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  1. Beta has announced big updates to its 2020 RR-S range. The all-new Betas represent the next generation of dual sport models for the Italian manufacturer, with a major redesign to increase performance, fuel range and rideability. The 2020 RR-S dual sport range includes 4 different sizes: 350, 390, 430 and 500 cc 4-stroke engines that offer Beta customers a wide selection of bikes to take on their next adventure. Major advances have been made by the Beta team of engineers these past twelve months including introducing a completely new engine design and an all new frame that boasts a thoroughly revamped geometry and rigidity. Customers can order any RR-S with a 2″ lower seat h straight from the factory. Besides the all-new engines and frames, the sub-frame, tail section, seat, fuel tank, bodywork, and many other details are also all new. According to Beta, these changes all come together to provide a bike that is safe, reliable, and easy to ride. ADVERTISEMENT Also new for 2020 is the ability for customers to order any RR-S model straight from the factory with a 2” lower seat h (down to 35”) over the stock models. These “lowboy” models have parts installed inside the front fork and rear shock to lower the seat h. Beta USA’s popular BYOB (Build Your Own Beta) program will continue for 2020. This program allows riders to custom build his or her new Beta to fit their special needs by allowing them to choose from more than 400 accessories from a range of top aftermarket manufacturers like Dubya, Fasst Co, Acerbis, and Giant Loop. Customers can customize their new bike with options like tires, soft luggage, heavy-duty wheels, handlebars, gearing, and more, then have it delivered as configured. Read on for a breakdown of what’s new on the 2020 RR-S Line: Engine A complete redesign, with the aim of reducing the weight and bulk of moving parts, achieved by raising the clutch and moving the crankshaft back. Moving the center of gravity closer to the swingarm pivot makes for significantly better handling. An overall weight reduction of 2.2 lbs. A redesigned magnesium clutch cover, redeveloped to improve the oil flow into the clutch assembly more efficiently. Magnesium flywheel cover, redesigned in-line with the rest of the engine, now with a more functional and modern look. New water pump system that improves flow-rate and therefore the efficiency of the cooling system’s ability to transfer heat, keeping average temperatures lower, improving performance, and providing a more simplified cooling hose system. Cylinder and head redesigned matched with the updated cooling system to lower engine temperatures. Twin Injectors improve performance and increase fuel mileage. Oil circuit redesigned to provide better heat transfer between oil and water in the front section of the crankcase in order to keep the oil temperature lower. Clutch with redesigned discs in a new material to ensure smoother and more modular gear shifting. Redesigned gearing, now shorter and lighter. New gearshift mechanism with lighter cam to improve shifting. Gearshift lever redesigned in line with the new engine and frame layout. Addition of a neutral sensor. Updated EFI mapping. Chassis All-New frame with redesigned geometry and rigidity for increased agility and stability. Weight is reduced and reliability boosted with the use of precision-cast components, while comfort is improved and vibration reduced thanks to new head bolts. The frame is also narrower at the base which improves handling over difficult sections and typical off-road tracks. Modified swingarm, now longer for better stability and traction. Completely redesigned tailpiece, greater strength to reduce breakage during off road riding, all filter box components and related accessories are now housed inside it. Improved fork design compared to previous version, with new inner cartridge to lower the center of gravity providing the perfect level of plushness while also improving the action of square-edge impacts. Internal valving has been updated to work in-line with the new frame design. New rear shock absorber with: o New top-out system, now a spring to improve grip and contact with the ground during hard braking. o New longer shock bumper with more progressive compression. This ensures good protection of the buffer and improves bottoming resistance. o New valving, to work in-line with the new frame. New air filter boot. Air Filter mounting system, providing quicker and more accurate installation. Cooling system with water hoses placed inside the frame and more efficient radiators. This improves heat transfer and allows engines to operate at lower temperatures, even in the most extreme conditions. Larger capacity fuel tanks, of 2.4 US gallons (previously 2.1 gallons). Besides providing greater range, the new fuel tanks improve ergonomics and ease-of-movement in the seat. Wider handlebars for greater control. Exhaust with new layout in line with the bike’s new rear section. Side stand with bigger foot pad. New precision-cast footpegs that are better at shedding mud and teeth to increase boot grip. New chain guide, longer to suit new swingarm. New brake pedal, more robust and with larger bearings. Shorter 430/480 cc gearing compared to previous models. Design Completely new superstructure (front cowl, front and rear fenders, ducts and fairings) that improves ergonomics and the operation of all related parts. Front fender with variable thickness geometry which reduces weight and increases rigidity. New tailpiece and attachments in techno-polymer. All RR-S Models come standard with the TrailTech Voyager GPS. New handlebar protector. Redesigned seat, more comfortable when moving about on the bike. New silencer protector. New digital instruments and instrument panel. Redesigned skid plate. New rear light and license plate bracket with integrated grab handles. New frame protectors. Prices: 350 RR-S $10,599.00 390 RR-S $10,699.00 430 RR-S $10,799.00 500 RR-S $10,899.00 Availability: RR-S 4-Stroke Models November 2019 For more details and specs go to the Beta USA website.
