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  1. Published in: News Nelson Rigg listens to our consumer/ rider’s needs, and is proud to introduce the all-new Solo Storm Waterproof Rain Wear; Jacket and Pants are sold separately for the best fit per rider body type. Both the Jacket and Pants are made from soft, durable, PVC free polyester oxford with smooth polyurethane backing and all seams are electronically taped to ensure that the jacket and pants are 100% waterproof. Solo Storm Jacket Feature: Full-length zipper with self-fastening storm flap Soft tricot lined collar with integrated rain hood Adjustable back zipper with mesh panel for ventilation Reflective accent material for better visibility Packs into internal self-contained pocket Available in Hi-Viz Yellow, Hi-Viz Orange and Black Sizes S - 4XL Solo Storm Pants Feature: Adjustable waist buckles with comfort stretch elastic Over-sized zipper free self-fastening leg gussets to easily pull over boots Heat-resistant material to protect lower legs from brief contact with hot parts Integrated reinforced seat panel to minimize slipping and add strength Reflective accent material for better visibility Available in Black Sizes S - 4XL Solo Storm Rain Jacket MSRP: $79.95 Solo Storm Rain Pants MSRP: $49.95 Jacket & Pants part numbers #SSJ & #SSP (per size and color) and both carry a 2-year warranty. For more information and to view our full line of gear visit the Nelson Rigg website at www.NelsonRigg.com. About Nelson Rigg For almost 40 years, Nelson Rigg has been a family-owned business specializing in the design and production of quality Motorcycle Covers, Luggage and Rainwear. For more information, please visit your local dealer, visit www.nelsonrigg.com. Source
  2. Published in: News Milwaukee, WI– Royal Enfield, the global leader in the midsize (250cc – 750cc) motorcycling segment, today unveiled the Scram 411 – the brand’s first ADV crossover. The new Scram 411 is an engaging, accessible and capable street scrambler, with the heart of an adventure motorcycle. Built on Royal Enfield’s proven 411cc single-cylinder engine platform and the Harris Performance chassis, the Scram 411 combines spirited agility on urban streets, with competent rough-roading capabilities. Focused and purposeful changes in the riding geometry and ergonomics make it ideal for in-city riding, as well as unpredictable, challenging trails off the urban grid. Unveiled for global audiences today, the new Scram 411 is already available in India, and will be available in Europe, Asia Pacific, North America and Latin America later this year. The Scram 411 is scheduled to arrive in the U.S. late summer/early fall. Pricing and colorways will be announced in the coming months. The Scram 411 is a continuation of Royal Enfield’s constant pursuit of exploration, and building motorcycles to enable every adventure. One such motorcycle is the Himalayan—Royal Enfield’s flagship adventure tourer. Launched in 2016, the Himalayan has fostered a subculture of adventure touring around the world, most recently, even Antarctica’s South Pole. Its unique design and well-rounded capability make it among Royal Enfield’s best-selling motorcycles, and it is upon this stalwart platform that the style evolution continues with the more urban-focused ADV-crossover motorcycle—the Scram 411. The all-new Scram 411 is a new subspecies that has the authentic vibes of a scrambler and adventure touring in its DNA. With long-travel suspension and class-leading ground clearance paired with a 19-inch front wheel and 17-inch rear, the Scram 411 is playfully agile on city streets, yet is highly capable of tackling more rugged terrain, so the exploration doesn’t end when the pavement stops. Siddhartha Lal, Managing Director, Eicher Motors Ltd., simply loves the fluidity and the multipurpose ability of the Scram 411. Speaking about this in the context of modern existence, he said, “Whether it’s London, New Delhi or Tokyo, the contours of modern urban existence are ever-changing. With our world increasingly becoming more fast-paced, life in the urban context has become about the weekday hustle and the weekend getaway, and everything in between. We wanted to build a motorcycle that could effortlessly navigate this entire gamut, and be the perfect ally for the young, modern-day rider. The Scram 411 is truly a motorcycle made for now, and is always ready to tackle whatever surprise is in store.” Speaking about the inspiration behind the Scram 411, and about the new motorcycle, Executive Director, Royal Enfield, B Govindarajan, said, “The globally lauded versatility and competence of the Himalayan inspired us to reimagine the motorcycle in a more young, modern-day, urban context. The Scram 411 is the perfect crossover for young city-dwellers, who prefer a motorcycle that is fun and engaging to ride around the city, yet has a rugged appeal. By shifting the riding geometry to make the motorcycle more at home on busy city streets, and retaining its strong ability to take on rough roads and take on the weekend dirt trail, we’ve brought a unique subcategory for consumers. Like all our motorcycles, the Scram 411 is built for the global rider, and manufactured with world-class engineering. We also have an array of genuine motorcycle accessories and a vibrant apparel range inspired by the Scram lifestyle. This is a very exciting and spirited new motorcycle, and we are confident that young riders from across the world will love the new Scram 411.” Mark Wells, Chief of Design at Royal Enfield, enjoys riding the Scram 411, and loves how easily it can navigate a wide spectrum of terrain and challenges. Speaking about creating a new subspecies of motorcycles, he said, “Most scrambler motorcycles focus only on aesthetics and looks. When we began work on the Scram 411, we were determined to create a motorcycle that would be distinct in design and purpose, and bring the best of rough-road capability to urban riding. With its distinctive look and design, playful colorways, accessible riding proposition, the Scram 411 is an ultimate ADV crossover for the urban environment.” {youtube}cQh_6SLR_PE{/youtube} Royal Enfield Scram 411 - Details & Specifications The Scram 411 is powered by the globally appreciated 411cc, fuel-injected, 4-stroke, SOHC, air-cooled single-cylinder engine. The counterbalanced engine ensures smooth power delivery and strong bottom-end torque that elevates the overall performance. The wide spread of useable power makes it easy to manage over long urban commutes with minimum gear shifts, and the confidence-inspiring low-revving torque allows it to tackle bad road, and off-road sections easily. Long-travel suspension and monoshock design, together with class-leading 7.8 inches (200mm) of ground clearance, the Scram 411 delivers a smooth and comfortable ride. The telescopic front suspension with 41mm forks and 7.4 inches (190mm) travel, pairs with 7.0 inches (180mm) travel on the rear, where the link-mounted monoshock enables stable and confident riding over rough roads. Front and rear disc brakes combined with dual-channel ABS, ensures confident braking. The change in the riding geometry is brought about by the 19-inch front wheel and dual-purpose tire. This, combined with the 17-inch rear wheel, are key to the Scram 411 motorcycle’s nimble handling. The dual-purpose tires ensure a confident grip over tarmac and loose gravel for the ideal combination of on-road grip and rough-road tractability. The seat on the new Scram 411 is designed for comfort over long saddle time. The single seat that reflects the urban styling of the motorcycle, offers great comfort for both rider and passenger. The accessible 31.2-inch (795mm) seat height enables and easy reach to the ground, making it easy to maneuver in stop-and-go traffic. The Scram 411 features a new digital-analog instrument cluster that provides easy access to essential information. Circumvented by a traditional analog speedometer, the Scram retains this classic style element, also making for easy viewing. More details, information and specifications on the North America-spec Royal Enfield Scram 411 ADV crossover motorcycle, including colorways, options, genuine accessories and pricing, will be released in the coming months. U.S. arrival is anticipated in late summer/early spring. About Royal Enfield The oldest motorcycle company in continuous production in the world, Royal Enfield made its first motorcycle in 1901. A division of Eicher Motors Limited, Royal Enfield has created the midsize motorcycle segment in India with its unique and distinctive modern classic motorcycles. With its manufacturing base in Chennai, India, Royal Enfield has been able to grow its production rapidly against a surge in demand for its motorcycles. Royal Enfield is a leading player in the global middleweight motorcycle market. Royal Enfield North America (RENA) is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and is developing a growing network of more than 140 dealers in North America, including the contiguous U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. RENA currently offers the all-new Meteor 350, Himalayan and the 650 Twins (INT 650 and Continental GT 650) motorcycles, along with a range of Genuine Motorcycle Accessories and apparel. For more information on Royal Enfield North America, visit www.RoyalEnfield.com/us/en/. Source
  3. Published in: News Rigby, Idaho - KLIM’s 2022 season launch video reminds us how little time there is to ride. They’re encouraging riders to make the most of every chance to ride by equipping themselves to make every moment on the bike a great experience. Behind the scenes, this demand for good times on every ride is what motivates KLIM’s high standards for functional gear. {youtube}HhkNBrIS0uI{/youtube} Accordingly, KLIM is proud to announce a robust new lineup of motorcycle and off-road gear for 2022. This includes new designs of flagship adventure products such as the Badlands Pro, exciting new off-road helmets and gear, as well as new approaches to everyday street gear. The Idaho-based company is no stranger to innovation, pioneering many industry-firsts, while bringing their reputation for exceptional quality to new markets every year. Popular cornerstones in KLIM’s adventure gear lineup are the men’s Badlands Pro and women’s Artemis suits. These are redesigned for 2022 and remain the most feature-packed adventure kits in their line, with GORE-TEX 3-Layer Pro Shell construction and phenomenal abrasion resistance, impact protection and ventilation. New for 2022 is the Raptor GTX Overshell. Nearly 15 years ago, early KLIM adventure jackets were Valdez snowmobile shells, worn over off-road armor. The Raptor GTX is a shell-over-armor system born from a pedigree of KLIM shells that were proven around the globe – including Dakar Rally stages on the backs of Jonah Street and Casey McCoy. With chart-topping abrasion properties, comprehensive weather protection and off-road engineered construction, the Raptor GTX is built for aggressive dual-sport and adventure travel. KLIM’s new F3 Carbon Off-Road Helmet competes directly with the lightest off-road lids on the market. It’s built with ultralight hand-laid carbon fiber for the best consistency in shell thickness and resin distribution, meaning no excess weight or imperfections in the shell. According to KLIM, it’s the lightest ECE off-road helmet they were willing to make without sacrificing safety. New off-road gear includes an entirely redesigned Mojave Series – KLIM’s ultra ventilated, ultra durable hot-weather gear. It’s now more comfortable, more ventilated and more durable than before. KLIM’s popular XC Lite off-road gear also gets bold new colors for 2022. For the everyday motorcyclist, KLIM has answered the call for all-day wearable casual motorcycle pants by introducing new designs for the men’s and women’s Outrider Pants. These provide impact and abrasion protection in a comfortable, low profile package that isn’t out of place in daily life. All 2022 gear is visible on www.KLIM.com Shipping starts March 1, 2022 Preorder gear with KLIM Customer Service or your local dealer. Source
