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2024 KTM 450 SMR 4The KTM 450 SMR is the bar of reference for Supermoto. It is the only choice for riders seeking an escape from the limits of the road, for dirt bikers that want to feel an exhilarating drift (but on the asphalt), for those that want the ideal ‘training tool’ or Supermoto racers craving to lead the pack.2024 KTM 450 SMR 5
Austria’s own Lukas Höllbacher took his KTM 450 SMR to the 2022 AMA Supermoto title and fought until the last moments for the FIM World Championship. Höllbacher’s track feats and feedback rolled into the serial production version of KTM’s latest and best definition of the ultimate Supermoto racer. In 2023 he will again be on the attack with the 2024 KTM 450 SMR and riders can now get their hands on the same model. The 2024 incarnation has been given a fresh new splash of color using in-mold technology for the bodywork. KTM orange, white, and black create an attractive blur at speed but there is also the distinctive streak of purple, inspired by 1990 KTM bikes barreling around international racetracks.2024 KTM 450 SMR 1
Elsewhere here is what makes the SMR package so competitive

Surge forwards with the 450 cc SOHC engine that fires out 63 hp and with longer service intervals. At less than 27 kg, the powerplant is a masterpiece of power-to-weight engineering. A 44 mm Keihin throttle body brings in the fun and gauges the right response while the SUTER slipper clutch adds another important way to modulate lap-time speed.

Ultimate handling thanks to centralization of the motor and chassis within the hydro-formed, laser-cut and robot-welded frame. The compact construction has just the right amount of longitudinal rigidity and flex to provide superb feedback, energy absorption and straight-line stability. The reinforced aluminum subframe weighs in at 1.815 kg and was generated from computational dynamic studies: sensitivity, robustness and reliability were the parameters. The hollow, die-cast aluminum swingarm is another remarkable contributor to the 2024 KTM 450 SMR’s experience along with a NEKEN aluminum handlebar and CNC machined triple clamps (rubber damped for less vibration) to put every single vital meter of the racetrack right into the rider’s hands.2024 KTM 450 SMR 2 Pivot on a dime with dependable suspension. 48 mm WP XACT split front fork have AER technology for progressive and consistent damping, especially in the last 40 mm of travel. Count on quick access click adjusters for compression and rebound. The WP XACT shock is small, light, and fixed with the frame geometry for better ground clearance of the linkage system. The XACT unit is one of the most advanced pieces of hardware to emerge from the WP Suspension factory lines. Like the fork, the shock’s compression and rebound can be configured without the need for tools.

Easy life for the racer thanks to specialist features such as the electric start, the tool-less air filter for simple replacement, a performance-designed airbox, a flat and high seat (with a high-grip cover) to accommodate control at any angle and a large polythene 7.2 liter fuel tank, meaning more miles at speed. Carefully engineered footpegs with a larger surface area but revised integration into the frame; they are optimized for tarmac and the varying conditions of the terrain.2024 KTM 450 SMR

Run to the limit of the corners with heavy-duty Brembo brakes. The 4-piston radial caliper will clamp the 310 mm front disc at the merest stroke of the lever while a single piston unit grabs the 220 mm rear disc to set off those time-saving drifts.

Move the 2024 KTM 450 SMR how you want thanks to the acute ‘triangle’ ergonomics, that focus on centralization and putting the rider in the ideal attack position. Front end control but rear end confidence is the default ‘setting’ for the 2024 KTM 450 SMR and the various contact points from the carefully designed bodywork play their part.

Own the track with a raft of special race-orientated details such as two selectable engine maps, launch control, traction control and the Quickshifter, all administered by a 44 mm Keihin engine management system. LED hour meters and Fuel Injection status and a Roll Over Sensor are included. The ROS detects the position of the bike in the event of a crash and automatically kills the engine in a nod towards improved safety.

Tire tech that won’t let you down. Metzeler Racetec SM K1 Supermoto rubber heats up quickly and boasts a large performance scale in terms of temperature range and different states of asphalt. The tires are fitted to high strength but light ALPINA alloy rims with CNC machined hubs.

Open your mind. The 2024 KTM 450 SMR invites riders to eat the chrono and question their own capabilities. READY TO RACE has rarely been more acutely applied to any KTM model. This year there won’t be any excuses.2024 KTM 450 SMR 6

2024 KTM 450 SMR Technical Highlights

// Purposeful orange, black, white and purple race trim livery with black coated frame and menacing black wheels
// 63 hp SOHC engine package weighing less than 27 kg and prioritizing centralization thanks to altered positioning in the frame. Easily serviceable
// Two engine map options, launch control, traction control and Quickshifter as well as SUTER slipper clutch for maximum control
// Compact, light and innovative chassis for the best feeling, traction and handling
// First class WP XACT fork with AER technology and XACT shock: small, condensed and fully adjustable hardware to quickly refine track set-up
// High-quality Brembo brakes with 4-piston radially mounted caliper and 310 mm front and 220 mm rear discs for potent stopping power
// READY TO RACE details for a pure track-based machine: 16.5/17” wheels, Metzeler tires, ODI lock-on grips, tool-less air filter access, light and optimized footpegs
// Unbeatable ergonomics that place all the stability and poise of the 2024 KTM 450 SMR at the rider’s fingertips for both front end grip and rear end confidence

The 2024 KTM 450 SMR will be sliding through Authorized KTM dealer showrooms from May 2023.

