorrad and show a bike in the latter stages of the development process.
The RC 8C is powered by the same 889cc, parallel-twin engine from the 890 Duke R, and the same engine is likely at the heart of this upcoming motorcycle. Meanwhile, the radiator seems larger, possibly compensating for the restricted cooling that the fairing will result in.
Components like the frame and swingarm have been based on the ones on the 890 Duke R, as well. VisorDown reports that the swingarm and frame use beefier frame tubes and a more robust-looking strut linkage, respectively.
In comparison, the track-only RC 8C has an entirely different frame that’s similar to the ones seen on Moto2 and Moto3 machines — a design that wouldn’t be feasible on a production bike.
As we mentioned earlier, the test mule looks like it’s pretty close to production. That said, it was seen sporting a blacked-out color scheme, so it’s hard to say what it’ll look like. If the RC 8C is anything to go by, this will be one good-looking motorcycle.
The KTM 1290 Super Duke GT is one of the most capable sport touring motorcycles that money can buy right now. For 2022, the Austrian manufacturer has given it several minor yet notable updates, making it even better than it already was.
For starters, KTM has updated the engine to comply with Euro5 norms; it’s managed to do so without compromising performance and peak power remains the same at 173hp. The more significant updates are to the chassis.
For 2022, the Super Duke GT will feature APEX semi-active suspension from WP, and a revised chassis, from the mental KTM 1290 Super Duke R EVO. It’s also been equipped with the lighter wheels from the Duke R EVO, resulting in a 1kg drop in weight. The new wheels wear Continental SportAttack 4 tires, and KTM claims these deliver a sportier riding experience.
Asphalt and Rubber report that the bike has also been equipped with a new 7-inch TFT display, along with updated switchgear. The new dash is capable of ‘Turn by Turn PLS’ navigation, which is said to be a significant improvement over their current system. You’ll still need to pair your smartphone to the dash, but the update allows you to control navigation directly.
MCN has mentioned in its report that KTM has not equipped the new Super Duke GT with radar-equipped cruise control, and this is definitely a feature we’d have liked to see on the motorcycle — especially since the 1290 Super Adventure S was recently equipped with the tech. That said, there’s no saying that KTM won’t offer this as an accessory or an update in the future.
The 2022 KTM 1290 Super Duke GT is set to reach dealerships in Europe by January 2022.
This season of racing was filled with nail-biting races and multiple title contenders. MXGP reports that the top riders were Herlings, Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team’s Romain Febvre, and Team HRC’s Tim Gajser. The championship went down to the very final race, and Herlings crossed the line in first place, clinching the title just 5 points ahead of Febvre, who crossed the line second.
Herlings has been a KTM racer since he started his career in 2010 as a 15-year-old. Entering the final two rounds at Mantova, Herlings, Febvre, and Gasjer were separated by just 3 points. Aboard his KTM 450 SX-F, he fended off pressure from the competition and claimed his fifth Motocross World Championship title and second in the MXGP division.
In 2021, he also put together 14 podiums, 9 wins, and 13 pole positions from 17 rounds. That puts him just two victories away from the all-time record of 101. With another two years left on his Red Bull KTM Factory Racing contract, it looks like there’s going to be no stopping him from breaking this record.
Strong finishes from the other KTM riders — Tony Cairoli and Jorge Prado — also meant KTM took home the 2021 Manufacturers’ Championship.
Jeffrey Herlings was a true champ following his victory and said, “I’m super happy, but at the same time, I feel bad for the other two guys. I want to thank both of them for a great championship. The bad thing about our sport is that only one can win, but they have been great, and I have such respect for both of them. To go 1-1 today was special. I haven’t slept for a week thinking about what could happen, what might happen, and this-and-that. This wasn’t an easy championship. All three of us kept charging until the last moto, especially me and Romain in these last two races, and the pressure was on. I didn’t break, and I made the championship happen. It was the most difficult one ever, so many ups-and-downs, and I’ve needed nerves of steel these last weeks, but we made it.”
