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2022 KTM Motocross range arriving this July

2022 KTM SX range

The 2022 KTM four-stroke range includes three models that take advantage of KTM’s considerable gains in the segment featuring the latest WP XACT suspension and rider aids that include Traction Control, Launch Control, variable engine mapping and reliable starters.

KTM 450 SX-F

WP XACT 48 mm forks bring 310 mm of travel while the WP XACT shock clocks 300 mm. Low friction seals are a key element of the 2022 KTM SX models and firm stock settings come as standard in order to create the sensation of confidence at speed.

The 2022 KTM 450 SX-F is compact but packs a huge punch with KTM claiming 63 hp from their open class weapon.

2022 KTM 450 SX-F

Single cylinder, liquid cooled four-valve DOHC with finger followers (rocker levers for the KTM 450 SX-F) feature on the four-stroke models with Keihin fuel injection, EMS and 44 mm throttle bodies across the board. Two oil pumps with pressure lubrication, a seven-litre fuel tank and lightweight aluminium silencers are other consistent features.

2022 KTM 250 SX-F

The 2022 KTM 250 SX-F and KTM 350 SX-F have been fitted with an updated friction bearing on their counter-balancer shafts.

2022 KTM 350 SX-F

The 2022 two-stroke range includes three distinct models. The KTM 125 SX is the development of the bike that occupied seven of the 12 top spots in the 2020 EMX125 European Championship. In its updated 2022 trim, the KTM 150 SX can go head to head with the potent 250 four-strokes, while the KTM 250 SX is a two-stroke powerhouse with virtually no vibration due to a counter-balanced crank.

2022 KTM 125 SX

Two-stroke models use a wet multi-disc DS clutch (DDS on the KTM 250 SX), Brembo hydraulics and Kokusan ignition/engine management.

2022 KTM 450 SX-F and 125 SX

All full-size 2022 KTM SX models introduce a frame coated in racing orange to further reinforce the proximity to the championship winning machines of the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing stars. The updated frame aligns with the new blue seat cover and the fresh colors in the graphics to emphasize visually the close link to KTM’s Factory machinery. A tough aluminium sub-frame and Neken bars also feature across the range.

2022 KTM 125 SX

The geometry is set at 63.9 degrees on the steering head with a 22 mm offset on the triple clamp for all the bikes. Seat height is also uniform and pegged at 950 mm.

2022 KTM 150 SX

Complementing KTM’s 2022 SX range is a series of Sportminicycles that share the exact same race-driven development approach as KTM’s full-size Motocross bikes. Junior riders that climb on any of the KTM 50 SX, KTM 65 SX and KTM 85 SX models can do so knowing that they are experiencing class-leading performance, state-of-the-art WP suspension, high-end brakes and minimal weight.

The wheels can start rolling with the 2022 KTM SX-E 5, the latest incarnation of a high-end electric mini-crosser that can grow together with the young rider on it.

Joachim Sauer
KTM Product Manager Offroad

The new SX range is all about the proximity to our race machinery, and the bikes that are doing the business on racetracks around the continents. We’ve been refining these packages for several years and we feel the connection, both aesthetically but also in terms of performance, is now closer than ever. To prove our point, we gave production bikes to MXGP and MX2 World Champions and I’m glad to confirm they were surprised and impressed with their performance. It was fitting to give the 2022 models an even ‘racier’ look with the blue and orange design and to remind riders and fans that there isn’t a more READY TO RACE motocross range in any paddock anywhere.”

2022 KTM 450 SX-F

The 2022 KTM SX models will be available at authorised KTM dealers in Australia and New Zealand from July 2021 onwards.

Source: MCNews.com.au

2021 KTM 890 Adventure R Review | Motorcycle Test

2021 KTM 890 Adventure R Tested

I was recently lucky enough to spend three days riding some of the awesome trails around the Capertee Valley west of Sydney as part of the local launch of the new 890 Adventure R. It was one for the books. Cold mornings dawning into perfect clear Autumn skies each day as we took in the stunning countryside on the edge of the blue mountains. Covering 700 kilometres that included a mix of urban traffic, highways, backroad tarmac sweepers, gravel roads, logging tracks and tighter forest tracks. We had sandy sections, rocky sections, tricky climbs, slippery rocky descents, fern lined creek crossings, bog holes, decent rock hits and drop offs, erosion mound jumps… you get the idea.

Wayne makes a splash on the 2021 KTM 890 Adventure R

You name it, we tackled it. Basically covering off every type of adventure riding we’re likely to encounter down under. And what an adventure it was: One of the group suffered a hernia, one came down with case of gall stones, another T-boned a kamikaze Roo – and managed to stay upright! There were three bogs (two of them mine), zero dropped bikes and countless skids, wheelies, smiles and utterings of ‘how good was that?’.

Robbo goes alright…

We were aptly chaperoned by a couple of semi riding gods who both have 790 Rs in their shed. Steve ‘Robbo’ Robertson was lead rider and route planner. Robbo qualified as one of two Australian rep’s for the 2019 KTM Ultimate Race which saw 12 riders from six countries compete on 790 Adventure R’s in a special class at the Merzouga Rally in Morocco. And Will Dangar was on sweep duty. Both stupidly talented, bloody funny and all around top humans. Pretty handy to have two relative locals who are intimately familiar with the outgoing 790 when planning an event for the new 890 Adventure R.

A handy group to go riding with

The new 890 is more than just a minor update. The three big things that stand out and really take the bike to a new level over the old bike are the motor changes, the electronics and the suspension upgrades. They’ve taken all that was great with the old bike and added more. More power, more torque, more poise. And its all the better for it. With another 100 cc of displacement, reworked electronics, seriously top spec suspension set-up and a number of chassis alterations it delivers a dramatic increase in capability. All while being even easier to ride. Austrian witchcraft I tells ya. It’s mind bendingly good in the dirt. They really do take the #Adventureharder tag seriously.

