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2004 KTM 660 Rally Factory Replica

In Austria, Dual-Sport, Race by AbhiLeave a Comment

For KTM fans, the letters RFR are something special. They stand for Rally Factory Replica, and they designate bikes that compete in legendary races like the Dakar Rally. This one’s participated in the Dakar, as well as the FIM Rally (now called the Desert Challenge) and the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb!

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2020 KTM 450 Rally Factory Replica

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For the last few years, KTM’s offered a customer version of the race bike they use in legendary competitions like the Dakar. Called the RFR (for Rally Factory Replica), it features a race-spec chassis, WP XACT PRO suspension, Akrapovic exhaust, windshield with navigation tower, and a whole bunch of pedigree – when this bike was released, KTM had won the …

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1977 Penton/KR Short Tracker 250

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This was a submission over on the Iconic auction site, and I had never heard of one before. I enjoyed learning about it, so let me share with you: in February 1977, Penton introduced a new model that had two extra letters in the name: KR. That’s because the Penton/KR short tracker had been designed and tested by none other …

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2015 KTM 1290 Super Duke R

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It’s big, it’s fast, and it ain’t a beauty. KTM called it “The Beast”, and for good reason – the Super Duke R had some terrifying specifications: 1,301cc V-Twin with 180 horsepower, 106 lb-ft of torque, and 417 pounds of dry weight. As Loz Blain mentions in his review, “if you turn off the traction control, this bike will wheelie …

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Frame Swap – 2005 KTM 525 SMR

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Post Sale Update: This KTM sold for $4,280 after 16 bids on Iconic Motorbike Auctions in Santa Monica, California. For 2005, KTM offered two versions of their track-only supermoto racer, the SMR. Both were named for approximate displacement, and the Austrians sold a 450 and a 525. The latter was fueled by a 41mm Keihin carb fed by a 1.9 …

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Restored – 1984 KTM 495 MX

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9-7-20 Update: 5 months later, this MX is back up for sale with an unmet starting bid of $5,750 here on eBay. Available as the MX or MXC (motocross or cross-country off-roader), the KTM 495 was an absurdly fast Open class dirt bike – Rod Bush apparently took a re-geared example up to 123.75 miles per hour on El Mirage …

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2006 KTM 625 SMC

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KTMs’s excellent history with dirt bikes served them well when they decided to become one of the few OEMs to offer supermotos from the factory floor. One of their best offerings was the 625 SMC.

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1976 Penton KTM Hare Scrambler 250

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Post Sale Update: This Penton sold for $10,100 after 56 bids on eBay in La Plata, Maryland. In 1968, John Penton and KTM started their fruitful relationship when they built some prototypes that eventually became the Penton Berkshire, powered by Sachs 100cc engines. In ’73, the Penton Hare Scrambler was introduced with a new 250cc KTM engine, and the rest …

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No Reserve – 1967 Sears Allstate Puch 250 Twingle

In Austria, Standard by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Sale Update: This Twingle sold for $1,420 after 25 bids on eBay in Onsted, Michigan. In 1967, Puch updated the styling of their 250 Twingle (two pistons share one combustion chamber). It lost some curves but gained some color, and the distinctive drivetrain was left alone. I’ve featured a couple of these in the past and they never seem …

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2019 Husqvarna Vitpilen 701

In Austria, Sport by Jeffrey PamerLeave a Comment

Jeff Pamer: Recently, I made a decision that I needed a new bike. So, on the web I went, but let’s face it, I was probably there already. What do we do when we’re up to date on all the things the internet has to offer in motorcycling? Well, you reach out to the other people you know that are …