  4. Published in: News AMA Partners with Init Esports to Award Inaugural Sancrtioned Esports Title - Will Rider's Get Revved? In a progressive move from the American Motorcyclists Association (AMA) we have their first sanctioned competitive electronic gaming (Esports) series titled, World’s Fastest Motorcycle Gamer Challenge. Partnering with Init Esports the series will use the RiMS Racing riding simulator offered on PC/PS/XBox and requires special registration to help ensure authentic participation and fair play. Based on the teaser video (see press release below), it looks to have decent graphics when compared to RIDE 4, another compteting game title, but RiMS so far only appears to offer asphalt/track based maps. We hope to see this expand beyond paved courses into off-road motocross, enduro and flat track courses. Once we get past Excitebike, the coolest motorcycle game of all time, the challenge to develop a realistic FPV moto-game gets very real. Unlike the many finely tuned four-wheeled driving games , motorcycle riding has extremely challenging physics to simulate both in game and through the various types of controller interfaces. RIMS, however does have an amazing amount of bike customization optioins any gear head would love to tinker with The world of Esports is massive (larger than Hollywood) and growing. Microsoft's recent 69 billion dollar acquistion of Activision/Blizzard rivals Disney's Fox buyout at 71.3 billion. Despite the challenges, we're happy to see AMA move in this direction and eager to see how the new program evolves over the years to come. Check out the details and links in the following press release. Let us know what you think in the comments below. What's your favorite motorcycle video game/simulator? PICKERINGTON, Ohio — While the racing environment will be virtual, the competition and AMA National No. 1 plate up for grabs could not be more real. The American Motorcyclist Association has partnered with Init Esports to launch the World’s Fastest Motorcycle Gamer Challenge on Jan. 29. With the AMA sanctioning its first esports tournament, participants will have the opportunity to win AMA national titles in the discipline. “The AMA’s mission includes promoting the motorcycle lifestyle, and that extends to the digital universe,” said AMA Chief Operating Officer James Holter. “We’re pleased to partner with Init Esports, a specialist in online competition, to develop the rules, structure and fairness of play that elevates online motorcycle racing to a recognized AMA discipline.” RiMS Racing, by NACON and Italian studio RaceWard, is the street bike simulation game that will serve as the platform for the competition. {youtube}yXURt7AEcLo{/youtube} “We created the digital competition license to encourage accountability in the gaming world,” said Stefy Bau, Init Esports Founder and CEO. “To drive or race a car or motorcycle in real life you need a license, and by replicating this model in the digital world, our hope is to combat the toxicity we see in parts of the gaming industry. With greater accountability for the gamers, my hope is to provide a safe and fair environment that stimulates more diversity and inclusion in motorsports and gaming.” AMA esports license holders also enjoy discounts on gaming accessories and virtual perks. As part of the registration process, participants will link their Xbox, PlayStation or Steam/Epic account to their AMA esports license to have their lap times recorded for the challenge. Phase 1 of the challenge will have competitors race at Laguna Seca (USA), Silverstone (UK), the Million-Dollar Highway (USA) and the Great Victoria Desert Road (AUS). Presenting the opportunity to improve track times from the first stage, Phase 2 will revisit Laguna Seca, Silverstone and the Million-Dollar Highway, with the fastest combined time on the four tracks determining the winner. Road, track and weather conditions will vary throughout the competition. Along with the AMA esports championship, the winner will have the chance to experience two days with a U.S. Superbike team. Competitors finishing second and third will also be awarded a prize. Additional information can be found online at initesports.gg. Source
  5. Published in: News Written by Anastasia Leniova | Photos provided by respective events With pandemic restrictions still in place in many countries, the international rally raid calendar for 2022 remains unpredictable. While many events face even further delays or worse, the last two years have taught organizers just how to carry on. Despite these impossible conditions, stricter protocols for health and safety procedures have been introduced. Luckily, it seems the CV-19 tsunami is subsiding enough in places to ensure some of our favorite races will return to life this season, if not in the following one. Nonetheless, we hope all the rallies included in this round up will be able open their gates in this period of new beginnings. The Juggernauts Four of the world’s longest rallies of 5,000-plus kilometers and over 10 days. Dakar Rally January 2–14, 2022: As always, in the beginning of the new year all eyes are on the Dakar. The “world’s toughest race” pays its third visit to Saudi Arabia, starting in Hail and concluding in Jeddah. Prologue and 12 stages will take the participants through picturesque canyons and cliffs of the Neom region, passing by the Red Sea coastline and the Rub’ al Khali sand dunes. Africa Eco Race March 12 –27: After the 2021 cancellation, this major rally marathon returns to the circuit on March 12–27. The 2022 edition brings the participants from the official start in Monaco through Morocco, Mauritania and finally to the historic finish at Lac Rose in Dakar, Senegal. The route famously traces much of the historic original Dakar Rally course. But unlike Dakar and most FIM World Championship races, Africa Eco race welcomes not only 450cc bikes but also single and twin-cylinder motorcycles of larger displacement, as well as experimental motorbikes such as hybrid or electric prototypes. The organization is also working on a brand-new Algeria Eco Race, which was initially scheduled for October 2021, but had to be postponed due to another wave of CV-19. Silk Way Rally July 2022: Started in 2009, the Russian rally is ever-changing, traveling across a number of neighboring countries when crossing is permitted, spanning up to two weeks over thousands of kilometers. Exact details and route for 2022 aren’t announced yet, but the 10-plus-day rally is likely to take place in beginning July, as always, beginning in Russia and continuing into one or two exotic regions on the other side of the Siberian borders. Rally dos Sertões August 2022: The Brazilian event is one of the greatest marathons today, yet still relatively unknown. Next year’s edition of Sertões International Rally, scheduled for August, will mark the competition’s 30th anniversary! Around 5,000 kilometers of racing will bring the teams through all five regions of the beautiful South American country. Ticket to Dakar The following are noteworthy not only because of their terrain or complexity, but also due to their “Road to Dakar” label, meaning they are considered qualifying races for the Dakar Rally. Winners of this sub-challenge are exempt of entry fees to the following Dakar (in this case, 2023). Yokohama Sonora Rally March 14–18: This four- to five-day navigation rally is the only of its kind in North America. This internationally-recognized Dakar Challenge funnels U.S. talent into the FIM and FIA. Hosted in Mexico’s Sonora State, each stage offers a variety of terrain to rival its bigger cousins, with participants facing heaps of sand dunes, as this area has the largest dunes in the entire continent. Andalucía Rally Dates TBD: This Spanish four-day race had to postpone its 2020 iteration to May of 2021, according to FIM World Championship rules. At that time, organizers announced announcing the rally’s premiere as a “Road to Dakar” challenge. The 2022 details have not yet been announced, but there are strong reasons to believe the race will become an FIM World Championship. Rallye du Maroc Dates TBD: This event is traditionally held in the beginning of October, and managed as well by the Dakar sports director David Castera. This major Moroccan rally continued to draw record number of participants, even during the pandemic, so it will likely be a full house come autumn of 2022. Kalahari Rally Dates TBD: This small but important, South African race kicks off as their winter becomes spring and the U.S.’s summer drifts into fall. That means it’s the perfect time to put in some practice before the FIM races leading up to Dakar. Set in the vast expanse of the famous Kalahari Desert, the racers experience as much culture and natural history as challenging terrain on their epic adventure over six days. This diverse route covers up to 3,000 kilometers, including riverbeds, mountains and sand dunes. A Lot of Punch in a Small(er) Package There are so many challenging events out there that might not be part of the world championship, or even a road to Dakar stepladder. But, they are no less memorable and leave a lasting impression on all who attend. Rally Kazakhstan Dates TBD: With this race having its debut as a FIM World Championship event in 2021, it will most likely come around in a similar end of May timeframe. Racing lasts five days, over approximately 2,000 kilometers. The participants will experience a lovely seashore bivouac in Aktau and all types of interesting terrain Kazakhstan has to offer. Portugal Rally Dates TBD: Organizers will release the Rally Guide with full details about the 2022 event on February 11, 2022. Participants can choose to ride three or five days, with a total distance of 1,400 kilometers, 80 percent gravel/dirt and 20 percent sand through a picturesque landscape immersed in the colorful Portuguese culture. Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge Dates TBD: A usual stop for the FIM World Championship, this challenging UAE five-day race regularly takes place at the end of March to early April. However, the last two years have set the competition in November. It’s possible this pattern will continue in 2022. One of the world’s most prestigious international cross-country rallies, The Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, founded in 1991, has seen many of the biggest names in international motorsport over the years tackle the dunes of the UAE. Fenix Rally, Tunisia March 12-19: Participants are promised to enjoy seven days of desert racing in Tunisia with sunsets in Sahara Desert, great hotels and delicious food. 1477 kilometers out of 2,300 race length are Special Stages, 1- and 2-cc bikes are welcomed! Yocohama Norra Mexican 500 and Yocohama Norra Mexican 1000 April 29-May 6, September 29-October 2: located around Ensenada, these two racing events welcome participants of various classes including Moto and are formatted to reduce complicated planning and logistics. The rally format provides the rush of competition, but also allows participants to relax each evening in a unique location in Baja. Baja Rally 3 events in 2022, May 20-22, October 2-8, December 1-3: “Don't be confused by the light walks, the GPS-guided babysitting tours. Baja Rally offers something different and better”, organizers promise. At three races of different length near Mexican San Quintin and Cataviña, it’s possible to choose between roadbook navigation and Rally Comp Navigation, and newbies receive Rally-Raid Navigation training at no cost. TransAnatolia Rally September 2022: Over its relatively short time, TransAnatolia has caught the attention of the international rally community. It offers competitors seven stages all across Turkey, allowing participants to test themselves as a driver, as a rider, and as a person. VERY HONORABLE MENTIONS Smaller European roadbook rallies are kicking into gear as well and are worth the trip overseas. These generally last four to six days, welcoming motorcycles of different displacements and combining gravel and mountain roads with an amazing group of professional and amateur riders. This list is far from complete; there are many more rallies and shorter roadbook “Bajas” on most continents. Save the dates: Hellas Rally, Greece, May 22 th—29th, 2022 Rally Albania, Albania, June 4th—11th, 2022 Dinaric Rally, Croatian Alps, August 2022 Serres Rally, Greece, September 2022 TransCarpathic Rally, Romania, September 2022 Stay tuned as we update the list throughout 2022! Anastasia Leniova is a Belarusian motorcycle ADV rider who recently traded solo off-road travels for enduro and rallies. After traveling around the Black, Caspian and Baltic Seas on a Honda Transalp and then a KTM 690 Enduro R, she became the only woman (so far) to complete Silk Way Rally in Malle Moto. Anastasia dreams of becoming the first Belarusian to complete Dakar rally on a motorcycle and is searching for partners or a team to join. Follow her adventures on Instagram @leniova33. Source
