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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Essentials List for the KTM 950 and 990 Adventure

We think there are a couple items that are essential to every KTM 950 and 990 Adventure. We get allot of questions regarding what a new KTM Adventure owner should have on his steed and thought this would be a great idea for a simply blog. I intend on exploring this list for all the bikes we cater to and will go into a more extensive list in future newsletters. As for now though we came up with the Hepco-Becker Crash bars, Right Side Mirror Mount, KTMTwins Engine Block Off Plates and finally KTM's Folding Enduro Mirrors. If you have a special situation coming up and need some advice on what we think you should take with you please feel to contact me at info@ktmtwins.com and I will do my best to get you taken care of.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

KTMtwins.com February 2009 Newsletter

Happy New Year to everyone from KTMtwins. It's been far too long since our last newsletter. We're actually too busy for this one, so we did what we always do - we pawned it off on Ron! We're working hard here sourcing you the KTM Parts and Accessories that go beyond the catalog. We need to take a minute to offer our congratulations to Jonah Street and Team Rally Panam for their success in this years Dakar. It was great to read their updates on Twitter.

And being the friends we are, since Jonah is recovering from his wrist injury, we are out riding his Dakar bike:

Ron Rides Jonah's Stage 5 Winning Dakar KTM!

I have to admit something to the world. I am secretly in love with all things racing. Production machines just don’t do it for me. I love the smell of race gas, the beauty of well placed duct tape and zip ties. You have to admit when you go to the races you may walk past street bikes that would deserve a well-placed centerfold in most motorcycle magazines, but you still walk by with maybe a small nod of recognition. What we all want to witness in person are the exotic race creations that are well protected behind semi trucks and red tape. Well, I guess I have friends in the right places because I was able to throw a leg over Team Panamerica’s Stage 5 winning KTM 690 Rally Race Bike and I can tell you that the memory of this will stay with me for a long time.The first thing you will notice is the punishment this thing has endured. From the South American dirt still lingering around the spokes and rear sprocket, to the custom Renazco Seat that James was so gracious to hand build. This thing has been ridden hard (and put away wet). Niles Follin, who is the team mechanic and one of my best friends, was kind enough to work all of the switches and knobs that are necessary to wake the bike up. After letting her warm up for a bit it was off to the urban enduro course that we call San Francisco.A wheelie down Mission Blvd was no big deal with the gobs of power that KTM 690 power plant is pumping out. The ergos were some of the roomiest I have had the pleasure to experience and the seat was so comfortable that I thought for a second I was on my couch at home. I am still drooling from the experience and hope to ride Jonah’s Dakar winning bike next year. Maybe I am getting ahead of myself, but with a Stage 5 win on a bike that was under-powered compared to the factory boys, and the amount of determination that our working class hero Jonah has, I don’t doubt that Team Rally Panam will walk into next years Dakar and take some names. Good luck guys and thank you for allowing me to experience this opportunity.

Ron Nichols. . .
KTMTwins.com Tech Tip March 2009

Did you know that you have two auxiliary ports in the toolbox that allow you to mount any kind of electronic accessory you can think of? From a GPS unit to a simple set of heated grips you are covered with these accessory ports. They allow you to mount up a GPS or any other electronic device without routing all of the wires to the battery. This will eliminate the possibility of draining your battery when you forget to turn the device off. It also gives you a secondary fuse in case something goes wrong.How to get to the auxiliary ports is easy. Simply remove the two sides of the bodywork that are directly on top of the two fuel tanks. A simple 5mm Allen wench will do the trick. There will be two hoses for venting that are attached to those two pieces of bodywork, so use a pair of needle nose pliers to undo the clamps and disconnect them. Now with the headlight and windscreen left on the front end remove those and put those to the side. Once you have all of that taken care of you should be looking at the back side of your fuse box. You will notice that Auxiliary accessory port one is empty and ready for use.

The second auxiliary port can be used but remember that this port is also being shard with your clock. Wire up your goodies and install the headlight, windscreen and side bodywork back on in reverse order. Now go out there and ride.