Wayne gets a rise out of the 2021 KTM 890 Adventure R

This is a bike very much at the off road end of the Adventure spectrum. It’s essentially an Enduro-Adventure bike. In fact KTM themselves are marketing this as the most travel capable off-road bike, as opposed to an off road capable Adventure bike. They’re not wrong.

2021 KTM 890 Adventure R

Motor updates first – the obvious bump in capacity to 889cc brings a corresponding lift to 105 hp at 8,000 rpm (up from 95 hp in the 790) and more noticeably 100 Nm of torque at 6,500 rpm (up from 88 Nm). The orange crew added twenty percent more weight to the reciprocating mass ie – crankshaft aiding low down lugging rideability and increasing gyroscopic force which helps stability. They’ve also reduced ten percent from oscillating mass with lighter forged pistons and redesigned rods to help linear power delivery (and its Euro 5 compliant). It’s not just a capacity increase though – there’s an increase in compression, an additional oil feed per cylinder and a larger oil cooler, new crank cases, larger valves, a knock sensor, a whole bunch of stuff.. it’s not just a big bore kit…. Still comes with 15,000 km service intervals too.

Lots been changed inside those crankcases…

While it might only seem like a modest step up, the reality is very different. It’s hugely willing – right off the bottom. Wheelie fiends like myself will rejoice. It’ll pop the front in second and third without the clutch. And do so in total ease. The bottom and midrange are just superb, I only occasionally felt the need to rev it right out and bounce off the limiter when being silly or using it more as an over rev if a gearshift was just not quite required, but it’s silky smooth all the way to the 10,000 redline.

Wheelie good at wheelies

I need to talk about the electronics here too, because I reckon they’re the new segment benchmark. With the optional Tech pack as ridden (more on that later), you get access to Rally mode. It gives you another ride mode and throttle map to choose from on top of street and off road that’s even more aggressive, which might seem counterintuitive – but it’s essentially sport mode, sitting above street. Super direct mapping and throttle, which you can select individually. For instance, I personally found that Rally ‘mode’, with Street ‘throttle’ was the sweet spot. The slightly softer street setting for throttle was perfect even in the dirt. I left ABS in off road mode too for what it’s worth, which deactivates the rear.

2021 KTM 890 Adventure R

You can still choose off-road throttle for really slick, snotty stuff which cuts a bit more power and response, but I found that just leaving it in that Rally-street combo and adjusting the TC on the go as needed was the bomb. The TC adjustment works so well via the two buttons on the left switch block that you barely need to look down to check what you’re doing. And you don’t need to reset it to your preferred settings every time you turn the key off! It remembers! Hel-ay-lu-ya! Other manufacturers please take note. My tip, TC set to 1 (the minimum) will allow wheelies on the tar. Bump it up a little more to 6 or 7 for creek crossings and slipperier stuff, while 9 is the max buzz kill mode.

2021 KTM 890 Adventure R

I ran it mostly between 3 and 5 while off-road depending on the conditions, which still allowed lofting the front in the dirt. It also allowed ludicrously long near lock to lock drifts while not letting the rear get too sideways when firing out of lower speed corners. Day three had a bit of a highlight on a smooth flowy hard pack-but sandy surfaced back road when I slipped into skid mode. On corner exit, you can light it up and drift from one lock to the other in third, holding it pretty much until it’s time to shut down for the next bend… I’m a simple man. Give me a bike that handles well, does wheelies and skids and I’m generally happy. This thing rips.

2021 KTM 890 Adventure R

The clutch and gearbox get updates to match the power increase with new friction material in the slipper clutch and revised shifting with a shorter throw lever and glass beading in the top three cogs. The quick shifter as ridden is also revised for quicker shifts. I still found myself clutch past neutral out of habit but it shifts damn well. I only had a handful of missed shifts over the three days, almost all in the higher gears and I attributed all to my lazy foot not really engaging the quick shifter properly. Has a nice auto rev matching on downshifts which combined with the slipper clutch meant compression locks just don’t happen.

Suspension wise the new 890 Adventure R gets updated serious spec WP EXPLOR forks and shock with 240 mm of travel at both ends. And they’re remarkable. Out of the entire group on the launch, with riders ranging in weight from probably 80 to over 115 kegs, not one asked for any suspension changes. I find that incredible. While at first sit and bounce on the bike they feel firm, they have an uncanny amount of feel and absolute reluctance to bottom out. Super controlled and progressive.

2021 KTM 890 Adventure R

We took some seriously hard impacts. Rocks, ledges, jumps. Everything was handled without fuss. I managed to bottom out when arriving at one of the more serious erosion mounds several degrees too hot and landing on an uphill slope on the other side. Even that wasn’t the hard hit you’d associate with normally bottoming out. No squirrelling or bouncing offline. Just a gentle stop. Overwhelmingly the whole bike feels super stable and confidence inspiring. The way it carries its weight low translates to a bike that happily flicks from side to side beneath you and feels significantly lighter than the 196 kgs as per the spec sheet.

In fact the only time you do feel the weight is if you happen to be silly enough to bury it in a bog hole.


Within 5 minutes of each other.

I maintain that I was testing every facet of the bike’s ability and it wasn’t just a shit line choice. Ahem. Thanks to the two semi pros for each helping me haul it out. Legends.

Pretty forking good

Back to the suspension, because it is integral to the whole package. You get to trust the front end almost immediately. It steers so well. Come in a bit overcooked or need to change line mid corner when you spot an obstacle? No problem. And even when you do push too hard and it lets go, it does so in a way that’s easily catchable. It’s so well balanced front to rear, you can pick the front up whenever you need to, even on surfaces where the traction isn’t great. Bloody hard to fault.

