2012 Dakar RallyThe KTM Factory rally team is “Ready to Race” Dakar once again as it looks to take an 11th consecutive title.
And the 2012 Dakar title is more than possible due to the amount of talent the Orange Rally Family brings to Dakar.The leading riders on the team, which is under the leadership of manager Alex Doringer and technical manager Stefan Huber, are two riders who recently renewed their contracts with KTM – Marc Coma and Cyril Despres.Both the Spaniard Coma and the Frenchman Despres have three Dakar Rally victories each. Although both riding for KTM Factory, the two rivals will compete in respective liveries of their individual sponsors – Coma for MRW KTM, and Despres for Red Bull KTM.And as always, both riders have their support riders, or “water carriers.” Joining Coma once again is his fellow countryman Juan Pedero, and joining Despres is Ruben Faria of Portugal.KTM says all four will compete on the latest 450 Rally bike, which has “undergone overall updates and improvements to the 2011 model on which Coma and Despres successfully absolved the bike’s maiden Dakar ride, finishing 1-2 after 17 days grueling competition.”These four riders recently traveled to Fontjouncouse in the south of France to further test the 450 Rally motorcycle.But it wasn’t only the factory riders; there was one additional KTM rider in France training – KTM Enduro Factory rider Johnny Aubert. The French rider will enter the Dakar for the first time in 2012 as a privateer. KTM says Aubert will be piloting a standard KTM Rally bike that will be maintained by the KTM Customer Service, which supports the many KTM privateers who contest the rally (about 50 percent of the motorcycles at Dakar are KTMs).Alex Doringer (KTM Factory Rally Manager) says: “What we want to do is to give Johnny a taste of what its like in the Dakar. His object not be to get a top result on his first time out, but to finish the rally and to learn as much as possible in the process.”KTM reports that the Factory Team’s vast amount of equipment for the Dakar Rally is scheduled to leave for Argentina from the French port of Le Havre on Monday, Nov. 1. The 2012 Dakar Rally begins Jan. 1, 2012 in Mar Del Plata, Argentina, and travels almost 3100 miles to finish in Lima, Peru, on Jan. 15.Attached below is a video of the KTM Factory Rally Team and Aubert testing and conducting a photo shoot in France.
Honda CRF-E2 Electric + Dale Schmidtchen and the $50M V-Rod
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Hello everyone and welcome to Ultimate Motorcycling’s podcast, Motos and Friends. My name is Arthur Coldwells.
This week’s episode is brought to you by Yamaha YZF-R7. The R7 lives up to its legendary name, as a high-performance supersport machine. Check it out at at your local Yamaha dealer, or of course at YamahaMotorsports.com.
In this week’s first segment, Editor Don Williams and I chat about electric bikes and the electric bike revolution that is likely the future of motorcycling. Actually this episode is specifically about Honda’s new CRF-E2… an electric dirt-bike for kids. We asked our tester, 8-year old Avery Bart to put the E2 through its paces and according to Don, she loved it. Honda has stated that the company goal is for 50% of its sales to be electric by 2030—an ambitious goal for sure, and the CRF-E2 is the first step in that direction.
In the second segment, I chat with one of my Aussie motorcycle industry friends—Dale Schmidtchen. Dale has worked for most of the major moto factories globally during his career, and his take on his CF Moto ADV bike is interesting. Beyond that, one his many projects is currently helping to sell the world’s most expensive motorcycle—a Harley V-Rod worth around 50 million dollars. Yes, that’s 50 million with an ‘M’.
Dale also owned a race team in the 1990s and helped bring several well-known Aussie racers to the world stage. He’s a very modest, matter-of-fact guy, but I always really enjoy chatting with him; I hope you enjoy listening.
Incidentally, if you’ve got around fifty mill burning a hole in your pocket and you fancy owning the so-called ‘Mona Lisa of motorbikes’—contact us at email@example.com and we’ll put you in touch with Dale.
From all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!