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Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by LukasM, Dec 3, 2007.
Dammit that's cool!
Market research says we prefer the 990 instead of the 690 according KTM corporate. I'm so relieved. For a minute there, I thought I wanted one of these.
As luck would have it I was helping a friend shop for gear yesterday and we went through Scuderia West in SF to look at Rev'it gear. Well, Scuderia happened to be holding Johah Street's Rallye bike:
I personally had not seen one of these in person... and all I could do was They look so well put together! The first person who worked there said that one had been custom setup for Jonah and was the one he would use in the Dakar.
They also said they were not allowing folks to sit on, ahem, Mr. Street's Rallye... hey, I didn't ask them for a test ride! (it did have a plate on it )
The next person who worked there said that because the Dakar folks had just changed the rules, making anything above 500cc too big for the race, Jonah would not be allowed to use that bike in the race... really screws with the privateers, who now have to build EXC-based rallye bikes. Bastages. That person did say that perhaps he would be selling this one it retails for about $33,000 if you're interested.
Are KTM offloading these commercially?
40 000 $ !!!
Currently there is one of these for sale in the Flea market.
Apparently it's a bargain at $21K....
KTM is not entering its team in the Dakar?!?
It's true. There's a thread here somewhere that started in thumpers around June 1. I think it got moved (or not) but I don't know where to.
The Reason: http://www.dakar.com/2010/DAK/presentation/us/r3_1-news.html
For the 2011 event, only bikes with engines below 450cc will be allowed to compete, but drivers owning KTMs more powerful than this can still, of course, enter in 2010 – on condition that a restrictor is installed. David Castera answers the various questions being asked by the competitors in question.
Why is this regulation limiting the engine to 450cc being introduced ?
We all want a competition in which real contenders are more numerous, and in which the drivers are competing with similar machines in their hands. In order to achieve this, new constructors must be able to come to Dakar with real ambition. We know that the solution is to limit engines to 450cc. Yet we are also aware that some drivers own very sizeable engines ! All the pilots, professional or amateur, can of course participate in the 2010 edition - but with a restrictor to limit air intake to the engine.
Sure...the dakar changes its rules so KTM therefore will drop there most versatile engine and the related group of bikes. I don't think we have anything to fear with the LC4 going away any time soon.
It was not the end of the LC8 when the same thing happened to KTM at Dakar. The LC4 may just get more versatile.
Edit. Here is the link to the whole 2010 Dakar 450cc thread I was looking for: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=470813
Oh good, I was being melodramatic.
Maybe the 400 LC4 will come back.
Do you work for KTM?
I see a RFS motor in a rally 450cc bike soon ,be a nice add to the ktm 450/530 line now the they drop the XCF model .
Very Nice do you have some action pics?
I'm now working on a 950 that is going to become one of the most awesome rally replicas in the world! I'll post some pics..!