KTM Announces North American Motorcycle Adventure Tours
KTM North America has announced a series of KTM Adventure Tours for North America.
Following in the tracks of the extremely successful KTM Adventure Tours program already established in locations around the world, the KTM North American Tours program will expand into Mexico, Canada and the United States.
Scot Harden, an off-road and rally champion, has been selected to direct the KTM North American Tours.
“I couldn’t be more excited about being chosen to take on this new challenge,” said Harden, who, with his extensive knowledge of the Southwest United States and Baja Mexico, will ensure that the tours are as authentic and pure as are other existing KTM Tours throughout the world.
“It’s important to remember that these are not competitive events,” said Harden. “We’re out for adventure and fun – with particular emphasis on fun! Most groups will be kept small and will be matched by ability level. We can handle the hardcore enthusiast but even rookie off-roaders will have a wonderful time.”
Not only will KTM Adventure Tour customers enjoy the opportunity to ride through some of the most spectacular locations in North America, they’ll do it aboard rally-prepped KTM 640 Adventure motorcycles. Each machine will be outfitted with the latest equipment including GPS and genuine rally road-books. Future tours will allow participants to experience other models in KTM’s off-road model line.
2008 KTM Adventure Tours
Following in the footsteps of the successful KTM Adventure Tours program already established in locations around the world, the 2008 KTM North American Tours program has several unique tour offerings that segment it from traditional North American motorcycle tour companies. Its sponsor program is second to none with support from many leading aftermarket product manufacturers.
The 2008 sponsor list is as follows:
▪ Red Bull ▪ FMF ▪ Dunlop ▪ Motorex ▪ Motion Pro ▪ Ogio ▪ Braking ▪ Sunstar
▪ Arai ▪ Alpinestars ▪ Smith Sport Optics ▪ RK ▪ Excel ▪ Precision Concepts ▪ KTM Hard Equipment
“We are proud to have such a strong working relationship with each of our sponsors,” reported Scot Harden, KTM North America Tour Director on the 2008 sponsor line-up. The 2008 sponsor list consists of sponsors that have been with the tour since its introduction in the U.S, with the exception of the latest addition of Braking and Sunstar.
Harden, a multi-time Baja 1000, Rally champion and Dakar veteran directs the KTM North American Tour operation.
“In the past two years we have established a great series of tours backed by an outstanding group of sponsors,” stated Harden, whose extensive off-road knowledge ensures that the tours are as authentic and pure as all existing KTM Tours throughout the world.
He continued, “We’re very fortunate to have so many industry icons riding along with us. Their support and that of our sponsors, is what makes KTM Adventure Tours so successful.”
The 2008 KTM North American Adventure Tour season features tours in the Mojave National Preserve, Mammoth High Sierras, Italy Enduro riding tours, special event tours connected to select Supercross and EnduroCross events, and the popular Mike Lafferty Enduro School.
KTM Adventure Tours was established over twelve years ago from KTM’s world headquarters in Mattighofen, Austria. The tours are designed to provide specially guided motorcycle trips throughout the most exotic landscapes in the world for on-road and off-road motorcycle enthusiasts. KTM Adventure Tours provide insider tips to help riders become better at what they love to do – ride.
The 2006 KTM North American Adventure Tour season will kick-off with a series of simulated Rally Experiences throughout the Southwest United States and Baja Mexico “through some of the most remote and beautiful southwest desert landscapes,” according to Harden. In addition to the tours, a complete series of Adventure Camps will be offered as well.
KTM Adventure Tours, established over ten years ago from KTM’s world headquarters in Mattighofen, Austria, are designed to provide specially guided motorcycle trips throughout the most exotic landscapes in the world for on- and off-road motorcycle enthusiasts, emphasizing enjoyment and skill enhancement.
KTM Tours provide insider tips to help riders become better at what they love to do – ride. With this launch of the North American Adventure Tours program, Harden joins an exclusive fraternity of other off-road and rally champions including Heinz Kinigadner, Alfie Cox, Giovanni Sala, Fabio Fasola and the late Fabrizio Meoni all whom have served as KTM Adventure guides.
An official calendar will be announced in March on the KTM USA website, further explaining the details of each Adventure Tour. KTM European Tours in several countries are also available.