KTMtwins Has Your Suspension Covered

If you don’t have proper set up suspension you’re cheating yourself. Properly set up suspension will benefit you in so many ways. Better stability under braking, better handling and all around better confidence is what suspension will do for you. James from Super Plush Suspension and myself have worked together for years to get you the springs you need, the rates you need and the cost you want. KTM 950/990 Adventure fork springs and shock springs are available in many different years and rates as well as our new 690 Enduro, 690 SMC and 690 Supermoto suspension fork and shock springs. You ride on the very same stuff that Jonah Street does. If you don’t see springs listed for your particular bike don’t worry. We can get them made. Email me and I’ll see what I can make happen for you.


This is a high flow all foam drop in air filter element from Uni Filter. Simply spray on Uni Air Filter Oil and drop it in to the slot normally assigned to the stock air filter and get more flow and better protection. This will be one of our top sellers along with our Uni Pre-Filter for the 950/990 Adventure. We hope to source some filter skins for this item and hopefully will have more about that in the next newsletter.

ASV C5 Adjustable Billet Aluminum Levers for the RC8/990 Super Duke and 690 Supermoto R

I have been working with ASV and my buddy Justin down there for months on these ASV Adjustable KTM Levers. They are machined out of aluminum with pivot point designed in so that if you tipover the lever will pivot forward instead of breaking. The bearing is inset at the pivot point and a bushing smoothes out the lever play, so your levers feel solid and positive. They also designed into the lever an easy to reach roll-a-click dial that adjust for reach on the lever. No matter how big or small you hand you can find that happy medium with these babies. Because these are in the C5 family of levers from ASV they have a five year warranty.

KTM Twins New Vendor Profile

We are happy to introduce you to GB Racing. They are highly involved in both BSB Racing in Europe and the KTM RC8 Cup starting in April of 2009. Each racer is issued a race kit consisting of race bodywork, full Akrapovic Exhaust, Sponsor stickers, spare Marchesini wheels and a Clutch and Ignition Cover intended to give the rider and the track a little extra protection from leaking fluids after a crash. Of all the items in the RC8 Cup Racer pack these are the only two items that aren’t KTM Hard Parts.Unlike some of the other producers of damage control, GB Racing has taken their case cover protection one step further. Both the Clutch and Ignition cover protection are injection molded out of a composite that is both lightweight and durable. They simply mount up over the existing Clutch and Ignition covers and not only protect the covers from abrasion as well as light punctures but add some style to your bike in the process. They offer crash protection for all of the 990’s in the line up and are adding new items all the time. I was impressed with GB Racing’s business plan and focus in providing outstanding products that are well made and do the job. They want to get more involved in the U.S. with AMA Racing and hopefully they will have the opportunity with KTM in 2010. We will have a full line up of items from GB Racing in the next couple of weeks so keep your eyes open.

That's all for now. Ride Safe. See you on our next Adventure.


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Saturday, February 21, 2009

690 Enduro Race Kit from Mecasystems!

OK. This might be a little premature but I'm super stoked at the possibility of a rally type kit for the KTM 690 Enduro. We still don't know if the tank is going to be aluminum or plastic so please be patient and email me when the kit goes up on the site. Charlie Rauseo who runs Rally Team Management Services is the originator of Team Rally Panam and a veteran Dakar competitor from a couple years ago gave me the heads up on this kit. There currently are no prices or other details except that it will get built and they will come. Ladies and gentleman start your drooling.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Best motorcycle gloves on the market!!!

If you haven't had the pleasure of trying on Held's Phantom gloves you should plan your next vacation to San Francisco and give them a try. Or, all you have to do is order a pair and experience the ultimate in protection and comfort in your home. These gloves have more bells and whistles than any other race inspired glove on the market. If you don't believe me try them on yourself.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Sidi has ruined my love of riding motorcycles with wet feet!

I love to ride motorcycles with a soggy pair of feet. Nothing like the cold miserable feeling of water squishing out from under your sole while your trying not to get blown off your motorcycle. We live in California so I may sound like a wimp when trying to describe riding in the wet weather but, what we all can agree on is that no one likes the wet foot syndrome. Sidi's Vertigo Rain boots with their exclusive waterproof yet breathable internal membrane will make sure you don't get the wet foot syndrome.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

KTM Super Duke and RC8 Levers that you never knew you needed!