2021 KTM 890 Adventure R

Actually, for those not familiar with the 790 Adventure, I should explain that the fuel tank wraps over and down each side of the engine keeping the centre of gravity as low as possible. While it might seem at first to be exposed out there, that doesn’t seem to be the case. The tank’s made of pretty tough stuff anyway… and has additional protection available (which I’d probably opt for just for piece of mind). On the move, I only had one moment where the tank location even popped into my mind where I flew past a partially hidden stump pretty close to the pegs at a decent speed while ducking around some water. Other than that, it didn’t enter my mind. 20 litre capacity by the way, which will be good enough to see you out to 400 clicks.

2021 KTM 890 Adventure R

Updated brakes are excellent too. That front ABS is just mega, allowing you to trail brake deep into corners even while leant over. Out back I found myself locking the rear slightly more than expected on low grip downhill/off camber corners. To be fair I think it was probably due to how effective the front was and how much weight was being transferred forward. Things never went pear shaped because the front was hauling things up so well that the rear never got out of shape. That said, I’d probably look to experiment with rear pads to try and find something with a smidgen more feel. Could be just me.

Top stoppers

Ergo-wise, I rate it big time. I actually really like the width between the legs. Super comfortable and the overall riding position just feels sorted, standing or sitting – with plenty of room when moving your weight around the bike. I did find myself slowly sliding forward on some of the steeper downhills, but nearly everyone else on the launch was already standing at that point… I sit a bit more than most, it just feels more natural to me. So take that with a grain of salt. That said, there’s a nice flat seat in the power parts catalogue that the Adventure R Rally model comes with standard that would probably be worth a look for some. That’s what Robbo and Will were both running… Speaking of powerparts. There’s a big list of options, you could go nuts. I did like the look of the more hardcore carbon tank protectors and probably couldn’t go past a slip on…

2021 KTM 890 Adventure R

I don’t need to talk about the dash or controls because the five-inch TFT was pretty great on the 790 and hasn’t changed. Some other manufacturers could take note… But it is worth pointing out that the front screen is two position adjustable with about 40 mm difference between low and high. I’m six-foot and found the higher setting gave better highway speed wind protection without being in the way in the dirt. And for those wanting to run an even taller one – the higher screen from the Adventure (non R model) is interchangeable.

2021 KTM 890 Adventure R

Now I’ve talked a lot about it’s off road prowess, so you might be thinking that it’s less than awesome on the tar? Not so. Steers surprisingly well on that 21-inch front. Even on the tractionator knobbies. Heaps of fun lofting the front in second and third, flicks from side to side beautifully and feels utterly composed when cranked over. Seemed ok in the saddle too even on longer highway stints. It’s not as plush as the Tiger 900, but that’s not the 890 Adventure R’s main game…

2021 KTM 890 Adventure R

So where does that leave us? As a package, it’s a pretty clear winner for me if you’re after something with an off road focus. Nothing else comes close in terms of capability in the segment. Sure, it’s more expensive than the Tenere 7, but then everything is simply on another level to the popular Yammie. Better engine, better suspension, better balance, better electronics.. If you want the best, then here it is. You ride to your capability on the 890 Adventuer R, you’re not riding to the bike’s limitations. You can’t say that for anything else in the class. BMW’s F 850 GS is at the other end of the Adventure spectrum and simply isn’t nearly as inspiring or poised. And the Tiger 900 (which I love), does everything well and has arguably more creature comforts that make it a better road mile eater, but feels bigger and heavier and just not as nimble off-road, if that’s your main focus.

2021 KTM 890 Adventure R

Bear in mind that the bikes we were on were fitted with Tractionator Rally tyres (they come standard with Metzeler Karoo tyres which would last longer, but not offer as much grip as the Tractionators) and were running the optional Tech pack which includes the Rally mode and map selection, quick shifter plus, traction control and cruise control. I can’t see anyone NOT wanting the tech pack to be honest. This bumps the price up an additional $1,200 to what I think is a competitive $25,500 ride away.

Bloody hell. Another bike that I need in my shed.

2021 KTM 890 Adventure R

Why I like it:
  • Best in class off-road ability
  • Additional grunt transforms the bottom and mid-range
  • Suspension and electronics packages are next level. On the fly adjustable TC is brilliant
  • Overall feeling is so stable yet agile. Never gets out of shape and still does whatever you want it to.
I’d like it more if:
  • A smidgen more rear pedal feel in the dirt wouldn’t hurt
  • Heated grips would have been nice on a -1 degree morning too…
  • Personally I’d like the headlight assembly ‘joined’ to the side fairing for a more cohesive side profile like the 1290 Super Adventure. Looks a bit like a beak sticking out there on its own as it is (though I hear you can get aftermarket bits to achieve the look?)
He’s just a little bit smitten…

2021 KTM 890 Adventure R Specifications

2021 KTM 890 Adventure R Specifications
ENGINE TYPE 2 cylinders, 4 stroke, DOHC Parallel twin
BORE /STROKE 90.7 / 68.8mm
POWER 77 kW (105 hp) @ 8,000 rpm
TORQUE 100 Nm @ 6,500 rpm
STARTER/BATTERY Electric /12V 10Ah
FUEL SYSTEM DKK Dell’Orto (Throttle body 46mm)
CONTROL 4 valves per cylinder /DOHC
LUBRICATION Pressure lubrication with 2 oil pumps
ENGINE OIL Motorex, Power Synth SAE 10W-50
FINAL DRIVE 16:45 / X- chain Ring
COOLING Liquid cooled with water / oil heat exchanger
CLUTCH Cable operated PASC Slipper clutch
TRACTION CONTROL MTC (lean angle sensitive, 3-Mode + Rally, disengageable)
CO2 (GRAM/ KM) 105 g / km
FRAME Chromium-Molybdenum-Steel frame using the engine as stressed element, powder coated
SUBFRAME Chromium-Molybdenum-Steel trellis, powder coated
HANDLEBAR Aluminum, tapered, Ø 28/ 22 mm
ADJUSTABILITY Compression, rebound, preload
ADJUSTABILITY Compression (high and low speed), rebound, hydraulic preload
SUS. TRAVEL F/R 240/ 240 mm
FRONT BRAKE 2 × radially mounted 4 piston caliper, brake disc Ø320 mm
REAR BRAKE 2 piston floating caliper, brake disc Ø 260 mm
ABS Bosch 9.1 MP (incl. Cornering-ABS and off-road mode, disengageable)
WHEELS FRONT/REAR Spoked wheels with aluminium rims, 2.50 × 21″; 4.50 × 18″
TYRES FRONT/REAR 90/90-21″; 150/70-18″
CHAIN X-Ring 520
SILENCER Stainless steel primary and secondary silencer
TRAIL 110.4 mm
WHEEL BASE 1,528 mm±15 mm
TANK CAPACITY approx. 20 litres / 3 l reserve
DRY WEIGHT approx. 196 kg