  6. Published in: News Once again the New Year is heralded by the sound of engines screaming through the desert, vying to stand atop the pinnacle of off road racing; the Dakar Rally has returned to Saudi Arabia for 2022. As in past years; check back here at ADVMoto for daily news, standings, and updates as the race progresses. For Stage 5-8 News and Results, please click HERE. For Stage 1-4 News and Results, please click HERE. • Stage 9 - January 11,2022 Stage 9 Top 10 Results Jose Ignacio Cornejo Florimo (Honda) 2:29:30 Kevin Benavides (KTM) 2:30:56 Ricky Brabec (Honda) 2:31:17 Matthias Walkner (KTM) 2:31:36 Joan Barreda Bort (Honda) 2:31:40 Andrew Short (Yamaha) 2:33:26 Luciano Benavides (Husqvarna) 2:33:51 Pablo Quintanilla (Honda) 2:34:32 Adrien Van Beveren (Yamaha) 2:34:34 Maciej Giemza (Orlen) 2:36:10 Overall Top 10 Results Matthias Walkner (KTM) Sam Sunderland (GASGAS) Adrien Van Beveren (Yamaha) Pablo Quintanilla (Honda) Kevin Benavides (KTM) Joan Barreda Bort (Honda) Jose Ignacio Cornejo Florimo (Honda) Andrew Short (Yamaha) Toby Price (KTM) Ricky Brabec (Honda) Second victory for Nacho Cornejo, Monster Energy Honda Team well-positioned to contest the final Dakar stages Monster Energy Honda Team riders will be in contention for the final overall Dakar Rally 2022 victory. Although the first week did not go quite according to plan, the team has, nevertheless, given their maximum to stand a chance in the rally’s grand finale. Nacho Cornejo won the ninth stage. Fewer and fewer stages are left to decide the outcome of the 2022 Dakar Rally. Today, in the ninth stage, the 287-kilometer special stage around Wadi Ad-Dawasir began to mark out which riders will be in the final contention for the win. A total of 491 kilometers, through the Arabian Peninsula’s Empty Quarter, featured less sand than on previous days, but more mountain tracks running between canyons that demanded precise, mistake-free navigation. I think I had a good stage. Yesterday I lost a lot of time towards the end, opening the track, and today I wanted to make up some of that time. I would have liked to make up more, but the stage was very fast and it was difficult to make a big difference. I'm pleased: I did what I had to do, which was to push. There are three days left and we will continue with the same attitude, trying to turn out solid performances and improve in the general standings. - José Ignacio Cornejo Yesterday Nacho Cornejo had been left with a bittersweet taste after the eighth stage. A slight mistake towards the end of the special had left the rider without the prize he had been ultimately seeking: that of minimizing any markings for his pursuers to follow while opening the track throughout the day. Today, he returned to the Wadi Ad-Dawasir bivouac with a smile beneath his helmet after a second win in this Dakar, taking the young Chilean’s total tally to five. Monster Energy Honda Team’s American rider Ricky Brabec rode a fine special, pushing hard and posting third place on the day. Joan Barreda also completed the day’s stage with a certain degree of normality, a mere 2’10 behind his team-mate. Barreda, fifth on the stage, holds sixth in the general standings, less than 11 minutes behind the race leader. Lastly, Pablo Quintanilla did a commendable job today to set himself up nicely for the final victory battle of this 2022 Dakar. He finished eighth on the day and lies in fourth place overall just 4’41 behind the new race leader. Today went well. I think I rode very well, and that's positive. The team, the riders and the mechanics are doing an excellent job. I'm slowly realising a couple of things: sometimes there are days when you don't lose or gain time and sometimes you can gain or lose a lot of time. It's something we have to study... I'm happy to be able to get to the end of another day with the whole team. There are two tough days left, so we'll have to keep pushing. I try to go fast every day, to make up time, but maybe I have to do things differently. - Ricky Brabec Matthias Walkner Takes Dakar Rally Lead on Stage Nine Relatively short at a total distance of under 500 kilometers, and with a timed special of 287 kilometers, stage nine of the Dakar was made up of a fast, looped route close to Wadi Ad Dawasir. As the third rider into the stage, Matthias Walkner immediately took his time, focusing on his navigation to avoid making any costly errors. However, with the special proving to be relatively straightforward, Walkner knew he would have to push to stay in touch with his two rivals ahead of him. By catching them both by the finish, the experienced Austrian not only moved himself up into the provisional lead of the race, but also lost the minimum of time to his closest competitors while also securing himself another strong start position for Wednesday’s stage 10. It was quite a short stage today, but really, really fast. It wasn’t too difficult with the navigation and the boys in front did a good job, so it was quite hard to make up a lot of time. By the refueling I saw that I was a little off the pace, not too much, but I knew I would have to get my head down for the second half of the stage. It all seemed to pay off because I have taken over the lead of the overall and also my starting position for tomorrow is quite good. We’ve got three more really interesting days to come. - Matthias Walkner Right on the pace from the very start of today’s special, Kevin Benavides placed within the top three for much of the stage, despite the times being exceptionally close throughout the top 10. Steering his KTM 450 RALLY to a runner-up result, the reigning Dakar Champion moves back up the provisional rally order to fifth, just over 10 minutes behind the leader. With three stages left to race and Kevin very much on form, the Argentinean hopes to be able to climb higher in the rankings to challenge for the podium places by the rally finish on Friday, January 14. Stage nine was a really good stage for me. I felt really good on the bike and was able to push a lot. I expected the navigation to be a little trickier, but in the end, it was quite easy to choose the correct way. The guys in front did a good job of navigating so in the end it just came down to speed, and all the guys at the front ended up being really close on time. I finished second today, which will make tomorrow a little tougher. But I’ll focus on my navigation and with only three days left, my plan is to push all day, every day. - Kevin Benavides Another solid performance on stage nine saw Toby Price complete the timed special as 17th quickest, albeit only eight and a half minutes down on the winner. Lying just outside the top 10 overall, Toby hopes to use his start position on Wednesday’s stage 10 to elevate himself further up the rankings. It was a good day; I had a couple of little mistakes, but nothing too crazy. I’m starting a little way back tomorrow, so hopefully I’ll be able to grab a little time back then. Other than that, the bike is good, I feel good; we’ll keep on pushing tomorrow. - Toby Price Danilo Petrucci once again showed his speed and class on stage nine of the rally, competitive on time and running for most of the day just outside the top 10. Losing a couple of minutes in the very final kilometers of the special, Danilo completed the day as 18th fastest, less than nine minutes behind the winner. I had a good day today. I’m really happy with my riding and was able to match the speed of the top guys for much of the stage. Unfortunately, I did have a small technical issue that caused me to stop a couple of times, but thankfully, I didn’t lose too much time. It might not be too much of a bad thing because I have a good start position for tomorrow now and I hope to be able to really push once again. - Danilo Petrucci Strong Result for Luciano Benavides on Dakar Stage Nine Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Luciano Benavides has continued his run of top-10 stage results by placing seventh-fastest on day nine of the Dakar Rally. Equalling his result from day eight, Benavides completed today’s special just over four minutes behind the eventual winner. In the provisional rankings, the FR 450 Rally rider lies 14th overall. The prescribed route for today’s 287-kilometer stage nine was very fast, while also posing less of a challenge in terms of navigation. As such, the top competitors completed the stage with very little time to separate them. Setting off seventh into the special due to his strong performance from stage eight, Luciano Benevides used the first 100 kilometers to get comfortable and settle into the fast terrain before focusing on his speed from there to the end of the stage. Completing the special four minutes and 21 seconds off the leading time, despite navigating through much of the stage on his own, Luciano’s pace shows the quality of his riding and the performance of his Husqvarna Factory Racing machine. With three days left to race, Luciano lies 14th overall, 54 minutes behind the provisional rally leader. However, with times between the riders extremely close, the 26-year-old is fully focused on delivering more strong results, and moving further up the order, to hopefully complete the event well inside the top 10. Stage nine was a short, fast stage, but I really enjoyed it. It was made up mostly of rocky valleys and canyons with a few sections of dunes, too. The route was really high speed, so it wasn’t the best day to make up time on everyone else. I tried to be as consistent as I could because I think even a small mistake could end up costing you a lot of time today with everything being so close. I think I did a good job – I’m pleased to get two seventh place finishes in a row now, and again it puts me in a good starting position for tomorrow. I’m feeling good, the bike is working well with no problems, physically I am ok too. The team have also been putting in a lot of good work, so I’m really happy with how everything is going. I’m looking forward to pushing once again tomorrow. - Luciano Benavides Another Positive Day at the Dakar for Sam Sunderland Stage nine of the 2022 Dakar Rally was a crucial one for GASGAS Factory Racing’s Sam Sunderland. After his impressive stage win yesterday, he faced the arduous task of leading the riders out on today’s 287-kilometer timed special. Digging deep to post a 14th place finish – a result that at first glance might look anything but impressive but in reality is genuinely one hell of a performance – the Brit lost only a minimal amount of time, just over eight minutes in fact, to the eventual stage winner. Now lying two minutes adrift of the provisional overall rally leader with three days to go, the race to the finish is well and truly on for Sam! Opening a stage only adds to the difficulty of rally racing and I’m super happy with how the day went for me. On paper you could look at the results and think it wasn’t a great stage for me, but the reality was that leading out means you’re relying solely on your roadbook. Not losing huge chunks of time today means I did a pretty good job. Since my crash last week, I’ve felt better and better every day so I’m looking forward to this continuing through the final three days. - Sam Sunderland In what’s turning into a four-rider battle for the 2022 Dakar title, Sam’s performance on stage nine may well be his best yet. With the Brit now firing on all cylinders after his crash during week one, he’s back to his best and more than ready for the final three days of racing. For live timing and more official news, see Dakar.com. Source