Ever driven a car with a custom racing steering wheel? Remember what it was like the first time you fell in love with your favorite gloves? Ever wondered why you always see custom levers on all of your favorite race bikes at the starting line? Now you can know what it feels like. With enough adjustments to fit any hand and with the option of shorty or standard lengths you have no business riding without them. ASV will replace your lever in the event of crash for up to 5 years from purchase. It's an economic thing! Pick up ASV's Brake and Clutch Levers today before they are out of stock.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Black KTM Adventure Sidebags and Topcases are now available!

You've been waiting for them and we have too. KTM's Black Gobi Side Bags and Top Case look ultra cool and are featured on our Black Beauty Bike. They offer all of the features and functions of the Gray Side Bags and Top Case but now in Spec Ops Black.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

KTM 690 Enduro/SMC High Flow Uni Filter.

If you haven't already heard there is a new High Flow Uni-Filter available for your 690 Enduro/SMC. It is cleanable and reusable so there is no excuse with today's economy for you to keep buying the stock one over and over again. Pick one up today start riding.

Friday, February 13, 2009

KTM 990 Super Duke Protection on Sale!

Have you priced out a new radiator for the KTM 990 Super Duke. You don't want to! Keep that stock one in good shape with R&G 990 Super Duke Radiator Protection. Discounted from $104.95 to 89.95 until 2/20/09. Pick one up today and rest easy the next time you go riding.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

KTM 690 Supermoto Full System by Akrapovic on sale now!

You've been looking at it but can't justify the expense. How about reducing the price by $450.00 and throwing in free shipping. We've only got two of these full systems in stock so you better jump on the bandwagon. Select the Full Titanium Headers and the Evolution Ti Silencers and get ready to rumble. First two customers to order this up will receive the discounted price.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

KTM 690 Lifetime Oil Filters

We've sold hundreds of the Scott's Performance Stainless Steel Oil Filters for the 950/990 engines. But, did you know they have all of you 690 owners covered? Don't waste all of your money and time getting new filters every oil change!

Saturday, February 7, 2009

KTM 990 Black Beauty!

Black beauty is what we are calling her. You too can own a black beauty with the help of KTMTwins.com.

Team Rally Panam 2009 Dakar photos!

Jonah, Niles and the team want to say thanks for all of your support. Get up to date photos from the rally at www.rallypanam.com.

Perfect Suspension for your 690!

KTMTwins.com and James from Superplush Suspension have been working together for years. James has been doing Team Rally Panam's Jonah Street's suspension for years and is in our opinion the best when it comes to KTM suspension. If you aren't happy with your 690 or 950/990 suspension, KTMTwins.com has both fork and shock springs to meet your needs.

Friday, February 6, 2009

T-Pro Shorts have your essentials protected!

New to the KTMTwins.com line up are the T-Pro Impact Shorts. In our opinion they are by far the most advanced form of protection you could want under your gear. Keep hip damage at bay with T-Pro Impact Protection.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Klim F4 Helmet Price reduction. Get yours now!

Take one professional rider and give him one of the most technologically advanced helmets on the market and you have a Dakar Stage win. Now take the same Klim F4 Helmet and reduce the price from $375.99 to 299.99 and you have a deal for the laymen. Most of us will never know what it feels like to be a professional racer but we can now know what it feels like to be protected like one.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Sidi's Crossfire TA. When only the best will do!

If you haven't had the opportunity to try on Sidi's Crossfire Boots you're missing out. I switched from that other brand to Sidi the day I tried these on. Your feet will thank you every time you ride.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Team Rally Panam's rider Johah Street interviewed Feb 3

KTMTwins.com is proud to announce Team Rally Panam's humble rider and our friend Jonah Street is getting interviewed February 3rd at www.sidestandup.com. Log on and listen in to find out what Jonah, Niles Follin and the boys had to endure at the 2009 Dakar Rally.