P90504647 lowRes bmw r 18 roctane 05 The BMW R 18 Roctane will be available in South Africa from the third quarter of 2023.

The new BMW R 18 Roctane is the fifth member of the R 18 family - cruising and touring in custom bagger style.

The new R 18 Roctane joins the R 18, R 18 Classic, R 18 B and R 18 Transcontinental as the fifth member of the R 18 family. Once again, it harks back to the history and tradition of BMW Motorrad and combines state-of-the-art motorcycle technology with the design and charm of times gone by.P90503462 lowRes bmw r 18 roctane desBoth technically and visually, the BMW R 18 borrows from famous BMW models such as the BMW R 5 and puts the focus back on the essentials of motorcycling: Purist, no-frills technology and the boxer engine as the epicentre of riding pleasure. Classic design and clear, yet contemporary technology merge to form a fascinating overall concept. This combination delivers a unique emotional riding experience and the model is characterised by skilfully staged design language with a rear section in so-called “streamlining design”.

The most powerful BMW boxer engine of all time delivers beefy torque in black metallic matt finish and features black high-gloss covers as well as exhaust system and star counter nuts in dark chrome.P90503463 lowRes bmw r 18 roctane desThe heart of the new BMW R 18 Roctane is the familiar 2-cylinder flat twin engine, the “big boxer”. Not only thanks to its impressive looks, but also its technical specifications, the engine of the new R 18 Roctane, finished in Avus black metallic matt and with black high-gloss covers, harks back to the traditional air-cooled boxer engines that have provided an exhilarating riding experience for more than seven decades since BMW Motorrad began manufacturing motorcycles in 1923. The most powerful 2-cylinder boxer engine ever built in motorcycle series production boasts an engine capacity of 1,802 cc. It generates an output of 67 kW at 4,750 rpm. In the 2,000 to 4,000 rpm range, it delivers more than 150 Nm of torque at all times as well as elemental pulling power and sonorous sound. The black engine is perfectly matched by the dark chrome exhaust system and the star counter nuts.

Double-loop tube frame made of steel and rear swinging arm with enclosed axle drive in rigid-frame design.P90503464 lowRes bmw r 18 roctane desA double-loop tubular steel frame is at the heart of the chassis of the new R 18 Roctane. Its design perpetuates the longstanding BMW Motorrad tradition of this frame type. The particularly high manufacturing quality and attention to detail are also evident in barely perceptible details such as the welded joints between steel tubes and cast or forged parts. Like the legendary BMW R 5, the rear swinging arm, which is manufactured in a similar design, encloses the rear axle drive in the same style using bolted connections.P90503581 lowRes bmw r 18 roctane stuTelescopic forks with fork tubes, cantilever suspension strut and alloy wheels sizes 21 inches at the front and 18 inches at the rear as well as disc brakes.

The suspension elements of the new BMW R 18 Roctane deliberately feature no electronic adjustment options. Instead, telescopic forks and a directly linked central sprint strut with travel-dependent damping and adjustable spring preload ensure superior wheel guidance and responsive suspension comfort. As in the legendary BMW R 5, the fixed tubes of the telescopic forks are encased in fork sleeves. The fixed fork tube diameter is 49 mm, suspension travel is 120 mm at the front and 90 mm at the rear. The new BMW R 18 Roctance is decelerated by a twin disc brake at the front and a single disc brake at the rear in conjunction with four-piston fixed calipers. The alloy wheels give the bike a stylish look. 3.5 x 21" at the front with 120/70 B 21 tyres as and 5.5 x 18" at the rear with 180/55 B 18 tyres.P90503582 lowRes bmw r 18 roctane stuWell-balanced ergonomics with two-level seat, footboards, gearshift paddle and high handlebars.

The new BMW R 18 Roctance features a casual, so-called “mid-mounted footpeg” position of the footrests, entirely in keeping with the BMW Motorrad philosophy. This classic position behind the cylinders is not only typical of BMW, it also allows a relaxed and active riding position for optimally controlling the motorcycle. The R 18 Roctane features a two-level seat that tapers slimly towards the rear, with rear passenger straps, and is equipped with running boards in conjunction with a gearshift paddle. The high, black-coated handlebars ensure an upright and relaxed riding position.P90503584 lowRes bmw r 18 roctane stuCases in the respective motorcycle paintwork and windshield as Original BMW Motorrad Accessories. Three attractive paintwork finishes.

