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hells angels sonny bargerSonny Barger, a leader of the Hells Angels who was key to bringing the outlaw motorcycle club to international notoriety, died on Wednesday from cancer. Barger was 83.

“If you are reading this message, you’ll know that I’m gone. I’ve asked that this note be posted immediately after my passing,” a post on Barger’s official Facebook page said. “I’ve lived a long and good life filled with adventure. And I’ve had the privilege to be part of an amazing club.

“Although I’ve had a public persona for decades, I’ve mostly enjoyed special time with my club brothers, my family, and close friends. Please know that I passed peacefully after a brief battle with cancer,” Barger also said. “But also know that in the end, I was surrounded by what really matters: My wife, Zorana, as well as my loved ones. Keep your head up high, stay loyal, remain free, and always value honour.”end bike test


THE WORLD ADVENTURE WEEK 2022> THE WORLD ADVENTURE WEEK starts on Monday, July 4th
> The main challenge? To complete 1,000 km or more in a week
> There are daily prizes and a unique experience to be won at the end
> Download the RISER app and make sure you register for the event now

THE WORLD ADVENTURE WEEK is the right excuse to hit the open road. The main challenge: to complete 1,000 km or more in a week’s riding. To join, simply download the RISER app, accept THE WORLD ADVENTURE WEEK in the Upcoming Challenges section and start recording your rides.THE WORLD ADVENTURE WEEK 2022
During THE WORLD ADVENTURE WEEK, there will be daily challenges, with participants completing them entering a draw for daily prizes including:

Day 1 | July 4
Challenge: SHARE ANY RIDE ON SOCIAL
Day’s Prize: HORNET ADV HELMET

Day 2 | July 5
Challenge: RIDE THROUGH 890 M OF ALTITUDE
Day’s Prize: TERRA ADV JACKET

Day 3 | July 6
Challenge: CHECK IN AT A KTM DEALER
Day’s Prize: KTM EXPLORER HELMET

Day 4 | July 7
Challenge: COMPLETE 1290 M OF ELEVATION
Day’s Prize: TOURRAIN WP V2 JACKET

Day 5 | July 8
Challenge: 5 DAYS OF SADDLE TIME
Day’s Prize: COROZAL DRYSTAR BOOTS

Day 6 | July 9
Challenge: RIDE 390 KM IN ONE GO
Day’s Prize: SIDE BAG SET

Day 7 | July 10
Challenge: RIDE WITH YOUR BUDDIES
Day’s Prize: UNBOUND HYBRID ZIP HOODIE

At the end of the week and for six adventurous riders who complete 1,000 km and at least three out of the seven daily challenges, KTM will offer them the chance to live a unique experience.

The first five finalists drawn will win an all-expenses paid invitation to join a pure KTM riding activity, where they will get to test the next generation of KTM ADVENTURE machinery. A sixth and final spot will be given to the rider with the greatest number of kilometers completed.

All riders who successfully complete 1,000 km or more during the week will receive a personalized award by KTM. To get involved, check out theworldadventureweek.com.THE WORLD ADVENTURE WEEK 2022 1end bike test


1ab1ba20c eb8e c244 b0d2 63d59f328bbfA day to frame at the Cathedral for Marco who, as a rookie, gives the Mooney VR46 Racing Team the first podium in its history in the Top class. Tougher race for Luca Marini, 17th, after a contact at the start that damaged his Ducati Desmosedici GP26a063b0 b6f3 74cd 3d78 00540d0b986fAssen (Netherlands), June 26th 2022 - A Sunday full of emotions and a really solid race on the Ducati Desmosedici GP for Marco Bezzecchi, the 46th Italian on the podium in the Top class. The rookie of the Mooney VR46 Racing Team crosses the finishing line of Dutch GP in second place, hitting the first podium in MotoGP of his young career and the first in the history of the Team. Race compromised at the start, after a contact that damaged one of the winglets of his bike, for Luca Marini in P17.8def9440 e264 c2ac ea49 743af136d2d2Starting from the P4 after an excellent qualifying session and always at ease on the Dutch track in the free practice sessions, Marco keeps the contact with the very first ones after the start and moves up to second place after five laps. Capable of a constant and precise race pace, he is second under the checkered flag, first among the rookies. With today's points, he climbs to P14 in the general standings (55 points) confirming himself as the leader among the rookies.

