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A month to the Qatar GP FOR THE BEGINNING OF A BREAKTHROUGH SEASON FOR THE SKY RACING TEAM VR46

Sky VR46 Bezzecchi Nieto Marini Vietti Ramus#SkyVR46Day 

 Milan, February 16th, 2021. It is the day ofthe Sky Racing Team VR46, just a month before the start of the World Championship in Qatar, it presents the Teams and riders of the 2021 season of this project, the eighth consecutive one. A project that, thanks to the trust and constant work ofSky and VR46, over time has seen the birth of promises, the growth of talents and the achievement of important milestone of the contemporary motorcycling. Sky VR46 Kalex M2 03It will be the turning point season, which begins with a goal already achieved at the start,Luca Marini's debut in MotoGP with Sky VR46 Avintiathanks to the agreement betweenSky Racing Team VR46, Esponsorama Racing and Ducati.Marini will be the second rider of Team Sky-VR46 to make his debut in the top class after Francesco Bagnaia, Moto2 World Champion in 2018, who is now waiting for his friend for new challenges on the track in the top class. 

A new start for Moto2, where we will be able to count on the talent ofMarco Bezzecchi- one of the title contender in 2020 - and on the qualities of the young rookieCelestino Vietti Ramus, making his debut onKalexin the new category after having impressed in Moto3. TOTAL BLACK- The new MotoGP and Moto2 liveries for the 2021 season, revisited in colors by the VR46 graphic and creative department, have the same appearance in both categories: the touch of light grey becomes shiny black, with a game of contrasts introduced by the chromed blue, which redesigns the graphics of the two Teams in a more “racing” way while remaining faithful to the colors that have always accompanied the crew. 

MOTOGP- Among the most talented young rider in the entire Italian panorama and in the VR46 Riders Academy since his birth, Luca Marini will make his MotoGP debut with the Sky Racing Team VR46. He earned the promotion to the top class thanks to 6 successes in the intermediate category (all riding the Kalex of the Sky Racing Team VR46) and three seasons as a protagonist in Moto2, crowned by the second place in the Championship in 2020. That of 2021 will be a Team completely built around Luca, where the experience of Ducati, its technicians and of the crew chiefLuca Ferraccioliwill meet the capacity of the sporting director of Esponsorama AvintiaRuben Xausand the coach of the VR46 Riders AcademyRoberto Locatellitogether with some of the historical members of the Team. LUCA MARINI, MOTOGP rider Sky VR46 Avintia 

“I can't wait to start this new season with Sky VR46 Avintia. I didn't have the opportunity to test Ducati at the end of November as in a normal season and the wait was so long. I spent the whole winter thinking about the first day of testing! With the support of the Academy, I am training to be physically and mentally ready. There will be so many things to learn, I will work hard to grow and adapt myself to the new category as fast as possible. At the same time, I want to enjoy this first year in MotoGP: it will be a special moment in my life. I would like to thank Ducati and the Sky Racing Team VR46 for believing in me and repaying them for the trust they have placed in my abilities. I hope that our relationship can evolve in the years to come”. Sky VR46 Avintia Marini 07RUBEN XAUS, Sporting director Esponsorama Avintia  

“I am happy to welcome Luca to MotoGP in the Sky VR46 Avintia. As a sporting director I’m proud to see the birth of this partnership with the support and commitment of Ducati and all our partners. We were dreaming on young riders, as rookies since years with a great desire to show their best: a starting point that we share with Luca and the Sky Racing Team VR46 project, a reference Team for skills and results in Moto2. It will be a challenging year, but full of emotions on track”. Sky VR46 Avintia moto 06MOTO2 –Fourth in the Championship in 2020 with 184 points,Marco Bezzecchiis among the most awaited for the 2021, with two wins plus 5 podiums. Pure talent in Moto3, in the first season at the Sky Racing Team VR46 he found a new dimension and was the protagonist of an exponential growth, scoring the first podium and the first victory in the intermediate class. Sky VR46 Bezzecchi 06MARCO BEZZECCHI, Moto2 rider Sky Racing Team VR46 

“Like every year, I'm always happy to be back on track after a long off season. I met my crew a few weeks ago in Tavullia, we're excited and can't wait to see them again in Qatar. Fingers crossed for the calendar, I'm sure we'll have fun. We need to keep concentrating and working hard: in this way we can make a step forward compared to last year, become more consistent and be in the group of the strongest riders in every GP”. 

At the debut in CEV in 2018 with the Sky VR46 Junior Team, then in the World Championship with the first podium and the first victory (Moto3, Austria 2020) with the Sky Racing Team VR46:Celestino Vietti Ramusis close to another key passage of his career with the usual colors. In 2020 he impressed with his ability to manage the race and speed, which allowed him to take two wins, two more podiums and the possibility of making his debut in the higher category. Sky VR46 Vietti Ramus 05CELESTINO VIETTI RAMUS, Moto2 rider Sky Racing Team VR46 

“I am waiting for this moment since the testing session in Jerez, when I have tried the Moto2: I am happy because once again I will face a key milestone in my career together with the guys of the Sky Racing Team VR46. It won't be easy, there are many tricks to take care compared to the Moto3, but also a lot of power and speed to manage. In November I really enjoyed it and the feelings were more than positive. Working hard with the Team and continue to take the measures of the new category is the target and then being able to get some good positions, but no rush”. 