Pit Beirer, KTM Motorsports Director, also commented on the victory: “This was not a normal season. It was a difficult and special title to win. The competition was incredible so big compliments to them: Tim and Romain produced an incredible year, and any one of the guys would have deserved a title, but we also worked really hard for this. Jeffrey was amazing. He had ups-and-downs but was always fighting and coming back for more. It is always an emotional ride with him but, in the end, I feel that he deserved this title the most.“
“I have to thank the whole team because they have made so much effort, but in our motocross ‘world’ the rider is the superstar, and we have great ones in our team. Tony, Jorge, Mattia, Rene, and Tom: the relationship we have is also amazing and makes our work so much fun. We will go home tomorrow to work hard and continue to be strong next year.”
KTM has added a limited-edition EVO model to its 1290 Super Duke R range with a host of new electronics.
The wild naked R and EVO bikes arrive in Australia and New Zealand in February 2022 in the familiar blue and orange livery plus a new silver and orange.
Pricing is yet to be confirmed, but expect an increase for the updated electronics on the EVO. Currently the R costs $28,395.
In 2020, the Super Duke R was trimmed down.
Now the EVO arrives with second-generation WP APEX semi-active suspension with three damping modes – Comfort, Street and Sport.
The spring preload of the rear suspension can be set via the TFT display to up to 20mm in 10 steps to allow for rider, pillion and luggage weight.
An optional Suspension Pro package offers three more damping modes: a stiff Track mode, Advanced which allows the rider to select damping in eight levels and Auto which automatically adjusts for rider behaviour.
Suspension Pro also offers three automatic preload auto-levelling settings to adjust the preload automatically to the weight of the rider, pillion and luggage.
In Low mode, it provides a “relaxed, less aggressive, more comfortable geometry, with a lower seat height. Standard mode is a “neutral and balanced geometry” while High is an “aggressive, agile track attack geometry, with a more loaded front end”.
Another optional and switchable feature on Suspension Pro is an anti-diving setting that keeps the front-end high under hard braking.
The 2022 1290 Super Duke R and EVO models retain the Rain, Street and Sports modes with optional Track and Performance settings which provide feedback about what the engine is doing, with less intrusive traction control and anti-wheelie mitigation.
All can be selected without having to stop.
Throttle response has been boosted with the addition of a new quick-turn throttle twist grip, reduced by 7 degrees to 65 degrees.
KTM says this not only offers a faster and more responsive throttle, but also reduces the rider wrist angle as well as the elbow drop at full throttle.
It seems KTM has yet another update in store for its flagship super-naked. Asphalt and Rubber report the arrival of a KTM 1290 Super Duke R EVO, and it’s set to replace the 1290 Super Duke RR, which debuted just last year as a replacement to the already mental 2019 KTM 1290 Super Duke R.
This time around, the number of changes the 2022 update brings is minimal, but the role they’ll play is quite significant. A&R reports that “The Beast” will include a new quick-turn throttle (65° of twist), higher spec active suspension sourced from WP, and bold new color schemes.
The semi-active suspension is the most notable change and is a welcome move away from the manually adjustable units on the previous iteration of the Super Duke. The update will also allow the bike to be better poised to take on the competition in the segment, like the Aprilia Tuono V4 Factory (which received Öhlins semi-active suspension for 2021) and the Ducati Streetfighter V4.
KTM has mentioned that the new suspension kit is more reactive and precise in its adjustments. KTM will also offer an optional “Suspension Pro” package, bringing individually adjustable front and rear damping and an anti-dive feature.
The 2022 KTM 1290 Super Duke R Evo has been priced at $19,599, a $900 hike over the KTM 1290 Super Duke R that currently retails in the U.S market (the Super Duke RR was not sold there.) Despite the considerable hike in price, the new Super Duke is still a superbly impressive bike that sits in one of the hottest segments right now.
KTM Australia has recalled all LC4-powered 690 models from 2018 to 2020 over a clutch issue.
