2014 Dakar Rally KTM Video PreviewThe 35th edition of the Dakar Rally officially begins this Sunday, Jan. 5, and the KTM Factory Team is ready.Piloting the KTM 450 Rally machine at this year’s “toughest” race will be three-time Dakar winner Marc Coma, Ruben Faria and Francisco Lopez.
KMT says “The 2014 edition of the world’s most renowned rally is also new era for the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team who are well prepared to face the challenges of what organizers say will be one of the longest and most difficult to date.”This year’s Rally begins in Rosario, Argentina, Jan. 5 and ends in Valparaiso, Chile, Jan. 18. All together, riders will battle a total of 5,427 miles, with 3,249 of those timed specials. The riders will cover a wide variety of terrain in Argentina, Bolivia and Chile.Check out the video above for a preview of Red Bull Factory Team riders Coma, Faria and Lopez as they discuss expectations of 2014 Dakar.
Our first segment introduces you to the new Arch 1s. This latest, slightly more sporting American V-twin, adds to the original KRGT1 coming from the boutique manufacturer based in Hawthorne, Southern California. Senior Editor Nic de Sena rode through Malibu with Gard Hollinger, who co-founded Arch Motorcycle with his friend, Keanu Reeves. The 1s is a unique ride for sure, and Nic explains what makes the bike really stand out.
For the entertaining story behind Arch Motorcycle from Gard Hollinger himself, you must listen to his podcast episode on Motos & Friends HERE
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In our second segment, Associate Editor Teejay Adams chats with Thom Beers, the former Chairman & CEO of Fremantle Media North America, responsible for American Idol and America’s Got Talent. Thom’s astonishing resume as a Producer, Director, and actor, includes narrating many, many of the shows he’s created.
His fertile imagination led to most of the really big reality TV shows, and of course for us in the motorcycle world, you’ll be interested to hear the genesis and story behind his Jesse James show, ‘Monster Garage’, as well as the ‘Biker Build Off’ and ‘Zombie Choppers’ TV shows. Teejay’s chat with Thom gives us some amazing insight into other areas of Thom’s career, including ‘Deadliest Catch’ and others.
You’d imagine that most of Thom’s time is spent sitting behind a desk and on his phone. Not so. His intense stories of capturing much of the content for these shows make for some hair-raising listening. I for one, was fascinated; I hope you are too.