After the World title in 2020 among the Team, confirmation is the target forPablo Nieto, Team Manager of the Moto2 team for the fifth consecutive year. Alongside himLuca Brivioin the role of Team Coordinator andRoberto Locatelli, who in addition to following the riders of the VR46 Riders Academy will split himself between his commitment in MotoGP and Moto2. Ambitious goal and key roles confirmed:Sergio Martinezwill continue to follow Marco Bezzecchi, whileJairo Carriles, Luca Marini's crew chief last year, will take care about Celestino Vietti Ramus in his approach to Kalex. Sky VR46 Bezzecchi Nieto e Vietti Ramus motoPABLO NIETO, Team Manager Moto2 Sky Racing Team VR46 

“It will be a very special year for the Sky Racing Team VR46: confirmations and great opportunities. We come from a very special 2020 and at the same time full of results and goals achieved. Repeat ourself will not be easy, but Marco and Celestino are a sparkling couple from many points of view. They are fast, competitive and they want to impress everyone. For Celestino the target is to approach and work hard to adapt himself to the new category as soon as he can, while I'm sure Marco will give his best since Qatar GP”. end bike test

Energica the single manufacturer supplying the FIM Enel MotoE™ World Cup Series with their Ego Corsa Machines

001Energica Motors Italy moves into its 3rd season with Dorna for MotoE with a contract to 2022

The FIM Enel MotoE™ World Cup has been the new addition to the MotoGP World Championship since 2019, an all-electric series powered by Energica, which has seen close racing and outstanding battles on some of the most iconic circuits in motorcycle racing. All 18 riders have fought corner after corner for the ultimate prize, with two world cup champions crowned so far in Matteo Ferrari (2019) and Jordi Torres (2020) and several individual race winners and podium finishers.

Energica was chosen by Dorna as the single manufacturer of the series for the new era of electric motorcycle racing and will maintain its role at least until the end of 2022, with the EGO Corsa machine being the absolute star of the show – a racing oriented electric motorcycle capable of incredible performances and highly praised by the riders partaking the series. With many of the current stars confirmed for 2021, there is plenty of excitement for the new season.005From the race to the road, the first two seasons of MotoE™ have helped Energica to create a huge amount of experience that is constantly being transferred to their road models. The EGO Corsa is the state-of-the-art electric racing motorcycle developed by Energica for the FIM Enel MotoE World Cup. It shares common ground with the road-going EGO, albeit with several racing-oriented modifications and equipment which make this bike a true masterpiece that has been praised by MotoE riders and media for its power and rideability.002The international media raved about the Energica EGO, “However it’s the EGO Corsa that has convinced me that if the world turned its petrol taps off tomorrow, life really wouldn’t be so bad” Michael Neeves, MCN. “The official bike that gave birth to the new electric series. A true race bike, surprising with its performance,” Edoardo Licciardello, Moto.it

“Overall, the Energica EGO Corsa is an impressive package, and it is easy to see why the MotoE races have been good racing, with close-fought battles all the way to the finish.”003Jensen Beeler, Asphalt and Rubber.

The provisional calendar for the 2021 FIM Enel MotoE™ World Cup can now be revealed, with the Cup set to expand to a six-event, seven-race season. After a four-event inaugural Cup in 2019 and five events in 2020, the third year of competition for MotoE™ adds another round and two new tracks. After an exciting 2020 campaign, all eyes are now on the 2021 FIM Enel MotoE™ World Cup, which is scheduled to get underway on May 2nd, 2021 at ‘Circuito de Jerez’ in Southern Spain. The provisional calendar for the upcoming season consists of six events overall, with the season finale being a doubleheader at Energica’s home track, the Misano World Circuit, on September 19th.004The new calendar comes with pleasant confirmations, like the aforementioned Jerez and Misano but also Le Mans – which made its MotoE debut in 2020 – as well as welcome returns like Austria’s Red Bull Ring and exciting ‘debutants’ like the Circuit de Catalunya (Montmeló) and Assen’s TT Circuit, the ““Cathedral of Motorsport”.  The first five events will all feature three free practice session, which will allow all MotoE riders to have more track-time to find the perfect set-up for their Energica EGO Corsa machines and get ready for Saturday’s E-Pole and Sunday’s race.

MotoE Calendar

2 May 2021 MotoE                         Circuito de Jerez Àngel Nieto Spain

16 May 2021 MotoE                       Le Mans France

June 2021 MotoE                           Circuit de Barcelona Catalunya

27 June 2021 MotoE                      TT Circuit Assen Netherlands

15 August 2021 MotoE                  Red Bull Ring Austria

18-19 Sept 2021 MotoE                 Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli San Marino e della  Riviera di Riminiend bike test

GET THOSE FIRST WHEELS ROLLING WITH THE NEW KTM FACTORY REPLICA STACYC ELECTRIC BALANCE BIKES

STACYC KTM Factory Replica 16eDRIVE ActionApplying an extra pulse to its advanced e-mobility line-up, KTM is proud to release the KTM FACTORY REPLICA STACYC 12eDRIVE and 16eDRIVE electric balance bikes internationally. Available across KTM’s dealer network, these two thrilling mini machines will allow juniors to unearth a fantastic new experience at their earliest age.