Step back after a very positive trend in the recent weeks for Luca, 13th yesterday in qualifying and forced to an uphill race after the start due to an accident that irremediably damaged his Ducati. He closes out of the Top15 and is in P15 in the general standings (52 points) on the eve of the summer break and before the British GP scheduled for next August 7th. 7e92ddb3 9c1f d014 d46f 7245663e8797end bike test


2022 220622JWDRP10244 previewThree-time 500cc Grand Prix champion Wayne Rainey was reunited with his 1992 championship-winning YZR500 in an emotional display at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed. The event marked the first time Rainey, who was paralysed from the chest down in an accident at the 1993 Italian Grand Prix, had ridden a race bike since his career-ending crash.

The 2022 Goodwood Festival of Speed saw one of Yamaha’s most iconic champions return to the saddle of one of the most legendary Yamaha race machines as Wayne Rainey rode up the famous hill climb aboard a specially modified version of his 1992 championship-winning YZR500.2022 220622JWDRP10563 previewIt was the first time Rainey, who won the 500cc Grand Prix World Championship for Yamaha three-times back-to-back between 1990 and 1992 before his career-ending crash at Misano in 1993, has appeared at the legendary Goodwood Festival of Speed – a celebration of everything motorsport held on the picturesque Goodwood Estate near Chichester, England – and the Californian did it in style, marking his first time riding a race-specification motorcycle in almost 30 years.2022 220622JWDRP10566 previewThe 1992 YZR500 was specially adapted by Yamaha Motor Company engineers in Japan, who modified the gear shift system so Rainey could change up and down the gears by controls on the left handlebar.

After a private test session earlier in the week, Rainey rode up the hill for the first time to rapturous applause on Thursday alongside his compatriot, fellow Yamaha champion and his Marlboro Yamaha Team Roberts boss Kenny Roberts Snr, as well as former 500cc rivals Kevin Schwantz and Mick Doohan. Rainey will complete two runs on Friday, Saturday and Sunday to Goodwood’s bustling crowd.2022 220622JWDRP10956 preview

Wayne Rainey: 
“I was quite nervous about riding the YZR500, as when I rode the R1 it was all quite straightforward as the bikes these days have so much electronics on them but it’s a bit different with a 500cc Grand Prix bike! But, to be honest, it felt like an old friend. It was always a challenge to race the bike at that level, fighting for race wins and championships, but being here 30 years later, being able to get on the bike and ride it up the hill in a nice, easy gentle setting is fantastic. The bike was there for me back then and it’s there for me today, so I’m thrilled.

“I didn’t know what to expect, I couldn’t really go there as I had no idea what it would feel like but when I put my helmet on and they started the bike, I was like ‘it’s on’. Being able to ride up the hill and through the corners, looking down and seeing that I was on my Grand Prix bike again after all those years felt like I was in a completely different world, and to do it alongside those guys, Kenny, Kevin and Mick, I could not have asked more than sharing this experience with them. A huge thank you to the Duke of Richmond for having me and to Yamaha for taking the bike out of the museum and adapting it for me to ride.”

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2022 RED BULL ERZBERGRODEO SUCCESSFUL KTM TEAM In an extended weekend packed with action at the infamous Iron Giant in Austria, KTM enjoyed a vast amount of success at the 2022 edition of the iconic Red Bull Erzbergrodeo.

Ensuring a truly memorable return to the Red Bull Erzbergrodeo for KTM, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Manuel Lettenbichler claimed an emphatic victory at the 26th edition of the Red Bull Erzbergrodeo aboard his KTM 300 EXC.

After hitting the front of the race soon after the start, the young German maintained his lead right through to the checkered flag, securing his first ever win at the iconic Austrian event. In addition, Manuel’s victory marked his second consecutive FIM Hard Enduro World Championship race win of 2022 following victory in Serbia last month, his first international outing of the year after a lengthy lay-off following knee surgery.2022 RED BULL ERZBERGRODEO 3RD PLACE FOR TRYSTAN HARTFirst competing at the Erzbergrodeo back in 2014 when he became the event’s youngest finisher, in 2022 Mani not only topped the podium, but thanks to his father’s victory back in 2015, he also became the first and only rider to have shared race-winning success with his father. With Mani winning on the all-conquering KTM 300 EXC this year, it marked KTM’s 19th Red Bull Erzbergrodeo victory, the first coming thanks to the efforts of KTM-mounted South African Alfie Cox in 1995.