The new R 18 Roctane is ideally equipped for laid-back cruising and touring thanks to cases painted in the colour of the bike. The cases offer 27 litres of luggage space each. For longer tours, the new R 18 Roctane can be equipped with a windshield with auxiliary headlights and suspended turn indicator lights from the Original BMW Motorrad Accessories range.

The new R 18 Roctane features black paintwork as standard. Mineral grey metallic matt and Manhattan metallic matt paint finishes are available as optional equipment.P90503589 lowRes bmw r 18 roctane stuThree riding modes as well as ASC and engine drag control are standard equipment and ensure high-level riding fun and safety. Reversing aid, Hillstart Control and heated grips are available as optional equipment ex factory.

In order to meet individual customer needs, the new R 18 Roctane also features the three riding modes “Rain”, “Roll” and “Rock” as standard, which is unusual in this segment. The standard equipment also includes ASC (Automatic Stability Control), which ensures a high level of riding safety. In addition, the new R 18 Roctane is equipped with engine drag torque control as standard. In addition to other options, a reversing aid makes manoeuvring a comfortable affair and the Hill Start Control function makes starting off uphill easy. The heated grips, which are also available as optional equipment ex factory, keep your hands warm on cold days.P90503602 lowRes bmw r 18 roctane stuThe new R 18 Roctane: The “big boxer” with rigid frame look, modern technology and authentic materials in custom bagger style. Headlight with integrated, classic-design round instrument.

The R 18 Roctane skilfully reinterprets the iconic styling of past eras in custom bagger style and many details reflect the purist design that was primarily shaped by classics such as the BMW R 5. Functional and style-defining elements such as the double-loop tube frame, the pear-drop fuel tank or the open propeller shaft drive are reminiscent of the legendary 1936 boxer. The classic body parts of the R 18 Roctane, such as the fuel tank, front and rear wheel covers or headlight housing, are also made of metal - just as befits an authentic classic. The suspension is likewise aptly reminiscent of the legendary R 5. Together with the double-sided swinging arm and a cantilever suspension strut, the rigid frame layout of the R 5 has been perfectly transferred to modern times.P90503591 lowRes bmw r 18 roctane stuWherever the eye wanders, lovingly designed technology can be seen in every detail. This also applies to the headlight with the integrated, classically designed round instrument. The legendary BMW R 5 from 1936 – and from then on almost all BMW motorcycles until the early 1970s – featured this characteristic combination. The new BMW R 18 Roctane now revives this tradition – with state-of-the-art technology but contemporary design. The “BERLIN BUILT” lettering on the dial is a reference to the bike’s origin. The new R 18 Roctane is also manufactured at the BMW Motorrad plant in Berlin-Spandau.

Conversion-friendly architecture for easy customising and optimal individualisation.

Like all other R 18 family members, the new R 18 Roctane offers a very conversion-friendly architecture, which was already the focus when the basic design of the R 18 series was being conceived. In addition the visible valve covers (cylinder head covers) and the chest cover (engine housing cover) are designed in such a way that they are located outside the oil chamber, making them very easy to change.P90503593 lowRes bmw r 18 roctane stuThe highlights of the new BMW R 18 Roctane:

Iconic style thanks to the use of modern technology and authentic materials.

Biggest ever BMW boxer engine with a capacity of 1,802 cc.

Output 67 kW at 4, 750 rpm, maximum torque 158 Nm at 3,000 rpm.

More than 150 Nm available at all times from 2,000 to 4,000 rpm.

Open propeller shaft drive based on the classic role model.

Exhaust system and star counter nuts in Dark Chrome.

Elaborately manufactured double loop tubular steel frame.

Rear swinging arm with enclosed axle drive in rigid-frame design.

Telescopic forks with sleeves and cantilever suspension strut featuring travel-dependent damping.

Well-balanced ergonomics with high handlebars ensure relaxed riding and optimum control.

Front and rear disc brakes and cast alloy wheels, 21-inch at front and 18-inch at rear.

Side covers with emblem.

Headlight housing with integrated classic round instrument.

State-of-the-art LED lighting technology, classically interpreted.

Adaptive headlight for even better illumination of the road when cornering as optional equipment ex-factory.

Keyless Ride for convenient activation of functions remotely (ignition on/off).

Manual steering lock (with key): Locking on the righ-hand side of the handlebar tube:

Cases locked manually (with key).

Three riding modes as well as ASC and engine drag control as standard.

Reversing aid for convenient manoeuvring and Hill Start Control for easy hill starts as optional equipment ex factory.

Heated grips, anti-theft alarm, TPM and 35 kW version as optional equipment ex factory.

