In 2001, KTM achieved its first-ever Paris to Dakar Rally win when Fabrizio Meoni piloted the Austrian outfit’s newly unveiled LC4 660R to victory at the grueling multiday event. In the years that followed, the Ready to Race brand went on to bag an unprecedented streak of wins, claiming the top spot of the podium almost every year they competed. In 2011, a rule change capped engine displacement for bikes at 450cc, but prior to that the 660R (660 Rallye) was the bike to beat.
The LC4 660R was powered by a liquid-cooled, four-stroke, SOHC, four-valve, 653cc single married to a five-speed gearbox and wet multi-disc clutch which was cable operated. The 660 thumper was stuffed in the brand’s steel single cradle chassis which was paired with long-travel WP suspenders fore and aft. In total the 660R reportedly weighed in at just 357 pounds dry, though that number supposedly jumps up to around 475 lbs once the bike’s 14.5 gallon fuel-cell is topped off (plus oil and coolant). Despite the chain-driven racer’s mass, it’s still said to be an extremely agile and manageable mount.
In addition to providing its factory team with race bikes, KTM also produced a relatively small number of these purpose-built machines for privateers. From what I gather, I think the factory team was given what was called the R-spec, while privateers got the RR (or “Rallye Replica”) but I’m not 100% on this. According to the seller, only 25 to 30 or so examples were produced each year — many of which have almost certainly been ridden into the ground, making 660 specimens pretty darn rare. This particular example is a 2004 model year, and it’s got quite the international race history.
This rally racer example was purchased directly from KTM in 2004 where it was then used to compete in that year’s Dakar, though the original owner reportedly crashed out on day one. From there it was sold off to an American rider who was living in the Middle East. The second owner piloted this example at the 2004 FIM Rally in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, (now known as the UAE Desert Challenge) for the Power Horse Energy Drink Team, supposedly running in 6th place overall prior to a wreck on day 4 that resulted in multiple cracked ribs.
The following year the bike was reportedly leased out to Pal Anders Ullevalseter, a seasoned Norwegian rally racer, Dakar vet, and FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship winner. Ullevalseter — the first Norwegian rider to complete the Dakar — utilized the 660 in the 2005 UAE Desert Challenge where he finished in 6th, bumping him up to 3rd place overall in the FIM Rally World Championship standings. Following that race, the KTM was hidden away in various garages in Dubai until its owner moved back to Colorado in 2013.
Two years later, the bike’s motor was rebuilt in preparation for the 2015 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. The bike’s (then) owner was involved with reviving Tivoli Brewing Co. in Colorado (fun fact: Tivoli is Colorado’s oldest beer brand, founded in 1859, a decade-and-a-half before Coors). So the 660 was done up in a Tivoli Brewing livery which remains to this day. According to the seller, this example finished in the “top half of its class” at Pikes Peak.
After taking on the iconic 12.42 mile hillclimb, the rally racer was plated for street use in the state of Colorado, though supposedly very few road miles have been put on the bike. Eventually the KTM was traded to a friend of the second owner who remains in possession of the bike today. In addition to the scoot itself, the sale of this example includes “all the paperwork history”, as well as myriad spares — full street race wheel set with street tires, extra front wheel, rear fender, and “miscellaneous parts box”.
Though this #14 660 example is admittedly in pretty decent shape — especially considering the competition (and crashes) it’s seen — it’s not without minor issues. One of the rear-side tanks was disconnected for the 2015 PPIHC and has yet to be reconnected, though this would be very easy to resolve. A small bracket that connects the skid-plate to the frame was misplaced, meaning said skid-plate can’t be remounted until a new bracket is made (or bought?). Aside from that, this KTM is reportedly all ready to go, with only 2,500 miles on the odo, a “fresh motor” and the suspension having “just been serviced” (presumably by Denver’s Enduro Spec). In the words of the current owner, “To race a Rally, all you would need is a road book and the ICO”.
While the bike is currently plated in the Centennial State (with a clean title) the seller says the plates should transfer to California without too much hassle, at the very most requiring an inspection. Plus the seller says the buyer is welcome to use their Arizona address to acquire an AZ plate which supposedly doesn’t necessitate an inspection.
Based on the rarity of the 660R (or RR), examples command pretty steep prices. Back in January of 2016 at Bonhams’ Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction an ex-Dakar 2007 Redbull KTM 660R was expected to fetch between $20-25K. The current owner initially posted this example on Gumtree and VitalMX a few months back, but after seemingly not getting any offers the price has come down by $2,000.
You can find this 2004 KTM 660 Rallye for sale here on Craigslist in Mission Viejo, California with a price of $14,900.