  2. Beta has announced big updates to its 2020 RR-S range. The all-new Betas represent the next generation of dual sport models for the Italian manufacturer, with a major redesign to increase performance, fuel range and rideability. The 2020 RR-S dual sport range includes 4 different sizes: 350, 390, 430 and 500 cc 4-stroke engines that offer Beta customers a wide selection of bikes to take on their next adventure. Major advances have been made by the Beta team of engineers these past twelve months including introducing a completely new engine design and an all new frame that boasts a thoroughly revamped geometry and rigidity. Customers can order any RR-S with a 2″ lower seat h straight from the factory. Besides the all-new engines and frames, the sub-frame, tail section, seat, fuel tank, bodywork, and many other details are also all new. According to Beta, these changes all come together to provide a bike that is safe, reliable, and easy to ride. ADVERTISEMENT Also new for 2020 is the ability for customers to order any RR-S model straight from the factory with a 2” lower seat h (down to 35”) over the stock models. These “lowboy” models have parts installed inside the front fork and rear shock to lower the seat h. Beta USA’s popular BYOB (Build Your Own Beta) program will continue for 2020. This program allows riders to custom build his or her new Beta to fit their special needs by allowing them to choose from more than 400 accessories from a range of top aftermarket manufacturers like Dubya, Fasst Co, Acerbis, and Giant Loop. Customers can customize their new bike with options like tires, soft luggage, heavy-duty wheels, handlebars, gearing, and more, then have it delivered as configured. Read on for a breakdown of what’s new on the 2020 RR-S Line: Engine A complete redesign, with the aim of reducing the weight and bulk of moving parts, achieved by raising the clutch and moving the crankshaft back. Moving the center of gravity closer to the swingarm pivot makes for significantly better handling. An overall weight reduction of 2.2 lbs. A redesigned magnesium clutch cover, redeveloped to improve the oil flow into the clutch assembly more efficiently. Magnesium flywheel cover, redesigned in-line with the rest of the engine, now with a more functional and modern look. New water pump system that improves flow-rate and therefore the efficiency of the cooling system’s ability to transfer heat, keeping average temperatures lower, improving performance, and providing a more simplified cooling hose system. Cylinder and head redesigned matched with the updated cooling system to lower engine temperatures. Twin Injectors improve performance and increase fuel mileage. Oil circuit redesigned to provide better heat transfer between oil and water in the front section of the crankcase in order to keep the oil temperature lower. Clutch with redesigned discs in a new material to ensure smoother and more modular gear shifting. Redesigned gearing, now shorter and lighter. New gearshift mechanism with lighter cam to improve shifting. Gearshift lever redesigned in line with the new engine and frame layout. Addition of a neutral sensor. Updated EFI mapping. Chassis All-New frame with redesigned geometry and rigidity for increased agility and stability. Weight is reduced and reliability boosted with the use of precision-cast components, while comfort is improved and vibration reduced thanks to new head bolts. The frame is also narrower at the base which improves handling over difficult sections and typical off-road tracks. Modified swingarm, now longer for better stability and traction. Completely redesigned tailpiece, greater strength to reduce breakage during off road riding, all filter box components and related accessories are now housed inside it. Improved fork design compared to previous version, with new inner cartridge to lower the center of gravity providing the perfect level of plushness while also improving the action of square-edge impacts. Internal valving has been updated to work in-line with the new frame design. New rear shock absorber with: o New top-out system, now a spring to improve grip and contact with the ground during hard braking. o New longer shock bumper with more progressive compression. This ensures good protection of the buffer and improves bottoming resistance. o New valving, to work in-line with the new frame. New air filter boot. Air Filter mounting system, providing quicker and more accurate installation. Cooling system with water hoses placed inside the frame and more efficient radiators. This improves heat transfer and allows engines to operate at lower temperatures, even in the most extreme conditions. Larger capacity fuel tanks, of 2.4 US gallons (previously 2.1 gallons). Besides providing greater range, the new fuel tanks improve ergonomics and ease-of-movement in the seat. Wider handlebars for greater control. Exhaust with new layout in line with the bike’s new rear section. Side stand with bigger foot pad. New precision-cast footpegs that are better at shedding mud and teeth to increase boot grip. New chain guide, longer to suit new swingarm. New brake pedal, more robust and with larger bearings. Shorter 430/480 cc gearing compared to previous models. Design Completely new superstructure (front cowl, front and rear fenders, ducts and fairings) that improves ergonomics and the operation of all related parts. Front fender with variable thickness geometry which reduces weight and increases rigidity. New tailpiece and attachments in techno-polymer. All RR-S Models come standard with the TrailTech Voyager GPS. New handlebar protector. Redesigned seat, more comfortable when moving about on the bike. New silencer protector. New digital instruments and instrument panel. Redesigned skid plate. New rear light and license plate bracket with integrated grab handles. New frame protectors. Prices: 350 RR-S $10,599.00 390 RR-S $10,699.00 430 RR-S $10,799.00 500 RR-S $10,899.00 Availability: RR-S 4-Stroke Models November 2019 For more details and specs go to the Beta USA website.
  3. Riding a maxi scooter in what many call the ultimate Trans-European off-road adventure rally may sound like a strange choice, but to Paris-Dakar veteran Renato Zocchi it made perfect sense. “Many would never imagine it,” he says, “to run with something no one would have chosen to do a race like this, side by side with the single-cylinder and twin-cylinder enduros.” His results at the finish of the Gibraltar race — 1st in Class 2 (601cc – 950cc) and 7th overall — are a big win for Honda’s crossover X-ADV 750. Even more so when you consider Zocchi and his ADV scooter were competing against a field of hardcore adventure bikes in Class 2 ranging from the KTM 950 Super Enduro and 790 Adventure R to Husqvarna’s 701 Enduro and BMW’s F 800 GS Adventure. ADVERTISEMENT This was Zocchi’s second time at the Gibraltar Race on Honda’s X-ADV 750 crossover – a race that covered over 7,000 km and 14 grueling stages. He says he owes his success in this year’s race partly to lessons learned on his first attempt, but mostly to improvements made the adventure scooter. Some upgrades came from Honda via new model year upgrades that included more advanced electronics, most notably the addition of the G-switch, Honda’s Selectable Torque Control (HSTC), an off-road mode that optimizes power and traction control for adventure-riding conditions. While he kept the engine and chassis stock, Zocchi worked with Rollfactory and Honda Italy’s racing department to raise the bike’s frame in order to provide the ground clearance necessary to race the technical conditions along the Gibraltar’s route from the Baltic Sea to the Atlantic. He added an SC-Project exhaust system and Öhlins dialed in the X-ADV’s suspension. Lastly, BARTubeless wheels were added and shod with Anlas Capra X tires. Now in its fourth year, the Gibraltar Race is known for its challenging conditions: Fourteen consecutive dawn departures, difficult navigation on courses 300 to 600 kilometers in length, most of it dirt roads and singletrack. During this year’s event temperatures ranged from 35 to a scorching 120°F, taking a massive toll on both riders and their machines. Zocchi says that it was only because of the technology and extreme reliability of the Honda that his victorious finish was possible. 2019 Gibraltar Race Route. It might have also had a little something to do with multi-titled national champion and seasoned Paris-Dakar racer’s skills, but definitely a feather in Honda’s cap as well. To top off his victory, Zocchi allowed himself and his steed a day of rest, then mounted up the X-ADV and rode it 2,000 kilometers to his home near Milan. For the time being we will have to watch this interesting machine from a distance as there are no plans to bring it to North America anytime soon. Photos by Rally Cool! Photography Author: Jamie Elvidge Jamie has been a motorcycle journalist for more than 30 years, testing the entire range of bikes for the major print magazines and specializing in adventure-travel related stories. To date she’s written and supplied photography for articles describing what it’s like to ride in all 50 states and 43 foreign countries, receiving two Lowell Thomas Society of American Travel Writer’s Awards along the way. Her most-challenging adventure yet has been riding in the 2018 GS Trophy in Mongolia as Team AusAmerica’s embedded journalist.
