At the close of every one of our builds, comes the time to prove it out and make sure it works as designed. In this case, we built a flat tracker so, we had to confirm its dirt-worthiness.
We loaded up the van and headed to Perris Raceway in beautifull Perris,
CA., where we met up with Brendan Lutes Transworld Motocross
magazine to shoot the
bike for their upcoming issue. Jimmy Wood
from Race Tech
let us share
some track time with a couple of his professional AMA pro flat track
racers; Mikey Rush
and Kayl Kolkma
n. They were out testing and making
final adjustments before the Daytone GNC race in Florida. KTM
's Aaron Colton
is always down to cut skids too so he came out and had a good time with us. Jimmy really helped get the suspension dialed on our KTM 690 and, next thing you know, Roland was sliding her around the track with confidence. This bike will be delivered to our customer and probably never see dirt again but, we're proud to say that is was built to slide and does it quite well.
The devil is in the details. Here you can see the small things that really set a bike apart, such as: shortened shock reservoir by Race Tech
, Raptor titanium foot pegs
and billet aluminum brake pedal tip and shifter tip by Hammerhead Designs. Sport Chrome
handled all of the polishing and black anodizing for this build. They always do a top notch job for us and parts come back polished to perfection and packaged nicely to prevent damage while in transit.
There’s something about the 690 KTM that makes you want to do bad things. It’s a great street able single that’s got enough torque to put a smile on your face while tame enough to inspire confidence when pushing towards the edge. While our newest version of the 690 is a street bike, it’s got a whole lotta dirt under it’s nails. We let the stock frame inspire new lightweight airfoil tubing swingarm and subframe. The sheet metal is all hand formed aluminum and draws from traditional dirt track machines while bringing a little motocross influence into the mix. Our newest lightweight Contrast Ops Del Mar wheels are shod in Goodyear Flat track rubber and are stopped by PM brakes front and rear. One Off Hand built exhaust breathes through our Slant exhaust tip. Engine mods, paint powder coating and detailing to come. Stay tuned.
The KTM Café
was feeling lonely so we hatched another spawn. This is the dirty brother, the KTM Tracker. A street tracker version of the KTM 690. Lightweight, fast, nimble, agile and above all else, built for good times. We'd like your opinion on paint. A, B or C?