The iconic Iron Giant also served as the backdrop for the international launch of the new KTM 300 EXC ERZBERGRODEO special edition, which, in the highly capable hands of eight-time AMA GNCC Champion Kailub Russell, topped the time sheets of the qualifying Iron Road Prologue. Visiting the Red Bull Erzbergrodeo for the first time ever, Kailub gave the KTM 300 EXC ERZBERGRODEO an unforgettable debut outing, ahead of Mani’s history making main event win!2022 RED BULL ERZBERGRODEO IRON ROAD PROLOGUE WINNER KAILUB RUSSELL After a solid qualifying performance that saw him post the fifth fastest time on the Iron Road Prologue, Manuel Lettenbichler safely earned his front-row start for Sunday’s main race. A strong start off the line put Mani second into the first corner and after quickly making his way to the front, the KTM 300 EXC rider began to stretch a lead over the chasing pack.

As the first rider to face each and every section, Lettenbichler had to pick his own way through, creating his own lines through the ultra-technical terrain. Despite the disadvantage, Mani was able to maintain his lead and stay ahead of competition.

Exhausted, Lettenbichler successfully reached the famous finish line in just under three hours, having raced through some of the most gruelling sections seen on the FIM Hard Enduro calendar. Missing the first round of the FIM Hard Enduro World Championship due to recovering from surgery to his knee, Mani now has two wins from two starts in this year’s series and now lies third overall, trailing the championship leader by just five points.

Manuel Lettenbichler: "I think this year's race will definitely go down as one of the hardest editions in history, especially the sections that they changed overnight - none of us really knew what to expect and the organizers certainly delivered. To take the win means so much to me. After my dad did it in 2015, I always said I wanted to bring another winner's trophy back to the house and now I have done it! Another one ticked off the bucket list, that's for sure."2022 RED BULL ERZBERGRODEO WINNER MANUEL LETTENBICHLER

In only his second Red Bull Erzbergrodeo, FMF KTM Factory Racing’s Trystan Hart unquestionably made his mark on the world of hard enduro with his third-place finish – the first ever Canadian to podium at the Iron Giant and placing as one of only eight finishers in this year’s event. A tough start saw Hart battle past a number of riders to make his way to third place, but once there he was able to stick to a strong pace through the many tough sections on his way to the finish.

Although Trystan isn’t racing the full FIM Hard Enduro World Championship, he will line up for Red Bull Romaniacs, Red Bull TKO, and Red Bull Outliers later this season. The 25-year-old will undoubtedly be looking to mix it with the championship regulars once again.

Trystan Hart: “I set out to put Canada on the map and I think I managed to do that in style. They definitely stepped things up this year, we had walked a lot of the new sections, but as always, they changed them for the race, and some were near impossible. We all had a challenge today and I think if things had fallen a little differently, I could have been in contention for the win, but I’m so happy with third place and already looking forward to racing some more rounds of the Hard Enduro series.”end bike test


KTM PACKTALK EdgeThe KTM PACKTALK Edge is the top-of-the-range mobile communication and connectivity unit for riders and has been especially created for ‘orange bleeders’ ready to share their experiences whether ripping up the tarmac, terrorizing a trail or getting ruthless with a rut.

KTM’s alignment with Cardo Systems means the KTM PACKTALK Edge comes with a distinctive KTM color and graphic but many other attributes. First of all, the Bluetooth unit is water, dust and mudproof and comes with unique ‘Air Mount’ which means it can be quickly and easily magnet mounted to any helmet. Forget about tools and antennas also: the KTM PACKTALK Edge is as easy to handle as any KTM model.KTM PACKTALK Edge 2The Dynamic Mesh Communication (DMC) software means up to 15 bikes can hook-up to the same signal with an 8 km range (1.6 km rider to rider). Deep wideband intercom quality is fused with speaker excellence provided by renowned supplier JBL and a new generation of noise cancelling microphone. The mic itself benefits from the Natural Voice operation engine meaning the KTM PACKTALK Edge can be activated by a simple voice command. 13 hours of battery life comes courtesy of a 1-2 hour charging period (through a USB-C port) and full compatibility with KTMconnect or other App options.

