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First tests with a KTM allwheel bike
Kurt Nicoll, KTM Motorsport:
What is your experience with 2-wheel drive? What are the
Do you think itís only something for competition riders or
can your average rider also benefit from it?
Does it only have advantages when off-road, in sand or mud,
or also on hard surfaces when itís wet?
Is it a similar leap forward to that of the Quattro 20 years
What about riding technique? Doesnít one have to totally
Project leader, Wolfgang Felber:
This system is already fairly well developed, but can definitely be improved upon.
In the current phase KTM just wants to be one of the first companies on the ball and, using prototypes, to test the suitability of 2-wheel drive under various different conditions.
Only after that can the decision be made to produce a limited batch.
At the moment the advantages and disadvantages of 2-wheel drive compared to a conventionally driven off-road motorcycle pretty much balance each other out. But anyway, no huge adjustment is necessary on the riderís side.
KTM has taken a cue from Yamaha by building its
first two-wheel drive Motorcycle, using the 525 EXC as the platform. Yamaha
first developed their two-wheel drive prototype in 1998 and by 2001, Jean-Claude
Olivier entered a WR426F 2-Trac into the Shamrock Rally, finishing fifth.