  7. Published in: News Once again the New Year is heralded by the sound of engines screaming through the desert, vying to stand atop the pinnacle of off road racing; the Dakar Rally has returned to Saudi Arabia for 2022. As in past years; check back here at ADVMoto for daily news, standings, and updates as the race progresses. • Stage 6 – January 7, 2022 Stage 6 Top 10 Results Daniel Sanders (GASGAS) 0:51:43 Sam Sunderland (GASGAS) 0:54:09 Matthias Walkner (KTM) 0:54:19 Pablo Quintanilla (Honda) 0:54:58 Ricky Brabec (Honda) 0:55:02 Mason Klein (KTM) 0:55:16 Stefan Svitko (Slovnaft) 0:55:48 Adrien Van Beveren (Yamaha) 0:55:53 Toby Price (KTM) 0:55:59 Joaquim Rodrigues (Hero) 0:56:12 Overall Top 10 Results Sam Sunderland (GASGAS) Matthias Walkner (KTM) Daniel Sanders (GASGAS) Adrien Van Beveren (Yamaha) Pablo Quintanilla (Honda) Lorenzo Santolino (Sherco) Stefan Svitko (Slovnaft) Kevin Benavides (KTM) Joan Barreda Bort (Honda) Mason Klein (KTM) GASGAS Factory Racing Dominate Stage Six at the Dakar Rally One-two in today’s shortened stage and one-three in the provisional overall, not a bad first week's work for GASGAS Factory Racing’s Sam Sunderland and Daniel Sanders! At the end of a wild opening six days of desert racing at the 2022 Dakar Rally, Sam holds onto the top spot of the provisional overall leaderboard while Daniel claimed his second stage win of the race, moving up to third in the overall provisional classification. Shortened due to safety concerns, stage six saw riders head back to the bivouac early, where they’ll remain for tomorrow’s official rest day. It was going really well for me today and I guess it ended well actually with another stage win. I started off strong, a bit like I have all week, but it was soon pretty clear that the stage was pretty chewed up from yesterday after the trucks had raced through it. So, then it was a case of trying to focus on the dangers in the roadbook but because of how the stage was, there were plenty of additional dangers to keep an eye out for. I’m a little disappointed that today was cut short, though. There was a long day ahead where it would have been possible to make up some time but I’m happy to have taken another stage win and I’m looking forward to next week. - Daniel Sanders Rounding out a strong and consistent week of racing, Sam Sunderland finished as runner-up on stage six, just a couple of minutes behind Daniel. Able to accurately read the challenging terrain, the Brit applied a cautious approach throughout the abbreviated special. Safely bringing his GASGAS RC 450F Rally home on the shortened, 100-kilometer stage without any issues, Sam importantly maintains his lead in the provisional standings. Ahead of today there were quite a few riders concerned about how the stage would be after the trucks had raced it yesterday, and it was unbelievable out there. So many rocks and square edges where trucks spin up the dirt and leave the rocks behind. So, on a bike, you’re basically coming up to half meter high walls of rock everywhere. You then start going offline to find smooth lines but then your roadbook isn’t quite right as you’ve ridden away from the correct line. For me it was the right decision for it to be shortened today and I’m happy to reach the halfway point still in the lead. I’m looking forward to the rest day tomorrow and a chance to recharge my batteries ahead of next week. - Sam Sunderland Third-Place Result for KTM’s Matthias Walkner on Shortened Dakar Stage Six The initially planned 404-kilometer special on today's stage six was set to see the bike class competitors repeat the route used by the cars and trucks yesterday. With the terrain heavily cut up by the passing of the previous day’s vehicles, the organizers decided to cut the stage short on safety grounds and take the day’s results from the first refueling point, at just over the 100-kilometer mark. Matthias Walkner came into today’s stage knowing that the rough terrain would pose a huge challenge to all riders and the chance of some unexpected dangers was very high. As such, the experienced Austrian took extra care on the heavily rutted ground and aimed for a safe finish to the stage. Despite his caution, Walkner was third fastest to the refueling point at kilometer 100, where the stage was eventually stopped. Matthias now sits second overall at the close of the first week of racing, trailing the current rally leader by under three minutes. Obviously it was a short day today and the tracks were really rough. You had to focus a lot and really take care – it was also very physical with the ground being cut up so badly. I’m a little disappointed that they let us race the stage only to cancel it at 100 kilometers, but I suppose it was the same for everyone. Thankfully it all went ok, and I reached the finish safely. We have a rest day tomorrow that I’m really looking forward to, so I’ll try and recharge my batteries and then attack once again next week for the final six stages. - Matthias Walkner As the fifth rider to enter the stage, Toby Price also soon realized that extra care was needed to avoid a crash. Despite a couple of close calls, the two-time Dakar champion safely arrived at the end of the special in eighth place. Lying 12th in the provisional overall standings, Toby trails the leader by just under 40 mins. However, with the toughest, most technical six days of the event left to race, the Australian star is confident of being able to close that deficit. It was quite a short stage today. The cars and trucks had all passed through there yesterday, so we were on their stage today. I think we all went into the stage with a bit of a feeling that it wasn’t going to work and yeah, a lot of the dangers were worse than listed on the roadbook and there were a few extra hazards out there too. I think they made the right call to stop it at 100 kilometers – I had a couple of scary moments myself out there. I’m happy to reach the rest day safely, not quite the overall position I would have liked, but there’s still a long way to go, so I’ll give my all and see what I can do next week. - Toby Price Similarly to his teammates, Kevin Benavides took a measured approach to today’s stage, ultimately completing the 100 kilometers in 15th place, less than six minutes down on the eventual winner. The reigning Dakar Champion still sits inside the top 10 overall going into week two, and with the expected rougher terrain and more technical navigation suiting the Argentinian’s strengths; he’s looking forward to delivering a strong ride on the final six days in Saudi. I started off really well today but then came across Ross Branch who had had a crash early on, so I thought maybe it would be a good idea to ease off a little. We arrived at the refueling and after that I tried my best to push on but then they stopped the stage early and took the results from 100 kilometers. I think it was the right decision as the tracks were really rough and quite dangerous for us. Finishing 15th today gives me a good position to start the second week, so I’m happy. - Kevin Benavides Following on from his outstanding stage win on day six – the first ever for a former MotoGP rider – Tech3 KTM Factory Racing's Danilo Petrucci was given the unenviable task of opening today’s heavily damaged special. The likeable Italian did an extremely good job, even after a crash in the opening few kilometers resulted in a few cuts and bruises. Arriving at the finish in 40th place, just under 13 minutes down, Danilo was pleased with how he had handled the all-new experience and now looks forward to a well-earned day off the bike. Today was the first time in my career that I have opened a stage, and I think it was on one of the toughest stages of this year’s rally because it was used for the cars and trucks yesterday. The team did a good job of warning me about the dangers, but I was still surprised to find a big step in the middle of the track. I had quite a heavy crash and the rider behind me crashed too, but luckily, I was able to continue. I think they made the right decision and now I’m looking forward to having one day of rest before continuing on Sunday. Danilo Petrucci Stage Six of the Dakar Stopped at Kilometer 101 Today’s stage was cut short due to poor conditions. Race organizers called a halt to the special stage with 101 kilometers completed, a quarter of the scheduled total. As had previously been predicted, today’s stage was held amid dismal track conditions, given that the cars, SSVs and trucks had competed over the same route a day earlier. Riders set out well-aware that they would have their work cut out on this tough, physical stage. However, the race organizers quickly realized just how treacherous the route was for most riders: “The deterioration of the track due to the passage of cars and trucks yesterday, combined with recent torrential rains, has made the route impassable,” announced the ASO mid-stage. Furthermore, the organizers’ communiqué stated that “the classification for the sixth stage will be established at kilometer 101”. Therefore, the final stage length was approximately a quarter of the originally scheduled total. José Ignacio Cornejo and Ricky Brabec found themselves opening the way after the two riders ahead crashed in a dangerous, deeply rutted position after yesterday’s traffic of four-wheelers and trucks. On reaching the refueling point, the riders were instructed to continue, however, the race direction helicopter subsequently informed them that the special had been shortened to the refueling point, and from there, competitors were directed back to the bivouac in Riyadh. Pablo Quintanilla, who had been in pursuit, also managed to reach the end of the special at kilometer 101 and later accompanied the other riders to the bivouac. The shortened stage proved to be a blessing for Joan Barreda, who this morning started still visibly in pain after yesterday’s fall where he injured his shoulder. The Monster Energy Honda Team rider was able to complete today’s partial stage and will be grateful to have reached the rest day. Stage seven gets the rally underway again the following day. Luciano Benavides 11th Fastest on Stage Six at 2022 Dakar Rally Luciano Benavides has delivered a solid but cautious performance on the much-shortened timed special on day six of the 2022 Dakar Rally, to complete the stage in 11th place. With the planned route following that of the trucks and cars from the day before, the tracks were notably damaged with many new dangers not included on the riders’ roadbooks. Realizing the situation, Benavides used his experience to carefully navigate his way through the stage, ensuring a safe finish. Originally planned to cover 404 kilometers, stage six was ultimately cut short by the organizers after it was found that the terrain was far more treacherous than first anticipated, due to the passing of the four-wheeled competitors the day before. Reduced to a quarter of its length, stage times were taken from the first refueling point. Showing especially strong form over the previous couple of stages, Luciano Benavides came into day six looking to move further up the overall ranking ahead of Saturday’s rest day. As the 10th rider into the special it was immediately obvious to him that the tracks were heavily damaged, and caution was required in order to minimize any mistakes or crashes on the unpredictable terrain. A solid but safe ride saw the Argentinean arrive at the refueling point in 11th place, where he learned that the stage would be cut short. Frustrated not to have been able to make up more time on his rivals, but happy to come away from the stage without damaging himself or his bike, Luciano now looks forward to the rest day, and ahead to the second week of racing at this year’s Dakar. Honestly, I think the organizers made the right decision today. We knew the stage would be cut up quite badly – it always is when we follow the trucks and cars. This one seemed quite bad, and it was very easy to make a mistake, especially as a lot of the dangers weren’t listed in the roadbook. I’m happy with how I rode the stage – I chose not to push too hard, to use my brain and bring the bike home safely. Finishing 11th is ok, and it gives me a good start position for Sunday. Now, I’m looking forward to having some rest tomorrow. I feel pretty good, I think I was definitely very well prepared for this year’s race physically, but the final week is always tough and I want to be as strong as I can be to do my best. Luciano Benavides • Stage 5 – January 6, 2022 Stage 5 Top 10 Results Danilo Petrucci (KTM) 3:23:46 Ross Branch (Yamaha) 3:23:48 Jose Ignacio Cornejo Florimo (Honda) 3:23:51 Ricky Brabec (Honda) 3:25:18 Toby Price (KTM) 3:25:18 Mason Klein (KTM) 3:27:07 Andrew Short (Yamaha) 3:28:15 Kevin Benavides (KTM) 3:28:28 Martin Michek (Orion) 3:30:53 Luciano Benavides (Husqvarna) 3:31:11 Overall Top 10 Results Sam Sunderland (GASGAS) Matthias Walkner (KTM) Adrien Van Beveren (Yamaha) Daniel Sanders (GASGAS) Lorenzo Santolino (Sherco) Pablo Quintanilla (Honda) Ross Branch (Yamaha) Kevin Benavides (KTM) Stefan Svitko (Slovnaft) Joan