Cardo Systems was established in 2004 and has pioneered the vast majority of innovations for Bluetooth motorcycle communication systems. In 2015 it introduced the world’s first mesh powered communication protocol into the motorcycle market. The company’s products, now available in over 100 countries, are the world’s leading communication devices for the motorcycle industry. KTM PACKTALK Edge 3Federico Valentini, KTM Head of Global Marketing: “Our alliance with Cardo means we can celebrate two things that are really important to us at KTM. The first is equipping KTM riders with leading technology to maximize their riding experience and we know that Cardo are one of the best partners to be able to achieve this. The KTM PACKTALK Edge is a great piece of kit that will really help make a difference to any shared trip with say a KTM DUKE or KTM ADVENTURE. The second is making sure that any journey with a KTM is as fun and thrilling and memorable as it can be. If this is done with friends or bike buddies then even better and where the KTM PACKTALK Edge becomes pretty indispensable.”

Shachar Harari, VP of Business Development at Cardo Systems: “It is an absolute pleasure to join forces with KTM to offer riders the most advanced PACKTALK EDGE KTM-branded device. As a motorcyclist, as soon as you see orange, your mind instantly knows it’s KTM. Alongside its broad range of powerwear, riders are able to express their brand loyalty all the way through to their communications device.”

The KTM PACKTALK Edge will be available from KTM and Cardo retailers from July onwards. Alternatively, it can be ordered directly from Cardo.
Please find further information about KTM PACKTALK Edge here.

KTM and Cardo PackTalk Essential info
// Special Edition KTM PACKTALK Edge of the Cardo Systems PACKTALK bold device
// Waterproof, dustproof, mudproof external unit attached with a magnetic system to any helmet
// High-end Bluetooth device with voice operated system and control, JBL-spec and quality speakers
// Connects up to 15 riders across an 8 km range
// Two hour fully charged for 13 hours talk timeend bike test


cq5dam.web.2000.2000 1Fresh N Lean Progressive Yamaha Racing’s Cameron Petersen put in a stellar ride to take his first victory with the team in a thrilling MotoAmerica Superbike Race 2 at Road America. Jake Gagne finished fourth despite challenging conditions in today’s shortened race in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.

Declared a wet race, riders shod their Superbikes with rain tires, but the 4.048-mile track started to dry out, making for tricky track conditions. Petersen matched his start from yesterday and was battling upfront straight away. It turned into a three-rider fight with several lead changes over the eight laps. The South African was shuffled to second at the start of that final lap, but he countered back to reclaim the lead in Turn 5 and then distanced himself from the competition. Petersen ultimately saved the best for last, setting the fastest lap of the race to secure his first win aboard the Attack Performance Yamaha R1 and also his second-career Superbike victory.cq5dam.web.2000.2000Gagne quickly recovered to fourth after a bad start from pole position in the challenging conditions. The reigning Superbike Champion put his head down but was unable to close the gap on the lead trio in the shortened race and finished comfortably in fourth to score valuable points for the championship. 

The Fresh N Lean Progressive Yamaha Racing Team returns to action in three-weeks time for Round 5 of the MotoAmerica Superbike Championship at The Ridge Motorsports Park in Shelton, Washington, on June 24-26.cq5dam.web.2000.2000 2

Richard Stanboli – Fresh N Lean Progressive Yamaha Racing Team Manager

“Our Yamaha R1s continue to set the standard, and I cannot say enough about the performance of the entire team. They did an amazing job ensuring that we remained a permanent fixture at the front of the field.

“Cameron did a great job this weekend racing at the front and winning Race 2. He has shown to be a quick study in any condition. Jake once again was the dominant force and the pace setter, but unfortunately, a bad start and a shortened race made it difficult for him to bridge the gap to the front group. We are looking forward to our next race at The Ridge, where last year we finished 1-2. Our goal is to repeat that result, and we will be working hard to achieve that.”cq5dam.web.2000.2000 3

Cameron Petersen – Fresh N Lean Progressive Yamaha Racing

“It was a wild race! I knew I had those two guys behind me, and we went back and forth a little bit. About four laps into the race, it was pretty scary on these wets (tires). We were spinning everywhere, all the way down the straightaway and just tucking the front everywhere. It was so much fun racing these guys, and I’m so stoked to get the win! I knew PJ (Jacobsen) might have the opportunity to draft me to the line, so I just did everything I could on that last lap. I had a few scary moments out there, but I wasn’t going to give up that easy. I wanted this so bad. Yesterday was a bit of a bummer, but to bounce back like this is incredible.

