Dakar Rally legend joins KTM Rallye

Dakar Rally winner Toby Price (pictured above) was a surprise guest at the second annual KTM Australia Adventure Rallye for customers. Almost 200 riders took part in the five-night Rallye through the Blue Mountains and Upper Hunter region of New South Wales from March 5-10. Toby made a guest appearance on the first day at …

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Suter MMX 500 two-stroke

Two-stroke engines making comeback

Two-stroke engines were phased out by tough pollution laws and fuel economy targets, but they could be making a comeback with KTM, Honda and boutique builders. KTM and Honda have both registered patents for direct-injection two-stroke engines. In 2015, Honda filed a patent for a new two-stroke motor using direct fuel injection for a cleaner burn and …

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Honda Africa Twin claims altitude record

Honda Africa Twin claims altitude record

A Honda Africa Twin in almost standard trim has claimed the world altitude record for a twin-cylinder motorcycle by climbing the world’s highest volcano. The bike with the DCT automatic transmission reached 5965m on Ojos del Salado in the Atacama Region, on the Argentina-Chile border. Honda says they did not change the fuelling. Only a …

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KTM 1290 Super Duke R and X-Bow

KTM introduces X-Bow track car

Austrian motorcycle manufacturer has been making the X-Bow open-seater car since 2008 and has only now started importing them into Australia. Only a few years ago KTM Australia was saying they would never import the X-Bow, but times have changed. The X-Bow R is now being sold through two dealers: Sydney Sports Cars, Artarmon and …

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2017 KTM 390 Duke adds tech and style

KTM 390 Duke adds tech and style

The 2017 KTM 390 Duke arrival in Australia has been pushed back to late May. It will cost an extra $990, but will have more tech features and stunning styling like its biggest brother. The new model is now $6995 (+ on road costs), but has a host of changes. They include: bigger 13.5-litre metal fuel tank up from 11 …

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KTM Super Duke GT

KTM recalls 1290 Super Duke GT on fire risk

KTM Australia has recalled selected models of the 1290 Super Duke GT motorcycle over faulty fuel hoses which could leak. The VIN numbers of those Super Duke GTs affected are listed at the end of this article. They were available for sale from May 18, 2016 to February 17, 2017. The voluntary recall notice issued …

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KTM invests in Nuviz-770 HUD technology

KTM invests in HUD helmet technology

KTM appears to be joining BMW in pushing head-up display (HUD) helmet technology that integrates with their bikes and other motorists. The company’s parent, Pierer Industry AG, has invested in American HUD company Nuviz, the first to offer an aftermarket HUD accessory. The funds will help the company release their device, the Nuviz-770, which includes …

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Ibiza is a party on the roads

Ibiza is a motorcycle party on the roads

The Spanish island of Ibiza may be renowned for electronic music and night life, but automotive writer Paul Joshua reckons it’s also great for riding. “Its snaking roads connecting one beach cove to the next make it the perfect playground for exploring with a motorcycle,” says Paul who comes from Brisbane. If you have a …

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2017 Dakar Rally rider

Cheers for Aussies in 2017 Dakar Rally

Australia started with four bike competitors in the shortened 2017 Dakar Rally Dakar and ended with two finishing in the top 50, both battling injuries. Third timer Todd Smith, 31, of Condobolin, NSW is 18th after being third on stage 10 and crashing heavily while Dakar debutante Matthew Hart, 34, of Blacktown finished with a …

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Dakar swamped

Dakar swamped by water, errors

The 2017 Dakar Rally has been swamped by flood waters and complaints about vague road books and errors by officials. Stage five was halved because of torrential rain and the sixth stage was called off, leaving some competitors stranded and the second week of the rally in doubt. Defending champion Aussie Toby Price is out after …

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