Extensive range of optional equipment and Original BMW Motorrad Accessories as well as a laid-back Ride & Style Collection.P90504654 lowRes bmw r 18 roctane 05

2023 KTM 890 SMT Sharper, sleeker, sportier. Take a touch of touring, a pinch of unbeatable tarmac performance and a large vivid spice of Supermoto legacy and serve with speed: KTM is delighted to reintroduce the KTM SMT back to the table. No compromises and no catches. This regeneration of a KTM icon will sweep all highway traffic aside.

Imagine the ultimate Supermoto ‘play weapon’ but also a bike that boasts a number of technical features and additions necessary for extended touring capabilities: you can attack the hill but also know that the bike will take you much further. 2023 KTM 890 SMT 1
Essential information:

  • KTM 890 SMT back in the spotlight with re-tuned KTM 890 LC8c platform and developed to hit marks at the top of the Supermoto touring segment for power/torque-to-weight ratio.
  • A street focused chassis, adjustable suspension, premium tires and brakes, and other components elevate this purposeful model between KTM ADVENTURE and KTM STREET product ranges. The perfect foil for hill passes but then the road that lies thereafter.
  • The 2023 KTM 890 SMT is relaunched with fanfare and pulsating ‘hill climb’ concept in the hands of former AMA Superbike and Supermoto racer Chris Fillmore.

2023 KTM 890 SMT 2The only way is up. The racing skills of former AMA Superbike and Supermoto ace Chris Fillmore were an apt conduit to display the potential and the limits of the reimagined KTM 890 SMT. The American, and Pikes Peak winner, throttled the Supermoto-tourer along a Sardinian Mountain climb to show petrol heads and the motorcycle industry what they had been missing – and what they had been waiting for. 

Fillmore gassed the super-torquey 889cc LC8c parallel twin and counted on 105 hp at 8,000 rpm. The engine is the same platform behind the enviable stats and output of the KTM 890 ADVENTURE R model and variations: with a 20% increase in rotating mass over the KTM 790 platform, providing stability and reassurance through corners, the knock control and 46 mm dual Dell’Orto throttle bodies guaranteeing optimum momentum while the fuel consumption from the 15.8 liter tank is fantastically low at 4.6 liters/100 km. The KTM 890 SMT is just as happy pushed through low revs as pinned in higher gears, in fact Fillmore used the full range of the KTM 790 DUKE’s motor to ace his second Pikes Peak hill climb record in Colorado. 2023 KTM 890 SMT 3The tank itself plays a forceful role in the ergonomics and has been slimmed and designed specifically for the KTM 890 SMT. The form of the tank slides the rider even further ‘into’ the bike with a wide and comfy contact patch but still compact enough for free and flowing movement (aided by the single piece Supermoto shaped seat at 860 mm height). The aero-optimized smoked windshield is placed just above the double fender concept with a low splash guard on the fork legs. Cruise or attack? 

Chassis-wise the KTM 890 SMT has a CroMo steel frame with a tighter geometry that apes the KTM ADVENTUREs. The structure is typically light and superbly agile on the move but also ensures fierce stability the faster a rider pushes. The shock absorber is angled further to reduce the seat height and accommodate the longer swingarm, contributing to a forwardly inclined rider position as well as straight stability. 2023 KTM 890 SMT 4
Feeling the KTM 890 SMT on the go is a prime experience: agile, flighty and responsive. The WP APEX suspension (43 mm open cartridge upside-down forks at 180 mm of travel and same for the shock) is fully adjustable and complements the 17” wheels. The Michelin PowerGP tires supply more than enough stick for the slickest tarmac and have been especially selected for their specs and appropriateness for the KTM 890 SMT’s demands. The state of the art 5” TFT dashboard is made from optically bonded mineral glass and is scratch and glare resistant and fully customizable while divulging the easy-to-use infographic menu system for setup preferences. 

The bike can be molded even further. The three standard ride modes (RAIN, STREET, SPORT) can be expanded by an optional TRACK setting that permits the rider to toggle different amounts of throttle modes and traction control through 10 levels. Cornering Motorcycle Traction Control (MTC) is an important safety feature sensitive to the bikes’ pitch and behavior at lean. Try six different handlebar positions with a 30 mm range. The whole show can slide and be wrenched to a halt with potent brakes, with four piston calipers spinning a 320 mm front disc and 260 mm double piston calipers on the rear. Putting this stopping power into action employs Cornering ABS and Supermoto ABS; placing both technically advanced provisions into the mix for an excellent safety profile. 2023 KTM 890 SMT 5More add-ons include heated grips and the chance to add Motor Slip Regulation (MSR, ideal for better control in low grip situations and for fast downshifts) to the software package. QUICKSHIFTER+ and Cruise Control are optional and ready to go with a simple activation process. Good connectivity with the bike means full access to navigation possibilities, and the advantages of the KTMconnect App include (roadside assistance, owner manuals, digital service booklet for service and maintenance). 