I can’t finish without thanking KTMs Marketing Manager for Oz and NZ, Rosie Lalonde for organising the whole thing and not only being a champion but riding like one too. Turns out she used to race enduros.. so that explains the latter. Shout outs also to Lewie Landrigan for our 4WD Support over the few days and to Jordan and Andy from Flightcraft for the ripper stills and videos. These guys weren’t scared to get wet or muddy to get the shot and almost make me look like I know what I’m doing. Kudos lads.

Rosie gives Wayne the kind of briefing he likes, wheelies and skids!

Source: MCNews.com.au

Faulty chain halts KTM dirt bikes

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KTM and Husqvarna Australia have recalled their current model KTM SX and SX-F, Husqvarna TC, FC and FS, and GASGAS MC supercross and motocross motorcycles over a manufacturing issue that could cause the chan to break.

The official, notice, issued through the Australian Competition and Consumer Commissions says  that a manufacturing fault could make the motorcycle’s drive chain defective, causing it to break or come loose.

That’s not something you want happening when you are in mid-air!

“If the chain is defective, the motorcycle may experience loss in vehicle control and steering performance,” the notice says. 

“This can increase the risk of an accident, causing serious injury or death to the rider and other road users.”

The 239 KTM motorcycles affected are 125SX, 250SX, 250SX-F, 350SX-F and 450SX-F models built between 26 November 2020 and 21 December 2020.

Some 130 Husqvarna TC125, FC250, FC350 and FS450 models produced at the same time are also affected.

And 197 GASGAS MC 125, MC 250F and MC 450F are affected.

The VINs (Vehicle identification number) of affected models are listed at the end of this article.

Owners have been notified by KTM Australia to contact authorised KTM dealers who will replace the drive chain free of charge.

The recall is the second for KTM Australia this year with the recall of the KTM 1290 Super Duke R last week for an electrical fault.


