KTM Dakar and Off-road Recall News

July 10, 2009
Ian Kerr
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Our man in Europe, Ian delivers a monthly dose of those tasty rumors and hearsay from across the pond that make up our Euro Gossip column.

Repsol KTM rider Marc Coma testing in France.
With KTM not entering or support entries, will this mean 2009’s Dakar Rally Champion Marc Coma will be absent for 2010?

Shortly after the arduous Dakar Rally organizers announced the regulations for the 2010 event due to be run in Argentina, KTM pulled out, citing the 450cc capacity restriction. The Austrian firm who have virtually dominated the troubled event for the past 10 years, supplying over 50% of this year’s entries, have said the move is targeted directly against them. The organizers say it is to give amateurs a better chance. KTM have said it will not enter a factory team or support a private entry.

Also in the orange news, KTM has recently issued a recall notice which affects over 500 machines in the 2009 model year. The bikes covered by the notice are 125SX, 150SX, 250XC-W and 300XC-W off road machines and relates to possible front fork failures.

Meanwhile the brake seizure problem EG reported on last month concerning ‘07 Super Duke machines has now been solved. KTM in the UK has told riders to wash and dry their brakes after every ride in the winter. Needless to say some riders are now taking legal action, seeing the advice as a cop-out to a proper viable solution!