KTM North America Recalls KTM and Husaberg Motorcycles Due to Crash Hazard

29 05 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – May 29, 2013 – (Motor Sports Newswire) -

Units: About 7,000

Description: The recall includes 13 models of KTM and Husaberg brand competition/closed-course and off-road motorcycles. Eleven 2013 KTM models are being recalled: 85 SX, 85 SXS, 125 SX, 150 SX, 150 XC, 200 XC-W, 250 SX, 250 XC, 250 XC-W, 300 XC and 300 XC-W.  Two 2012 and 2013 Husaberg models are being recalled: TE 250 and TE 300. The model number is printed on the rear fender on both sides of the motorcycles below the tail end of the seat. The KTM motorcycles are black and orange and KTM is printed on the front number plate and on both sides of the shrouds covering the fuel tank. The Husaberg motorcycles are blue, yellow and white with Husaberg printed on both sides of the shrouds covering the fuel tank. Consumers can identify the model year by checking the letter in the 10th position of the vehicle identification number (VIN) on the right side of the steering head. The letter “C” is a 2012 model; “D” is a 2013 model.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled KTM and Husaberg motorcycles and contact a KTM or Husaberg authorized dealer to schedule a free repair.

Sold at: Authorized KTM and Husaberg dealerships nationwide from January 2012 to April 2013 for between $ 5,300 and $ 8,450.

Importer: KTM North America Inc., of Amherst, Ohio

Manufacturer: KTM-Sportmotorcycle AG, of Mattighofen, Austria

Manufactured in: Austria

Consumers should stop using this product unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell us about your experience with the product on SaferProducts.gov

CPSC is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of the thousands of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $900 billion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical or mechanical hazard. CPSC’s work to ensure the safety of consumer products – such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters and household chemicals – contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.

Federal law bars any person from selling products subject to a publicly-announced voluntary recall by a manufacturer or a mandatory recall ordered by the Commission.

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GE Capital and KTM North America Extend Consumer Financing Program

13 01 2013

Installment Financing Available at 340 KTM Dealers for New and Used Units

STAMFORD, CT – January 11, 2012 – (Motor Sports Newswire) - GE Capital Retail Bank and KTM North America, Inc., a Powersports vehicle manufacturer, recently announced a multi-year extension of their consumer financing program. GE Capital Retail Bank provides financial solutions to retailers and dealers to help grow their customer sales and will continue to provide financing programs to KTM customers as it has since 2002.

The installment financing program is offered at more than 340 KTM dealers nationwide and offers special financing promotions on KTM’s complete line of new and used on- and off-road vehicles.* KTM customers are able to finance the unit plus the purchase of parts, service and accessories.

“For over a decade, the KTM consumer installment loan program has provided flexible finance options that our customers value when making such an important purchase,” said Jon-Erik Burleson, president for KTM North America. “We’re pleased to continue our relationship with GE Capital and appreciate the expertise and complete lending solutions they bring to our powersports dealers and enthusiasts.”

“We look forward to continue growing the KTM program by offering finance solutions that drive floor traffic for dealers and that meet the needs and budgets of riders who want to experience the excitement and performance of the KTM brand,” said Stephen Motta, vice president, GE Capital’s Retail Finance business.

For more than 75 years, GE Capital has helped major retailers and more than 200,000 small- and mid-sized businesses throughout the United States build consumer financing programs that support business growth and customer satisfaction and loyalty. GE Capital has been a leading provider of consumer credit in the Powersports industry for more than 25 years. The company supports its clients and dealer network with proprietary online technology such as Business Center, providing access to GE services, marketing and sales tools, as well as Learning Center, a comprehensive training tool for powersport dealerships.

*Subject to credit approval and availability

About KTM North America, Inc.