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VINS of affected KTMs

VBKSXN432MM216614 350 SX-F
VBKSXN434MM218994 350 SX-F
VBKSXK431MM155366 250 SX-F
VBKSXK434MM155443 250 SX-F
VBKSXK431MM155447 250 SX-F
VBKSXK43XMM155446 250 SX-F
VBKSXK43XMM155432 250 SX-F
VBKSXK43XMM155429 250 SX-F
VBKSXK43XMM155415 250 SX-F
VBKSXK43XMM155401 250 SX-F
VBKSXK43XMM155396 250 SX-F
VBKSXK439MM155454 250 SX-F
VBKSXK439MM155440 250 SX-F
VBKSXK439MM155437 250 SX-F
VBKSXK439MM155423 250 SX-F
VBKSXK439MM155406 250 SX-F
VBKSXK439MM155390 250 SX-F
VBKSXK439MM155387 250 SX-F
VBKSXK438MM155462 250 SX-F
VBKSXK438MM155459 250 SX-F
VBKSXK438MM155445 250 SX-F
VBKSXK438MM155431 250 SX-F
VBKSXK438MM155428 250 SX-F
VBKSXK438MM155414 250 SX-F
VBKSXK438MM155400 250 SX-F
VBKSXK438MM155395 250 SX-F
VBKSXK438MM155381 250 SX-F
VBKSXK437MM155453 250 SX-F
VBKSXK437MM155436 250 SX-F
VBKSXK437MM155422 250 SX-F
VBKSXK437MM155419 250 SX-F
VBKSXK437MM155405 250 SX-F
VBKSXK437MM155386 250 SX-F
VBKSXK436MM155461 250 SX-F
VBKSXK436MM155458 250 SX-F
VBKSXK436MM155444 250 SX-F
VBKSXK436MM155430 250 SX-F
VBKSXK436MM155427 250 SX-F
VBKSXK436MM155413 250 SX-F
VBKSXK436MM155394 250 SX-F
VBKSXK436MM155380 250 SX-F
VBKSXK436MM155363 250 SX-F
VBKSXK435MM155452 250 SX-F
VBKSXK435MM155449 250 SX-F
VBKSXM230MM215684 250 SX
VBKSXK435MM155435 250 SX-F
VBKSXK435MM155421 250 SX-F
VBKSXK435MM155418 250 SX-F
VBKSXK435MM155404 250 SX-F
VBKSXK435MM155399 250 SX-F
VBKSXK435MM155385 250 SX-F
VBKSXK434MM155460 250 SX-F
VBKSXK434MM155457 250 SX-F
VBKSXK434MM155426 250 SX-F
VBKSXK434MM155412 250 SX-F
VBKSXK434MM155409 250 SX-F
VBKSXK434MM155393 250 SX-F
VBKSXK433MM155451 250 SX-F
VBKSXK433MM155448 250 SX-F
VBKSXK433MM155434 250 SX-F
VBKSXK433MM155420 250 SX-F
VBKSXK433MM155417 250 SX-F
VBKSXK433MM155403 250 SX-F
VBKSXK433MM155398 250 SX-F
VBKSXK433MM155367 250 SX-F
VBKSXK432MM155456 250 SX-F
VBKSXK432MM155442 250 SX-F
VBKSXK432MM155439 250 SX-F
VBKSXK432MM155425 250 SX-F
VBKSXK432MM155411 250 SX-F
VBKSXK432MM155408 250 SX-F
VBKSXK432MM155392 250 SX-F
VBKSXK432MM155389 250 SX-F
VBKSXK431MM155450 250 SX-F
VBKSXK431MM155433 250 SX-F
VBKSXK431MM155416 250 SX-F
VBKSXK431MM155402 250 SX-F
VBKSXK431MM155397 250 SX-F
VBKSXK430MM155455 250 SX-F
VBKSXK430MM155441 250 SX-F
VBKSXK430MM155438 250 SX-F
VBKSXK430MM155424 250 SX-F
VBKSXK430MM155410 250 SX-F
VBKSXK430MM155407 250 SX-F
VBKSXK430MM155391 250 SX-F
VBKSXK430MM155388 250 SX-F
VBKSXN43XMM219082 350 SX-F
VBKSXN43XMM219079 350 SX-F
VBKSXN43XMM219065 350 SX-F
VBKSXN43XMM219051 350 SX-F
VBKSXN43XMM219048 350 SX-F
VBKSXN43XMM219034 350 SX-F
VBKSXN43XMM219020 350 SX-F
VBKSXN43XMM219017 350 SX-F
VBKSXN43XMM219003 350 SX-F
VBKSXN439MM219090 350 SX-F
VBKSXN439MM219087 350 SX-F
VBKSXN439MM219073 350 SX-F
VBKSXN439MM219056 350 SX-F
VBKSXN439MM219042 350 SX-F
VBKSXN439MM219039 350 SX-F
VBKSXN439MM219025 350 SX-F
VBKSXN439MM219011 350 SX-F
VBKSXN439MM219008 350 SX-F
VBKSXN438MM219081 350 SX-F
VBKSXN438MM219078 350 SX-F
VBKSXN438MM219064 350 SX-F
VBKSXN438MM219050 350 SX-F
VBKSXN438MM219047 350 SX-F
VBKSXN438MM219033 350 SX-F
VBKSXN438MM219016 350 SX-F
VBKSXN437MM219086 350 SX-F
VBKSXN437MM219072 350 SX-F
VBKSXN437MM219069 350 SX-F
VBKSXN437MM219055 350 SX-F
VBKSXN437MM219041 350 SX-F
VBKSXN437MM219038 350 SX-F
VBKSXN437MM219024 350 SX-F
VBKSXN437MM219010 350 SX-F
VBKSXN437MM219007 350 SX-F
VBKSXN436MM219080 350 SX-F
VBKSXN436MM219077 350 SX-F
VBKSXN436MM219063 350 SX-F
VBKSXN436MM219046 350 SX-F
VBKSXN436MM219032 350 SX-F
VBKSXN436MM219029 350 SX-F
VBKSXN436MM219015 350 SX-F
VBKSXN436MM219001 350 SX-F
VBKSXN436MM218995 350 SX-F
VBKSXN435MM219085 350 SX-F
VBKSXN435MM219071 350 SX-F
VBKSXN435MM219068 350 SX-F
VBKSXN435MM219054 350 SX-F
VBKSXN435MM219040 350 SX-F
VBKSXN435MM219037 350 SX-F
VBKSXN435MM219023 350 SX-F
VBKSXN435MM219006 350 SX-F
VBKSXN434MM219093 350 SX-F
VBKSXN434MM219076 350 SX-F
VBKSXN434MM219062 350 SX-F
VBKSXN434MM219059 350 SX-F
VBKSXN434MM219045 350 SX-F
VBKSXN434MM219031 350 SX-F
VBKSXN434MM219028 350 SX-F
VBKSXN434MM219014 350 SX-F
VBKSXN433MM219084 350 SX-F
VBKSXN433MM219070 350 SX-F
VBKSXN433MM219067 350 SX-F
VBKSXN433MM219053 350 SX-F
VBKSXN433MM219036 350 SX-F
VBKSXN433MM219022 350 SX-F
VBKSXN433MM219019 350 SX-F
VBKSXN433MM219005 350 SX-F
VBKSXN432MM219089 350 SX-F
VBKSXN432MM219075 350 SX-F
VBKSXN432MM219061 350 SX-F
VBKSXN432MM219058 350 SX-F
VBKSXN432MM219044 350 SX-F
VBKSXN432MM219030 350 SX-F
VBKSXN432MM219027 350 SX-F
VBKSXN432MM219013 350 SX-F
VBKSXN431MM219083 350 SX-F
VBKSXN431MM219066 350 SX-F
VBKSXN431MM219052 350 SX-F
VBKSXN431MM219049 350 SX-F
VBKSXN431MM219035 350 SX-F
VBKSXN431MM219021 350 SX-F
VBKSXN431MM219018 350 SX-F
VBKSXN431MM219004 350 SX-F
VBKSXN430MM219091 350 SX-F
VBKSXN430MM219088 350 SX-F
VBKSXN430MM219074 350 SX-F
VBKSXN430MM219060 350 SX-F
VBKSXN430MM219057 350 SX-F
VBKSXN430MM219043 350 SX-F
VBKSXN430MM219026 350 SX-F
VBKSXN430MM219012 350 SX-F
VBKSXN430MM219009 350 SX-F
VBKSXK43XMM155382 250 SX-F
VBKSXK43XMM155379 250 SX-F
VBKSXK43XMM155365 250 SX-F
VBKSXK439MM155373 250 SX-F
VBKSXK438MM155378 250 SX-F
VBKSXK437MM155372 250 SX-F
VBKSXK437MM155369 250 SX-F
VBKSXK436MM155377 250 SX-F
VBKSXK435MM155371 250 SX-F
VBKSXM230MM215779 250 SX
VBKSXK435MM155368 250 SX-F
VBKSXK434MM155376 250 SX-F
VBKSXK433MM155384 250 SX-F
VBKSXK433MM155370 250 SX-F
VBKSXK432MM155375 250 SX-F
VBKSXK431MM155383 250 SX-F
VBKSXK430MM155374 250 SX-F
VBKSXH23XMM155484 125 SX
VBKSXH23XMM155467 125 SX
VBKSXH23XMM155341 125 SX
VBKSXH23XMM155338 125 SX
VBKSXH239MM155329 125 SX
VBKSXH238MM155337 125 SX
VBKSXH238MM155323 125 SX
VBKSXH238MM155290 125 SX
VBKSXH237MM155328 125 SX
VBKSXH236MM155336 125 SX
VBKSXH236MM155322 125 SX
VBKSXH235MM155330 125 SX
VBKSXH234MM155335 125 SX
VBKSXH234MM155321 125 SX
VBKSXH233MM155326 125 SX
VBKSXH232MM155480 125 SX
VBKSXH232MM155334 125 SX
VBKSXH231MM155325 125 SX
VBKSXH231MM155289 125 SX
VBKSXH230MM155476 125 SX
VBKSXH230MM155333 125 SX
VBKSXR43XMM335244 450 SX-F
VBKSXR439MM335252 450 SX-F
VBKSXR439MM335249 450 SX-F
VBKSXR438MM335243 450 SX-F
VBKSXR437MM335251 450 SX-F
VBKSXR437MM335248 450 SX-F
VBKSXR436MM335242 450 SX-F
VBKSXR435MM335264 450 SX-F
VBKSXR435MM335250 450 SX-F
VBKSXR435MM335247 450 SX-F
VBKSXR434MM335255 450 SX-F
VBKSXR434MM335241 450 SX-F
VBKSXR434MM335238 450 SX-F
VBKSXR433MM335246 450 SX-F
VBKSXN43XMM218997 350 SX-F
VBKSXN438MM219002 350 SX-F
VBKSXN438MM218996 350 SX-F
VBKSXN434MM219000 350 SX-F
VBKSXN433MM218999 350 SX-F
VBKSXN431MM218998 350 SX-F
VBKSXM237MM215830 250 SX
VBKSXM237MM215827 250 SX
VBKSXM236MM215785 250 SX