Barreda Bort (Honda) Danilo Petrucci Wins Stage Five at Dakar 2022 In what has been a race of huge highs and lows for Danilo Petrucci, the Italian has proven his offroad credentials in no uncertain terms today, winning stage five of the 2022 Dakar in what is his first ever rally raid competition. Completing yesterday’s stage four as third fastest, Danilo was penalized 10 minutes for speeding, and was relegated to 15th. However, setting off with an advantageous start position into today’s special, and focusing on improving his roadbook skills, the MotoGP race winner was able to steadily move up through the field to ultimately take the win. Friday’s stage six of the Dakar will see the bike class follow the same route that the cars took today, and as such Danilo will have some tracks already left in the sand ahead of him as he opens his first ever rally stage. Today was quite a long day. I set off this morning and decided I really wanted to learn and improve my navigation, so I didn’t push too hard at the beginning. After one corner there was a large dune with a group of camels on the other side. One big camel came into the track, and I had to avoid it, but ended up crashing after going across a lot of bumps and camel grass. That was my very first crash of this Dakar. After that I eased off a bit and Kevin caught up with me and we rode together towards the finish. After catching a few more riders we came across a waypoint that didn’t validate for everyone – I lost some time there. The last 60 kilometers were all dunes and so I was very careful there to make sure I didn’t hurt my ankle. So, it’s been an interesting and tough day, but I have really enjoyed it. - Danilo Petrucci Continuing to play catch up after losing a large chunk of time on the event’s opening stage; Toby Price rode a strong stage five, only to be penalized for speeding in a neutralization zone. The resulting six-minute penalty dropped the Aussie down to fifth place. Heading into the final stage before the rest day, Toby lies 14th overall and will be looking to gain even more time back tomorrow. Today has been a good stage, starting quite far back definitely makes things a bit easier, but today there was a bit of a dust storm, so everyone had to be on their game and focus on the roadbook. I made a couple of little errors and mistakes, but all-in-all it was a solid stage. - Toby Price After a strong start to stage five, Kevin Benavides was immediately in the hunt for the stage win, posting the fastest time to the checkpoint at kilometer 81. The reigning Dakar Champion maintained his top-four placing all the way to the final 60 kilometers, where a tricky-to-register waypoint ended up costing him, and others, some time. Despite the setback, Kevin was able to complete the stage safely in eighth place, and now also lies eighth in the provisional overall standings. So day five at the Dakar went really well for me. I felt much better first thing this morning, so I was really motivated to attack. I pushed hard all day right up until the end where one waypoint proved really difficult to validate. I had arrived in a group of riders, and it worked for some, but not for the others. I lost quite a bit of time there trying to find it. After that I pushed as hard as I could over the last section of dunes to recover some time. Hopefully the organizers will look into the problem, and we get some time back. - Kevin Benavides Another stage, and another consistently fast performance by Matthias Walkner saw the experienced Austrian claim an 11th place finish. In doing so he cemented his second-place position in the overall standings, closing the gap on the rally leader by another 30 seconds. Ready for tomorrow’s 644-kilometer stage, Walkner will be looking to complete the first week at the 2022 Dakar strongly. It was a really nice day for me today. I caught Sam (Sunderland) around kilometer 90 and from there we rode together with me leading most of the way, but both of us were pushing quite hard and keeping up a good pace. There was a strange situation near the end with one waypoint that didn’t validate so easily for me. I think a few people struggled there, so the organizers will have to check the GPS. Overall, I’m happy I didn’t lose too much time and I’m becoming a lot more comfortable on the new bike. My navigation today has been good too on quite a tricky stage, so everything is going to plan. - Matthias Walkner Cornejo and Brabec Excel in Stage Five The first of the two looping routes in Riyadh got underway today, where – for the first time in Dakar history – the motorcycle riders rode the entire stage completely autonomously from the car and truck categories. The fifth stage of the rally was battled out over a 346-kilometer special stage, covering hard and stony ground and including, towards the end of the day, a 50-kilometer stretch of dunes. José Ignacio Cornejo’s riding had significantly improved from the previous days and this was reflected in the results. An error-free stage, with speed and deft navigation saw the rider reach the end of the special with the day’s second best time for a RallyGP rider, at 0’03 from the stage winner and leapfrogging two positions up the general standings. Behind the young Chilean, American rider Ricky Brabec also turned out a satisfactory showing. The Monster Energy Honda Team rider, third on the RallyGP day class, was able to claw back several minutes from his closest rivals and, furthermore, regain the good sensations. Brabec finished 1’30” behind the day’s winner and moves up one position in the rankings. Pablo Quintanilla and Joan Barreda were lumbered with the troublesome task of opening the track this morning in the middle of a sandstorm. At the end of the interrupted stage, race authorities are still weighing up different options on how to classify the riders who had finished and to decide what to do with the rest of the riders involved. Quintanilla and Barreda were, nonetheless, able to make it through to the end of the special. Quintanilla and Barreda both remain in contention for the overall race victory. However, Joan suffered a fall and the Spaniard is still unsure whether he will be 100% fit to battle for another stage win. In tomorrow’s stage, the Chilean and the Spaniard will start from behind and will attempt to make up the time dropped today. Mixed Fortunes for Husqvarna Factory Racing on Dakar Stage Five Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Luciano Benavides has delivered a strong performance on a demanding stage five of the 2022 Dakar Rally to claim a 10th place finish. Continuing to put in strong, consistent stage results, the young Argentinian moves himself further up the rally standings to sit 18th overall with just one day to go ahead of the mid-race rest day. Showing great speed on the 341-kilometer special, Skyler Howes unfortunately suffered a crash towards the end of the stage. Although able to complete the special as the ninth fastest rider, he was then taken to hospital for medical checks. Sadly, the American rider will take no further part in the race. Stage five of the Dakar challenged riders with 341 kilometers of mixed terrain and some extremely tricky navigation. Setting off fifth into the special, thanks to his solid result on Wednesday’s stage four, Luciano Benavides was immediately able to chase down and pass the two rivals ahead of him. With the pace high, the FR 450 Rally rider continued to push while also focusing on not making any small errors on the rocky tracks that made up the majority of the stage. I’ve finished stage five and it was a really tricky day on the whole with some difficult navigation and some small issues towards the end. I started in fifth position and soon managed to catch and pass the two Sherco riders in front. After that there were only two riders left in front of me, and with the sandstorm that blew up halfway through the special, it was difficult to make them out, so I think I did a good job of navigating through the stage. I’m really happy with how the rally is going so far, it is frustrating that I lost an hour on day one, but since then my pace and navigation have been good, so I’m pleased with my progress. I’ll give my best again tomorrow and then I can enjoy the rest day. - Luciano Benavides Improving his position as the stage went on; Luciano was able to successfully navigate through a particularly tricky section that caught out many of the other competitors. From there he entered the final section of rolling dunes and raced on towards the finish. Ultimately claiming 10th place, Benavides moves up to 18th in the provisional overall standings, just over one hour behind the race leader. Skyler Howes had put in a superb performance on stage five, fighting his way through the field to post a time inside the top 10. However, a crash in the closing kilometers resulted in the American requiring medical checks at the local hospital. Although suffering no serious injuries, Skyler will play no further part in this year’s event. Strong Rides from Sam Sunderland and Daniel Sanders on Dakar Rally Stage Five When the going gets tough, the tough get going! Stage five of the 2022 Dakar Rally was anything but easy, featuring a true mix of terrain that challenged both Sam Sunderland and Daniel Sanders. Doing what they do, the GASGAS Factory Racing duo safely reached the end of the special to maintain their strong positions in the provisional overall classification. With five long and physically demanding stages now complete, Sam maintains his place at the top of the leaderboard thanks to a 12th place finish today while Daniel completed the special one spot behind in 13th to remain fourth in the general ranking. Today started off really well and I was able to make up a lot of time before the fuel stop. Then at kilometer 270 I ended up passing the same waypoint twice, so I’m not sure if that was my mistake or not. After it happened I knew that I had to just push on to the end. Unfortunately, and also fortunately, I crashed and my shoulder popped out but luckily it went back in by itself and I was able to continue on to the finish. It was a crazy day and I’m glad to have reached the finish line. - Daniel Sanders After his heavy fall yesterday, Sam Sunderland knew that he was in for a tough day of racing today. But knowing he needed to deliver a strong result to maintain his lead in the rally, the experienced Brit managed to ignore the neck and shoulder pain he was experiencing to bravely complete the fifth stage as the 12th fastest rider. Now, with just one stage to go before the event’s much needed rest day, Sam retains his place at the top of the overall timesheets. I knew I was in for a tough day after my crash yesterday, so it was a case of survival mode for me today. It was difficult for sure but as the stage went on I felt better and better and had a nice, strong pace through the sand near the end. Besides my crash the race is going well so far. I’m still leading, which is great, but as we’ve seen there is some tricky navigation at times so it’s important to really focus on the roadbook and keep mistakes to a minimum. - Sam Sunderland For live timing and more official news, see Dakar.com. Source