The practicality and the versatility of electric power provides the perfect entry-level platform for the smallest of potential bikers. Kids can revel in the excitement of power-assisted speed and the raw instincts of motorcycling thanks to the KTM FACTORY REPLICA STACYC 12eDRIVE and 16eDRIVE electric balance bikes.

Any future rider can discover the basics of bars, wheels, torque and balance. They can emulate their Red Bull KTM Factory Racing heroes before developing to rip a track with the KTM SX-E 5 – an innovative electric motocrosser that can ‘grow’ with a child.STACYC KTM Factory Replica 16eDRIVE Static

The KTM FACTORY REPLICA STACYC 12eDRIVE is the ideal starter for youngsters, typically between 3 - 5 years of age. Featuring 12” wheels with pneumatic tires and a low 33 cm seat height, it allows riders to learn to push or coast with confidence before graduating to the 3-level powered mode. It weighs less than 8 kg, boasts an aluminum frame and BMX style forks.

The KTM FACTORY REPLICA STACYC 16eDRIVE is the clear choice for slightly taller riders or those with more ‘miles’, perhaps for an age range of 4 - 8 years or a 45 - 61 inseam measurement. The bike has a high-output motor that is slightly more powerful than its smaller brother. It is fitted with larger 16” wheels and provides an increased 43 cm seat height.

Both models offer quick charging and roughly 30 - 60 minutes of run-time for an exceptional amount of fun, along with hours of hand-eye coordination and outdoor exercise. Kids can also appreciate the freedom and empowerment of a throttle. Light, portable, robust, intuitive and ‘race-styled’, both the KTM FACTORY REPLICA STACYC 12eDRIVE and the KTM FACTORY REPLICA STACYC 16eDRIVE are essential appetizers ahead of the wide possibilities and competitive potential offered by the KTM SX-E 5.STACYC KTM Factory Replica 16eDRIVE 12eDRIVE Studio

KTM FACTORY REPLICA STACYC - MODEL HIGHLIGHTS
// Sturdy, lightweight aluminum frame -> easy for children to pick up & handle
// Three progressive power modes -> first experience of powered speed
// Safe, thermally protected 20V battery -> 30-60 mins run time & 45-60 mins charging time
// 33 cm & 43 cm seat heights -> age ranges from 3 to 8 // Steel, BMX-style forks, BMX-styled chain & freewheel
// Multi-functional throttle with ride mode display & battery level
// Race Replica aesthetic with tapered footrests and ergonomics

Joachim Sauer - KTM Product Manager Offroad: “The diversity of the whole KTM Offroad range is something we are very proud of and now with the KTM FACTORY REPLICA STACYC DRIVEs we have an ideal first platform. It’s not only a cool and enjoyable product but one that carries pure strands of KTM’s READY TO RACE DNA. Importantly, the two models are also further superb examples of how we can use e-mobility effectively. Future generations or riders can make their first revs into biking thanks to the KTM FACTORY REPLICA STACYC DRIVEs.”

KTM FACTORY REPLICA STACYC 12eDRIVE and 16eDRIVE electric balance bikes are available at authorized KTM dealers from February, 2021 onwards

www.ktm.com/en-za.htmlSTACYC KTM Factory Replica 16eDRIVE Studioend bike test

2021 Suzuki Hayabusa

GSX1300RRQM2 action 8When launched in 1999, the first generation Hayabusa shocked the motorcycle world by delivering a whole new level of speed, power and overall performance. It instantly gained the title of the world’s fastest production motorcycle and gave birth to the ultimate sport bike category. Even though the industry’s adoption of a self-imposed limit soon put an end to the era of top speed wars, the Hayabusa’s outstanding performance across all metrics combined with its nimble handling and eye-catching appearance to keep it in the category’s number-one position for the past two decades.GSX1300RRQM2 B5L diagonal single seat cowl 2The original Hayabusa was much more than the sum of its parts. The abundant power its engine produced offered a wider range of gear selection options for any given speed, and this ultimately delivered a more controllable and pleasurable ride. Aerodynamic styling that instilled the Hayabusa with one of the lowest drag coefficients achieved on a production bike not only contributed to controllability, stability and rider comfort, its striking new design helped realize the Hayabusa’s iconic presence. Sales of the first generation exceeded 115,000 units.