VINS of affected Huskies

VBKUXH235MM154140 TC 125
VBKUXH23XMM154134 TC 125
VBKUXH238MM154133 TC 125
VBKUXH236MM154132 TC 125
VBKUXH232MM154158 TC 125
VBKUXH23XMM154005 TC 125
VBKUXH239MM154013 TC 125
VBKUXH239MM153993 TC 125
VBKUXH238MM154018 TC 125
VBKUXH237MM154012 TC 125
VBKUXH236MM154020 TC 125
VBKUXH236MM154003 TC 125
VBKUXH235MM154008 TC 125
VBKUXH235MM153991 TC 125
VBKUXH235MM153988 TC 125
VBKUXH234MM154016 TC 125
VBKUXH233MM154010 TC 125
VBKUXH233MM154007 TC 125
VBKUXH233MM153987 TC 125
VBKUXH232MM154015 TC 125
VBKUXH232MM154001 TC 125
VBKUXH231MM154006 TC 125
VBKUXH231MM153986 TC 125
VBKUXH230MM154014 TC 125
VBKUXH230MM153994 TC 125
VBKUXK431MM153979 FC 250
VBKUSR436MM332106 FS 450
VBKUXK43XMM153981 FC 250
VBKUXK431MM153982 FC 250
VBKUSR432MM332037 FS 450
VBKUSR432MM332006 FS 450
VBKUSR431MM332031 FS 450
VBKUSR431MM332028 FS 450
VBKUXN43XMM216806 FC 350
VBKUXN430MM216801 FC 350
VBKUXK43XMM153978 FC 250
VBKUXK439MM153972 FC 250
VBKUXK438MM153980 FC 250
VBKUXK438MM153977 FC 250
VBKUXK437MM153971 FC 250
VBKUXK436MM153976 FC 250
VBKUXK435MM153984 FC 250
VBKUXK435MM153970 FC 250
VBKUXK434MM153975 FC 250
VBKUXK434MM153961 FC 250
VBKUXK433MM153983 FC 250
VBKUXK433MM153966 FC 250
VBKUXK432MM153974 FC 250
VBKUXK432MM153960 FC 250
VBKUXK430MM153973 FC 250
VBKUSR43XMM331878 FS 450
VBKUSR439MM331869 FS 450
VBKUSR438MM331880 FS 450
VBKUSR438MM331877 FS 450
VBKUSR437MM331868 FS 450
VBKUSR436MM331876 FS 450
VBKUSR436MM331862 FS 450
VBKUSR435MM331867 FS 450
VBKUSR434MM331889 FS 450
VBKUSR433MM331866 FS 450
VBKUSR432MM331888 FS 450
VBKUSR431MM331879 FS 450
VBKUXN43XMM216790 FC 350
VBKUXN439MM216800 FC 350
VBKUXN439MM216795 FC 350
VBKUXN437MM216794 FC 350
VBKUXN436MM216804 FC 350
VBKUXN436MM216799 FC 350
VBKUXN435MM216812 FC 350
VBKUXN435MM216809 FC 350
VBKUXN435MM216793 FC 350
VBKUXN434MM216803 FC 350
VBKUXN434MM216798 FC 350
VBKUXN433MM216811 FC 350
VBKUXN433MM216808 FC 350
VBKUXN433MM216792 FC 350
VBKUXN432MM216797 FC 350
VBKUXN431MM216810 FC 350
VBKUXN431MM216807 FC 350
VBKUXN431MM216791 FC 350
VBKUXN430MM216796 FC 350
VBKUXK43XMM153964 FC 250
VBKUXK439MM153969 FC 250
VBKUXK438MM153963 FC 250
VBKUXK437MM153968 FC 250
VBKUXK436MM153962 FC 250
VBKUXK435MM153967 FC 250
VBKUXK431MM153965 FC 250
VBKUXN438MM216724 FC 350
VBKUXN433MM216744 FC 350
VBKUXN439MM216666 FC 350
VBKUXN434MM216722 FC 350
VBKUXN432MM216718 FC 350
VBKUXN430MM216734 FC 350
VBKUXN430MM216670 FC 350
VBKUXK439MM153776 FC 250
VBKUXK439MM153759 FC 250
VBKUXK435MM153757 FC 250
VBKUXK438MM153574 FC 250
VBKUXK434MM153572 FC 250
VBKUXK432MM153568 FC 250
VBKUXK431MM153559 FC 250
VBKUXK430MM153567 FC 250