Owners have been asked to book their bikes into the workshops of authorised KTM dealers for an inspection and possible free replacement of the clutch slave cylinder.
“Damage to the seal caused by deviations in assembly may impair the function of the clutch slave cylinder,” the official notice issued through the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and says.
“All components of the version with a bellow gasket must therefore be replaced with the new version without a bellow gasket.
“If the clutch fails to disengage it could result in a loss of motorcycle control increasing the risk of an accident causing serious injury or death to the rider and/or passenger or bystanders.”
Customers with affected motorcycles have been advised by letter, but those who have bought the bikes second-hand in a private sale may not yet be aware.
The recall affects 576 motorcycles including the 690 Enduro R and 690 SMC R.
We, as riders, all have our favorite types of motorcycles to ride. For some, it’s tucked down low over a fuel tank, screaming down the front straight of the local track. For others, it’s the shaking rumble below and in front of them as they devour the miles cruising down the open road. For others, it’s all in the enjoyment of small, nimble motorcycles that can be a great distraction from the stresses of life in an empty parking lot on the weekends.
However, one of the most common types of motorcycles that many riders around the world ride are off-roaders. The types and varieties of off-road bikes are mind-boggling, and range from high-performance motocross and supercross bikes, to mile-munching endurance adventure bikes, to balanced in-between enduro style bikes. What matters, however, is that all of them are ready to get dirty and have some fun in the mud.
For this list, we’re going to be looking at some of the best off-road bikes you can buy, either new models or continuing models, in 2021. A special note here is that while many adventure bikes are road tourers that are touted as being able to handle “light off-road use,” any that we mention below are the ones that have a proven record of being proper off-road bikes.
Best Motocross 2-Stroke: 2021 Husqvarna TC125 MX
The 125cc two-stroke motocross class is one of, if not the, most popular class in dirt circuit competition. It is only fitting, then, that having a bike designed to tackle pretty much any banked corner, whoop, or tabletop is paramount. Husqvarna (owned by KTM) has the TC125 MX, just such a bike.
A high-revving, low-weight (just 38 lbs!) 125cc single chucks out a hell of a lot of torque and more than decent horsepower. Mounted in a chrome-moly steel frame, with a carbon fiber rear subframe, the entire bike weighs just 192 lbs dry, with an 8L fuel tank. With a Brembo wet multi-disc hydraulic clutch and Brembo brakes both front and rear, with WP competition suspension, and a 38mm flat slide Mikuni TMX carburetor, the TC125 MX doesn’t play around.
This is a serious competition bike, for everything from practicing at the local dirt track, to flying across the finish line at the World Championships, and everything in between.
Best Supercross 4-Stroke: 2021 Kawasaki KX450
The 2021 Kawasaki KX 450 is pretty much in a league of its own in the world of supercross. Kawasaki has more wins and has had more championship riders on their 450’s than any other manufacturer since the 450SX class was introduced, and if that isn’t telling enough, then the fact that they come pretty much from the factory ready to race is another huge point.
The 449cc four-stroke single is liquid-cooled, and chucks out a beefy 33 lb-ft of torque and about 53 HP, for a bike that weighs 246 lbs wet. A rough and ready 5-speed transmission gets the bike motivated, and the 21-inch front, 18 inch rear wheels ensure performance and handling. As well, being the “non-competition” version of the bike, it has an electric starter. And that, really, is the only difference at first bluish from the actual 450SX bike.
Best Trail: 2021 Yamaha TT-R230
For years now, Yamaha has been known as one of the best sportbike makers from Japan. However, they also develop and produce some of the best non-competition off-road bikes specifically designed to make trail riding as enjoyable as possible. The 2021 TT-R230 is just one such bike, sharing a lot of its DNA with its YZ250F competition motocross cousin.
What makes the Yamaha the best is that it has a superb engine derived from the 249cc competition four-stroke in the aforementioned YZ250F. Coming in at 223cc, it has two valves, a single overhead cam, four-strokes, and provides just about 14 lb-ft of very linear torque at any point in the rev range. Basically, it follows the “keep it stupidly simple” philosophy while also touting fuel injection, reliability, and a nearly bulletproof reputation on the track.