  4. Riding a maxi scooter in what many call the ultimate Trans-European off-road adventure rally may sound like a strange choice, but to Paris-Dakar veteran Renato Zocchi it made perfect sense. “Many would never imagine it,” he says, “to run with something no one would have chosen to do a race like this, side by side with the single-cylinder and twin-cylinder enduros.” His results at the finish of the Gibraltar race — 1st in Class 2 (601cc – 950cc) and 7th overall — are a big win for Honda’s crossover X-ADV 750. Even more so when you consider Zocchi and his ADV scooter were competing against a field of hardcore adventure bikes in Class 2 ranging from the KTM 950 Super Enduro and 790 Adventure R to Husqvarna’s 701 Enduro and BMW’s F 800 GS Adventure. This was Zocchi’s second time at the Gibraltar Race on Honda’s X-ADV 750 crossover – a race that covered over 7,000 km and 14 grueling stages. He says he owes his success in this year’s race partly to lessons learned on his first attempt, but mostly to improvements made the adventure scooter. Some upgrades came from Honda via new model year upgrades that included more advanced electronics, most notably the addition of the G-switch, Honda’s Selectable Torque Control (HSTC), an off-road mode that optimizes power and traction control for adventure-riding conditions. ADVERTISEMENT While he kept the engine and chassis stock, Zocchi worked with Rollfactory and Honda Italy’s racing department to raise the bike’s frame in order to provide the ground clearance necessary to race the technical conditions along the Gibraltar’s route from the Baltic Sea to the Atlantic. He added an SC-Project exhaust system and Öhlins dialed in the X-ADV’s suspension. Lastly, BARTubeless wheels were added and shod with Anlas Capra X tires. Now in its fourth year, the Gibraltar Race is known for its challenging conditions: Fourteen consecutive dawn departures, difficult navigation on courses 300 to 600 kilometers in length, most of it dirt roads and singletrack. During this year’s event temperatures ranged from 35 to a scorching 120°F, taking a massive toll on both riders and their machines. Zocchi says that it was only because of the technology and extreme reliability of the Honda that his victorious finish was possible. 2019 Gibraltar Race Route. It might have also had a little something to do with multi-titled national champion and seasoned Paris-Dakar racer’s skills, but definitely a feather in Honda’s cap as well. To top off his victory, Zocchi allowed himself and his steed a day of rest, then mounted up the X-ADV and rode it 2,000 kilometers to his home near Milan. For the time being we will have to watch this interesting machine from a distance as there are no plans to bring it to North America anytime soon. Photos by Rally Cool! Photography Author: Jamie Elvidge Jamie has been a motorcycle journalist for more than 30 years, testing the entire range of bikes for the major print magazines and specializing in adventure-travel related stories. To date she’s written and supplied photography for articles describing what it’s like to ride in all 50 states and 43 foreign countries, receiving two Lowell Thomas Society of American Travel Writer’s Awards along the way. Her most-challenging adventure yet has been riding in the 2018 GS Trophy in Mongolia as Team AusAmerica’s embedded journalist.
  5. Back when legendary enduro racer Chris Birch was coaching amateur participants for KTM’s Ultimate Race he wasn’t thinking much about the Hellas Rally in Greece. He just knew the KTM 790 Adventure R had the potential to kick ass on a serious level. Now, having finished a remarkable 4th place overall in what has become one of Europe’s most challenging rallies — an event geared heavily toward lighter 450cc machines and not do-it-all adventure bikes — he’s more than proven his theory. “It’s hard to believe how well [it] handles in the most extreme situations until you’ve raced one,” he says of the bike, a machine more reminiscent of the big-bore Paris-Dakar bikes we watched in the 90s than the dirt bikes you see competing in today’s rallies. ”What I Loved Most About Racing the 790 R” ADVERTISEMENT When asked what he loves most about racing the KTM 790 Adventure R, Birch says firstly it’s the bike’s extremely capable suspension. “On day three of the race I hit two huge bumps in a row whilst struggling with the dust. It just ate up the bumps and went straight ahead —incredible for stock suspension.” Birch says he felt comfortable pushing the KTM 790 Adventure R hard during the grueling seven-day event, no matter how diverse the terrain. He also cites the bike’s braking system as a feature that encouraged complete confidence. “Managing your brakes’ temperature in long stages is really a crucial thing,” says Birch. With some of the stages including more than 400 km of riding per day he adds that confidence in the braking system gave him less to worry about so he could focus fully his performance. Birch describes the power delivery from the bike’s parallel twin as smooth and tractable, and despite the engine’s potent 95hp output, it delivered all the torquey goodness (65 ft-lbs) necessary to find traction on the most tricky and slippery parts of the trail. Also on his list of favorite features is the 790’s 5.3-gallon fuel tank and claimed 280-mile range, which allowed him a huge advantage over most of his Hellas competitors who were riding smaller bikes. He says he never had to worry about conserving fuel during the event. But to come out on the winning end of a 7-day, 1200 kilometer rally raid with a smile on your face requires a bike that’s comfortable as well as competitive. Birch loves that there are seat options available from KTM PowerParts, and opted to go with the taller version for the Hellas. “The seat gave me total freedom to move my weight all the way forwards and back. It just made riding easier,” he says, plus “it felt great to finish this long week of riding without a sore arse.” In a past video Birch also praised the 790 Adventure R’s Rally Mode with its on-the-fly traction control options, as well as the bike’s overall ergonomic triangle and how the compact fuel tank shape allows for a deeper, more forward seating position that’s perfect for aggressive maneuvering. “You can do so much on this bike sitting down,” he says, “which really saves you for long days of adventure riding.” WATCH: Chris Birch also shares some of his favorite features on the KTM 790 Adventure R for Adventure Riding. Birch was excited going into the Hellas on the KTM 790 R because he knew it was capable, but was eager to explore its full potential in real race conditions. “It was a huge highlight for me to learn how to get the most out of this cool machine,” he says. “It’s an amazing motorcycle and I enjoyed every moment of racing it.” Photos by Actiongraphers Author: Jamie Elvidge Jamie has been a motorcycle journalist for more than 30 years, testing the entire range of bikes for the major print magazines and specializing in adventure-travel related stories. To date she’s written and supplied photography for articles describing what it’s like to ride in all 50 states and 43 foreign countries, receiving two Lowell Thomas Society of American Travel Writer’s Awards along the way. Her most-challenging adventure yet has been riding in the 2018 GS Trophy in Mongolia as Team AusAmerica’s embedded journalist.