With the 2012 450 Motocross Championship in hand, KTM, a European motorcycle manufacturer specializing in “Ready to Race” on and off road motorcycles, has proven successes in worldwide competition. The “Ready to Race” philosophy is embodied into the design and function of each KTM. With more than 200 World Championships and counting, the technology, design and performance of KTM continues to race past the competition. For more information, visit www.ktm.com.

About GE Capital’s Retail Finance business

GE Capital’s Retail Finance business is among the country’s most successful retail lenders, with more than 75 years of experience in consumer financing. The business, with its lending entity GE Capital Retail Bank, provides customized credit programs to retailers and consumers in the United States and Canada that help drive sales. This includes private label and bankcard credit programs to major national, regional and independent retailers in the U.S., as well as private label credit programs, promotional and installment lending, bankcards and financial services for consumers through dealers; contractors; manufacturers; healthcare practices; and service providers across nearly 20 industries. We are not just bankers; we help clients build better businesses. More information can be found at www.gogecapital.com and twitter.com/GoGECapital.

GE Capital is one of the world’s largest providers of credit. For over one million businesses, large and small, GE Capital provides financing to purchase, lease and distribute equipment, as well as capital for real estate and corporate acquisitions, refinancings and restructurings. For our 100+ million consumer customers, GE Capital offers credit cards, sales finance programs, home, car and personal loans and credit insurance. For more information, visit www.gecapital.com or follow company news via Twitter @GECapital.

GE (NYSE: GE) works on things that matter. The best people and the best technologies taking on the toughest challenges. Finding solutions in energy, health and home, transportation and finance. Building, powering, moving and curing the world. Not just imagining. Doing. GE works. For more information, visit the company’s website at www.ge.com.

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Champ Factory Announces Winter Training Camps

11 12 2012

MURRIETA, CA – December 11, 2012 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Champ Factory, with the support of KTM North America, is excited to announce its winter training camps. These unique camps, offered from January through February 2013, allow riders to experience what it feels like to be a factory rider for a week.

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Champ Factory trainer, Sebastien Tortelli, has put together the ultimate training camp package to help provide professional level instruction to upcoming riders while also providing them the chance to experience VIP status at a southern California Supercross round.

The all-inclusive, week-long winter training camp includes:

  • One week of riding instruction from head instructor and 2-time World Motocross Champion, Sebastien Tortelli (riding will take place at fully-prepped, popular southern California tracks including: Starwest, Glen Helen, Milestone MX Park, Perris Raceway and Lake Elsinore)
  • Use of a 2013 KTM motorcycle (choices include: 450 SX-F, 350 SX-F, 250 SX-F, 125 SX or 65 SX – bikes assigned on a first-come, first-served basis)
  • Gym training at ICON fitness, includes free-weights, spinning machines, rowers and punching bags
  • Transportation to the track and related activities in the Champ Factory Toy Hauler
  • Special visits to popular motorcycle dealers including: Chaparral Motorsports, Temecula Motorsports and Langston Raceway
  • An all-day pit pass and admission pass to the AMA Supercross event
  • Meet-and-greet with Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey and Ryan DeCoster
  • Transportation from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) or San Diego International Airport (SAN) to the Champ Factory compound
  • All meals for the week of the stay

*Note: Package does not include airfare.

Participants will also receive special offers from Champ Factory partners, including: FMF Racing, JT Racing, Matrix Concepts, Motorex, Atlas, Freegun, Factory Connection, Renthal and 100% goggles.

Limited space is available so be sure to sign-up now. All interested participants can register for the training camps and receive more information on the dates and program by visiting www.champfactory.com or calling (858) 866-6107.

 

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American Motorcyclist Association announces 2012 AMA Motorcyclist of the Year

6 12 2012

PICKERINGTON, OH – December 6, 2012 – (Motor Sports Newswire) –  The American Motorcyclist Association announced today its AMA Motorcyclist of the Year: AMA member and president of KTM North America Jon-Erik Burleson. Awarded annually, the AMA Motorcyclist of the Year designation recognizes the person or persons who had the most profound impact within the motorcycling community in the previous 12 months.

