Great behind the scenes video from the KTM factory. If you have an interest in the technology that goes into these bikes then you will love this video.
This is a fantastic documentary from Vice about the 2009 season of the Red Bull Rookies Cup. Its interesting to watch what these kids (some as young as 13 years old) go through and how the parents deal with the whole thing. As it follows the 2009 series many of the riders in this group are now racing in Moto3, interestingly only 1 of the top guys from this series seems to have made it. The entire documentary runs for a couple of hours so grab a beer and relax, its worth a watch.
When I started this blog I wanted to make a post titled “inspiration” every week, that hasn’t quite happened but lately I have collecteed a few random pictures of some really nice bikes that deserve to be shared…so here we go – inspiration #8!
Killer little ducati single, I want this bike badly!
Pity about the blue wheels, other than that its awesome.
Decorate your bike with a shaprie pen?
Sportster+dirt bike tank+full fairing = winner
I think this Montesa started life as a dirt bike, good lines so far – anyone seen a picture of the completed bike?
High pipe beemer
Hot heads? Krauser?
Nigel from Engineered to Slide is pretty well known for the Hilux Drift Ute project, if you are not familiar with this project you should get over to his blog immediately and check it out – seriously inspiring stuff (even if you are not a car guy you will appreciate the engineering and fabrication that’s gone into the project). Recently Nigel turned his attention to a bike project and in only 3 weeks transformed a KTM250EXC into a great looking cafe racer. Three weeks is a pretty rapid time frame for any sort of bike build but to hand fabricate tanks, seats etc in such a short amount of time is even more impressive – things get done at ETS headquarters!
Thanks to Nigel for providing some great pictures of the build.
2012 is an interesting year for GP racing, no 2-strokes, CRT MotoGP bikes and the all new Moto3 category. The KTM Moto3 machine has shown itself to be the strongest bike in pre season testing, well at least the strongest engine. The Kalex bikes are also using the KTM engine and have shown great speed, only a few fractions of a second behind the factory KTM bikes.
When this category was first announced I did wonder if KTM would try and adapt their successful 250 MX engine and use that but going by the pictures I’d say the Moto3 engine shares very little if anything with the MX engine.
Trellis frame and carbon monocoque seat unit, good to see KTM still have faith in tube frames unlike Ducati….
I think they should keep them in raw carbon all season, looks pretty awesome. Hopefully the guys at HRC can close the gap before the season starts and we will get the same sort of close exciting racing that the 125′s always delivered.
Need some inspiration to get started with that next project? take a look at the MJ Works Facebook page, a young guy from Belgium is building some pretty nice race bikes in his garage. When I say “building” I really mean building…check the image above – nothing but an engine and a frame jig.
Cromoly tube frame built around the KTM LC4 powerplant.
Alloy airbox awaiting some intake tubes around the headstock
Chicken wire building up the base of the tank and seat plug, starting to look like a bike now…
Awesome lines, I really can’t wait to see the finsihed bike. This is not the first bike to come from MJ works – check out his 250cc racer as well.
I have followed the work of Kalex for years now, long before they became well known for their super competitive Moto2 bike. The AV1 was the bike that first caught my attention and as far as I am aware was the start of the Kalex brand. Its still to this day a fantastically purposeful looking bike and an all time favorite of mine. I am sure that many of the lessons learnt from the design of this bike are contributing to the success of the Moto2 bike today and according to the rumors a Moto3 bike for 2012 as well. This must be pretty exciting for the team behind Kalex, something that started as a project among a few talented people has grown into a company that builds World Championship Race bikes.
This bike really leaves me a little lost for words, its brutal looking! I’m not sure if its exactly to my taste but I can’t stop looking at it.
images via motorbiketv.info
Roland Sands has put together another cracker with this nice KTM 525 based cafe racer. I am a bit of a fan of RSD bikes, particularly his efforts with single cylinder dirt bikes (the 450 super singles & CR500 cafe racer are a few other great builds to come from the RSD crew). This particular bike does a good job of blending a nice round cafe style tank in with a set of radiators – usually two items that don’t go well together.
Check the RSD blog for more pics and a couple of videos too.