It would be very ‘backmarker-ish’ not to mention the looks. The KTM 890 SMT says a lot with its Supermoto tourer style, from the wheels to the sporty graphics. The SMT cuts a sharp profile and will be impossible to miss and harder to outgun on the road. As ever, don’t forget the encompassing collection of KTM PowerParts (accessories and TRACK and TECH Packs) and KTM PowerWear to look the part on the hill, the highway or any hike to KTM 890 SMT happiness. 2023 KTM 890 SMT 6
2023 KTM 890 SMT Highlights

// KTM 890 LC8c reworked for special sport touring emphasis and the next generation of the KTM 890 SMT thanks to 100 Nm of Torque and 105 hp with unbeatable power delivery 
// A chassis ideal for the perfect Supermoto-tourer that achieves the desirable pitch between aggression and chilled cruising with a sportier feel 
// Frame, engine, wheels, WP APEX suspension all tweaked for lithe performance 
// Blast the gradient of any hill climb with Cornering MTC, Cornering ABS and Supermoto ABS all applicable thanks to premium bike behavior functionality. More customization possible with adjustable Suspension and TRACK mode options 
// Performance with function: get excited by the tech specs and then revel in the touring aspect of the bike with elements such as the 5” advanced TFT dashboard, Michelin PowerGP tires and optional QUICKSHIFTER+ and Cruise Control among other add-ons 
// LED lights, eye-catching styling, 17” wheels and KTM 890 SMT spirit from the first throttle roll

Beat a path to any authorized KTM dealer from April 2023 to order or lay your gloves on the KTM 890 SMT.

The KTM 890 SMT will not be available in North America for model year 20232023 KTM 890 SMT 7

2024 KTM SX RANGEFollowing the introduction of the completely renewed 2023 KTM SX range, the 2024 KTM motocross range lines up at the gate with reworked suspension settings and a fresh new look.2024 KTM SX RANGE 5Sleeker, slimmer, and engineered to provide riders with unmatched levels of control, the 2023 KTM SX range of motocross superiority shot onto the podium as the most innovative and highest-performing READY TO RACE production motocross machines ever built.2024 KTM SX RANGE 1As a recap, the 2023 KTM SX range debuted a completely redesigned chassis built around a hydro-formed, laser-cut, and robot-welded frame, a 2-piece polyamide reinforced aluminum subframe, and a hollow, die-cast aluminum swingarm.

Designed and constructed with specifically calculated parameters of longitudinal and torsional flex, the frame provides exceptional rider feedback, energy absorption, and straight-line stability at speed.2024 KTM SX RANGE 2For 2024, the KTM SX and SX-F range retains these advancements, with the addition of renewed suspension settings focused on improving bike balance and comfort. These improvements are also significantly noticeable when it comes to cornering agility.

At the rear, a WP XACT rear shock provides advanced damping characteristics for unsurpassed traction and energy absorption, while up front, the 48 mm WP XACT front fork provides improved bottoming-out resistance, and damping, and allows the fork to stay lower and more planted on initial acceleration after a hard landing.2024 KTM SX RANGE 3Ergonomically, the 2024 KTM SX and SX-F range retains a best-in-class rider triangle, resulting in exceptional knee contact, especially when standing on the pegs. This, along with added contact surfaces on the bodywork, and a flat seat profile, improves overall handling, agility, and confidence.

Above the surface, an all-new graphics set takes center stage, which like the previous year, takes inspiration from the early 1990s. The designers of the 2024 CTG used purple as a highlight color as a nod to when purple was a predominant hue in the KTM signature styling. However, orange, and white tones still dominate the overall look and are applied using time-proven in-mold technology.2024 KTM SX RANGE 4Armed with the 2022 MX2 Championship trophy, more forgiving suspension, unmatched performance, and cutting-edge technology within easy reach for riders of all ages and riding levels, the 2024 KTM SX and SX-F range continues its assault on motocross competition.

2024 KTM XC RANGEThe KTM XC and XC-F range enters the 2024 model year with a line-up of READY TO RACE machines representing the ultimate in Cross Country excellence, complete with all-new suspension.

With almost a decade's worth of back-to-back championships, KTM is no stranger to winning premier cross-country racing titles. For 2024, the KTM XC and XC-F range is set to continue that trend with a line-up of precision machines built to deliver trophies.2024 KTM XC RANGE 1At the top of the range, the KTM 450 XC-F dominates the 4-stroke stable, with the equally impressive KTM 350 XC-F and KTM 250 XC-F rounding off the line-up. These are flanked by three 2-stroke models, namely the KTM 125 XC, KTM 250 XC, and the new open-class contender, the KTM 300 XC.