VINS of affected GasGas

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Honda, Yamaha, KTM, Piaggo Sign Letter of Intent for Swappable Battery Consortium

Honda, Yamaha, KTM, and Piaggio have all signed a letter of intent to stage a swappable electric battery consortium for EV motorcycles and lighter EV’s. 

Together, they will collaborate on batteries that can be swapped amongst each of their EV lineups. This will make it possible to use a universal battery across all models. This initiative will take some time before coming to the streets however the letter of intent is a huge step in the right direction. 

Yamaha EC-05 Concept

From the press release: ‘The aim of the Consortium will, therefore, be to define the standardized technical specifications of the swappable battery system for vehicles belonging to the L-category; mopeds, motorcycles, tricycles and quadricycles. By working closely with interested stakeholders and national, European and international standardization bodies, the founding members of the Consortium will be involved in the creation of international technical standards.’

Honda Managing Officer of Motorcycle Operations Noriake Abe said:

Motorcycle paramedics

“The worldwide electrification effort to reduce CO2 on a global scale is accelerating, especially in Europe. For the widespread adoption of electric motorcycles, problems such as travel distance and charging times need to be addressed, and swappable batteries are a promising solution. Considering customer convenience, standardization of swappable batteries and wide adoption of battery systems is vital, which is why the four-member manufacturers agreed to form the Consortium.
Honda views improving the customers’ usage environment as an area to explore cooperation with other manufacturers while bringing better products and services to customers through competition. Honda will work hard on both fronts to be the ‘chosen’ manufacturer for customer mobility.”

Activity on the new consortium will begin in May 2021, while invitations have been extended to other manufactures to join in on the initiative. Once this initiative is live and available to the consumer, it will mean huge benefits for all EV owners. It will mean less time charging and more time traveling – since you will be able to simply swap your battery and go. This concept isn’t anything new but with major players in manufacturing stepping up means it will be a matter of time before it becomes reality. 

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

More Details Surface Regarding Upcoming EV Husqvarnas

E-Pilen Updates And More

With EV motorcycles coming in hot to dominate the industry in a post-COVID utopia, KTM’s CEO has come forth with some more details regarding Husqvarna’s upcoming EV options.

Stefan Pierier, CEO of parent company Pierer Mobility AG, gave us some new information regarding these EV bikes in an interview with Indian auto-magazine Motoring World. The company has big plans with Indian manufacturer Bajaj, so it makes perfect sense that he would find himself spilling the beans on some important information regarding these projects in an Indian publication.

Pierer mentioned that they are currently in cahoots with Bajaj to collaborate on new 4kW and 8/10kW EV motors. The e-Scooter that Husqvarna is planning on bringing to market will most likely use these EV motors as it will also be borrowing it’s chassis from the pre-existing Bajaj Chetak EV scooter.

Scooti ride-sharing scooter service

Pierer also has some important details regarding the upcoming e-Pilen (think electric Vitpilen). He mentioned that the most ideal powerplant for this EV bike would be a 15kW powerpack. His reasoning stems from the recent popularity and surge in sales for sub-900cc motorcycle models. PMAG is currently working on EV equivalents of both 50cc and 125cc bikes as well.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Check Out This Insane KTM 500 SX-F Flat Tracker

Michael Carusi has created this KTM 500 SX-F derived flat-track monstrosity. It’s awesome.

You don’t typically find flat-track motorcycles being built from highly-capable offroad wheelie machines, but alas, here we are. Michael Carusi took the liberty to combine a plethora of parts from the KTM 450 SX-F and EXC-F 500cc to produce this stunning MX influenced flat-track motorcycle.

The engine is completely custom-built with parts being shared from both of the bikes he sniped parts from meaning this engine is built for speed. Titanium bolts have been fastened throughout the bike and completely replace all pre-existing steel bolts (an ode to the MX legacy), meaning a lighter, more durable motorcycle.

“I’ve created a kind of ‘best of both worlds’ flat tracker. The engine includes a combo of EXC-F and SXF components that we have raced with and tested over the years to make this ‘wishlist’ kind of build.” said Carusi.

The tires have been outfitted with flat track-spec rubber and the exhaust has been modified to be a full titanium custom system to an FMF pipe. Carbon wark is seen throughout the frame inserts, skid plate, chain guide, and exhaust bracket to further save weight. 

Although this isn’t your traditional flat-track motorcycle, it’s sure to crank out some insane lap-times at the dirt oval.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

2021 KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition will Come to Australia in March

Limited Quantities

KTM will bring the 2021 450 SX-F Factory Edition dirt bike to Australia in March of this year, according to MCNews. This is the machine that KTM has used to win championships and now it will be available in limited quantities for the public to get its hands on.

“Riders still cannot get more ‘READY TO RACE’ than with our new KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition. We knew the bike had to look the part for 2021 but we also wanted to keep all the same special technical details that place this model as one of the flagships of our range. Its credentials are proven,” said Joachim Sauer, KTM’s Senior Product Manager Offroad.

