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KTM Summons The RC16 For Moto GP 2017
Jul 31, 2014 - 1:31 PM - by DustyDan

KTMannounced plans to enter the MotoGP World Championship with a brand new V-4 prototype to be called the KTM RC16. KTM would be the latest major manufacturer announcing plans to enter the series, following the current ongoing projects by Aprilia and Suzuki.

Chief Executive Officer Stefan Pierer announced the news in an interview with Swiss site Speedweek.com, saying the company plans to reveal the RC16 in fall 2015 and spend 2016 developing it. Pierer says he hopes to make the RC16 available for race teams for the 2017 season, though a wild card entry in 2016 is not out of the question.

Pierer says the RC16 will be a successor to the aging RC8 superbike but noted the RC16 is designed specifically for track use and not for road use. It will be powered by a 1000cc V-4 with a tubular steel frame like KTM’s Moto3 racer. Like other KTM motorcycles, the RC16 will use WP Suspension which is currently adopted on its Moto2 racers.

Though primarily produced for GP teams, Pierer says recreational riders may be able to purchase the RC16. Pierer says KTM may sell up to 100 RC16 bikes a year, priced from 150,000 to 200,000 euros (US$200,780 to $267,700) each, though they may not be quite the same spec as the GP prototypes.

Pierer also says KTM does not plan to enter a full factory team, instead following its current model in the Moto3 class of supplying machines to race teams, with some teams like Ajo Motorsport.

[Source: http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014/07/3...ionship-2017/]
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KTM... Bicycles?
Jul 17, 2014 - 10:01 AM - by sandy mary
I've always viewed cycling as one of the best forms of exercise, I mean running is a bit foolish and lifting and moving weight about is more than a bit dull. No, I like cycling because not only do you run your legs ragged and put your lungs through the ringer you get to work on your motorcycling as well. Of course its not the same as motorcycling, but 2 wheels are 2 wheels, and if time away from 2 wheels can be spent on 2 wheels well then I call that a benefit.

Pardon my prattle, just needed a bit of a preface to where I'm coming from. What I've only JUST discovered is that KTM is also a manufacturer of top quality bicycles as well as hooligan grade motor bikes. Only over the last year have North American distributors popped up for their Bicycle range, America got them in 2013 Canadians only just.

Regardless, have you SEEN the product? Goodness. I mean what are you into, road, cyclo-cross, crits, mountain bombing, city slicking? They even do e-bikes (pretty ones).

The Revelator forms the backbone of their road race range, 9 different derivatives are on offer, covering everything from the over weight anorak to the sharp and sleek semi-pro. One really cool feature is KTM is trying to introduce disc brakes into the road scene, why not? They also beefed up the bolt thru axles to cope with the extra twist introduced by the discs.

Cables are routed through the frame, the seat post is held with an integrated pin, the bike is really sleek and clean.

They're also big into Cyclo-Cross, winning several international titles way back in the 60's. Anyways they've got a new cyclo-cross mount on the market now called the Canic CXC. Again a carbon monocoque can be found, integrated cables, flat mounted hydraulic discs...

Really I could geek out and talk about bicycles the rest of the day, but there's work to be done and this has gone on long enough. Check out their website if you want to have a gander at their full range. Hardtail - KTM BIKE INDUSTRIES. In North America they're pricey and hard to find however, hey just like the motored kin...

Cabin Fever much, I'm writing to y'all about BICYCLES!!!
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Design 1-cylinder 4-stroke engine, water-cooled
Displacement 373.2 cm³
Bore 89 mm
Stroke 60 mm
Performance 32 kW (43 hp)
Starting aid Electric starter
Transmission 6 speed, claw shifted
Engine lubrication Forced oil lubrication with 2 Eaton pumps
Primary gear ratio 30:80
Secondary gear ratio 14:45
Cooling system Liquid cooling system, continuous circulation of cooling liquid with water pump
Clutch Wet multi-disc clutch / mechanically operated
Ignition system Contactless, controlled, fully electronic ignition system with digital ignition timing adjustment


Frame Tubular space frame made from chrome molybdenum steel, powder-coated
Fork WP Suspension Up Side Down
Shock absorber WP Monoshock
Suspension travel Front 150 mm
Suspension travel Rear 150 mm
Brake system Front Disc brake with four-pot brake caliper
Brake system Rear Disc brake with one-pot brake caliper, floating brake discs
Brake discs - diameter Front 300 mm
Brake discs - diameter Rear 230 mm
Chain 5/8 x 1/4” (520) X‑Ring
Steering head angle 65°
Wheel base 1,367±15 mm
Ground clearance (unloaded) 170 mm
Seat height (unloaded) 800 mm
Total fuel tank capacity approx. 11 l
Unleaded premium fuel (95 RON)
Weight without fuel approx. 139 kg

* Manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP), the actual sale prices can vary.

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