A full model change in 2008 retained all the hallmark features of the original Hayabusa, while increasing engine displacement and introducing new features that included a bold new body design. Further enhancement of performance in 2013 upgraded the front brakes and introduced an Anti-locking Brake System (ABS). These new features helped sell another 74,100 units over the life of the second generation, bringing total sales of the Hayabusa to more than 189,100 units.GSX1300RRQM2 action 10Suzuki’s team of engineers and designers have been working tirelessly since to refine countless aspects of the bike’s performance to create an entirely new generation that is poised to further up the overall balance of performance and carry a new generation of Hayabusa riders into the future. The third generation Hayabusa leverages the latest technological innovations to provide greater control and comfort, and ultimately to assist riders in gaining confidence as they enjoy outings on the “Ultimate Sport Bike”.

The HAYABUSA product concept is;“Ultimate Sport” (Upping the ante with yet greater refinement, dignity and ultimate riding pleasure.)

The new-generation Hayabusa was developed not only to achieve an even higher overall balance of ultimate performance and comply with the stringent Euro 5 emissions standards, but also to capture the hearts of both devoted followers and all who lay eyes on the stunning beauty and sharper, tauter form of its bold new design.GSX1300RRQM2 B5L diagonal single seat cowl 1Since its original launch in 1999, the Hayabusa has continued to provide riders with greater horsepower and torque than any other sport bike at engine speeds up to 6,000 rpm. The new Hayabusa proudly carries on this legacy as the ultimate sport bike, delivering even smoother torque and more power through the low to mid range, making it even faster and more controllable on the whole. An advanced new collection of intelligent electronic controls lets riders choose how the bike will respond and perform in various situations. This promotes greater rider confidence by helping even those who are less experienced learn how best to take advantage of what the Hayabusa has to offer. It also provides a number of additional comfort convenience features that bring greater pleasure to riding and pride to ownership.GSX1300RRQM2 B5M diagonal single seat cowl 1The development team was fully committed to preserving all that made the Hayabusa a legend, while upping the ante in creating a new generation that is poised to carry riders into the future. The result faithfully reflects Suzuki’s ongoing commitment to fine craftsmanship and to sweating every detail to get them right.

The design concept for the new Hayabusa’s styling is “The Refined Beast”.  The goal was to visually express the intelligence embodied in the electronic control systems that enhance and advance the riding experience, and skillfully marry that with bold styling befitting a magnificent beast whose stance screams of power, performance, poise and keen perceptive abilities. The result is a due tribute to the Japanese peregrine falcon from which the Hayabusa takes its name.GSX1300RRQM2 B5N diagonal single seat cowl 1Design Features

  • • Styling conveys a modern image of advanced performance and new features, all while faithfully inheriting the wind-cutting silhouette and overall look for which the Hayabusa is famous.
  • • An aggressive stance conveyed by its mass-forward impression, upswept tail, bold new rear combination lights, and the straight, upswept line from the exhaust pipe through the muffler.
  • • A modern, luxurious look as expressed in its sharper lines and fine attention to detail, the intricate shaping of its large, bold panel surfaces, the sharp, aerodynamic look of its attractive new mirror design, and the new 7-spoke wheel design.
  • • A face with a fresh new countenance as expressed through its tighter, bolder new headlight design and innovative position lights with integrated turn signals.
  • • The strategic application of color that creates a visual expression of the Hayabusa’s great potential. This includes the trio of two-tone body colors. The unique theme for each of the available schemes also uses the secondary color to accentuate the sense of aerodynamic performance. Other examples include the chrome-plated V-shaped moldings on side cowlings that convey power and speed, new English and Japanese logos that heighten the image of speed and sophistication, and V-shaped accents inspired by the falcon’s hackles on the black cladding below the fuel tank, air intakes and foot pegs.

Engine features:

  • • Inherits the Hayabusa’s legendary high-performance 1,340cm3 liquid-cooled inline-four engine, while implementing refinements to further improve efficiency and durability.
  • • New exclusively designed exhaust system contributes to improved low- to mid-range power and torque output, and also to satisfying Euro 5 emissions standards.
  • • Improved engine characteristics result in smoother, more consistently powerful output through the low- to mid-range engine speeds most used in daily riding.

Chassis features:

  • • Light, strong twin-spar aluminum alloy frame and swingarm constructed using castings and extrusions combine top performance with tried and proven reliability.
  • • Wind-cutting aerodynamic design features one of the best drag coefficients achieved by any motorcycle, excellent lift characteristics and wind protection. In addition to contributing to high-speed stability and controllability, this makes the ride more comfortable and less tiring.
  • • Handling characteristics achieve a fine balance of confidence-inspiring stability at high speeds and nimble handling with reassuring controllability at low speeds.
  • • Internal settings for the fully adjustable 43mm outer diameter KYB inverted front forks and KYB rear suspension changed to better absorb shock and realize even great straight-line stability.
  • • 4-piston Brembo Stylema® front brake calipers paired with 320mm outer diameter discs improve braking efficiency.
  • • New exclusively designed Bridgestone tires provide better grip.
  • • New 7-spoke wheel design improves grip feel.
  • • 50:50 front-rear weight distribution.
  • • Handlebars mounted 12mm closer to the rider vastly improve comfort, reduce fatigue, and also enhance handling control when enjoying a sporty ride.      www.suzukimotorcycle.co.za

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Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MX2 Unveils New Look Ahead of 2021 MX2 Campaign

cq5dam.web.2000.2000Fielding an exciting three-rider line-up in 2021, the Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MX2 team is on the hunt for FIM Motocross World Championship glory, as it aims to secure the MX2 Championship gold plate while defending Yamaha’s title as the MX2 Manufacturer of the Year.