Here’s a look at what the new limited-edition motorcycle will bring to riders:

  • Updated Red Bull KTM Factory Racing graphics
  • Connectivity Unit fitted as standard
  • Ability to connect with myKTM app
  • Akrapovič slip-on silencer
  • Factory triple clamps anodised in orange
  • KTM Factory wheels
  • Factory start for front fork
  • Exclusive orange frame
  • Composite skid plate
  • Factory seat with Selle Dalla Valle stamp
  • Semi-floating front brake disc
  • Front brake disc guard
  • Orange rear sprocket
  • Engine updates
  • Hinson clutch cover

One of the most notable things on this new bike is the Connectivity Unit that comes standard. It allows you to tweak the bike through the myKTM App. You can customize and adjust all of the settings to really make the bike fit you and your riding style.

If you’re interested in getting one of these bikes, you’ll need to get down to your KTM dealer and speak with them. They will be coming in March and in limited quantities.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

2021 KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition hitting Australia in March

2021 KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition

After securing the 2019 AMA Supercross 450SX Championship, in 2020 Cooper Webb collected 13 podium results and four Main Event victories to finish runner-up in the championship aboard the KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition. This machine was also the tool for Marvin Musquin to post seven top-three moto finishes in the 2020 AMA Pro Motocross series as he bounced back from injury with a satisfying fourth in the final 450MX class standings.

2021 KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition Highlights

  • Updated Red Bull KTM Factory Racing graphics
  • Connectivity Unit fitted as standard
  • Ability to connect with myKTM app
  • Akrapovič slip-on silencer
  • Factory triple clamps anodised in orange
  • KTM Factory wheels
  • Factory start for front fork
  • Exclusive orange frame
  • Composite skid plate
  • Factory seat with Selle Dalla Valle stamp
  • Semi-floating front brake disc
  • Front brake disc guard
  • Orange rear sprocket
  • Engine updates
  • Hinson clutch cover
Joachim Sauer – KTM Senior Product Manager Offroad

Riders still cannot get more ‘READY TO RACE’ than with our new KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition. We knew the bike had to look the part for 2021 but we also wanted to keep all the same special technical details that place this model as one of the flagships of our range. Its credentials are proven. Very useful additions for 2021, the Connectivity Unit and the myKTM App allow every rider to get the most of their potential in every condition. With this bike, we trust that KTM fans worldwide will find a true race-winning machine that really looks the part.

2021 KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition

Taking full advantage of the experience collected through countless training and racing laps, for 2021 KTM applies key upgrades onto the latest installment of the KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition. The 2021 bike carries a near-identical visual aspect to the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing machines raced in Supercross and Motocross.

Creating a direct performance link to the works machines of Cooper and Marvin, the bike comes with an orange frame, Factory wheels, Factory triple clamps anodized in orange, a composite skid plate, a Hinson clutch cover and an orange rear sprocket. The spec list also boasts elements like the Akrapovič silencer, the Factory start holeshot device, the semi floating front brake and the disc guard.

2021 KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition

A notable addition for 2021 is the Connectivity Unit that now comes as standard and is integrated onto the new bar pad. This means the innovative myKTM App can be synced immediately and without the need of any additional parts. Through the use of the myKTM app, riders of all levels can customise engine settings.

2021 KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition

An additional benefit of the myKTM app is its ability to offer suspension recommendations based on every rider’s personal characteristics.

Source: MCNews.com.au

VIDEO: Let’s Take a Tour of KTM’s Motohall

Earlier this year I broke the news of Ducati’s museum re-opening with the ability to take a virtual tour in exchange for a few dollars; why not explore the KTM museum for free? The Bike Show’ on Youtube takes us on a big in-depth tour of  KTM’s Austrian Motohall. The museum is full of interactive exhibits, rare bikes, and celebrations of some of the greatest motorsport athletes to ever walk to face of the earth.

KTM has always been team orange, and this video proves it with a walk-through of some of KTM’s historically orange motorcycle lineup. Some famous motorcycles shown here in the museum still have the cuts and shredded rubber from their last race to add a layer of authenticity you won’t find anywhere else. 

Bloodbikes Australia has become an integral part of transporting COVID-19 tests from testing centres to medical laboratories.

This quick video can only show so much of the museum, so if you’re interested in checking it out or booking an Austrian vacation in a post-covid world, make sure you stop by and say hi. Don’t forget to bring your favourite KTM apparel with you!

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

KTM Has Swag Discounts for the Holiday Season

I Apologize in Advance for Talking About Christmas Related Thigs in November

If you were to stab a loved one with the turkey-carving knife over a heated argument regarding who builds the best motocross bikes at the Christmas dinner table, would they bleed KTM orange? If the answer is yes, you’ll be pleased to hear that KTM has gone out of their way to make your Christmas shopping easier for you with their ‘KTM Christmas Specials Gift Guide’ and up to 30% off selected KTM PowerWear apparel items.

KTM’s PowerWear apparel collection has a little something special for riders of all disciplines, whether it be street, adventure, or enduro riding. Between November 1 and December 24th, KTM’s Christmas Specials Gift Guide will have an array of products with special discounts for the holiday season when purchasing gear from any authorized KTM dealer. If the product is listed in the Christmas Specials Gift Guide, then it’s safe to assume that you should be looking at big discounts on said product.

Polos, hats, jackets, off-roading gear, mugs, bottles, stickers, and more; will all be receiving big discounts, giving an array of options when picking the perfect gift for that special KTM-loving someone. If you really love them, perhaps the full KTM armoured jacket and pant combo is the perfect give for $244.98 AUD and $195.97 AUD respectively after the 30% discount. On the other hand, if you don’t love them at all (haha) a sticker set and mug should suffice.

2021 Suzuki V-Strom 650XT

For our Australian readers, a copy of the Gift Guide tailored to your location can be found here. Happy holidays (soon).

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com