The German Austrian war: KTM has dominated and dictated the way when it comes to small bikes (read less than 500cc) for some time now but the Germans, not to be outdone, have eventually engaged in battle and entered their new weapon of choice; the BMW G 310 R.
It’s always been a relentless quest of the ‘shed’ mechanic. I’m talking about the constant attempt to make a motorcycle, or even a car, boat or caravan (maybe or never), look like the more expensive version of a similar machine. I could even point a finger at humans spending ridiculous sums of money to ‘resemble’, and I mean that very lightly, their film, reality crap show stars or whoever. All in the sad quest of winning the local ‘look-alike’ competition and being rewarded with a bowl of goldfish or something of similar value. But you know where I coming from.
It, or they, has been one of the major talking points over the last year or so. And I’m talking about the new Honda Fireblade, not the US government debacle. After the recent world launch they’ve now arrived on our shores and I was more than eager to get on top of one, or them, to be more precise.
I’ve been on quite a few KTM launches recently and, no matter what model it’s for, one thing sticks in my mind and that is KTM’s slightly egotistical attack on whatever market their bike is aimed at. In short, they want to dominate that particular area of motorcycle and not necessarily to just release a new bike for that genre of two wheels entertainment.