AMA Motorcyclist of the Year 2012 Jon-Erik Burleson“Jon-Erik’s innovation and leadership have positioned his company to take full advantage of what could only be described as a challenging environment in the motorcycle industry-an industry that is fighting back from its worst downturn in history,” said AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman. “It is also important to recognize our honoree’s passion for, and commitment to, motorcycling. Jon-Erik exemplifies the motorcycle lifestyle. He was raised in a motorcycle racing family and has been around motorcycling his whole life.”

Burleson was brought to the company by former KTM North America President Rod Bush. Bush, who passed away in 2005 and is a member of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, laid the foundation for much of KTM’s growth in recent years. However, it was Burleson who took the reins in 2005 and led KTM away from its reputation as an obscure European motorcycle company with moderate penetration in the off-road market to a premium brand under the tagline “Ready to Race.”

Indeed, from 2009 to 2012, KTM sales bucked the declining trend in the industry, increasing almost 20 percent. Much of that growth occurred in the last year, when industry-wide motorcycle sales were essentially flat. In addition, the company won its first AMA Pro Racing National Motocross Championship in 2012 when Ryan Dungey claimed the AMA No. 1 plate in the 450 class.

“Through both his professional success and his volunteer efforts, Jon-Erik Burleson’s commitment and influence make him one of motorcycling’s most effective advocates today,” Dingman added. “That, paired with his professional success leading KTM North America through and beyond the recent economic recession, makes him an obvious choice for the 2012 AMA Motorcyclist of the Year.”

The full story of Burleson’s history with KTM and his contributions to the world of motorcycling can be found in the January issue of American Motorcyclist.

About the American Motorcyclist Association

Since 1924, the AMA has protected the future of motorcycling and promoted the motorcycle lifestyle. AMA members come from all walks of life, and they navigate many different routes on their journey to the same destination: freedom on two wheels. As the world’s largest motorcycling rights organization, the AMA advocates for motorcyclists’ interests in the halls of local, state and federal government, the committees of international governing organizations, and the court of public opinion. Through member clubs, promoters and partners, the AMA sanctions more motorsports competition and motorcycle recreational events than any other organization in the world. AMA members receive money-saving discounts from dozens of well-known suppliers of motorcycle services, gear and apparel, bike rental, transport, hotel stays and more. Through the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, the AMA honors the heroes and the heritage of motorcycling for future generations. For more information, please visit AmericanMotorcyclist.com.

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KTM signs on as presenting sponsor of AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

5 10 2012

PICKERINGTON, OH – October 4, 2012 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – The American Motorcyclist Association is pleased to welcome KTM North America as the presenting sponsor for the 2012 AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, presented by KTM, on Friday, Nov. 16, at the Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa in Las Vegas, Nev.

“With the late Rod Bush, who led KTM North America through its formative years in the United States, being inducted as a member of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Class of 2012, we’re proud that KTM orange will be front and center at this year’s induction ceremony,” said Jeffrey V. Heininger, chairman of the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation, which oversees the Hall of Fame.

The 2012 AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, presented by KTM, will officially welcome seven inductees to the Hall of Fame. Joining the Hall of Fame in addition to Bush, the longtime KTM North America president and industry visionary, are world championship roadracing tuner Nobby Clark, off-road racing champion Ty Davis, 1975 AMA Supercross Champion Jimmy Ellis, pioneering female motocrosser Sue Fish, world-class bike restorer Brian Slark, and the late Al Wilcox, an iconic race flagger.

“So much of the success KTM has seen in North America is built on the foundation that Rod Bush worked so hard to create,” said current KTM North America President Jon-Erik Burleson. “As a mentor and friend of mine, his leadership and success were, and continue to be, great inspiration to continue to push forward. The AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame represents the pinnacle of those who have achieved so much for our sport and industry. I am deeply happy for his family and his legacy for him to be honored with such prestigious recognition.”