  8. Published in: News Once again the New Year is heralded by the sound of engines screaming through the desert, vying to stand atop the pinnacle of off road racing; the Dakar Rally has returned to Saudi Arabia for 2022. As in past years; check back here at ADVMoto for daily news, standings, and updates as the race progresses. • Stage 1 - January 2, 2022 GASGAS Factory Racing’s Aussie Hard Charger Makes the Perfect Start to Dakar 2022 After setting a blistering time and winning yesterday’s Prologue, Daniel Sanders has maintained his impressive speed to secure victory on today’s opening stage of the 2022 Dakar Rally! Opting to enter the stage as the 15th rider and chase down the riders ahead, the Aussie’s game plan worked perfectly with the GASGAS RC 450F Rally racer winning the special by over three minutes to maintain his place at the top of the overall provisional classification. For Sam Sunderland, despite struggling to find a waypoint along with many of his rivals, the Brit ultimately completed the stage as the sixth fastest rider. So far things are shaping up really good. After winning the Prologue yesterday I got to choose my starting position and opted to start in 15th and then focus on chasing after the guys up front. There was some tricky navigation near the end of the special but I kept cool, avoided any huge errors and then l lead the stage to the end. This was great for me as it made sure I focused on my roadbook and as I’ll lead out tomorrow – it was good to get a little experience of riding alone up front. I’m excited for tomorrow and looking forward to the challenge ahead. - Daniel Sanders Enjoying a strong debut ride aboard GASGAS machinery at the 2022 Dakar Rally, Sam Sunderland was well placed and running up front with the leading riders until until finding one of the waypoints late on in the 334-kilometer special proved anything but easy. After losing valuable time along with many of his rivals, Sunderland quickly found his way and pushed to the end of the special to secure his sixth-place finish. The first proper day is done and it’s safe to say that we went straight in at the deep end! My navigation was good all day but when we got to kilometer 276 there was a waypoint which was really difficult to find. A few of us went around in circles but once I found it my only option was to push as hard as I could to make up for lost time. It’s been a tough first day but there’s such a long way to go, hopefully tomorrow will go a little more smoothly. - Sam Sunderland HRC Monster Energy’s Quintanilla Replicates Second Place at the End of the First Dakar 2022 Stage Today marks the end of the first stage of the Dakar Rally 2022, which began yesterday with the prologue. Pablo Quintanilla repeated yesterday’s position and remains in contention for the race lead. Yesterday’s prologue stage was a mere curtain-raiser for the riders, but today the Dakar challenge turned serious. Navigation was the main protagonist of the day at several key points along the sandy tracks of the 333-kilometre special stage, in particular, some 50 kilometres from the end of the special where several riders lost their way. However, with the Dakar barely underway, anything can still potentially happen. The Monster Energy Honda Team riders are fairly confident that there will be other instances, similar to today’s, in store over the coming stages. Pablo Quintanilla produced a fine performance today, arriving at the Ha’il bivouac satisfied with both his riding prowess and navigation. The rider set a fine pace to hold on to his position in the general standings securing another runner-up spot on the stage. The day proved to be a complicated one for Joan Barreda, Ricky Brabec and José Ignacio Cornejo. The three experienced complications at one of the stage’s trickiest points and ended up conceding several minutes, dropping them down the RallyGP order. The second stage of the Dakar, set to take place tomorrow, will be dominated by dunes. There will be several stretches of dunes occupying about a quarter of the 338-kilometre special stage. With a total of 568 kilometres, this was intended to be the only marathon stage of the 2022 Dakar, finishing in Al Artawiyah, but due to a heavy downpour yesterday which flooded the originally planned site, the bivouac has been moved to Al Qaisumah. As a result, there is no scheduled marathon stage and RallyGP riders will be able to receive external mechanical assistance like on any other race day. Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Matthias Walkner finishes third on opening stage of Dakar Rally 2022 As the 11th rider to start today’s special stage following his fifth place finish in the event’s opening prologue, Matthias Walkner pushed hard from the start and, throughout the opening six waypoints, made up good time on the riders ahead of him. Running into a navigational issue mid-way between waypoints six and seven, Walkner was able to quickly find his way and end the stage in a strong third place. It was a good day but super tricky with the navigation today. The rain certainly made the sand harder and things a little more challenging, but a few of us worked together, riding in a fast, strong group at the end of the stage to make sure that we arrived at the finish in a good way. In the morning the rain made the sand firmer and really nice to ride on, but at the end of the day it was much more challenging and harder to ride on. Although today was a hard day, it’s only the first day of the rally. We saw it last year, you can lose or win 30 minutes or so, but at this early stage in the race that doesn’t mean too much. - Matthias Walkner While the first true stage of the 2022 Dakar Rally was a good one for Matthias Walkner, for teammate Kevin Benavides it proved to be a highly challenging one. Following his third fastest time in yesterday’s prologue, Kevin opted to start today’s stage as the 13th rider, which for the majority of the special proved to be hugely beneficial. However mid-way between waypoints six and seven, Kevin became one of many riders to make navigational errors, ultimately leading to a loss of time and an eventual 14th place finish. The only thing I can really say is that today was not the best first day for me. There was a lot of confusion surrounding one note on the road book, which caused a lot of different riders, myself included, to make a mistake. It was such a frustrating situation. Finally, I was able to find the correct track, but of course I lost a lot of time. The important thing is that I felt really good on my bike. There’s a lot of kilometers still to race, so it’s important to stay positive and go again tomorrow, and push for good results. - Kevin Benavides In stark contrast to his winning ride on stage one of last year’s Dakar Rally, Toby Price unfortunately endured a hugely frustrating opening stage. As one of the many riders to run into the same navigational issue, the Australian would eventually complete the special 47 minutes down on countryman and stage winner Daniel Sanders. The stage was a bit of a rough one for me today. There was one note that just didn’t seem to add up properly, didn’t quite make sense to me, so I ended up getting lost for 45, maybe 50, minutes. So, not a good way to start the rally. But it’s early days and let’s see what happens. No crashes, so that’s good, but a costly navigation mistake. I’ll keep my head down and keep at it and see what tomorrow brings. - Toby Price Faring well during his first ever Dakar Rally special stage, Danilo Petrucci was able to benefit from his starting position of 33rd and follow the tracks ahead of him, ending end the stage 13th fastest. Arriving at the troublesome waypoints after the leading riders, the Italian was able to avoid issues and went on to enjoy a notably positive result. I’m really, really happy to finish my first real Dakar stage. I was so nervous at the start. Generally, all went ok for me but the 120 kilometers after the refueling seemed really, really long for me, especially with the big dunes. - Danilo Petrucci Demanding Opening Special Stage for Husqvarna Factory Racing at Dakar 2022 At the end of a demanding opening day of competition at the 2022 Dakar Rally it was Skyler Howes who claimed Husqvarna Factory Racing’s best result, the American completed the 546-kilometre stage as the 10th fastest rider despite a navigational issue hampering his performance. Teammate Luciano Benavides was less fortunate, ending the day in 38th position having been among the first riders to arrive at a troublesome section of the special stage, going on to lose valuable time trying to find the correct route through the stage. Opting to ride cautiously during yesterday’s opening prologue so as to avoid being among the first riders into today’s special stage, Skyler was the 22nd rider to begin the first true special stage of the 2022 Dakar Rally. Steadily working his way forward while settling himself into the stage, the American improved to place just outside the top 10 as he arrived at the day’s most challenging navigational section. Thankfully, trusting his instincts, he lost little time and was able to ride on for an eventual 10th place result, earning a beneficial starting position for tomorrow’s second stage. Today’s stage was actually quite fun to ride. It was the first stage of this year’s Dakar so I wasn’t pushing too hard. There were a lot of tracks and a lot of camel grass, so it was easy to get caught out. I just used the stage to feel my way into things early on, but then made a pretty big navigational error and just got things really wrong, like a lot of riders did. Thankfully, I went with my gut instincts and rode over a hill, then another hill, met up with some other riders that were looking for the waypoint and from there managed to find the waypoint before riding together to the finish. Apart from that the day was fun and my bike was great, so onto tomorrow. - Skyler Howes Unfortunately for Skyler’s teammate Luciano Benavides, the Argentinian saw what began as a positive day’s work come undone mid-way between the refuelling stop and the end of the special stage. One of the first rider to enter the stage, and a lead rider for much of the day, Luciano struggled to find the day’s decisive and all-important waypoint. Dropping more than one hour to the fastest rider by the time he reached the end of the special, Luciano eventually placed 38th. You always hope that when you are one of the first riders to start a special stage that there won’t be any big difficulties, but today there were. I ended up in all the drama with the one note that a lot of riders struggled with. After doing a good job opening the stage, at one point I was one of 10 or 12 riders all lost, which is really frustrating. Not the way I wanted the rally to start, but we will race hard during the remaining 11 stages. - Luciano Benavides • Stage 1 Top 10 Results Daniel Sanders (GASGAS) 4:38:40 Pablo Quintanilla (Honda) 4:41:47 Matthias Walkner (KTM) 4:49:46 Adrien Van Beveren (Yamaha) 4:51:26 Mason Klein (KTM) 4:53:14 Sam Sunderland (GASGAS) 4:54.36 Lorenzo Santolino (Sherco) 4:55:34 Xavier Soultrait (Husqvarna) 4:57:16 Ross Branch (Yamaha) 4:58:01 Skyler Howes (Husqvarna) 5:03:52 {youtube} NovaEm5oVyk{/youtube} For live timing and more official news, see Dakar.com. Source
  9. Published in: News Significantly lighter and much more powerful, with class leading handling and specification, plus all of Triumph’s new T-plane triple performance advantage, the all-new Tiger 1200 has been designed to be the world’s most capable, agile, and maneuverable large capacity adventure motorcycle. Delivering a transformation in capability and performance on road, and the most dynamic and exciting experience off-road, the new generation brings the best of all worlds with a whole new Tiger line-up, including for the first time two all-new 30-liter/7.93 GAL tank Tiger Explorer options. • THE BEST OF ALL WORLDS The result of one of the most ambitious projects in Triumph’s history, the all-new Tiger 1200 line-up represents a transformation in weight, performance, and capability, all focused on delivering every advantage a rider is looking for in their adventure motorcycle. Building on the previous generation’s strengths, including its practical shaft drive set-up and its great long-distance comfort, plus the triple engine platform which suits touring so well, the new Tiger line-up introduces a new generation of T-plane triple engine, lightweight chassis, and advanced technology - all focused on delivering the most agile and capable large capacity adventure motorcycle you can buy. • ALL-NEW TIGER 1200 FAMILY With all-new names to reflect the new capability, each Tiger 1200 model is now more tailored and focused to suit the adventures that different riders want. The new road-focused GT and higher spec GT Pro come with cast wheels, 19” on the front and 18” on the rear, plus all-new Showa semi-active suspension, tuned to deliver the ultimate road-focused adventure ride. With the new Rally Pro, this brings for the first time a dedicated 21” front and 18” rear tubeless wire-spoked wheel set-up, plus the new Showa semi-active suspension with even longer travel, tuned to deliver the ultimate in all-terrain riding, off-road and on. Completing the new 5 bike line-up, for the first time Triumph introduces two new 30-liter/7.93 GAL tank Tigers, with the new Rally Explorer and the GT Explorer – the only cast wheel, 30-liter/7.93 GAL tank, adventure bike in the class. Both featuring the new Triumph Blind Spot Radar system, these bikes are built to travel the world in comfort and style, with the highest level of specification and capability ever. • ALL-NEW T-PLANE TRIPLE