All 2024 XC and XC-F models benefit from Electronic Fuel Injection, along with a map select switch as standard, while the 4-stroke XC-F range gets additional Traction Control, Launch Control, and Quickshifter features.2024 KTM XC RANGE 3The biggest improvement to the 2024 KTM XC and XC-F range comes by way of the suspension.

Upfront, an all-new WP XACT Closed Cartridge fork provides faster and more consistent damping characteristics, thanks to a new mid-valve piston concept that optimizes the oil flow within the cartridge. This setup avoids unwanted foaming of oil which can lead to an unwanted change of damping characteristics and less consistent damping behaviour.2024 KTM XC RANGE 5This is further improved with a new hydro stop in the last 68 mm of the stroke which aids in maintaining maximum reserves in extreme riding situations. Revised fork protection rings also provide increased protection against dirt intrusion for improved reliability. The new WP XACT Closed Cartridge fork retains its 48 mm of diameter, while the total length is now 940 mm, and the total stroke has now 300mm travel.

On the rear, the WP XACT rear shock provides advanced damping characteristics for unsurpassed traction and energy absorption. It also features less overall length and less weight compared to the previous generation while keeping the suspension travel unchanged with 300 mm.

From an adjustability standpoint, both ends feature easy-to-use hand clickers that allow riders to change settings on the fly without needing any special tools.2024 KTM XC RANGE 6The 2024 KTM cross-country range of motorcycles is a confidence-inspiring line-up catering to riders at any level. With dramatically improved handling characteristics, easy suspension adjustment, and the very latest in dirt bike technology, the 2024 KTM XC and XC-F range sets the standard when it comes to competitive cross-country racing.

The all-new 2024 KTM XC and XC-F range will be available at authorized KTM dealers from April 2023 onwards.

PR ISDE 2023The continent and the time zone may have changed but the demands, prestige and high-level competition of the world’s oldest race remains the same. KTM are once again proud to be an official partner of the International Six Days Enduro in San Juan from November 6-11 and offer a first-class on-the-ground READY TO RACE service as well as the chance to rent the new KTM 350 EXC-F SIX DAYS model. Places for both options can now be booked through an online platform.

After an exhilarating run through Le Puy En Velay, France last summer the ISDE, now onto its 97th edition, will break new terrain in San Juan, Argentina for the first return to South America since 2018 and back to the famous wine region itself since 2014. More than 30 nations are expected to gather to take the challenge to reigning International Trophy holders - United Kingdom - and KTM is ready to deploy its comprehensive ISDE Race Service to keep orange machinery at the top of the results sheets.Any rider lining-up in Argentina can rent and throttle the latest KTM 350 EXC-F SIX DAYS, the sole motorcycle to make the trip to South America on this occasion. This championship-winning class leader is available to hire for the duration of the event and with transportation and insurance costs included in the fee. Racers can channel their inner Josep Garcia with this superb blend of agile handling and versatile engine performance.PR ISDE 2023 1For those rolling into San Juan with their own KTM EXC, KTM’s ISDE Race Service is an encompassing facility that is present around the course. Racers can focus 100% on their lines and times and leave the rest to the KTM ground crew. Signing up means the following benefits: access to the service stations, technical instructions and assistance for the whole event (as permitted by FIM rules), tools for maintenance, liquids and lubricants (Motorex, engine oil, cooling liquid, chain spray and petrol), daily race updates for settings and event information, WP Suspension support, storage boxes (gloves, goggles, tires and other items), emergency assistance (spares, tools, liquids, petrol, drinks, snacks), spare parts service (cost of the parts is not included), one air filter per day, a bike service after the pre-ride (before technical control), chilled drinks during race week and daily meal (TBC).

To reserve a KTM 350 EXC-F SIX DAYS to race or a slot in the KTM ISDE Race Service simply access this online platform. Bookings can be confirmed with a credit card payment.

EM9N AUeKF7BcawPBSBjanLast year, Yamaha Motor announced its Jin-Ki Kanno x Jin-Ki Anzen Safety Vision, which aims to create a world free of accidents together with our customers. The three pillars of the approach are: 1) Technology that assists with rider recognition, judgment, operation, and damage mitigation, 2) Skills, in which we encourage improvement of users’ riding skills, and 3) Connectivity, where the Cloud is used to provide feedback for safety initiatives. To highlight the Technology pillar in this issue, we spoke with the developers of the Advanced Motorcycle Stabilization Assist System (AMSAS). As it is naturally linked to Jin-Ki Anzen, we asked about its aims and the value it offers.