“The team once again did an amazing job. I’m just feeling at home on this motorcycle. This is the first weekend where I’ve really felt connected with the bike. Once again, I did it in sketchy conditions, so it would be nice to get a win in a dry race, but we’re chipping away at it every single weekend. I trust in the process, listen to what these guys have to tell me, and sooner or later, I know we will get there. I’m so happy right now. Let’s keep this rolling.”end bike test


20220605 rnf catalunya db 06 previewMonster Energy Yamaha MotoGP’s Fabio Quartararo stunned the MotoGP field this weekend, extending his championship lead after flying to a sensational victory at the Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya by over six seconds.  

After confirming a two-year contract extension with the Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP team on Thursday, Quartararo secured a commanding second win of the season on Sunday, taking the chequered flag 6.473 seconds clear of his nearest rival.  2022 MEYM GG14556 previewStarting the 24-lap Grand Prix from the front row, Quartararo made the perfect start, taking the lead on the long run to Turn one. Avoiding the opening turn collision, the French rider settled into his rhythm and instantly began to gap his rivals. Sitting comfortably ahead at the mid-way stage, the rider from Nice continued to push on, all while managing the drop of his Michelin medium rear tyre in the soaring Spanish sun.  

The 23-year-old controlled the race, setting consistent laps in the 1’40s, continued to grow the gap as he ran a lonely but faultless race. Quartararo crossed the line to take a career third GP victory in Barcelona, seeing him extend his series lead to 22 points.   2022 MEYM JRB2823 previewWithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team’s Darryn Binder secured more points in his debut season with a strong 12th in Barcelona. The South African started the race from the eighth row and capitalised on the first lap collision, finishing the opening tour in 13th.  

Working his way to the cusp of the top ten by lap 12, Binder found himself hard in battle with Jack Miller and his fellow rookie Remy Gardner. Working his way back up the order after relinquishing positions, the South African crossed the line in 12th place, narrowly missing out on top rookie and securing four World Championship points.  20220604 catalunya saturday ad 09 preview It was a challenging weekend for Italian Franco Morbidelli, who after a promising start on Friday, fought back into the points in 13th. Losing time in the opening corner after avoiding a collision, the number 21 rider dropped to the back of the field. Determined to score a positive result for the Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP team, who shared the event title sponsor, he then began his comeback through the field.

Pushing his way through to 16th, Morbidelli quickly worked his way into the points, passing Andrea Dovizioso and Pol Espargaro on lap 13. Pushing on, the Italian was unable to make any further headway, crossing the line in 13th, securing three crucial championship points. 

Andrea Dovizioso had a Catalan Grand Prix to forget after the Italian retired from the race on lap 16 due to an issue with the front tyre.  20220604 catalunya saturday ad 03 previewA maximum 25 points sees Fabio Quartararo extend his championship lead to 22 points, with 147 points in total. Franco Morbidelli heads to Germany in 19th with 22 points, as Darryn Binder moves into the top 20 with ten points. Andrea Dovizioso lies 22nd in the overall standings.  

After taking on the Catalan test on Monday, the MotoGP paddock will take a short break before heading to Sachsenring, Germany, for round ten at the shortest circuit on the calendar.  

Fabio Quartararo – Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP, 1st

"Being on the attack right from the start had to be the plan for today. Our pace was great, and I knew I had to manage my rear tyre, but I also knew that, if I got into first place, the race was going to be great. I braked super late in the first braking zone, and I thought that I was going to go super wide, but I managed to defend my position well. It was a really long race. I was leading from the first corner to the end, so this was a very constructive victory. Of course, I did feel a drop. I was pushing so hard in the opening laps, but I felt like I had more to give during this race. I had a bit of a margin left. I'm so happy to have this victory in the bag! I'm really satisfied. I'm feeling at my 100%, and I'm riding the bike like I was riding my scooter at home - it's mine! I love it, and I‘m enjoying it so much. I'm always improving on the bike and the really good thing is that I can think while riding and that is something really difficult when riding at that speed."