  6. Back when legendary enduro racer Chris Birch was coaching amateur participants for KTM’s Ultimate Race he wasn’t thinking much about the Hellas Rally in Greece. He just knew the KTM 790 Adventure R had the potential to kick ass on a serious level. Now, having finished a remarkable 4th place overall in what has become one of Europe’s most challenging rallies — an event geared heavily toward lighter 450cc machines and not do-it-all adventure bikes — he’s more than proven his theory. “It’s hard to believe how well [it] handles in the most extreme situations until you’ve raced one,” he says of the bike, a machine more reminiscent of the big-bore Paris-Dakar bikes we watched in the 90s than the dirt bikes you see competing in today’s rallies. ”What I Loved Most About Racing the 790 R” ADVERTISEMENT When asked what he loves most about racing the KTM 790 Adventure R, Birch says firstly it’s the bike’s extremely capable suspension. “On day three of the race I hit two huge bumps in a row whilst struggling with the dust. It just ate up the bumps and went straight ahead —incredible for stock suspension.” Birch says he felt comfortable pushing the KTM 790 Adventure R hard during the grueling seven-day event, no matter how diverse the terrain. He also cites the bike’s braking system as a feature that encouraged complete confidence. “Managing your brakes’ temperature in long stages is really a crucial thing,” says Birch. With some of the stages including more than 400 km of riding per day he adds that confidence in the braking system gave him less to worry about so he could focus fully his performance. Birch describes the power delivery from the bike’s parallel twin as smooth and tractable, and despite the engine’s potent 95hp output, it delivered all the torquey goodness (65 ft-lbs) necessary to find traction on the most tricky and slippery parts of the trail. Also on his list of favorite features is the 790’s 5.3-gallon fuel tank and claimed 280-mile range, which allowed him a huge advantage over most of his Hellas competitors who were riding smaller bikes. He says he never had to worry about conserving fuel during the event. But to come out on the winning end of a 7-day, 1200 kilometer rally raid with a smile on your face requires a bike that’s comfortable as well as competitive. Birch loves that there are seat options available from KTM PowerParts, and opted to go with the taller version for the Hellas. “The seat gave me total freedom to move my weight all the way forwards and back. It just made riding easier,” he says, plus “it felt great to finish this long week of riding without a sore arse.” In a past video Birch also praised the 790 Adventure R’s Rally Mode with its on-the-fly traction control options, as well as the bike’s overall ergonomic triangle and how the compact fuel tank shape allows for a deeper, more forward seating position that’s perfect for aggressive maneuvering. “You can do so much on this bike sitting down,” he says, “which really saves you for long days of adventure riding.” WATCH: Chris Birch also shares some of his favorite features on the KTM 790 Adventure R for Adventure Riding. Birch was excited going into the Hellas on the KTM 790 R because he knew it was capable, but was eager to explore its full potential in real race conditions. “It was a huge highlight for me to learn how to get the most out of this cool machine,” he says. “It’s an amazing motorcycle and I enjoyed every moment of racing it.” Photos by Actiongraphers Author: Jamie Elvidge Jamie has been a motorcycle journalist for more than 30 years, testing the entire range of bikes for the major print magazines and specializing in adventure-travel related stories. To date she’s written and supplied photography for articles describing what it’s like to ride in all 50 states and 43 foreign countries, receiving two Lowell Thomas Society of American Travel Writer’s Awards along the way. Her most-challenging adventure yet has been riding in the 2018 GS Trophy in Mongolia as Team AusAmerica’s embedded journalist.
  7. From the beginning of the official Global Partnership between Yamaha and custom bike-builder Deus in 2013, the collaboration has been growing stronger resulting in a wide range of unique builds over the years. The latest offering, the Swank Rally 700, takes the classic essence of Deus and blends it with Yamaha’s versatile and easily customizable XSR700. The result is a custom creation with vintage cues that delivers the engaging riding experience that the XSR is known for. According to Yamaha, the heritage infused XSR700 was the ideal base for the build with its 689cc motor’s strong linear torque and agile lightweight chassis. With off-road use in mind, Deus mounted a Yamaha Super Ténéré 1200 front end, including 43mm inverted forks with 7.5 inches of travel, along with a 19″ front wheel and dual 310mm hydraulic discs. ADVERTISEMENT Softer springs were used to account for the lower weight of the XSR700 and an Öhlins mono-shock rear was fitted with about 7.0 inches of travel, along with a 17” rear wheel to balance it out. Kineo tubeless spoke wheels were fitted front and rear with Metzeler Karoo 3 rubber for improved grip in the dirt. Custom work includes a hand-beaten aluminium tank and a handmade saddle as well as a handcrafted aluminium skid plate. Keeping in true vintage off-road style, Acerbis front and rear fenders are mounted and Acerbis aluminium supports hold vintage plastic hand guards. A proper throaty growl signs off the Swank Rally 700 with a lighter custom 2-in-1 SC exhaust. Race Ready The Swank Rally 700 broke cover and was on display at this year’s The Reunion bike event at the historic Monza circuit, Italy in May before moving on to a big adventure, The Sardinia Swank Rally. Celebrating the legendary Rally of Sardinia, first created by Renato Zocchi in 1984 after his return from the Dakar, the Swank Rally has two classes, one for vintage and one for modern machines. The Swank Rally 700 was the perfect bike to tackle the epic competition, bringing a mix of Yamaha’s Faster Sons vibe, Deus custom magic and XSR rideability to the event. Having successfully contested in Sardinia, it was on to Biarritz for the next stage of the summer. Contemporary Machines Mixed With Timeless Style According to Yamaha, their Sport Heritage range is a major success with riders who appreciate the unique formula that blends timeless style with a special character, sophisticated engine and chassis technology. “This retro appeal mixed with contemporary high-tech motorcycles are enabling today’s riders to discover the true essence of motorcycling,” says Yamaha. The partnership between Deus and Yamaha continues to bring a shared passion for emotional riding experiences and the custom lifestyle to an engaged fanbase of two-wheel enthusiasts around the world. The Swank Rally 700 bike build is available in Milan as a custom order. For more information go to the Deus website. Photos by Filippo Maffei, Marco Renieri, Monti Smith
  8. From the beginning of the official Global Partnership between Yamaha and custom bike-builder Deus in 2013, the collaboration has been growing stronger resulting in a wide range of unique builds over the years. The latest offering, the Swank Rally 700, takes the classic essence of Deus and blends it with Yamaha’s versatile and easily customizable XSR700. The result is a custom creation with vintage cues that delivers the engaging riding experience that the XSR is known for. According to Yamaha, the heritage infused XSR700 was the ideal base for the build with its 689cc motor’s strong linear torque and agile lightweight chassis. With off-road use in mind, Deus mounted a Yamaha Super Ténéré 1200 front end, including 43mm inverted forks with 7.5 inches of travel, along with a 19″ front wheel and dual 310mm hydraulic discs. ADVERTISEMENT Softer springs were used to account for the lower weight of the XSR700 and an Öhlins mono-shock rear was fitted with about 7.0 inches of travel, along with a 17” rear wheel to balance it out. Kineo tubeless spoke wheels were fitted front and rear with Metzeler Karoo 3 rubber for improved grip in the dirt. Custom work includes a hand-beaten aluminium tank and a handmade saddle as well as a handcrafted aluminium skid plate. Keeping in true vintage off-road style, Acerbis front and rear fenders are mounted and Acerbis aluminium supports hold vintage plastic hand guards. A proper throaty growl signs off the Swank Rally 700 with a lighter custom 2-in-1 SC exhaust. Race Ready The Swank Rally 700 broke cover and was on display at this year’s The Reunion bike event at the historic Monza circuit, Italy in May before moving on to a big adventure, The Sardinia Swank Rally. Celebrating the legendary Rally of Sardinia, first created by Renato Zocchi in 1984 after his return from the Dakar, the Swank Rally has two classes, one for vintage and one for modern machines. The Swank Rally 700 was the perfect bike to tackle the epic competition, bringing a mix of Yamaha’s Faster Sons vibe, Deus custom magic and XSR rideability to the event. Having successfully contested in Sardinia, it was on to Biarritz for the next stage of the summer. Contemporary Machines Mixed With Timeless Style According to Yamaha, their Sport Heritage range is a major success with riders who appreciate the unique formula that blends timeless style with a special character, sophisticated engine and chassis technology. “This retro appeal mixed with contemporary high-tech motorcycles are enabling today’s riders to discover the true essence of motorcycling,” says Yamaha. The partnership between Deus and Yamaha continues to bring a shared passion for emotional riding experiences and the custom lifestyle to an engaged fanbase of two-wheel enthusiasts around the world. The Swank Rally 700 bike build is available in Milan as a custom order. For more information go to the Deus website. Photos by Filippo Maffei, Marco Renieri, Monti Smith