Made up of well-established race and Grand Prix winners, Jago Geerts and Maxime Renaux, and strengthened by the addition of last years’ EMX250 Champion Thibault Benistant, the Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MX2 team will see all three riders campaign the factory Yamaha YZ250FM in the hotly contested MX2 series.

Geerts, who enters his fourth consecutive year in MX2 with the Hans Corvers led Yamaha team, won the same number of races as the eventual World Champion in 2020, 14, proving he has the speed to challenge for the crown. In addition to his 14 race victories, the 20-year-old Belgian celebrated six Grand Prix wins and 12 pieces of podium finishes on his way to his second championship medal – he finished third in 2019 and second in 2020.

Renaux secured the bronze medal and was the winner of MXGP’s Jan de Groot Young Rider of the Year award. He won one race on his way to a maiden Grand Prix win and mounted the podium on no fewer than five occasions. The 20-year-old Frenchman is already familiar with his new team, having raced for the outfit back in 2015 – where together they celebrated the FIM Junior Motocross 125cc world title. After achieving his initial goal of finishing a season in MX2 on the podium, Renaux has gone the extra mile this winter in terms of his physical preparation and is determined to accomplish his ultimate goal of becoming MX2 World Champion.

Enjoying a successful start to his MX2 career, after dominating the EMX250 Championship with eight race wins and six round wins, Benistant made his Grand Prix debut at the end of the 2020 season. The 18-year-old instantly impressed with two top-three race finishes and a top-five overall finish during the three rounds he raced in Belgium and Italy. Having evolved within Yamaha’s own ranks over the past decade, the young Frenchman has earned his place within the Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MX2 team and is eager to enter the MX2 series as one of the strongest rookies in 2021.

With the pre-season races fast approaching, the Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MX2 team is excited to unveil its 2021 look. The teams fierce new and refreshed set-up confirms an extension of the partnership with two of the most successful clothing and protection brands in motocross, Troy Lee Designs and Alpinestars.

The Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MX2 team is scheduled to line up for the first time in 2021 at the Internationali d’Italia Motocross Championship, which is expected to take place on the 28th of February in Riola Sardo, Sardinia.

Jago Geerts

“The off-season is going really well. We are still taking it pretty easy because we are still two months away from the start of the championship, but I am riding three times a week. I learned a lot in 2020. I learned that the season is long and you need to be consistent during the whole season, and I also learned that everything needs to be 100% with the bike and with myself; otherwise, it is too easy to make mistakes. I have been working on these things and I feel like I am ready to fight for the title again. I had the speed already in 2020, I just need to be a bit smarter and a bit more consistent and when I can do that, I will have a good chance at the title.”

Maxime Renaux

“My winter preparation is going good so far. We have done a lot of physical training, not so much riding, but we are in Sardinia now, and we are starting to ride more on the bike. We have good conditions in Sardinia, good weather and good tracks, also the team is working with me and the bike, so everything is going well. I’m feeling really good with the team and I am really happy. I feel ready for the 2021 season for sure. I still have some things to work on, and to put more time on the new bike. I achieved my goal in 2020 of being on the podium last year with third overall, so my goal for 2021 is to do better than that. We want to catch the title; everyone is working for that. That is the main goal; there is no pressure for it. It is just something that I want to achieve. It’s my dream. I will do everything for that.”

Thibault Benistant

“My winter preparation is going really well, and I am really proud of this. I am enjoying every moment on my Yamaha Factory bike, the YZ250FM. I am enjoying time with my trainer and with all the members of the team. I can’t wait for the 2021 season. It’s my first year in MX2, I just want to learn as much as possible. There is no pressure on me, so I think I can surprise people with what I can do.”end bike test

OUT NOW: THE NEW KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE S LAUNCHES A NEW ERA OF ENGINEERING MASTERY AND PERFORMANCE-FOCUSED TECHNOLOGY

KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE S ActionInvigorating the Adventure motorcycle segment with the release of its over-1000cc ADVENTURE models for the past eight years, KTM has taken full advantage of the development feedback to introduce a new era of rider-focused design and ground-breaking technology with the 2021 KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE S.

Introducing a third generation of over-1000cc KTM ADVENTURE models, the KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE S is the sportiest and most technologically advanced Adventure bike to ever roll its wheels off the production line in Mattighofen, Austria. Forged to provide the benefits of a versatile sports-tourer with diligence paid to ergonomics and comfort over any terrain, in brief it’s the ultimate high-performance Adventure bike.KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE S Studio leftRedesigned ergonomics
Focusing on keener handling, the new KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE S introduces a chassis overhaul that further enhances weight distribution and riding agility. A sharper cornering sensation is achieved by moving the steering head back by 15 mm and re-locating the front section of the engine. Additionally, the longer open-lattice swingarm contributes to a more stable feeling under acceleration. The subframe has been crafted to provide a lower seat height without sacrificing durability or practicality.

