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5 of Our Favourite KTM Bikes and Why We Love Them

From Supermotos and dirt bikes to powerful road models, KTM has produced an impressive array of motorcycle models over the years. When you walk onto a sales floor to pick out your first (or next) KTM bike, you will find yourself spoiled for choice. To help you decide, here is Raceworx KTM’s list of our Top 5 favourite KTM bikes.

5 Of The Best KTM Bikes

What do you want your KTM bike to do? Are you into off-road racing or do you want a good street bike? Or perhaps you are planning to take a long ride on a new adventure bike. KTM covers these bases and more. Whatever you are planning, one of the five bikes in the list below should give you what you need.

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1. The 620 Duke

When KTM first introduced the Duke in the 1990s, it inadvertently launched the world’s first ever Supermoto bike. It is tall and handles very much like a dirt bike, while demonstrating a great deal of versatility in terms of terrain. Today, the Duke range is one of the company’s staples. It’s a powerful Supermoto contender, and an amazing road bike too.

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2. The 890 Adventure

The latest in the Adventure range is the quintessential touring bike. It is lightweight and sporty and performs equally well on and off the tarmac. The newest model has more power, better handling and added suspension. This is the ultimate road and gravel traveller.

3.The 1290 Super Adventure R

For the long-haul tourer, accept no substitutes! The 1290 Super Adventure is built to carry you on long stretches of highway before taking a turn onto the toughest. Wildest terrain anywhere in the world. This is the ultimate touring bike.

4.The 1290 Super Duke R

Only experienced riders need apply! If you crave more power, then the Super Duke R is the bike for you. When people describe a bike as monster, this is what they have in mind. Built with obscene amounts of torque and horse power, together with surprising precise handling, this bike does everything in excess.

5. The 450 SMR

The 450 SMR is the king of dirt bikes. Built for speed and razor sharp handling, this is truly a bike for Motocross enthusiasts. Then again, with a good dirt bike conversion kit, it has been known to perform well on the road too.

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6 Things to Know Before Buying Your First KTM Bike

If 2022 is the year you finally buy your first KTM bike, you are making an excellent choice! A quality new or used motorcycle will give you many years of happy riding, whether you plan to use it to race or commute. Before you make your choice and spend your hard-earned money, however, consider these vital pre-buying tips from Raceworx KTM.

6 Essential Bike Buying Tips

You can easily be tempted to rush into a purchase as you browse through the shiny new and used bikes on the dealership floor. However, before you do, stop for a moment and consider your options. There are several things that can affect the deal you are about to make, as well as the long-term benefits you will get from your new bike.

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1. What Is The Best Choice – Not Merely The Most Exciting?

What kind of bike will really suit you? That sleek, sexy model built for speed – a rugged adventure bike, or a tough and practical bike designed for carrying your though rush hour? Before you get carried away, stop, think, and make an careful choice.

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2. Do Your Research

Once you make your decision about which bike suits you best, make a point of learning everything you can about that make and model. Before you walk into a dealership, you should already have a good idea about the pros and cons of the various options. You should have done your own research about your chosen bike with regard to price and specs. Try to speak to people who already own that make and model, or, at the very least, read reviews online.

3. Budget Beyond The Price Tag

There are more costs to consider than just a bike’s purchase price. If this is your first purchase, you must factor in the cost of riding gear such as helmet, jacket, gloves and boots. You must also consider registration, licensing and insurance. Research all of these and include them in your budget.

4. Ensure That You Know What You Are Doing

Too many people take the skills required to ride a bike for granted. The truth is that riding a bike requires more alertness, skill and responsibility than driving a car. Untrained riders put themselves and other road users at serious risk. Get the training you need before buying a bike.

5. Take A Test Ride

Never make a final choice without testing riding your options. You should know all there is to know about your bike on paper – now is your chance to put it through its paces and see if it is everything it is made out to be. Feel out the handling, braking and acceleration and make sure that the bike is a good “fit.”

6. Make Security Preparations

Prepare a place where you can keep your bike safely overnight. If you don’t have a lock-up garage, invest in measures such as wheel locks, rotor locks, etc. It is also worth installing a tracking device – in fact, your insurer might insist upon it.

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6 Motorcycle Hacks Every Biker Should Know

One of the many great things about the information age in which we currently live, is the wide availability of simple but clever hacks to make all our lives easier. This is true in the biking world too. All riders are aware of the challenges – both small and large – of riding and maintaining bike. Raceworx KTM explains six essential biking hacks that every bike owner and rider must know to overcome some of these challenges.

6 Essential Motorcycle Hacks

We all love our bikes, but all of us have also become all too familiar with a variety of snags and annoyances that we tend to encounter when riding and maintaining them. Try these six essential hacks to make your riding experience a little better.

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1. Staying Cool While Keeping Covered

When riding in the summer, you often face an irritating dilemma: your jacket is too hot, but if you take it off, you are more exposed to the elements, which tend to hit you a lot harder when you are riding at any appreciable speed. A good way to get around this is to add some hook-and-loop closures in strategic places on the jacket – such as on the chest. This enables you to pin the jacket back in places to get some airflow, while still have full protection.

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2. Keeping Track of All Your Screws During Maintenance

We are sure that every biker who does their own maintenance has faced this annoying problem fairly frequently. As you open up parts of your bike for maintenance, you will quickly realise just how many screws are involved in holding the assembly together. They are all of different lengths and gauges, and all intended for specific parts of the bike. They have a tendency to get lost and/or mixed up as you carry out your fixes. To avoid this, take a sheet of corrugated cardboard or corkboard, affix the screws to it and label them clearly with a permanent marker. Now you won’t find yourself short of screws when the time comes to put everything back together again.

