Ktm 690 Enduro R

Front Suspension 48mm WP USD Rear Suspension WP Monoshock Brakes Single disc front and rear Tyres 90 90-21,140 80-18 Price (RRP) 15,395 +PRC www.ktm.com.au The stock bike (above) KTM's 690R racer (below). The stock bike (above) KTM's 690R racer (below). handguards all giving the 690R a genuine dirt bike feel. Once I plonked my butt on the seat to slide into a corner that 530 feel goes away and I felt myself compensating for the weight, width and length of the 690R but it wasn't like it was...

Torque Test

ADVENTURE riding is one of the fastest growing segments of the dirt bike scene, and KTM's 690 Enduro R sits comfortably on the fringe of that market. But Smarty is out to prove the 690R is very much an under-rated hard core dirt bike. I had been trying to score a KTM long term tester for quite some time, you know, something along the lines of the 530EXC or even the 300EXC but when it was all said and done it was the big bore 690R which recently turned up on my doorstep hey, no complaints here....

Mrrda Is Back

A NUMBER of now well known road racers kicked off their careers when the Motorcycle Road Race Development Association series started in 2007. Last year the MRRDA hooked up with other clubs to run race meetings, and is doing so again in 2011. If you've never seen 10 little 150cc road race bikes go over the line together you've missed out on some awesome racing. It doesn't much matter what the speed is as long as the racing is close. And the junior racing was very, very close. Red Bull is back on...

Cycle Torque Test Duc Ati Gt1000

RIDING GEAR AGV helmet, Spyke jacket and gloves, Hornee jeans, Thomas Cook boots. DUCATI'S GTIOOO has the style of the '70s but the technology of the new century. It's a great mix of old and new, and Ducati has worked hard to get some 'soul' into its retro roadsters. Ducati originally brought out three variants in this SportClassic model range to great fanfare. From older riders reliving their youth, to riders with less miles on their clocks looking for a link to the past without the pain and...

Anglo Asian collaboration

IT'S been a long time coming but we've finally ridden the Fischer MRX 650. It's a pretty thing to look at and is a sweet handling machine to boot. The Fischer tested isn't the latest model, it's one which has been kicking around for a year or two while the importers got it legal in Australia. It runs the old Hyosung carburettored 650cc V-twin, whereas Hyosung's mid sized engine has boasted fuel injection for a while now, and is much better for it. As the engine is now outdated there's not much...

Kids Motorcycle Jackets With Full Armour

Matrix 'Lite' brace designed by a Global team with a combined 75 years of Knee Super lightweight, thermo moulded carbon composite frame offer excellent overall protection & optimal stiffness First knee brace technically designed shorter in length to allow more mobility in difficult riding conditions. Three piece, full coverage knee cap protection system. Low profile ICR poly-centric integrated hinge accurately mimics the natural motion of the knee joint and allows for extension and flexion...

The Twostrokes

TEST BY DARREN SMART PHOTOS BY PAUL FEENEY GROUP RIDING GEAR Shift helmet, Shift nylons gloves, Alpinestars boots. LAUNCH REPORT - 2011 HUSQVARNA WR250 & WR300 HUSQVARNA'S continued commitment to its 250 and 300cc two-stroke models is evident with further improvements for the 2011 versions. The outcome will definitely please fans of the oil burners. The big change for the 2011 WR300 and WR250 is the Ducati Energia Ignition replacing the Kokusan Ignition. The net result is two more...

EICMA Extravaganza

Normally known for its off-road bikes, the new Mille3 is very much a curiosity, and certainly innovative. Husqvarna has taken three of its single cylinder engines, plonked them onto a common crankcase and made a 993cc V-three. It's 'different' to look at and very low. It's hard to believe Husqvarna would release the bike in this form to the public but it's interesting to see the company look outside the square to the road market. A couple of new motard machines were released at EICMA too, the...