Surrounding the rider is a new 23-liter, keyless-cap fuel tank and a set of bodywork that augment the bike’s agile feeling. Every centimeter of the paneling has been analyzed in order not to impede the riding sensation. Providing additional comfort for the long rides, the new seat is two-tiered and adjustable by 20 mm. Also customizable are the handlebar levers, the all-new TFT and the windshield that has been developed through wind tunnel testing and can be moved by 55 mm. Overall, the KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE S excels for its lower centralization of masses and refined weight balance. It begs to be ridden hard or caressed to speed over long distances.KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE S Studio right 1Technology to boost performance
Regulating the ride is the new generation of electronic aids with a less intrusive level of traction control in RAIN, STREET, SPORT, OFFROAD and an updated (optional) RALLY mode. To take you to the best riding terrain with less fuss, the KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE S introduces an innovative Adaptive Cruise Control system as standard for 2021. Developed in collaboration with Bosch, the radar-based system automatically adjusts the safe distance to traffic ahead according to five stages that can be set with the re-designed handlebar switches.KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE S Static 1The riding experience is further boosted with the brand new 7” TFT display that is hooked to a new Connectivity Unit for seamless smartphone pairing. The larger dashboard view has quicker and more practical menu systems as well as clear aesthetic infographics to clearly indicate various sections of the bike. The dash sits on top of a redesigned storage department with a USB charging socket. To communicate with the new display, the KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE S comes with all-new switches on both sides of the handlebar, which offer a new and more seamless user experience. A new set of quick select and favorites buttons will allow for set-up changes on the fly and while the rider stays focused on the roads ahead.

Advanced componentry
The heart of the KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE S is the revised and Euro5 compliant V-twin. The eye-widening 160 hp and 138 Nm come in a lighter form (-1.6 kg) thanks to thinner engine cases and a new oil circuit. The engine breathes through an upgraded two-headed exhaust and shifts with a revised PANKL gear mechanism that brings big improvements in the optional Quickshifter+.

New pistons have further raised reliability and the whole unit retains better cooling thanks to a new water/oil system. The two new radiators work with the redesigned bodywork to channel warm air away from the rider’s legs. 15,000 km service intervals and low fuel consumption round-off the re-energized powerplant.KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE S StaticFurthermore, the lean angle dependent Motorcycle Traction Control has two different controllers, one for wheel slip and another for pitch angle, with their own data and strategies. The Cornering ABS and Offroad ABS systems are products of the new Bosch Motorcycle Stability Control, while Motor Slip Regulation is optional.

The KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE S will hurtle along bumpy trails courtesy of a new generation of WP APEX Semi-Active Technology, suspension. The SAT boasts augmented damping thanks to new valves while the 6D lean angle sensor inputs directly into the unit for a thorough outline of rider behavior.

Part of the updated range of KTM PowerParts specifically designed for the KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE S is the Suspension Pro package that offers individual damping for the fork and the shock, automatic preload adjustment and an on/off Anti Dive setting. With the additional Rally Pack featuring the RALLY riding mode and the respective MTC slip adjuster, all of the Suspension Pro and Rally Pack features together with the Quickshifter+, the Motor Slip Regulation, the Hill Hold Control and the adaptive brake light are included in the all-in-one Tech Pack.

KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE S - MODEL HIGHLIGHTS
// New ergonomics -> new fuel tank, lower seat & new plastics
// Reworked bodywork -> shorter chassis, new subframe & longer swingarm
// Optimized weight distribution -> added agility & comfort
// New generation electronics -> innovative ACC & reworked cornering MTC
// More intuitive 7” TFT display -> optimal accessibility
// Redesigned handlebar switches, improved CCU
// Revised 1301cc LC8 engine -> 160 hp & 138 Nm
// Next generation of Semi-Active Suspension
// Remodeled optional technology -> Suspension Pro, Rally Pack & Tech Pack 

www.ktm.com

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FRESH FROM THE GRINDSTONE: THE KTM 890 DUKE SHARPENS THE SCALPEL

KTM 890 DUKE ActionThe KTM 790 DUKE sent riders into rapture but the throttle grip is ready for a fresh limit thanks to the launch of the new KTM 890 DUKE. The latest edition of THE SCALPEL is poised to make another deep cut through the popular naked bike midweight motorcycle segment. Weight, power, torque, agility, style, undoubted attitude and guaranteed glee: the KTM 890 DUKE redefines the reference point for riders and all rivals.

