If anyone is asked to name an off-road, or hardcore enduro bike to be more precise, they’ll undoubtedly point at the orange bikes with the famous KTM label stuck on the side. Fair enough because they are, without doubt, the biggest selling brand of off-road motorcycles in South Africa. And, with their ‘2020 Vision’ for next year, no one will argue that they’ll dominate the SA dirt market once again, right?
The world is obsessed with the cell phone, right? More people around the world have these ‘flat’ phones than fresh running water, a terrible statistic but not for the magnates who produce and sell them though. But I believe these irritating but necessary things have even more to answer for, in the form of distraction from anything else around the user. Oh yes, many ‘users’ would rather own these ‘poised thumb’ disposable items than own a car, or in this case a motorcycle.
Touring bikes, you either love them or hate them. They are, predictably, huge monsters that devour open roads in unsurpassed (for a motorcycle) comfort levels. Heavy, expensive and normally aimed at the ‘older motorcyclists’, so what’s the attraction then?
The cold war battle lines have been drawn. The YZ250FX and KTM 250 XC-F are right at home pounding aggressive moto laps, as they battle bushes in the tight stuff. Honda, like the super-power it is, needed a weapon to do battle, so will the might of Honda’s off-road crossover destroy everyone in sight?