Additionally, being only 250 lbs wet, and coming in at less than $5,000 USD, it is extremely easy to ride, will tackle pretty much any trail, and has a large 2.1-gallon fuel tank for all-day fun.
Best Large Displacement Enduro: 2021 Honda CRF450RX
The 2021 Honda CRF450RX was heavily reworked over the 2020 model, to the point that it can be considered an entirely new evolution. A new frame, moving to a hydraulic clutch, steering and suspension geometry worked on with HRC (Honda Racing Corporation), and a reworked engine management system makes it the superior large displacement enduro for this year.
Part of that engine rework on the 449cc single is a decompression system at very low revs that works to prevent engine stalls when you are rock crawling or using engine braking to assist with a steep downhill. The hydraulic clutch also helps widen the torque and power bands, giving a rider the down low, on-demand torque they want to clear hill lips and larger obstacles.
Best Small Displacement Enduro: 2021 KTM 250 XC-F
It is quite well known that KTM is one of the best manufacturers of off-road machinery in general, and the 2021 KTM 250 XC-F upholds that reputation. While not being the biggest enduro, or the most powerful, what it does have going for it is a superb combination of both lightness and maximized power.
With the 249cc four-stroke single, the engine management system allows on-the-fly map switching through a handlebar switch. This allows for multiple maps for different situations to be programmed, for example, a high-torque, low-HP map for hill climbing, and a balanced map for flat surface riding. The fact it also comes with WP shocks, competition brakes, and a Brembo hydraulic clutch attached to a 6-speed transmission only makes the nearly $10,000 USD asking price worthwhile.
As more than one reviewer that has ridden the bike has commented, it has the lightness of a 250 class enduro, with torque and power that feels well beyond its 250cc engine.
Best High Displacement Off-Road ADV: 2021 KTM 890 Adventure
KTM, for many years, dominated the off-road-capable ADV world with the 790 Adventure, a bike that had everything you needed, and a few things you didn’t know you needed, to be able to cruise both on and off the road. So what did they do for 2021? Gave it a bigger engine, mostly, giving riders the 2021 KTM 890 Adventure.
However, what an engine it is! 889ccs, four-stroke, 8 valves, parallel-twin. 105 HP and 73 lb-ft of torque. It also has a totally reprofiled crank, different springs, redesigned valves, and a better intake system, allowing for the bump in displacement to be outpaced by the bump in performance the bike gains. As well, the engine is now included in the frame as a stress-bearing member of the bike, giving instant throttle response and linear, but not overpowering, torque on demand.
Best Low Displacement Off-Road ADV: 2021 Royal Enfield Himalayan
As much as they are scoffed at, Royal Enfield has really been turning itself around from being a “built cheap, cheap to buy” brand to “inexpensive and impressively well built.” Nothing really demonstrates that quite as much as the little 2021 Royal Enfield Himalayan, a street-smart ADV that will just keep chugging along when the road ends.
Introduced in 2017 to the North American market, demand for the bike made it Royal Enfield’s best-seller year over year. This is keeping in mind that every other Royal Enfield model in the US and Canada are street-only bikes, often with a 500cc or 650cc parallel-twin engine. Yet the Himalayan, with its 411cc, four-stroke, fuel-injected single puts out about 26 HP and just about 26 lb-ft of torque, in a bike that weighs 440 lbs wet. What that little single can do, however, is what sells the bikes.
You will most often hear the Himalayan referred to as “the little tractor,” and it summarizes it in 3 words. It doesn’t give up when going up hills, it can haul an amazing amount of weight in panniers or saddlebags, it has front and rear ABS, and, most importantly for 2021, has a rear-ABS-off switch that doesn’t just disable some functionality. When you hit that switch, the rear ABS is off, which is important when off-road to be able to slide the rear wheel out for tight, technical paths through off-road terrain.