3. Keep Your Kickstand Above Ground

We have all parked our bikes on soft, unstable ground at some point, and had to watch our kickstands sink into the soil. You can prevent this by placing a crushed drink can on the ground and resting your kickstand on top of it. A small piece of scrap wood or scrap metal will do the trick as well, if you have them to hand.

4. Keep The Sun Out of Your Eyes

If you are riding east in the morning or west in the afternoon, you will have to negotiate the suns glare as it rises from or dips towards the horizon. We don’t have sun visors like car drivers do, so we have to make another plan. Try sticking a strip of duct-tape across the top of your helmet’s visor.

5. Warm Up Your Hands While on The Road

It’s a good idea to always keep a pair of latex gloves to hand. They will serve very well if you should forget your riding gloves, and they can also serve as an extra insulating layer under your gloves if the weather is particularly cold and wet.

6. Make It Easier to Open Your Gate or Garage Door

Where do you keep your gate or garage door remote while riding? It can be a pain to have to dig through pockets to find it as you arrive home. Instead, put yours in a small plastic bag or pouch, which you can then strap to your handlebars. You can then open your gate with one quick movement.

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5 Biking Resolutions for the New Year

Another year is coming to an end and a new one is just about to get underway. You might have a list of resolutions you are hoping to stick to as 2022 progresses, but in addition to promises to eat better, go to the gym more often and read a few more books, why not also resolve to improve your experience as a biker? Raceworx KTM offers five resolutions to help you make 2022 the best biking year ever! 

5 Resolutions for Better Biking In 2022

From safety and maintenance to skills and upgrades, there are many resolutions you can take to enhance your biking experience in 2022. Here are five suggestions for biking resolutions for the New Year. 

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1. Learn To Be a Better Rider

Now don’t get us wrong: we’re sure you are a perfectly good rider. Having said that, there is always room for improvement. Why not take the time this year to learn more about riding and perhaps invest in a course or two to improve your abilities? You will thank yourself later: there are many riding workshops available, and they will make you a better and safer rider and improve your experience on the road. 

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2. Focus More Time and Attention on Maintaining Your Bike

It is all too common for bike owners to forget to take their bikes for regular services, checks and fixes. Making a conscious effort to keep your bike in great condition will not only extend its life but will also keep you safer when riding. 

3. Schedule More Time on The Open Road

If you are the kind of biker that either enjoys plenty of speed, or mostly use your bike for the daily commute, 2022 may the perfect time to get out and enjoy the scenery a bit more. Schedule a long road trip or two and take your bike out on the highways and byways of our beautiful country. It’s even better if you ride in a group, so gather your friends together, choose a destination and take a slow trip over a weekend. 

4. Make A New Commitment to Safety

Motorcyclists are at greater risk of serious injuries than anyone else on South Africa’s roads. That is no reason to be scared, but it is a good reason to be more conscious and make a solid commitment to safety. Remember that the rules of the road are for your benefit, and perhaps invest in some quality new riding gear. 

5. Invest In Some Upgrades

If you love your bike, why not pamper it a little? Put some money aside in 2022 for a few additions and upgrades, such as new tail lamps or a fancy exhaust. On the other hand, maybe the time has come to trade in your bike for something newer, bigger and faster?  

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5 Safety Tips for Staying Safe on the Road

The festive season brings extra hazards for all South African road users. Since motorcyclists often face higher risks of serious injury than other motorists, the silly season can be especially dangerous for those of us who like to travel on two wheels. Raceworx KTM offers five tips to stay safe and maintain your peace of mind on the roads these holidays.

Keep Safe on SA’s Roads This Festive Season

Motorcyclists should exercise care on the roads all year around. However, the ‘silly season’ increases the risk factors considerably. This is no reason to keep your bikes in the garage this December; you can still travel safely and enjoy your riding. It just means that you need to take extra precautions as traffic increases and road users start to get a little looser than they should. Here are five safety tips to help you ride safely through the holiday season. Read our blog for more tips on everything involving motorcycles and racing.

1. Adjust Your Attitude

Most road accidents can be traced back to the mindset that the drivers or riders have when they get onto the road. It doesn’t matter how experienced and confident a rider you are; there is no excuse for overconfidence. When you hit the road, remember that you are one of millions of other road users and show the appropriate courtesy and caution. Resolve not to be careless, not to rush unnecessarily, and not to act is if nothing can go wrong. This attitude will go a long way towards keeping you safe.

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2. Always Wear the Right Gear

No matter whether you are riding for business or pleasure, whether you are taking a long road trip or just popping out to do some Christmas shopping. Regardless of the circumstances, always take the proper precautions when you use the roads. This includes wearing the right protective gear at all times – especially your helmet. Aside from keeping your head protected, you should also ensure that no part of your skin is exposed. Wear ankle-high boots, as well as riding gear with padded or armoured knees, elbows, shoulders and hips.

3. Ride Dry

This should barely need to be said at all, but it is worth emphasizing: if you are going to ride, don’t drink at all. There are all kinds of arguments and justifications that we use to give ourselves a little leeway to enjoy a drink here and there before travelling: “Just one…” “I’m under the limit…” etc. The truth is that there is no safe amount of alcohol to drink before riding your bike. Just one unit of alcohol can impair your faculties enough to raise the likelihood of an accident. When you are riding, rather avoid drinking. You don’t have to deny yourself the odd celebratory tipple – just save it for when you are not riding.

4. Watch Your Speed

Yes – we know: what motorcyclist doesn’t like a little speed?! However, there is a time and a place. When you are riding on public roads among other motorists, that is not the place to push the limit. This is especially true during the silly season. Stick to the speed limits and make sure that you can maintain control over your bike.

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