A Rider Aid to Enhance Stability with Starts and at Low SpeedsBv1pP4WaqyP83b8VZ06kBaAccidents involving motorcycles have been attributed primarily to recognition errors (10%), decision errors (17%), and operation errors (5%) on the part of the rider. Data also indicates that approximately 70% of motorcycle accidents occur within two seconds of the trigger leading to the accident. Based on these analyses of accident causes, Yamaha Motor’s development of rider aids is underway according to four vectors: assisted danger prediction, damage prevention and assisted defensive riding, assisted evasive riding maneuvers, and damage mitigation.2pfhLIcP4P9B4Pq1leQp4yUnveiled last year, AMSAS stabilizes a vehicle’s attitude at low speeds by controlling drive forces and steering forces. “[Its most distinctive feature is] its approach to use an arrangement highly applicable to existing vehicles since it does not require any modifications to the frame,” says Project Leader Akitoshi Suzuki. The prototype system under development uses a production YZF-R25 for its platform and is equipped with a 6-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) along with drive and steering actuators.E9X3QTO3aeH99n0NM uNKAMSAS is a rider aid that focuses on the instability a motorcycle experiences when starting off or when riding at low speeds, and works to enhance the stability of the vehicle during these moments. “When starting or stopping, the drive actuator fitted to the front wheel aids with stability, and from there up to about 5 km/h, the steering actuator attached to the handlebars takes over,” explains Suzuki. Through the coordination of the two, the mid-development AMSAS prototype vehicle can move at walking speeds without falling over, regardless of the skill level of the rider aboard.

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Yamaha Motor once made headlines when it unveiled the MOTOBOT—an autonomous motorcycle-riding humanoid robot—and MOTOROiD, a proof-of-concept experimental motorcycle equipped with AI and self-balancing technology. “The R&D for AMSAS began with the idea of bringing the technologies and know-how acquired through developing these two models to customers around the world,” says Suzuki.

Jun Sakamoto, who handles safety strategy at Yamaha, explains the value AMSAS aims to offer: “It’s to create conditions where the rider can focus more on operating their bike, so that everyone can enjoy that sense of being one with your machine. By providing an assist when the bike is more unstable and requires skill to operate, we want to deliver fun rooted in peace of mind to a wide range of riders.”

450SR Global Media Launch 4The CFMOTO 450SR made its European debut in Istanbul, Turkey at the Intercity Istanbul Park over the weekend of the 18th of March 2023, providing the media with the ideal location to get to grips with the Chinese manufacturer’s flagship sports bike.

Bristling with quality components, eye-catching design details, and real-world versatility, the CFMOTO 450SR ticks a wide range of boxes. From a performance standpoint, it blends lightweight agility and sporty ergonomics with a potent 450 cc twin-cylinder powerplant, while its sporty design reveals its track-ready intentions. 450SR Global Media LaunchTechnology isn’t lacking either, with the CFMOTO 450SR boasting intelligent ABS, a fully digital 5” curved TFT display with Bluetooth connectivity, and wind-tunnel-guided aerodynamics. This gives the 450SR everyday usability for the modern-day rider.
The Intercity Istanbul Park – also known as the Istanbul Racing Circuit – provided the ideal location for CFMOTO partners and members of the press to get to grips with the CFMOTO 450SR. 450SR Global Media Launch 0With the weather providing less-than-ideal riding conditions, little could dampen the spirits of the riders who thoroughly enjoyed themselves on the track. Here, they could exploit the CFMOTO 450 SR’s Chromoly steel frame and sport-orientated suspension to the fullest, with the standard-fitted CST ADRENO HS AS5 tires proving to be more than capable. 

After the journalists experienced the track, they had an opportunity to photograph and film the CFMOTO 450SR, before being shuttled back to home base for dinner. The following day, members of the press have the opportunity to visit the CFMOTO Istanbul store to experience the brand from ground level.450SR Global Media Launch 1Having the ability to test ride the CFMOTO 450SR on track and have interactions around the dinner table also allowed everyone to compare and discuss their findings, again giving CFMOTO the opportunity to reinforce its slogan of ‘Experience more together’.

The CFMOTO 450SR will be available on European dealership floors in April 2023. For more information about the CFMOTO 450SR visit cfmoto-motorcycle.eu450SR Global Media Launch 2

700CL X ADVENTURE Global Media Launch PR PhotosThe CFMOTO 700CL-X ADVENTURE made its European debut in Istanbul, Turkey over the weekend of the 18th of March 2023, providing the media with an opportunity to experience the neo-retro stylings and character of this premium lifestyle machine.

700CL X ADVENTURE Global Media Launch PR Photos 1A contender for the king of cool, the 700CL-X ADVENTURE brings old-school scrambler aesthetics to the street in a celebration of style. Carefully integrated elements abound, with the headlight, mirrors, frame, and engine cover, all bearing the signature ‘X’ moniker. 
700CL X ADVENTURE Global Media Launch PR Photos 3However, it’s not only in styling where the CFMOTO 700CL-X ADVENTURE excels. As a riding experience, it draws from an adventure-forward riding position. This makes for more spirited riding offroad, allowing riders to stand on the pegs and move around freely when navigating tricky terrain.