Darryn Binder – WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team, 12th

“It was a good race for me today. I knew that my Qualifying position yesterday didn’t really indicate what I was capable of. Anyway, I got off to quite a good start. I was a bit unsure during the race about how much to push in the beginning because I knew the tyre was going to wore off, but I wasn’t really sure about how much. I still had a really good race, I battled with some really big names that have achieved a lot, so I really enjoyed it a lot. Remy got the better of me on the last lap and I just didn’t have anything left to get back at him, but it was cool. Step by step I feel like I’m heading in the right direction. I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s test to try to improve on the soft tyre for Qualifying to get a better starting position, which should make my life easier on a Sunday.” end bike test


2023 KTM 450 SMRIf racing and premium performance improves the breed then the 2023 KTM 450 SMR is one of the company’s finest expression of pure motorcycling excellence. Even the quickest of glimpses at the latest version of this Supermoto ‘weapon’ shows a bike purposely chiselled to annihilate the asphalt.

In a discipline where tenths of a second and tens of centimetres make the difference in a lap-time or an overtaking move then the precision and the sheer razor-edged intent behind the2023 KTM 450 SMR is exactly what any Supermoto fan or racer needs.2023 KTM 450 SMR 3
The innovations start with the refined hydro-formed, laser-cut and robot-welded frame. Front-end focus and sensitivity and rear-end stability defines everything that is fast and strong on the Supermoto circuit. KTM have altered longitudinal and torsional flex (also through frame wall thickness) to make sure that feedback is acute and on-point as any rider – from novice to world championship-level racer – will demand. A revised shock mount enhances energy absorption and straight-line stability for 2023. The ‘anti squat’ concept translates to better acceleration and corner exit and is also achieved courtesy of the reposition of rotational masses and the new shock itself. The ‘inward’ located footrests augment the feeling that the 2023 KTM 450 SMR can be gripped, carried and pushed however far the rider wants to go. The polyamide reinforced aluminium 2-piece subframe is another ingredient for the overall greater handling effect with the bonus of superb strength. The flow of contact with the track surface comes spilling through the high-grade aluminium CNC-machined triple clamps which are newly applied with increased grip surface for less handlebar ‘twist’. 2023 KTM 450 SMR 1Sliding into turns has never felt easier but the added reassurance comes from expert degree of flex pouring forth from the diecast aluminium swingarm, new 22mm rear axle and the latest generation of WP XACT Suspension. AER 48mm forks have a split-damping function and simple tool-less adjusters among other advantages. The same practicality graces from the new shorter, lighter (but still with the same amount of travel) WP XACT rear shock, which is fully optimized with several significant upgrades to enable advanced damping characteristics. The WP XACT shock is the most progressive and capable system seen on a KTM Supermoto machine yet. 2023 KTM 450 SMR 7
Calculated millimetres on corner entry are made possible with high-powered 4-piston Brembo brakes with a 310mm front disc. A 220mm disc and single piston calliper will bring the rear end around nicely while it’s feted by the SUTER anti-hopping clutch and Brembo hydraulics that will let riders drift all the way ‘til they shift. 

Once the Metzeler Racetec SM K1 tires (with a large usage window and rapid warm-up times) have been abused into the apex, the unmistakable firepower of the 2023 KTM 450 SMR gets everything winding forward. The new SOHC engine is designed with mass centralization as the goal and blasts out 63 hp with the motor weighing just under 27 kg, almost half a kilo less than the previous edition. The engine itself has been tilted back and the sprocket dropped by 3mm with new cylinder internals and crankshaft optimization as other markers of the 2023 set-up. PANKL Racing Systems have supplied a redesigned 5-speed gearbox with a new transmission ratio. Another feature is the fresh Quickshift sensor on the shift drum for clutch-less upshifts (which can also be disabled through the handlebar switch). The Keihin Engine Management System will administer the traction control, launch control and quickshift actions and the ability to flick between 2 customizable engine maps. 2023 KTM 450 SMR 6Throwing the whole package into place on-track is now simpler with new ergonomics and the sculpted rider ‘triangle’ that permits an even better contact points between motorcycle and user. A recessed grip ‘pocket’ under the seat is another example of the fine-tuned practicality. There won’t be better or harder-looking bike on the track than the 2023 KTM 450 SMR. The 1990s-derived splash of purple adds to the READY TO RACE graphic vibe together with the flat orange seat and white tail. 2023 KTM 450 SMR 4
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FC 250 2023 2DESIGNED FROM THE GROUND UP WITH INNOVATIVE ENGINEERING TECHNIQUES THE FC AND TC MOTOCROSS MODELS CONTINUE TO OUTPERFORM THE COMPETITION

