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În weekendul 23-24 octombrie peste 20 de împătimiți ai asfaltului s-au convins, pe circuitul de la Serres, de performanțele gamei KTM. Pentru a fi testate de piloții români în condiții de circuit (nivel începător), Dementor a dus în Grecia atât modele din gama SuperBike cât și din gama Naked și Supermoto, vedeta sesiunii de teste fiind KTM RC8 Red Bull Replica.

 

KTM RC8, KTM 990 SuperDuke, KTM 990 SuperDuke R, KTM 690 Duke, KTM 690 Duke R, KTM 950 SMR, KTM 690 SMC, KTM 690 SMR, KTM 450 SMR și KTM 530 EXC cu kit pentru Supermoto sunt modelele care au completat lista motocicletelor aduse pe circuitul de la Serres pentru a fi testate. Dementor KTM Track Days a fost un bun prilej pentru ca românii, care concurează în ROSBK și clienți KTM care sunt fideli gamei de off-road să se familiarizeze cu gama on-road a constructorului austriac. Printre cei care au urcat în șaua lui KTM RC8 Red Bull Replica, un Superbike creat după filozofia ”Ready to Race”, s-au numărat Ionel Pascotă (câștigător al titlului Alpe Adria, multiplu campion balcanic de SuperBike și SuperSport, câștigător al ROSBK clasa SuperSport) și Ionuț Mistode ( câștigător al ROSBK clasa SuperBike și primul pilot român care va concura în Campionatul Mondial de Anduranță).

Ionuț Mistode: ”Am rămas surprins în mod plăcut de cât de manevrabil și stabil este KTM RC8 Red Bull Replica în viraje. Este o motocicletă care te ajută mult pe un astfel de circuit și faptul că am putut să mergem cu ea exact pe același traseu pe care concurăm în ROSBK a contat foarte mult, sper să am ocazia să o pilotez și pe alte circuite”.

Dan Tatoiu (Dementor KTM): ”Ne-am implicat într-un astfel de eveniment din dorința de a aduce cât mai aproape de potențialii noștri clienți motocicletele din gama on-road. KTM RC8 Red Bull Replica este o motocicletă care stă bine pe viraje și m-a surprins încă din primul tur cu manevrabilitatea sa, cea mai bună soluție pentru un test cu o astfel de motocicletă fiind câteva tururi de pistă.Vom continua să susținem evenimente din ROSBK și sezonul viitor, când pe piața din România va fi disponibil și noul naked KTM, 125 Duke”.

 

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      KTM looked at ease of use for the 50 with an adjustable multidisc automatic clutch, lightweight WP AER air fork, PDS shock and a priority for easy handling. The 65 went a little more toward ‘race mode’ with the frame and high-performance cylinder equipped with pressure controlled exhaust valve (providing lots of torque for the competitive 65 class). To accommodate the step-up in experience and the needs of kids to continue learning meant a demand for the SX´s to keep setting standards on the track.
      This was especially relevant with the KTM 85 SX. “The 85 was taken very seriously because it is a completely new bike and we adopted the same strategy of development as the big bikes but perhaps with a little less intensity,” says Head of Motocross Platform R&D Manfred Edlinger. “A strategy usually means moving step-by-step and area-by-area to make improvements. We looked at this very closely on the 85 and we took one of our best – and smallest! – test riders to do the concept work because with kids it is always really difficult to get good feedback. We did the main comparison tests with him and for the next stage of feedback we checked with a Junior racer at a high level and in this case it was [2018 EMX 125 race winner] Rene Hofer. That collaboration in 2016 fitted really well with our schedule of development because it was the last year for him on the 85 and he used the prototype in almost all the races and won the championship with that bike. It was great, and we did the whole process together. We looked at new topics, implemented them on the test rider’s bike and then Rene was immediately riding and racing with that.”
      KTM 85 SX MY2019 © KTM/R. Schedl
      The 50 and 65s were not left behind. “We are always working to improve these models,” Edlinger adds. “The ergonomic development is a lot simpler because we use the same principals and surfaces but on a smaller scale. There are some small details that we improve frequently, such as smaller grips.”
      If there is one regular observation when it comes to the Junior SX´s then it involves the bikes’ sheer strength and power. They really are READY TO RACE. Perhaps they are slightly overwhelming for the total beginner who has missed the 50 or 65 stages. “We have a restriction kit for the KTM 50 SX MINI and this works pretty well but the bikes are race-orientated and even the KTM 50 SX is quite powerful but it is difficult to find that balance between racing and slower riding with such a small engine,” Edlinger admits.
      It is at this stage where KTM’s next project for the little SX´s comes to the fore. “The kit works well … but to be honest with the KTM SX-E 5 we’ll solve that problem and we can make different engine settings quite easily,” Edlinger says.
      Flick the Switch
      KTM have dabbled with e-mobility before. The Freeride concept for Enduro and Street have been explored and represented a benchmark of more than a decade of R&D and heavy investment. CEO of the KTM AG, Stefan Pierer, also underlined how important e-bikes will be to next generations of the company in a press presentation for the latest KTM FREERIDE E-XC model at the end of 2017. It was in October of the same year that KTM first talked about the KTM SX-E 5 and with a tentative date of 2020 for the technology to sit alongside the KTM 50 SX. The EICMA show pushed that date much closer to the present with the fetching 5kW low voltage battery powered already in finished form.
      The motivation with the KTM SX-E 5 is not only to explore alternative power. It is a significant first rung on the ladder for motorcycle riders and KTM customers generally. “[This] is a great way to get more kids on two-wheels,” says Sauer. “This bike will be super-user friendly. Our 50s currently are almost race bikes and for beginners they are too strong. With electric you can make any type of power or power-delivery that is much more controllable. This will open the field and for the minicycles I’m confident that 50 is just the start.”
      “We have quite a bit of experience with electric drive and batteries from the FREERIDE E but for concepts like the KTM SX-E 5 then you need a completely different development even if the department is the same,” he adds on the longer delivery time for what is one of KTM’s simpler but remarkably progressive motorcycles. “From year to year we gain more experience with e-mobility.”
      “We are very confident,” says Edlinger by way of an update. The engineer also admits that he’d used his own kids as unofficial test riders for the various stages of evolution! “The performance of the prototype was already on a very satisfying level, even better than what we expected. We worked on different settings for the power delivery but even with the fastest setting we saw that unexperienced kids could handle it well.”
      The KTM SX-E 5 also ended up having a few more appealing traits. “We are happy with our plans to make a ‘growing’ system, so you can change the h of the bike; this is a really nice feature and provides a bridge between the mini and the larger wheel SX.”
      KTM have worked to keep their Junior offerings as (arguably) the number one choice for kids and parents. KTM SX-E 5 is just an example of how seriously they view this compartment of their motorcycle portfolio.
      KTM SX-E 5 MY2020 © KTM
      Photos: KTM/R. Schedl | KTM
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