Power is taken care of by a powerful 693 cc parallel twin, making 51.5kw and 60.9Nm, with a slipper clutch ensuring smooth downshifts, while from a component point of view, the CFMOTO 700CL-X ADVENTURE is well-appointed, with KYB suspension, Pirelli tires, and Brembo brakes offered as standard. 700CL X ADVENTURE Global Media Launch PR Photos 6The CFMOTO 700CL-X ADVENTURE also boasts a wide range of technological highlights, with the most visible being a retro-styled TFT display, which features 4G connectivity. Cruise control is also available, making for a more relaxed ride on longer journeys. 

CFMOTO partners and members of the press had the opportunity to get more accustomed to the CFMOTO 700CL-X ADVENTURE on the streets in and around Istanbul. With the weather being much better than on the racetrack the day before, all riders came away impressed with the 700 CL-X ADVENTURE.700CL X ADVENTURE Global Media Launch PR Photos 4Having the ability to test ride the CFMOTO 700CL-X ADVENTURE on the streets of Istanbul, and experiencing the CFMOTO brand first hand, once again reinforced CFMOTO’s commitment to producing top-quality motorcycles under the slogan of ‘Experience more together’.

The CFMOTO 700CL-X ADVENTURE will be available on European dealership floors in April 2023. For more information about the CFMOTO 450SR visit cfmoto-motorcycle.eu700CL X ADVENTURE Global Media Launch PR Photos 2

2023 KTM 1290 SD RRFollowing the roaring success of the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE RR in 2021, 500 units of the 2023 KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE RR will go into production, promising the same levels of ferocity but with a meaner, darker look.

The KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE RR will once again rip into the tarmac, leaving a deep, lasting impression as the ultimate numbers-limited Hyper Naked motorcycle in the KTM stable. The numbers tell the story – 1,301 cc, 180 hp, 180 kg, and 140 Nm, with a phenomenal 1:1 power-to-weight ratio, making it every bit as beastly as its predecessor, but with a darker shadow. 2023 KTM 1290 SD RR 5Sporting a gloss black and matt carbon base, contrasting white graphics, and striking orange accents, the 2023 KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE RR casts an ominous shadow with menacing intentions. This is further exaggerated with a collection of unique custom-made components, which are specific to the RR, adding more aggression and attitude. 

With the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE RR being 11 kg lighter than a standard KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R EVO, it is equally at home decimating lap times as it is carving up mountain roads, providing riders with the ultimate Hyper Naked package. 2023 KTM 1290 SD RR 3However, it’s the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE RR’s collection of WP Suspension’s finest components that take it from a backroad brawler to an accomplished track day terror. Upfront, a fully adjustable WP APEX PRO 7548 Close cartridge fork has been tailored specifically for the RR, while a custom-made WP APEX PRO 7746 Shock takes charge of the rear. The WP APEX PRO 7117 steering damper keeps things in check and offers 30 clicks to dial it into your specification. 

Carbon fiber is used extensively, with the subframe also receiving the lightweight carbon treatment, creating a unique single-seat unit. The LED taillights are incorporated into LED turn signals, as well as KTM’s adaptive brake light as standard. 2023 KTM 1290 SD RR 7As an added extra to enforce the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE RR exclusivity, owners will be presented with a bespoke carbon fiber box containing the keys to their new BEAST. 

For the absolute power-hungry, a full system Akrapovič EVO line exhaust system is available as an optional extra, which adds even more bite to THE BEAST. 
2023 KTM 1290 SD RR 1Notable features on the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE RR include: 

  •  1:1 power-to-weight ratio 
  • Akrapovič Slip-on exhaust
  • Exclusive carbon fiber bodywork
  • Lightweight lithium ion battery
  • Ultra-lightweight forged wheel 
  • Carbon fiber subframe with a single seat
  • New, black CTG
  • Limited to only 500 units
  • Unique, branded carbon key box 
  • Factory triple clamp
  • Adjustable CNC-machined rearset

Not only impressive when it comes to hardware, the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE RR boasts the most complete track-orientated electronics pack ever seen on a KTM motorcycle - as standard, adding advanced TRACK and PERFORMANCE MODE. While the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE RR already boasts a full range of exclusive components and bodywork, riders looking for more ferocity can browse a full range of specially developed KTM PowerParts, along with a dedicated range of KTM PowerWear. This includes a custom leather race suit, specifically completed with unique KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE RR branding and matching design. 

The 2023 KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE RR will be available globally. Orders open today, 13 March and can only be secured through a select number of authorized KTM dealers.2023 KTM 1290 SD RR 4