The journey has been quick and short. All the envious attributes of the LC8c parallel twin that caused a stir and stirred the emotions of riders young and old with the KTM 790 DUKE have found a new boundary. The reaction to the original SCALPEL motivated KTM to work more with the LC8c and line-up something to tease the desire of extreme petrolheads. The emergence of the KTM 890 DUKE R in the early part of 2020 was the answer: a track weapon, as much as a potent blast for country roads that harnessed all the boosted power of the LC8c and added a range of features that almost obliged riders to get their knees close to the tarmac. Now, staying firmly in the exhaust note of the KTM 890 DUKE R, the KTM 890 DUKE brings all the excellence of its acutely focused sister-version to be the new rapier for the road.KTM 890 DUKE Studio black leftThe styling of the KTM 890 DUKE will turn heads and the aesthetic makes this slim package of power and punch unignorable but the essence of the bike is the compact, light, throbbing source of all the fun located between the two wheels. The bigger displacement from 789cc to 889cc uses a more sophisticated mapping logic and is now pumping out 115 Hp and 92 Nm (10 more horsepower and 5 more newton meters of torque than the KTM 790 DUKE) and the increased rotating mass by 20% ensures better cornering stability and smoother engine action at lower revs and part throttle. Euro5 ready and offering 4,8l/100km through the 14l fuel tank; the speed is offset by keen practicality.

While all the horses are straining to be free, the KTM 890 DUKE can either be gunned or gently guided; creating a large grin for all ages and abilities. The KTM 890 DUKE is ‘midweight’ only through concept, the kilos and the nimbleness of the handling alone: the rest is rasping performance and state-of-the-art ride by wire electronics. This bike will stare down all rivals on the road.KTM 890 DUKE Action 1Filtered through the light sensitive, customizable TFT display the rider aids span RAIN MODE (smooth throttle response, maximum traction control, reduced power and anti-wheelie), STREET MODE (standard throttle response, normal TC, full power, anti-wheelie) and SPORT MODE (sport response, reduced TC, full power, anti-wheelie). For those tempted by the full potential of the KTM 890 DUKE the optional TRACK MODE allows the setting to be tweaked for time attacks. Traction control can be increased or lowered on a nine-gauge scale, anti-wheelie can be disengaged, and throttle response has three levels. Launch control fixes the engine at the ideal RPM to assist with pacey standing starts. A 6D lean angle sensor means that the ECU is filtering a wealth of information and input from the bike’s behavior and positioning for optimum feedback.

Cornering ABS helps the 300mm twin floating discs with improved calipers and pads for stronger force haul the whole show to a safe halt. Getting going at a swift pace is easier thanks to the shorter shift lever, lighter springs and augmented Quickshifter+ (optional) settings.

The handling of the KTM 890 DUKE comes into play with the fitting of the tubular CroMo steel frame with a cast aluminum subframe, stiffly set for a sporty feel and a pinpoint sensation. The LC8c is central again thanks to its role as a stressed member of the chassis. Despite the technical ‘growth’ the KTM 890 DUKE keeps the same weight as its predecessor at a flighty 169 kg (dry). The subframe is innovative with the whole single unit containing the air intakes and airbox; designed to be simplistic, minimal and light. The KTM 890 DUKE glides thanks to updated and upgraded WP APEX Suspension (43mm open cartridge upside-down forks) and gas assisted rear shock. ‘Ergo’ is less purposeful than the all-action KTM 890 DUKE R and created to accommodate a wide demographic of rider, with a lower seat height of 820mm.KTM 890 DUKE Studio orange front leftThe KTM 890 DUKE is clearly part of the DUKE family. The lines are unmistakably KTM, where every centimeter of the bike has been combed and analyzed for purpose. There are no unnecessary edges, angles or parts nor plastics that do not contribute to performance of the unique KTM 890 DUKE feeling. As an example: the condensed taillight is integrated into the plate holder, reducing dimensions and freeing up customization for the rear end.

Other details include a full LED lights set, tubeless wheels, superb and well-tested new Continental ContiRoad tires (providing excellent grip in the wet, strong stability and a very short ‘warm-up’ phase) as well as KTM myRide App compatibility. A wide complement of KTM PowerParts (from Akrapovic slip-on exhausts to sprocket covers) and KTM PowerWear options are other elements that help the KTM 890 DUKE become the sharpest tool in the naked bike ‘box’.

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SUZUKI NEW GENERATION COMMUNICATION VENUE

A very exciting new platform for all Suzuki fans, and anyone interested in motorcycling for that matter. You'll be able to chat to Suzuki owners around the World and ask questions about your bike, or any Suzuki for that matter.

You can only register on the Jan 28th, and you have to, for some very exciting news on Feb 5th, which the whole World will pay attention too, believe us?

There will also be an App to download, to keep you in touch with this tremendous new and innovative platform, see you on there...

https://www.globalsuzuki.com/motorcycle/event.htmlLaunch Of New Models end bike test

Difficult End To 2021 Dakar Rally For Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team

01Difficult End To 2021 Dakar Rally For Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team

Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team’s participation in this year’s Dakar Rally drew to a frustrating close today as Adrien Van Beveren was forced to withdraw following a technical issue. Unable to complete the 12th and final stage of the event, AVB was just 30 minutes into the special when he ran into difficulties.02With Van Beveren’s team-mates, Franco Caimi, Andrew Short, Ross Branch and Jamie McCanney, also encountering technical issues during earlier stages of the event, the 2021 Dakar Rally has unquestionably ended far from the way the team hoped it would.

