The bike most synonymous with the Dakar Rally is most definitely KTM’s Rally bike. No other brand has dominated the world’s most famous rally like KTM, winning the last 15 years consecutively. Despite the rules being changed several years back, reducing engine capacity to 450cc to help other brands be more competitive and make it less of a “one-horse-race”, KTM has remained dominant.
For sure some of this success is owed to the brilliance of riders like Marc Coma, Cyril Despres, Toby Price and others, but even after Despres and Coma are no longer racing for them, KTM still secured five of the top ten positions this year. So they definitely have got the recipe right and the most important part of that recipe besides the rider, must be the bike.
We were afforded the privilege of testing Joey Evans’ new 2016 450 Rally – certainly not something that comes by every day. To really be able to test this machine, we asked Darryl Curtis, a multiple national off road and enduro champion with several Dakar’s under his belt, to join us.
Why would anyone pay R530 000.00 for a dirt bike?
We go in search of the answer to that question in the test featured in the May/ June issue (#151). Come enjoy the privilege of riding something truly special with us.