  9. We’ve all been there, sweating buckets while swaddled in our ATGATT ensembles, watching in near delirious fascination as the sun beats the road’s edge in a mirage of shimmering liquid. Riding in intense temperatures — hot or cold — not only wears on the body, depleting mental cognition and increasing reaction times, it just plain sucks. Enter the M-Clima Vest, a new solution from Rukka, that’s engineered to overcome weather conditions as much as it is for impact protection. The M-Clima is intended to quickly cool a rider’s core in hot temperatures and during exertion, as well as heat it when temperatures drop. ADVERTISEMENT Two completely separate systems are at work in the M-Clima Vest. For heating, the vest uses flexible, silicone panels that heat to roughly 113 ºF. There are no heated wires, so no worries about hot spots, though the system’s on/off only toggle doesn’t allow for linear adjustment. So yeah, whatever, there are a multitude of heated e-vest options out there. The big news is the cooling potential of the M-Clima, especially for adventure riders, who’re not only out in the heat, but often riding hard in it. The basic concept is forced evaporative cooling. Yup, swamp cooling. You know that pleasant chill you feel when air rushes through the open vents of your sweaty kit? It’s like that, but with way more air being circulated. Rukka claims 7 liters of cooling air can be drawn into the vest per second, which is then delivered via small holes in the garment’s lining to circulate at 5 meters per second. So, it’s not cool air exactly, but rather a huge amount of ‘outside air’ being drawn in and distributed to wick away perspiration, keeping your skin dry and your temperature regulated. A remote control lets the rider easily switch from cooling to heating. It’s not magic, just a mechanical blower that’s powered by attaching either the unit’s rechargeable lithium-ion battery for up to two hours of cooling, or by wiring the vest to your bike’s battery for an endless breeze. (The heat function works only when powered by the DC current on your bike.) We like that the vest comes with the untethered battery option so it can be used for extracurricular activities like bicycling or hiking. And since swamp cooling can be a stinky affair, it’s also nice the vest is washable. The plastic blower unit hangs down from the left side of the vest and must be kept outside of your gear for air flow. It’s not a small device, and for those concerned about impact in the case of a fall, Rukka wants you to know it’s backed by D3O armor. One test monitored one everyday rider in mediocre shape and one pro enduro rider in top shape as they sped across a hour+ long on/off-road course in Spain’s Pyrenees with and without the M-Clima Vest. The results were interesting. Both riders saw a significant reduction in body temperature during the run with the vests despite wearing Gore-tex lined jackets and Cordura pants. In fact, neither rider even reached the threshold for perspiration (temps were in the high 70s) and both saw an averaged heart rate decrease of 10 bpm with the vests on, so not only were they dry and comfortable, their bodies were notably less stressed. Last summer, as I rode through California’s high desert in temps as high as 118 ºF, wetting my base layer and stuffing frozen ice pop tubes in my jacket at every stop, I would have given my right arm for an M-Clima vest. The ice pops were cheap, but the cooling effect only lasted about 15 minutes. Rukka’s new cooling/heating M-Clima Vest (available in late July), is definitely not a budget item at $1200, but it could definitely put a little superhero in your step, while widening the window of your riding season. Shopping Options Author: Jamie Elvidge Jamie has been a motorcycle journalist for more than 30 years, testing the entire range of bikes for the major print magazines and specializing in adventure-travel related stories. To date she’s written and supplied photography for articles describing what it’s like to ride in all 50 states and 43 foreign countries, receiving two Lowell Thomas Society of American Travel Writer’s Awards along the way. Her most-challenging adventure yet has been riding in the 2018 GS Trophy in Mongolia as Team AusAmerica’s embedded journalist.
  10. Adventure riders are often exposed to all kinds of weather and harsh terrain, so our gear needs to be rugged and weatherproof. Nelson Rigg has been making motorcycle luggage since 1972, so they know a thing or two about building durable and versatile gear. They got into the adventure market a few years ago and now have a pretty complete line of luggage that they call Rigg Gear for those of us that like to get off the beaten path. A good set of waterproof saddlebags are an essential piece of kit for any adventure motorcycle, so we decided to try out the budget-friendly Nelson Rigg Sierra Dry Saddlebags to see if they were up to the test. The Rigg Gear Sierra Dry Saddlebags are medium sized waterproof bags that hold 27.5 liters each. Made out of a heavy-duty, durable PVC Material with electronically welded seams, they feature a roll-top closure to keep water out. Two adjustable straps with Velcro go over your seat and provide a wide range of adjustment to accommodate a variety of bikes with pannier racks. Rugged Velcro mounting straps help customize the fit of the bags for a wide variety of motorcycles. Each bag attaches to pannier racks with four straps that go into quick-release metal buckles mounted to the bag. While they are designed to work with pannier racks, this customizable setup may still allow you to mount the bags on bikes without racks using the passenger footpeg mounts and subframe. A removable foam pad attaches to the back of each bag with Velcro to help prevent the bags from scratching your bike. Four straps with aluminum G-Hook buckles keep the bags closed, one on each end of the roll top closure and two that go over the top. ADVERTISEMENT Plastic stiffeners are included which mount inside the bags and help them maintain their shape when empty. To make loading and unloading the bags easier, each bag has its own removable liner with carrying handles. D-Rings and long straps allow you to attach extra luggage to the top of the saddle bags as well. [embedded content] How They Performed Installation of the Sierra Dry Saddlebags was pretty straight forward once you lay everything out and determine where all the straps will go. The internal plastic stiffeners did prove to be a bit of a challenge to get them to fit into their mounting pockets, but eventually fit quite well and really do help keep the shape of the bags looking nice when they are empty. Overall, the install is fairly easy and the materials and craftsmanship all seem to be of high quality. Waterproof saddlebags are a great way to carry all of your gear and they help keep the center of gravity lower which can really affect the handling of tall motorcycles. While a lot of luggage products claim to be waterproof, the Sierra Dry Saddlebags certainly proved they are – not one drop of water has gotten inside the bags despite being subjected to intense weather. In addition, the removable liner bags make loading the saddlebags quite convenient and they slide into the saddlebags easily when stuffed with gear. Once you get to your destination, all you have to do is open the bags and pull out the liners by their carry handles and take your belongings to your tent or hotel room for the night. Quick-Release G-Hook buckles allow you to open up the bags without completely unstrapping the tension straps. Mounting was also secure on