Continuing to deliver true motocross performance, the all-new 2023 Husqvarna Motorcycles’ TC and FC models further enhance the on-track riding experiences of all riders. Highly capable of competing at the highest levels of racing as standard, technical advancements across the five-motorcycle-strong range include new engines, suspension, frames, swingarms, and bodywork. Each of the 2-stroke and 4-stroke machines receive tailored developments for maximum performance.FC 250 2023Strengthening their positions as the leading 2-strokes on the market, the TC 125 and TC 250 are now equipped with Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI) and E-Start as standard. The throttle body fuel injection system ensures class-leading power and rideability, as well as enhancing reliability, and lowering overall running costs. Both machines are now easily started with the simple press of a button. These significant enhancements underline the continued evolution of these popular models, which set the benchmark for premium motocross machinery in the highly competitive 2-stroke sectorFC 250 2023 2 2The 2023 FC 250 and FC 350 are powered by all-new 4-stroke engines that are designed to be faster, lighter, and play a vital role in enhancing overall handling. Utilising the latest technology and electronic rider aids, these models remain at the forefront of motocross machinery development alongside the FC 450, which features a revised and repositioned engine to improve mass centralisation.

All machines in the motocross line-up are engineered to outperform the competition. Expertly assembled with high quality components for enhanced performance, reliability, and customisation, the FC and TC models are equipped with WP suspension for unsurpassed comfort and straight-line stability. The new WP XACT 48 mm front forks offer more progressive end-of-stroke damping thanks to an improved hydrostop. In addition, the WP XACT rear shock is designed with a refined main piston for improved comfort and features tool-free adjusters for fast setting changes. Complete with ProTaper handlebars, a Brembo clutch, and Dunlop tyres, each model is equipped with a map select switch for selectable engine maps and a personalised riding experience.TC 125 2023 2

What is new for 2023:

New bodywork with specifically tailored ergonomics for easier movement on the motorcycle

New hydro-formed chromium-molybdenum frames significantly improve anti-squat behaviour

New topology-optimised die-cast aluminium swingarm provides optimal rigidity and low weight

New throttle body fuel injection on 2-stroke engines ensures class-leading power and rideability

New FC 250 and FC 350 DOHC engines deliver class-leading torque and peak power

New Quickshift sensor ensures seamless upshifting on all 4-stroke models

New electric start on both 2-stroke models

New aluminium-polyamide hybrid subframe construction provides specifically calculated rigidity and advanced durability

New WP XACT 48 mm front forks with AER technology offer more progressive end-of-stroke damping

New WP XACT rear shock design with CFD-optimised main piston and tool-free adjusters

New multifunctional Map Select Switch also activates the Quickshifter, Traction, and Launch Control

High-performance Brembo hydraulic clutch system

Premium-quality ProTaper handlebars

Electric start powered by a lightweight Li-Ion 2.0 Ah batteryTC 125 TC 250 FC 250 FC 350 FC 450A competition-focused range of Technical Accessories and Apparel accompanies the release of all 2023 TC and FC machines. Included within the collection of high-quality components designed to improve performance and reliability are wheels, triple clamps, an exhaust, as well as many protective parts. For comfort, safety, and style, the Apparel Collection ensures riders of all abilities are fully equipped for every ride. Offering a full head-to-toe range that includes protective equipment and riding gear for all racers, all designs truly compliment Husqvarna Motorcycles’ 2023 TC and FC models.

The 2023 motocross range is available worldwide from now onwards at all authorised Husqvarna Motorcycles Dealers. Availability may differ from country to country. For details on pricing and availability, please refer to your national Husqvarna Motorcycles subsidiary or importer.TC 125 TC 250 2023 2end bike test


 

 

 

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