Of note, this was an extremely close decision between the Himalayan and the BMW 310 GS. What eventually won was that the Royal Enfield offered similar power and torque numbers, but crucially had the full ABS disable for the rear wheel, as BMW’s “ABS off” still keeps it partially on, making rear-lock slide turns very difficult.
Best Junior Bike: 2021 Kawasaki KLX 110R/110R L
What do you get when one of the winningest supercross and motocross manufacturers in history designs an all-around dirt bike, that can also handle a few jumps here and there, for older kids and young teens to learn on? You get the 2021 Kawasaki KLX 110R. 112cc of four-stroke fun gives the young rider 7 HP and 6 lb-ft of torque to play around with, which for a 168 lbs bike with maybe another 100 lbs sitting on the seat is quite a bit of grunt. It’s small, but it’s one of the most formidable machines in the 2021 Kawasaki line-up.
The biggest thing is that there is a lateral model, the 110R L. They share the same frame, engine, throttle, but the 110R has a centrifugal clutch automatic, and the 110R L has a proper, left-hand, hydraulically actuated clutch with a four-speed transmission attached. The clutch on both is a wet clutch as well, giving a lot more leniency in shifting than a dry system, allowing the younger rider to learn the feel of shifting at the right revs, something important when you can’t afford to look down at the bike when you’re leaping tabletops later on in your dirt career.
Best Dual-Sport: 2021 Suzuki DR-Z400S
When you look up the term “bulletproof” in the dictionary, you will quite possibly find a picture of the 2021 Suzuki DR-ZX400S next to the definition. This is mostly because it has been produced since cavemen grunted at each other about the bike, and its 398cc, liquid-cooled, four-stroke single can quite literally be hit with a sledgehammer and will keep running smoothly.
With 39 HP and 29 lb-ft of torque, this venerable beast will get even the tallest and largest of riders moving on the road, and with a foot of ground clearance, will also be able to carry them over obstacles on trails. It’s that suspension that also gives the DR-Z400S its road manners, known quite well among riders as one of the most agile dual-sports ever made.
These road manners are so well known that, in fact, Suzuki also makes a road-only supermoto version of the bike known as the DR-Z400SM. That version comes with stiffer suspension, more aggressive gearing, and 17-inch wheels and tires for sliding the tail around to your heart’s content!
Best Electric: (Tie) 2021 KTM Freeride E-XC & 2021 Zero FX
2021 KTM Freeride E-XC
KTM, as mentioned before in this article, is known as one of the best off-road manufacturers, and they are also quietly pioneering in a few areas. The 2021 KTM Freeride E-XC is the first electric off-road motorcycle specifically developed for competition, either in Rally-E or Motocross-E. The electric motor in the bike is roughly equivalent to a 125cc engine, with a nominal 24 HP at maximum output, and 18 HP as its cruising output.
With a 3.9 kWh lithium-ion battery, enough juice is on board for a good two or so hours of cross-country riding, or about 45 minutes of hard riding, as in motocross or pure hill climbing. Racing suspension, a quick charge system that can use anything from 110 to 240 Volts, and for 2021, Formula brand brakes have been fitted to give the bike even more stopping power.
2021 Zero FX
Zero is one of the few manufacturers that make only electric bikes, instead of producing both electric and gas-powered variants. As such, they focused their specifications for a dual-sport bike that could transition pavement to dirt without needing any changes in settings. The 2021 FX is pretty much the ultimate distillation of what Zero can put into the dual-sport.
The performance of the FX is nothing to scoff at, despite it being the lowest rung on the Zero bikes ladder. It produces 78 lb-ft of torque from 1 RPM upwards and weighs only 247 lbs if you opt for the 3.9 kWh model. If you go with the 7.2 kWh model, you’ll still be riding a bike that only weighs 289 lbs. With a max speed of 85 MPH, and torque absolutely and completely everywhere on the clutchless direct-drive motor with just one speed, this is a dual-sport that you can ride to the trail, thrash the trail, and then ride home with a grin under your mud-caked helmet.