the bike and they don’t bounce around much on rough terrain. The aluminum buckles that are used on the closure keep the bags closed and allow you to get into the bags quickly. Although, adjusting the straps for different volumes takes a fair amount of effort due to stiff nylon webbing that doesn’t slide through the buckles smoothly. Another small nitpick of the design is with the elastic loops used to hold down any excess strap material after you tighten the bags. These loops are nice for tidying up any dangling straps but they are already beginning to stretch out. The elastic loops are convenient for holding excess strap material but we did notice they had a tendency to stretch out over time. Who Are They For The Sierra Dry Saddlebags are a good option for riders that need rugged and waterproof luggage that won’t break the bank. Soft luggage is a great option for those that want to keep the load light on the bike and the secure mounting straps ensure you can use them in rigorous terrain. Our Verdict The bottom line is that this is a great value for rugged waterproof luggage. These bags have held up well and haven’t let any water in so far. You can usually mount or remove these bags in just a few minutes with their quick release buckles and Velcro top straps, so converting your bike to travel mode is easy. The mounting options for these bags and the long mounting straps mean that you can simply move these bags to different bikes which is a great option if you have multiple motorcycles or change bikes often. If you are in the market for saddlebags, these are certainly worth considering. What We Liked Good value. Proved to be 100% waterproof in wet conditions. Solid construction with secure mounting. What Could Be Improved Stiff straps make it difficult to adjust tension on the buckles. Elastic loops that hold extra straps tend to stretch out quickly. Sierra Dry Saddlebags Specs COLOR: Black or Black/Yellow SIZE: 27.5 Liters each side CONSTRUCTION:24oz. Tarpaulin PVC shell with 2 lightweight inner liners DIMENSIONS: 15” (L) X 8” (W) X 14” (H) PRICE: $185.18 Shopping Options Photos by Chad Berger Author: Chad Berger He’s a freelance journalist, photographer and tour guide from Wisconsin. Since 2004, Chad has been riding dual sport and adventure bikes all over the Midwest, the Black Hills of South Dakota, Moab, Baja, Alaska and many other places in between. He shares his experiences through the photography, videos and stories he produces from his trips. In 2008, Chad created a 600-mile dual sport route called the Trans Wisconsin Adventure Trail (TWAT), which eventually led to his becoming a tour guide for RIDE Adventures.
  11. Giant Loop has just released a major update of its Tracker Packer line of ruggedized holsters for GPS-enabled emergency beacons/communicators. Two new models, compatible with SPOT Gen3 and with Garmin inReach Mini, feature redundant anchor straps, quick-adjusting accessory arm bands, an unobstructed view of and access to all controls, and an included redundant tether adding yet another layer of security. Tracker Packers enable backcountry adventurers who travel beyond cell phone range to stay safer during all of their outdoor adventures— with help just a push of a button away. Following best safety practices, the Tracker Packer firmly attaches the emergency device to the user’s backpack, shoulder strap, upper arm or lower leg, reducing the risk of the device separating from the user or not being within reach and in plain sight when need arises. ADVERTISEMENT Featuring redundant closures, multiple connections, and tether points, the compact and lightweight holster is designed to remain secure, even in the roughest, most extreme conditions. By keeping the device in a visible, easy-to-access location, anyone on scene in the event of an emergency can quickly deploy the device’s SOS signal sending the GPS location to an international emergency response coordination center. Tracker Packers for Garmin inReach Mini and SPOT Gen3 are not just for emergencies. When traveling beyond cell service, backcountry travelers can communicate via satellite text messages, sent and received directly from the Garmin inReach Mini. “OK” and other pre-programmed messages can be sent from the SPOT Gen3. Giant Loop donates a portion of all Tracker Packer sales to the nonprofit Kurt Caselli Foundation, which focuses on the safety of riders and racers in the off-road motorcycling industry. Giant Loop worked with US off-road motorcycle racing legend Quinn Cody to test and develop the Tracker Packer holsters. The updated holster features include a high-visibility tag imprinted with “SOS,” elastic antennae anchor (Garmin only), screen prints of the Kurt Caselli Foundation’s “Caselli 66” logo and Giant Loop’s GL logo, a redundant double hook-and-loop attachment system, a heavy duty hook-and-loop extension band for wearing on the upper arm or lower leg above the boot, grippy backing, foam padding to absorb shock and vibration and a redundant tether cord for additional security. Constructed with military-specification components and materials, the Tracker Packer for Garmin inReach Mini and Tracker Packer for SPOT Gen3 are backed by Giant Loop’s limited lifetime warranty. USA MSRP is $39 (also available for the Delorme inReach – MSRP $50). The Tracker Packer is available bundled with the Garmin inReach Mini or SPOT Gen3 exclusively at Giant Loop’s GL Adventure Shop warehouse showroom in Bend, Oregon, and online at www.giantloopmoto.com. Main Features • Caselli 66 and GL logos printed on holster • Redundant double hook-and-loop attachment system with tether cord (Garmin inReach Mini and SPOT Gen3) • 2″ heavy duty hook-and-loop band with Slip-Not grippy backing • Elastic shock cord retainer loop for Garmin inReach Mini antenna • Foam padding to absorb shock and vibration • Reflective trim for visibility • Fully bound seams • Webbing loops for additional mounting and tethering options • Mil-spec materials and hardware • Limited Lifetime Warranty • Made in USA
  12. When Londoner Henry Crew started riding motorcycles at age 19 he couldn’t get enough. He sold his car, bought a 1982 Yamaha XS400 and immediately felt his life shift in a new and positive direction. Four years later he was riding away from home, solo and unsupported, on a journey that would make him the youngest person to circumnavigate the globe on a motorcycle. This last April, 381 days and nearly 53,000 miles later, Henry returned home to a cheering London mob as a new record breaker. His improbable mount for the journey: A Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled, a bike he says he chose because it’s light and nimble, great off and on road, and holds highway speed. ADVERTISEMENT “Conventional things normally suck,” he explains. “Why would you choose to do something a certain way just because everyone else does. Elspeth Beard did it on her BMW R60. You can do it on any bike. If locals can ride around the most remote parts of the world every day on banged up old Chinese bikes then you’ll be fine.” So how did Henry’s RTW quest come about in the first place? “I was putting in 60-70-hour weeks and getting pretty depressed with work in general,” he says. He kept planning small trips on his bike that would never happen because he was working so much. And then one morning he turned on his computer and an article came up about Kane Avellano being the youngest man to circumnavigate the globe on a motorcycle. “As soon as I saw I could beat it I decided to do it, right there and then.” Eleven months later Henry was on the road, green to adventure riding, with no planned route. His quest for the record attempt had a few requirements. He needed to start and end in the same place, travel at least 24,500 miles (he ended up riding 20,000 extra miles) and hit several antipodal points (opposite points in relation to the globe) proven by evidentiary receipts, time stamped photos or videos, witness reports or GPS tracks, that is if Henry had been using a GPS. In another unconventional move Henry navigated his entire journey using only google maps and his iPhone 6. That’s a lot of routing on a trip that took him to 35 countries through Europe, Russia, down and back up Kazakhstan, through Azerbaijan, Iran, Pakistan, India, Southeast Asia, Malaysia and then Western Australia. From Australia he flew to Chile, rode to Colombia, took a boat to Panama, rode every country in Central America, up through Mexico and into North America where he rode for a couple of months, and finally to NYC from which he flew to Lisbon, Portugal, and rode on to return to London just one month younger than Kane Avellano had been. “Kane’s record was 23 years and 365 days as he got back on his 24th birthday. I beat that by just under a month,” he