ENGINE Designed to deliver all the advantages that have made the Triumph Tiger 900 so successful in the middleweight category, the new the T-plane triple crank brings the best of both worlds, with the low-down tractability of a twin at the bottom end, making it great off road, combined with the performance benefits of a triple at the top end, which makes the Tiger even better on the road where riders spend most of their time. Technically, the T-plane crank gives the new Tiger 1200 engine firing pulses at 180, 270 and 270 degrees, resulting in one short gap and two long gaps between the firing, delivering improved character and tractability at low rpm. The new 1160cc engine brings a major step up in performance with 147 HP peak power at 9,000 rpm, 8 HP up on the previous generation, making it the most powerful shaft drive motorcycle in the class. The torque is also significantly higher than the previous generation, with 95 LB-FT of peak torque at 7,000rpm, 5 LB-FT up on the previous engine. In addition to the step-up in power and torque, the new engine, tune, and T-plane triple crank also bring improved acceleration and a much more responsive and exciting character, where the uneven firing interval gives excellent feel and tractability at the bottom end, combined with the really strong triple power and torque delivery all the way through the rev range. Completing the transformation, every Tiger features the new lightweight low-maintenance shaft drive, a key practical advantage valued by adventure touring riders. Compared to the previous generation engine, absolutely everything is new, including new bore and stroke, crank, cylinder head, gearbox and clutch, and a completely new shaft drive and bevel box. Overall, every single component has been designed to be significantly lighter and more compact, which has allowed the new engine to have a much tighter overall package, transforming the riding dynamics. Add to that the new minimal lightweight silencer, and the result is a significantly enhanced soundtrack,with a new distinctive triple tone and bark. • THE NEW BENCHMARK FOR HANDLING The Tiger 1200 has been designed to set the new benchmark for road and off-road adventure handling, courtesy of a major reduction in weight, an all-new lightweight chassis, a class-leading specification of equipment and all-new rider ergonomics. Following an extensive mass optimization programmed across the whole bike, encompassing every component, the new generation is now more than 25kg/50.11lbs lighter than the previous Tiger, and up to 17kg/37.47 lbs lighter than the closest shaft drive competition, based on a comparable specification of motorcycle. For this new generation, each Tiger 1200 family now comes equipped with dedicated wheel dimensions, tailored to suit the adventures that different riders want. On the Rally Pro and Rally Explorer, there is a 21”/18” tubeless spoked set-up for incredible all-road ability, and on the GT, GT Pro and GT Explorer there is 19”/18” cast aluminum arrangement for more dynamic road riding ability. Ensuring outstanding grip and stability, Metzeler Tourance tires are fitted to all of the GT models, while the Rally models feature Metzeler Karoo Street tires for true all-terrain riding. For advanced off-road riding, the Michelin Anakee Wild is the handbook approved option. Class-leading Brembo Stylema brakes are fitted to all Tiger 1200 models for powerful and progressive performance. These have been selected to meet the demands of long-distance road riding and the advanced off-road adventure capability of the Rally models. The incredible stopping power provided by the Brembo calipers is managed by the advanced Optimized Cornering ABS system fitted to all of the new models, which is supported by a sophisticated IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit), which continuously measures the motorcycle’s movement (pitch rate, yaw rate, roll rate, vertical acceleration, lateral acceleration, longitudinal acceleration) to calculate the lean angle of the bike and deliver the optimum level of ABS intervention. Magura HC-1 levers, adjustable for reach, deliver a progressive feel and further enhance rider comfort and control. Making a significant contribution to the transformation in weight and handling capability, the Tiger’s new frame, which is 5.4kg/11.9 lbs lighter than the previous design, features a bolt-on aluminum rear sub-frame and bolt-on pillion hangers, enhancements developed from customer feedback. Additional weight savings comes from the new aluminum fuel tank and all-new tri-link swingarm, which is 1.36kg/3 LBS lighter and stronger than the previous single-sided set-up and incorporates a smaller and lighter shaft drive and bevel box. Bringing the rider enhanced confidence at low speeds and during non-riding maneuvers, as well as enhanced comfort and control, all of the new 1200s come with new seat and tank ergonomics, where the seat has been slimmed down at the front, where it meets the tank. To further enable each rider to find their comfort zone, all models feature a built-in easily adjustable two-position seat mechanism which enables the rider to change the seat height by 20mm/.78 inches to their preferred set-up. For the GT, GT Pro and GT Explorer there are two seat height settings – 850mm/33.46 inches and 870mm/34.25 inches, while for the Rally Pro and Rally Explorer these are 875mm/34.44 inches and 895mm/35.23 inches. Through the accessory-fit low seat option, customers will also be able to lower the seat position by an additional 20mm/.78 inches. A further enhancement to comfort is provided by the new easily adjustable screen, with a simple one-handed adjustment mechanism, plus new aero screen diffusers that deflect the wind off both the rider and pillion. The handlebar position has been optimized to suit each model in the Tiger 1200 range, contributing to the bike’s improved agility and ensuring great rider comfort. These are 20mm/.78 inches wider than the previous generation for improved off-road control. On the GT Explorer and Rally Explorer, the handlebars are 16mm/.62 inches higher than the other models in the line-up to deliver an even more commanding position. The foot peg positions have also been refined to deliver the optimum rider comfort and control for each model. All models within the Tiger 1200 line-up have an extensive level of protection for a more secure and comfortable ride: handguards are standard for all models, aluminum skid-guard is fitted as standard on the GT Pro and GT Explorer, while an aluminum sump guard is a standard fit for the Rally Pro and Rally Explorer. Additional protection is provided on the GT Explorer and both Rally variants by the engine protection bars, while the Rally Explorer also comes with fuel tank protection bars. These items can all be added as accessories to the models where they are not standard fit. {youtube}Sp2SZ1u1dxM{/youtube} • COMPREHENSIVE TECHNOLOGY PACKAGE The new generation sets a new standard for Tiger technology, with the introduction of a host of advanced features designed to enhance the ride and deliver a step up in safety, comfort, and control. The GT Explorer and Rally Explorer exclusively feature the all-new Triumph Blind Spot Radar system, developed in partnership with Continental, which delivers two key safety features. Blind Spot Assist uses a rear facing radar to let the rider know when another vehicle is in their blind spot, and Lane Change Assist, which gives a more prominent warning if the rider indicates to change lane and there is a vehicle approaching. Optimized Cornering Traction Control comes as standard on all of the new line-up, which is supported by the bike’s advanced IMU to deliver the optimum traction control response for the riding conditions. All of the key information the rider needs is presented through the new class-leading 7” TFT instruments with an optically bonded display, which features a new graphics package. The My Triumph Connectivity System is also fitted as standard on all models, enabling phone calls, turn-by-turn navigation and GoPro control. Depending on the model, there are up to 6 riding modes available, which adjust throttle response, ABS, traction control and suspension settings for maximum rider control in all riding conditions. The Off-Road Pro riding mode, exclusive to the Rally Pro and Rally Explorer models, is Triumph’s most extreme off-road set-up for advanced off-road adventure, with ABS and traction control turned off, and an off-road throttle map. Rain mode has been tailored to deliver the most intervention and is limited to 100PS for enhanced safety and control when conditions are compromised. Tiger 1200 Rally Pro and Rally Explorer: Road, Rain, Sport, Rider-configurable, Off-Road and Off-Road Pro Tiger 1200 GT Pro and GT Explorer: Road, Rain, Sport, Rider-configurable and Off-Road Tiger 1200 GT: Rain, Road and Sport Great visibility in any riding condition is ensured by the new full LED headlight with a distinctive new signature Daytime Running Light (DRL). Additional visibility and illumination whilst cornering is provided by the lean-sensitive new Adaptive Cornering Lights, which come as standard on all models except the Tiger 1200 GT. Triumph Shift Assist comes as a standard fit feature on all models, except the Tiger 1200 GT where it is available as an accessory upgrade. Triumph Shift Assist enables easy up and down gear-shifting without needing to action the clutch. Hill Hold is standard on all models except the Tiger 1200 GT. Hill Hold prevents the bike from rolling backwards when setting off on a steep incline, applying the rear brake until sensing the rider is starting to move off. For enhanced long distance riding comfort in every weather condition, all models except the Tiger 1200 GT come with heated grips as standard, plus the GT Explorer and Rally Explorer also come with heated rider and pillion seats, and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System to ensure the highest possible level of rider safety. For all other models, heated seats and TPMS can be added as an accessory option. Completing the new Tiger’s comprehensive technology package, all of the new models come with a host of additional features designed to enhance the ride, including intuitive and easily accessible switch cubes with unique-in-segment 5-way joystick control, plus illuminated switches and under seat storage with USB charger. Adjustable electronic cruise control and a center stand also come as standard on all models except the Tiger GT. • DISTINCTIVE NEW TIGER STYLE Following a brief for styling that was just as ambitious as the handling and performance updates, the new Tiger 1200 line-up delivers a distinctive new look with a more upright, commanding stance enhanced by the new redesigned minimal bodywork, clean contemporary lines and a visually lighter front end. Each model family has been designed with a more focused look, with the GT family delivering even more road biased style, whilst the Rally family brings even more off-road attitude and stance, courtesy of the new 21’’ front wheel set-up. The new generation also features a much slimmer waist and more compact design with narrower stand over, which not only makes it easier to get your feet on the floor, but also makes it easier to move around on while riding. • Color Options Tiger 1200 Rally Pro and Rally Explorer Snowdonia White Sapphire Black Matt Khaki Tiger 1200 GT Pro and GT Explorer Snowdonia White Sapphire Black Lucerne Blue Tiger 1200 GT Snowdonia White • DEDICATED ACCESSORY RANGE A tailor-made line-up of the very best options needed to enhance any rider’s adventure is available for the new Tiger 1200, with more than 50 Genuine Triumph Accessories to choose from to enhance the bike’s capability, comfort, style and protection. Key accessory options include: Two full luggage systems, with new Trekker molded panniers and 52-liter/13.74 GAL twin helmet top box with passenger backrest, and new aluminum top-opening Expedition panniers, with matching 42-liter/11.10 GAL top box and backrest, available in both brushed aluminum or matt black finish, all developed by Triumph in partnership with Givi. Comprehensive protection range, with engine bars, tank protection bars and aluminum sump guard. Heated rider and pillion seats, plus low height heated seat. Adjustable screen aero deflector Triumph Shift Assist LED fog lights Scrolling LED indicators Center stand All new Triumph Sena Bluetooth headset, a new partnership, which works with the integrated My Triumph Connectivity System and comes with Sena’s updated sound system by Harman Kardon Triumph Track+ tracking system Triumph Protect+ alarm system • Price, service and availability Three years unlimited mileage warranty, with the option to extend High service intervals: 10,000 miles (16,000 km) / 12 months Competitively priced, starting at $19,100 for the Tiger 1200 GT Available in dealers from Spring 2022 See TriumphMotorcycles.com for more information Source
