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KTM 250 TPI ISSUES & SOLUTIONS: MR. KNOW-IT-ALL

TELL ME WHAT TO DO! Dear Mr. Know-It-All, I have a 2020 KTM 250XC TPI. Love the handling and suspension. Only “like” the motor performance. Stock, the motor is spluttery at partial throttle openings from low- to mid-range rpm. Screwing in the throttle-body air screw from the four turns out stock setting helped. Based upon […]

2021 KTM DUAL-SPORT & OFF-ROAD BIKES REVEALED

KTM has released the first batch of its 2021 new model line. This includes the EXC dual-sport bikes, the XCF-W off-road four-strokes and the XC-W off-road two-strokes. The official information from KTM appears below. 2021 KTM 500 EXC-F Highlights • NEW graphics with updated color scheme for a READY TO RACE appearance. • UPDATED WP […]

KTM 300 2-STROKE PROJECT: BEHIND THE BUILD

We started our trail build with the last 300XC model to come equipped with a carburetor: the 2019 KTM 300XC. This machine was fairly well-received by the carbureted community as a whole but did have some issues. One major issue was the constant need to modify jetting specs in the Mikuni unit that came on […]

2012 KTM 500EXC DUAL-SPORT: PROJECT BIKE SPOTLIGHT

One of Tom Webb’s riding buddies for way too many decades is the infamous Mark “Mental” Mangold. Tom has written about their escapades for years, and he has touted Mental as being one of the hardest of hardcore dirt bike addicts he has ever known. Back in 2012 Mental was already the owner of a […]

2020 KTM 500EXC DUAL-SPORT: FULL TEST

For 2020 the KTM 500EXC no longer has to be two different bikes to two different people. That was the mission between 2017 and 2019 when there were no pure off-road four-strokes in the KTM line. In that period KTM only offered full-blooded race bikes and dual-sport bikes—nothing in between. Now that KTM has filled […]

2020 KTM 500EXC: DUAL-SPORT VIDEO SERIES

The 2020 KTM 500EXC has undergone a moderately significant redesign, although it doesn’t look that different at a glance. It got a PDS version of the stiffer frame that most KTMs and Husqvarnas got in 2019. The motors of the Husky and KTM are identical. They both got a more compact head like that of […]

2020 KTM450SXF FACTORY EDITION: FULL TEST

The KTM 450SX-F Factory Edition has been an annual tradition since 2012. That was the year that everything turned around for the Austrian maker; the year that KTM went from being a sideshow in the Supercross circus to a headliner. At the time, it was presumed to be a one-time-only measure. Ryan Dungey had just […]

RIDING KURT CASELLI’S RACE BIKES, 2013

In September of 2013, Kurt Caselli joined the Dirt Bike staff for a photo and video shoot in the sand dunes of the Owens Valley. It would be the last of many collaborations. Three months later, he would be taken in a tragic accident that still brings us to tears.  Mark Tilley wrote this feature […]

FIRST GASGAS MODELS FROM KTM

The first of the new GasGas models to be released by KTM’s parent company Pierer Mobility are the TXT trials bikes. Today, GasGas North America, which is headquartered at the KTM facility in Murrieta, California, released the high-end trial bikes in four displacements: 125, 250, 280 and 300. The entry level models known as the […]

TAYLOR ROBERT’S CORONAVIRUS WORKOUT

Taylor Robert is stuck at home just like the rest of us. No gyms are open no tracks are running and he’s going a little crazy. Check out his KTM 450XC workout he’s developed to stay fit while he’s waiting out the apocalypse.     View this post on Instagram   No gym? No problem! […]

KTM 390 ADVENTURE: FIRST RIDE

The 2020 KTM 390 Adventure was originally scheduled to be released to the press at a mass introduction last month, but KTM officials had to rethink that. We don’t do “mass” anything these days. Instead, we drove to KTM’s office in Murrieta  and quietly loaded up a 390. We’ve been riding it all week. This […]

GASGAS OFF-ROAD BIKES TO BE SOLD UNDER RIEJU NAME

The Spanish scooter maker Rieju just announced that it has acquired the intellectual rights to manufacture the current GasGas off-road bikes. Last year, Pierer Mobility, owner of KTM, acquired a majority interest in GasGas. It was announced that going forward, the off-road bikes carrying the GasGas name would use a shared platform with KTM. The […]

FORGOTTEN FOUR-STROKES THAT SPARKED A REVOLUTION

Yamaha and Doug Henry get most of the credit for the development of the modern four-stroke, but there’s so much more to the story. As the last century came to a close, Husqvarna, Husaberg and Vertemati all played a role in what would eventually become the four-stroke revolution. Husqvarna actually started it all back in […]

KTM 500XCF-W: FULL TEST

The XCF-W is back! After three years of trail riders being limited to either a fully adorned street-legal dual-sport machine, or a lightly modified fully ballistic motocrosser, KTM has brought back a dedicated dirt bike designed for the off-road enduro/trail enthusiast. This is both a huge commitment and a costly one, as offering a legitimate […]

KTM, HUSQVARNA, GAS GAS TO SUSPEND PRODUCTION

Pierer Mobility AG, parent company of KTM, Husqvarna and Gas Gas motorcycles, today announced that production will be suspended for two weeks as a measure to prevent spread of the Coronavirus. The factory in Mattighoffen, Austria will be closed from March 30 to April 10. The nearby WP factory will likewise be closed. The measure […]

DEMO RIDE SEASON STARTS AT DAYTONA

Several manufacturers will be offering demo rides and displays at Daytona bike week and afterward. Here are a few we know of so far: BETA DEMO RIDES Hello Fellow Rider, Just a quick note that we have a few spots available at the next stop on the tour (see below) so if you have always […]

2020 KTM 500XCF-W: DIRT BIKE OFF-ROAD VIDEO SERIES

The 2020 KTM 500XCF-W is here at last! We’ve been hounding KTM for this bike for a long time, and now that’s it’s finally here, we aren’t disappointed. This is a true off-road bike–not a dual-sport bike with blinkers and not a repackaged motocross bike. It’s quiet, easy to ride and fun, but it’s just […]

KAILUB RUSSELL TO RETIRE FROM GNCC AT SEASON END

Kailub Russell has announced that he will retire from full-time GNCC competition at the end of the 2020 season. He also said that he will continue to race select events in 2021, but hasn’t said what those events will be. The following press release is from KTM’s off-road team. Following a very decorated career in […]

2020 KTM 150XC-W TPI 2-STROKE: FULL TEST

The KTM 150XC-W is the latest two-stroke in the Austrian manufacturer’s line to be equipped with the TPI fuel-delivery system. The previous year’s 150XC-W carbureted version was a favorite among the DB staff, so could KTM possibly make it better? That wouldn’t be an easy feat, and putting fuel injection on the 2020 KTM 150XC-W […]