Taking a cautious approach early on in the rally, Adrien Van Beveren ended a consistent opening week with a sixth-place finish on stage six, indicating the Frenchman’s return to form. When competition resumed following the mid-event rest day, the 30-year-old continued to ride well, remaining on the pace with the leading riders throughout the second week of racing. Adrien entered the final day placed eighth overall. Frustratingly, and with the finish line on the horizon, a technical issue ended his rally agonisingly close to the finish line in Jeddah.03Racing in just his third ever Dakar, Ross Branch was a revelation in week one for the Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team. Putting together strong and consistent stage results throughout the opening week of racing, the Botswana native come agonisingly close to victory on stage six, ending the special just 13 seconds behind the eventual winner. As the rally then reached the halfway mark, Ross was well placed among the leading riders in fourth overall.

Further highlights for the Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team came from Franco Caimi and Jamie McCanney. With Franco entering the top 10 overall at the end of stage seven, Jamie, in only his second Dakar, enjoyed a highly positive start to the rally and was well placed inside the top 20 before exiting the event on stage five.04Contaminated fuel, an issue outside of the team’s control, was the unfortunate reason for Andrew Short’s early departure from the 2021 Dakar Rally, on stage two.

Despite the disappointment, the Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team depart Saudi Arabia determined to return stronger in 2022.end bike test

2021 KTM DUKES: FEEL THE RIDE, LOOK THE PART

KTM 390 DUKE ActionThe new 2021 collection of smaller capacity KTM DUKEs continues to embody all the KTM naked bike character of attitude, performance and versatility. The re-sculptured KTM 125 DUKE and KTM 390 DUKE are shining examples of a comprehensive range where the smallest whim of curiosity or the largest craving for adrenaline can be fulfilled.

Picture a road. Is it wide, smooth and empty? Is it busy with traffic? Does it take you from ‘A to B’ or is it open and inviting? Do you pass mountains and amazing landscapes? Or are you gliding past buildings and urbanity with ease and freedom? We all have a vision of our journey and the spellbinding array of 2021 KTM naked bikes and the famous KTM DUKE family is a passport to excitement and mobility.KTM 125 DUKE left blackThe KTM 125 DUKE is power in a small, well-directed punch. Don’t settle for a step-through or some other bland characterless option: the KTM 125 DUKE allows you to look and feel different. Young riders or new riders will relish that distinctive sense of identity that all bikers enjoy. Cruising the city, escaping for the day or even daring to drag a knee, the KTM 125 DUKE harnesses all the style and performance guidelines of its senior brothers to fantastic effect. It truly is THE SPAWN OF THE BEAST.
KTM 125 DUKE right greyThe fuel injected, light, compact motor – now Euro5 ready - pumps out A1-applicable 15 Hp (11kw) thanks to state-of-the-art injection electronics. Fuel consumption is as efficient (a 300km reach) as the handling is sharp. The flighty behaviour comes courtesy of the agile chassis and low centralization. WP Suspension upside-down forks, and a shock with an adjustable preload – take any luggage or passenger you want – complement other specs like the BYBRE brakes with a 300mm front disc and 230mm rear, dual channel ABS, 17” cast alloy wheels and a range of juicy KTM PowerParts upgrades in order to really embrace the KTM DUKE vibe.

For 2021 the bike is arguably more aesthetic than ever with two different color schemes. In one example a classy gray is offset by the striking orange trellis frame and the sporty profile of the silencer. It’s fetching and minimal but functional and instantly appealing. Bystanders will have to look twice to differentiate the KTM 125 DUKE from its larger siblings.KTM 390 DUKE right whiteThose with more mileage in their right hands or seeking a potent CORNER ROCKET will satisfy their quest with the KTM 390 DUKE. The bike is a deft touch. The glide from street, dual carriage ways to country lanes and rapid blasts of fun has never felt simpler. It’s a dream for an A2 license holder or even for those who want to wear a grin with their daily commuting grind. The KTM 390 DUKE brings enviable power-to-weight performance to the market. The Euro5-compatible motor churns out 44 Hp (32kw) at a dry weight of less than 150kg. Ride by wire, 46mm throttle bodies and a slipper clutch administer the output, and a 13.4l tank ensures the glee is sustained over distance. An optional Quickshifter+ for 2021 is a must. ABS is fed through the BYBRE brake package and riders will be able to clearly tell if SUPERMOTO MODE is engaged thanks to the wide TFT dash display. The view will be steady and reassuring thanks to the WP Suspension forks with open-cartridge tech and the 150mm adjustable shock.

Have a napkin to hand because the 2021 gray and white colour options are mouth-watering. We defy onlookers to spot the difference between the KTM 390 DUKE and the other bigger members of the range. The blend of shades from the tank, frame and subframe as well as front mask and LED headlight and finely integrated pillion seat will stir the soul. Riders will love the playfulness of the KTM 390 DUKE but will also get a kick out of their appearance on the highway.KTM 390 DUKE front right grayend bike test

 

 

 

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