  10. Published in: News Setting the benchmark in the smaller cylinder segment for outstanding power-to-weight, technology, and riding agility, the KTM 390 ADVENTURE is getting a fresh look and some key upgrades for 2022 that bring it closer than ever before to the full range of larger-displacement KTM ADVENTURE machines. Further enhancing its potential to take riders to places far beyond the ordinary paths, the 2022 model’s extensive list of electronic features has been amplified with the addition of STREET and OFFROAD modes for traction control. Selecting OFFROAD from STREET will give the KTM a degree of rear wheel slip to enable even easier use of the bike in loose or wet terrain. The KTM 390 ADVENTURE can be taken and pushed to the extreme and – if the conditions momentarily get the better of the rider – the OFFROAD TC will remain activated in the event of a brief stall or fall. The additional traction control capabilities mean it’s easier to get even more exploratory, allowing the KTM 390 ADVENTURE to consolidate its spot as the segment leader in terms of technology and electronic features. Allowing riders to reach new extremes, KTM has given the 2022 KTM 390 ADVENTURE a set of even more robust cast wheels. The construction of the components is based around five spokes instead of six and this configuration permits increased stiffness and resistance for the rims. For 2022, the visual identity of the KTM 390 ADVENTURE is bringing it even closer to the race-winning machines in the dunes and deserts around the globe. Available in two distinct color versions, both options highlight the sharp lines of KTM’s ultra-versatile adventurer. Curious and skilled riders can also find all their requirements and juice at the throttle of the 2022 KTM 390 ADVENTURE. To prove the point, KTM enlisted the help of multi-time Baja winner Quinn Cody and world traveler Paolo Cattaneo to provide the ultimate verdict from their own weekend adventure here. Enviable power is provided by the state-of-the-art, single cylinder, 4-stroke Euro5 motor gunning 43 hp and 37 Nm (27.29 ft lbs) of torque. Additionally, the frame is based on the knowledge collected from millions of race kilometers for the right blend of flex, stability and control in straight line performance. The bike’s famed agility is combined with the carefully considered ergonomics that place the rider right in the heart of the bike’s movements. The 2022 KTM 390 ADVENTURE can be steered like an offroader as much as it can flip into cruise for longer highway stretches, and the new look through the colors and graphics mean that the aesthetic is as sharp as the attributes. {youtube}CjRQbFaf4wc{/youtube} • KTM 390 ADVENTURE – HIGHLIGHTS Enhanced electronics as standard & OFFROAD TC for added adventuring potential Stronger & more resistant wheels for tougher riding 43 hp & 37 Nm (27.29 ft lbs) of torque through the latest Euro5 crafted engine Segment-leading electronics incl. lean-angle sensitive ABS & TC Dakar Rally-proven chassis architecture & settings Removable steel trellis subframe fitted with just four screws WP APEX adjustable suspension for the best response whatever the terrain Dependable BYBRE brakes with 320 and 280 mm discs, two channel ABS 14.5 l (3.8 us gal) fuel tank for excellent range & possible 400 km (248.5 mi) with one fill Two-part seat & crafted bodywork as part of superlative ergonomics set-up Brand new graphics & fresh look for both 2022 color versions The full current range of KTM PowerParts allows the 2022 KTM 390 ADVENTURE to be compatible for customization or to be beefed up for even more resistance away from the beaten tracks. The 2022 KTM 390 ADVENTURE will be landing at authorized KTM dealers starting January 2022. For more information, visit KTM.com. Source
  11. Published in: News Triumph’s all-new Tiger Sport 660 is the new definition of triple powered versatility, with its 660cc triple engine performance advantages, class-leading power and specification, plus great long-distance touring capability. Just like the Trident 660, launched to international acclaim last year, the new Tiger Sport 660 has been designed to set a whole new benchmark for performance, specification, and cost of ownership. Bringing significant advantages to the middleweight adventure sports category, the Tiger Sport 660 delivers a new first choice for riders looking for maximum versatility in every ride. From commuting, to everyday riding, to longer trips, the new Tiger 660 delivers the capability, performance, handling and style needed to introduce a whole new generation of riders into the Triumph brand. • Triple Engine Performance Advantage The first triple cylinder engine in the category, and the most powerful – the 660cc powerplant in the new Tiger Sport 660 brings Triumph’s triple engine performance advantages over a twin engine with its low-down torque, combined with strong mid-range performance, and incredible top-end power. Peak torque of 47 FT-LB at 6,250rpm and peak power of 80 HP at 10,250rpm make the new Tiger Sport 660 the most powerful bike in the class, guaranteeing great acceleration in any gear, even when carrying a pillion or progressing swiftly through traffic. It delivers the perfect balance of thrilling useable performance from low down in the rev range, all the way to the red line. Power delivery is managed by a sophisticated engine management system with a ride-by-wire throttle for a precise and responsive feel, while the slick 6-speed gearbox has gear ratios optimized for fun and all-round everyday rideability. The 660 triple engine’s distinctive, deep exhaust note is delivered through a short and minimalistic underslung stainless-steel silencer. • Handling Components and Ergonomics Any new bike from Triumph would be wanting without their signature confidence-inspiring, agile and sporty ride. Premium components help the Tiger Sport 660 bring it's A-game, it's suspension is from Showa with a 41mm upside down cartridge forks and monoshock RSU with remote hydraulic preload adjustment. Braking is handled by Nissin brakes with twin 310mm front discs and versatile Michelin Road 5 tires maintain grip with the tarmac. Taking a passenger is made easier with integrated pillion grab handles and riders have an easy reach to the ground with an accessibly low 32.8 inch seat height. • Genuine Long Distance Touring Capability Sporting a sculpted 4.5 gallon fuel tank for excellent range the Tiger Sport 660 has the range to go the distance on whatever journey you embark on. Discreetly integrated pannier mounts make for easy fitment of available accessory panniers with color matched panels. Just like on the 3rd generation Tiger 800s and current Tiger 900 models, the windscreen adjuster enables single-handed height adjustment while riding. You won't need to stop often for maintenance either, with a 10,000 miles or 12 month service interval. • Technology A new Tiger wouldn't be complete without some impressive tech and the dash with TFT display, prepped for the My Triumph connectivity system, brings all the info you need on the road. Two riding modes, Road and Rain, adjust traction control and throttle response for conditions on the road. Rounding out the standard tech features are switchable traction control, ABS, ride-by-wire throttle, slip and assist clutch and an immobilizer. For visibility, full LED lighting with distinctive twin headlights and self-cancelling indicators help you see and be seen on the road. • Pricing and Availability US: $9,295 USD Sapphire Black (Korosi Red / Luceren Blue = +$125 USD) Canada: $10,495 CAD Sapphire Black (Korosi Red / Luceren Blue = +$125 CAD) Available in dealers February 2022 Two-year unlimited mileage warranty, with the option to extend for one or two years Two-year Roadside Assistance Source
  12. Published in: News Join the New Motorcycle Class at the Red Clay Rally in Clay City, KY this October 22nd! Starting its days as a good excuse to bring together like-minded off-road enthusiasts for a challenge, the Red Clay Rally has meant more to its participants than Rally Master (and founder) Zack could have ever imagined. Three years of rock crawling and mud-slinging and precise timing by teams of 4x4s from all over the world finally gave way, in the fourth iteration, to a motorcycle class. Two years in the making, dual-sports, adventure bikes and anything street legal are debuting in 2021. Presented by RacingSmith, the Moto Division will join the ranks of Overlanders for a three-day, 600-mile trek into the remote areas of the Appalachians. Camping, wheeling and riding through dense forests in an attempt at perfection – scored by their success at reaching the destination each day no sooner or later than a designated time with limits on their average pace. A true Time-Speed-Distance (TSD) race, but add two-track, baby-heads, ruts and weather to the mix. The event will set off on October 22nd, from (appropriately named) Clay City in Kentucky. This and many other interesting towns along the RCR route are part of the plan to bring awareness to the area and what it has to offer. While simultaneously promoting stewardship of the countryside. The goal is to leave the ground more pristine than when they arrived and encourage supporters to follow suit. It’s such an important principle to the organizers, they offer a prize to the party who cleans up the most trash. Then they send out their own crew for a final scrub-down. Keep in touch with the “Man vs. Machine vs. Nature” themed competition, or better yet, snag any remaining spots on the roster, visit: https://www.redclayrally.com/register-now. Be sure to follow @RedClayRally and @racing_smith on Instagram for updates and images of the fun. Also, don’t forget to hashtag or check out #RedClayRally and #RedClayMoto for more info. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER CONTACT: Benjamin & Crystal Smith racingsmitheast@gmail.com Source
  13. Published in: News Think about that age-old question: If you could have only one adventure motorcycle in your garage that could do everything well, what would it be? Or two bikes? Or three? Never someone who’s shied away from a face full of negative feedback and trolls, Ian from Big Rock Moto decided to walk into that minefield and brave the blowback to find an answer. But he didn’t just throw out a fanciful guess; he actually used math to arrive at his conclusion. Using a rudimentary algorithm, Big Rock Moto ranked four different bikes based on their ability to handle various environments, ease of maintenance and weight to arrive at a final score. Sure, the “scores” for each are based on Ian’s personal opinion, but he claims that’s based on his ownership and actual miles driven on the bikes—not just from spec sheets. Some might quibble with his scores for each category (sorry Africa Twin zealots), but his logic seems sound, and it at least provides food for thought when weighing the top options out there. So which one turns out to be the “unicorn bike?” The answer probably won’t surprise you. {youtube}5qpBpTk68jw{/youtube} Did Big Rock Moto nail it or miss the point? Let us know what you think in the comments below. Source
  14. Published in: News While Yamaha’s T700 is a killer ride, the seat could use a little work if you’ll be spending all day in the saddle. Seat Concepts is excited to announce the release of an array of seating options for the Yamaha T700. Options are aplenty with tall, standard and low height one piece or two piece seats. Comfort, Sport Touring, Rally, & Hard Adventure 2.0 foam and cover options allow you to pick the seat that works best for your riding. No matter if you need a little extra reach to the ground or more leg room in the cockpit; Seat Concepts has what you're looking for. These seats will bring that level of comfort and quality you've always known from us. They dare you to give them a try! SeatConcepts.com Source
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