added. We can hear you thinking… how can a 23-year-old have enough dough on hand to pack up and ride around the world for a year? “Hard work,” Henry will tell you. “I worked stupid hours, took every job available, moved back to my parents, saved everything, spent all my savings and still had to take out a loan.” Henry also had a pretty big setback a few months into the planning. He was originally going to use his daily ride for the journey but totaled it in a crash. Luckily, Ducati came to the rescue and eventually loaned him a bike for the trip. Henry says in the end the whole year cost him about £20,000 (around $35,000 U.S), and that was with staying with friends he met on social media 70% of the time (he says the rest of the time was split between camping, hotels or hostels). “Money was one of the biggest and most consistent stresses,” Henry adds. Riding to Cope In spite of his financial worries, Henry decided to raise money for the Movember Foundation with his trip. The charity that — yes — asks men to sprout a ‘stache during the month of November to support prostate cancer research, but fewer realize has grown to be a world-renown supporter of men’s mental health issues as well. “As soon as I decided to do the trip I knew I wanted to make money for Movember,” says Henry. “The act of riding a motorcycle has been helping me deal with my mental health. I had issues with depression. Issues with anxiety as well. I just kind of put up with it. No one was talking about mental health,” he says, except Movember. Of course Henry had many ups and downs during his journey. Highlights being riding the beaches of Esperance in Australia, and spending time in the Himalayas, which felt like a huge accomplishment. He also met his girlfriend during his travels. On the grittier side he says “I went blind from altitude sickness for a few hours in the Himalayas, stayed in a prison for my own protection in Pakistan, had landslides and monsoons, fled from the police in Honduras and had a car spin out and stop about 30cm from my back wheel coming down a hill in Chile.” Machine vs World How did the Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled, survive the journey? There were the expected wear issues: “The clutch went really early on, I had a couple of oil pump issues too, other than that it was bearings going at inconvenient times, punctures, chains and sprockets and bent shift levers, etc.” Otherwise Henry says his unorthodox mount behaved well and was a pleasure to ride both on and off-road, comfortable enough of the highway and really fun to ride on the twisty roads. The only modifications to the Scrambler were the addition of a rear luggage rack, engine guards, off-road pegs and a fly screen. Henry also added Bark Buster Hand Guards and a pair of 6.6L (1.75 gallon) Rotopax fuel flasks, which he mounted to the bike using generic mounting plates. The Record For Henry, the record was more of a secondary thing. “The experience and the adventure and so many other things are much more valuable,” he says. If he could do it all over again the main thing he’d change is not rushing. “I wouldn’t do it as a continuous trip, I would give myself more time and no deadlines, I would just go with the seasons and on people’s recommendations.” Henry affirms that even though he’s still wet behind the ears himself, he’d like to support others who want to accomplish similar feats, reminding viewers, for example, that there hasn’t been a record set for the youngest woman to ride around the world. “She could be 50,” he laughs. But he also advises would-be adventurers not to focus too much on massive expeditions. “Do as much as you can,” he adds. “You don’t have to ride the world to have an adventure.” With virtually his whole life ahead of him, Henry has every option open, though he knows in the future he will continue to be involved with charity, and also keep talking about the positive effects both travel and motorcycling have on mental health. “It’s the main reason I don’t think I can ever stop riding,” he says. Check out Henry’s website 35000miles.com for more details about his plans and causes. Find him on Instagram too, where you’ll find all the highlights of his remarkable journey. [embedded content] Author: Jamie Elvidge Jamie has been a motorcycle journalist for more than 30 years, testing the entire range of bikes for the major print magazines and specializing in adventure-travel related stories. To date she’s written and supplied photography for articles describing what it’s like to ride in all 50 states and 43 foreign countries, receiving two Lowell Thomas Society of American Travel Writer’s Awards along the way. Her most-challenging adventure yet has been riding in the 2018 GS Trophy in Mongolia as Team AusAmerica’s embedded journalist.
  13. Rebel X Sports will soon launch a new plug-and-play 790 Adventure Rally Kit – a way to turn your 790 into a blend of KTM’s newest adventure bike and their 450 Rally Replica. Taking cues from the Dakar-winning factory bikes, the kit is designed to improve aerodynamics, and clean up the look of the bike’s front end for those out there who would like to give their 790 a facelift. In addition, it gives you everything you need to mount a GPS and tablet upfront, or a rally-ready roadbook and navigation aids in preparation for entering, say, the Africa Eco Race. (Dakar still has that pesky 450cc limit, so your 790 is out.) ADVERTISEMENT The kit’s most obvious features are the clear, rally-style fairing and the beefy nav tower behind it. Details are still being worked out, but Rebel X said the kit will include all the basic components found on its Husqvarna 701 Rally Kit, including the nav tower itself that installs without welding or cutting, wiring harness with street-legal LED lights, injection-molded fairing, GPS adapter, fuse box, USB charging ports, antenna brackets, roadbook-holder bracket, etc. Pricing for the base kit should come in around €2,490 euros, or about $2,800 USD. Before you get too excited, we should mention that the KTM 790 Adventure Rally Kit is still in development. “We will be ready with the final production during the summer,” Rebel X told us. “Currently we are testing it in a series of events and rallies and we will release it only once we are 100 percent satisfied with the quality, and the same production kit will be used for Africa Race 2020.” Italian rally racers Team Kapriony are campaigning a rally-kit equipped 790 R dubbed “Frusta 7.9,” or “Whip 7.9,” to make sure the components are up to the task. That bike sports a “stage two” rally kit. Details are sketchy, but judging by a video on the team’s Facebook page, the Frusta 7.9 seems to include an aftermarket exhaust (that sounds amazing), wider footpegs, different graphics, a bash plate that carries water and a new seat cover. No word on when those components would be added to the kit. FRUSTA 7.9 IS READY 💣 606 Likes, 16 Comments – TEAM KAPRIONY (@teamkapriony) on Instagram: “FRUSTA 7.9 IS READY 💣” WATCH: Walkthrough and sound sample of the KTM 790 rally kit equipped “Frusta 7.9” bike. The bike is currently being used for testing the kit components. Rebel X did say they will develop a rear fuel tank for the bike in order to compete in the Africa Eco Race, but it may be a one-off and not put into production. The 790 Adventure has 5.3 gallons of fuel capacity stock, so carrying extra is probably not an aftermarket priority. Rebel X Sports is a multinational aftermarket manufacturer with headquarters in Romania and facilities in Italy and Dubai. The company was founded in 2013 when Yamaha Italy commissioned them to create a rally version of the WR450F. They use advanced tech like 3D scanning and printing to create prototypes, which are extensively tested before going into production. “The first testing step is fast gravel roads and good amount of kilometers,” Rebel X said. “Once we see the products have a good stability we move to the motocross track to test vibrations and impacts from jumps. We then perform speed tests where we reach the bike maximum speed on a gravel road to check the stability of the bike and the airflow. Lastly, we make the production parts take part in one or more real rally races as the final test.” They ship worldwide, so this kit will be available in the US. For more information go to rebelxsports.com Author: Bob Whitby Bob has been riding motorcycles since age 19 and working as a journalist since he was 24, which was a long time ago, let’s put it that way. He quit for the better part of a decade to raise a family, then rediscovered adventure, dual sport and enduro riding in the early 2000s. He lives in Arkansas, America’s best-kept secret when it comes to riding destinations, and travels far and wide in search of dirt roads and trails.
  14. KTM has lifted the covers on what they are calling “its most hardcore adventure bike for 2020” – the limited edition KTM 790 Adventure R Rally. Until recently, the ‘790 Adventure R’ was described by the orange marque as the most off-road capable adventure bike the company had ever produced. Now KTM is announcing a new ‘rally’ variant that takes off-road performance to a higher level. The third and newest member of the 790 Adventure family is an exclusive model KTM is positioning as the “most travel-capable rally bike” and will be restricted to just 500 units worldwide. KTM designed this bike for riders who demand the most hardcore performance and best suspension components available, a machine that can easily cross continents in order to ride to the start line of a rally. ADVERTISEMENT Based heavily on the KTM 790 Adventure R, this exclusive model retains the same steel trellis chassis and the potent and compact 95hp LC8c parallel twin engine, with the major component difference being the addition of the special WP XPLOR PRO suspension. Built in the same department as WP’s Factory Racing equipment, it offers even higher levels of performance for extreme riding. An additional 1.2 inches (30mm) of suspension travel front and back helps clear tough obstacles and also creates a seat h of 35.8 inches (910mm) for this special model. The WP XPLOR PRO 7548 fork uses cone valve technology; a unique valving system that permits almost limitless damping performance and combines comfort with bottoming resistance. Setting levels that normally can only be achieved by changing the shim stack can now be adjusted from the outside. The cone valve allows unlimited opening, so harshness of the suspension is reduced. The high quality and fully adjustable WP XPLOR PRO 6746 shock absorber for the KTM 790 Adventure R Rally has been developed based on KTM’s unrivalled experience from top-level rally competition. Due to modern, low-friction components, the shock absorber shows a significant increase in its damping performance and reduces the physical strain for riders. The shock absorber employs a progressive damping system (PDS) and has completely – and easily – adjustable damping behavior. To emphasize its READY TO RACE credentials along with the WP XPLOR PRO suspension, the KTM 790 Adventure R Rally features a weight-saving Akrapovič exhaust, carbon fiber tank protectors and Quickshifter+ as standard. Easily distinguished by its unique color and graphic design with clear screen and winglets, this special edition model comes with narrower rims fitted with tubes for hard offroad conditions, a high, straight racing seat to improve racing ergonomics and Rally footrests for comfort and grip when standing for long days. Hubert Trunkenpolz (KTM AG Chief Marketing Officer): “Quite simply, we’ve built the KTM 790 ADVENTURE R RALLY because we can! At KTM we continually try to push ourselves and the development of our products – this is the READY TO RACE way. We have the equipment at our disposal and we know how to make a truly special bike for our hardcore customers. With its Pro Components range, WP offers suspension close to the same level used by the Dakar-winning Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Rally team on the KTM 450 RALLY. The new KTM 790 ADVENTURE R RALLY is exactly as it says: A rally bike ready for any adventure.” Further details on pricing, availability and the ordering process for purchasing one of the limited number KTM 790 Adventure R Rally machines will be announced in the months to come.
  15. KTM has lifted the covers on what they are calling “its most hardcore adventure bike for 2020” – the limited edition KTM 790 Adventure R Rally. Until recently, the ‘790 Adventure R’ was described by the orange marque as the most off-road capable adventure bike the company had ever produced. Now KTM is announcing a new ‘rally’ variant that takes off-road performance to a higher level. The third and newest member of the 790 Adventure family is an exclusive model KTM is positioning as the “most travel-capable rally bike” and will be restricted to just 500 units worldwide. KTM designed this bike for riders who demand the most hardcore performance and best suspension components available, a machine that can easily cross continents in order to ride to the start line of a rally. ADVERTISEMENT Based heavily on the KTM 790 Adventure R, this exclusive model retains the same steel trellis chassis and the potent and compact 95hp LC8c parallel twin engine, with the major component difference being the addition of the special WP XPLOR PRO suspension. Built in the same department as WP’s Factory Racing equipment, it offers even higher levels of performance for extreme riding. An additional 1.2 inches (30mm) of suspension travel front and back helps clear tough obstacles and also creates a seat h of 35.8 inches (910mm) for this special model. The WP XPLOR PRO 7548 fork uses cone valve technology; a unique valving system that permits almost limitless damping performance and combines comfort with bottoming resistance. Setting levels that normally can only be achieved by changing the shim stack can now be adjusted from the outside. The cone valve allows unlimited opening, so harshness of the suspension is reduced. The high quality and fully adjustable WP XPLOR PRO 6746 shock absorber for the KTM 790 Adventure R Rally has been developed based on KTM’s unrivalled experience from top-level rally competition. Due to modern, low-friction components, the shock absorber shows a significant increase in its damping performance and reduces the physical strain for riders. The shock absorber employs a progressive damping system (PDS) and has completely – and easily – adjustable damping behavior. To emphasize its READY TO RACE credentials along with the WP XPLOR PRO suspension, the KTM 790 Adventure R Rally features a weight-saving Akrapovič exhaust, carbon fiber tank protectors and Quickshifter+ as standard. Easily distinguished by its unique color and graphic design with clear screen and winglets, this special edition model comes with narrower rims fitted with tubes for hard offroad conditions, a high, straight racing seat to improve racing ergonomics and Rally footrests for comfort and grip when standing for long days. Hubert Trunkenpolz (KTM AG Chief Marketing Officer): “Quite simply, we’ve built the KTM 790 ADVENTURE R RALLY because we can! At KTM we continually try to push ourselves and the development of our products – this is the READY TO RACE way. We have the equipment at our disposal and we know how to make a truly special bike for our hardcore customers. With its Pro Components range, WP offers suspension close to the same level used by the Dakar-winning Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Rally team on the KTM 450 RALLY. The new KTM 790 ADVENTURE R RALLY is exactly as it says: A rally bike ready for any adventure.” Further details on pricing, availability and the ordering process for purchasing one of the limited number KTM 790 Adventure R Rally machines will be announced in the months to come.
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