Two existing members of the Hall of Fame will be honored as Legends at the event: 1998 inductees Malcolm Smith, a pioneer in off-road motorcycling, and Mert Lawwill, the 1969 AMA Grand National Champion. Both Smith and Lawwill starred in the iconic motorcycling documentary “On Any Sunday.”

The AMA Legends Weekend also includes one of the country’s leading motorcycle shows and the finale of one of the most thrilling AMA-sanctioned national racing series. On Saturday, Nov. 17, the Red Rock will host the 2012 AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Dave Mungenast Memorial Concours d’Elegance, featuring many of the country’s most impressive original and restored classic motorcycles. That evening, at the nearby Orleans Arena, fans can catch the last round of the 2012 GEICO AMA EnduroCross National Championship Series.

Tickets for the AMA Legends Weekend are available online at http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e5r7zy8ea4316694&llr=vw9ldxbab or by calling (800) 342-5464.

The AMA Legends Weekend will be held at the Las Vegas Red Rock Resort, a world-class spa, hotel and casino, featuring a range of entertainment, dining and family-friendly attractions. The facility’s expansive ballrooms provide a stunning backdrop for the AMA Legends Weekend. Room reservations are available now at a special group rate by calling (866) 767-7773 and referencing group code RCIAME or AMERICAN MOTORCYCLIST. Online room reservations are available at www.redrocklasvegas.com.

The deadline for receiving the group rate at the Red Rock is Oct. 19.

For tickets to the final round of the GEICO AMA EnduroCross Championship Series at the Orleans Arena, see www.endurocross.com.

For more information about KTM and the 2013 lineup, see www.ktmusa.com.

About the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation
Founded in 1990 by the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation, the goal of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum is to tell the stories and preserve the history of motorcycling. Located on the campus of the American Motorcyclist Association in Pickerington, Ohio, the Museum’s three major exhibition halls feature the machines and memorabilia of those who have contributed notably to the sport. The AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to motorcycling, including those known for their contributions to road riding, off-road riding and all categories of racing, as well as those who have excelled in business, history, design and engineering. More information can be found at www.motorcyclemuseum.org.

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Industry leader, visionary Rod Bush to be inducted into AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame

25 05 2012

PICKERINGTON, OH – May 25, 2012 – (Motor Sports Newswire) –  The American Motorcyclist Association Motorcycle Hall of Fame is pleased to announce the first member of the induction class of 2012. The late Rod Bush, who helped establish and grow KTM North America and served as company president from 1987 until his death in 2005, will be inducted into the Hall of Fame as part of the 2012 AMA Legends Weekend at the Red Rock Resort in Las Vegas, Nev., Nov. 16-17.

“Rod Bush led KTM North America during its formative years in the United States, and under his leadership, the Austrian company grew from a small European alternative to the Japanese brands into an off-road racing powerhouse,” said Jeff Heininger, chairman of the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation, which raises funds for the Hall of Fame. “His contributions to motorcycling are significant and lasting, and have helped shaped the off-road racing and riding environments in America for a generation.”

While leading KTM, Bush also made numerous contributions to U.S. teams in national and international competition, helping advance American off-road racing in general. A major influence in developing both rules packages and minicycle technology, Bush’s efforts helped revolutionize youth competition in America in the 1990s — a development that has continued to fuel the steady advancement of American motocross and off-road racers.

So much of the success KTM has seen in North America is built on the foundation that Rod worked so hard to create,” said current KTM North America President Jon-Erik Burleson. “As a mentor and friend of mine, his leadership and success were, and continue to be, great inspiration to continue to push forward. The AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame represents the pinnacle of those who have achieved so much for our sport and industry. I am deeply happy for his family and his legacy for him to be honored with such prestigious recognition.”

Bush, who passed away on Sept. 12, 2005, is survived by wife Cheri Bush, who said his influence went beyond tangible milestones and infused both his employees and peers with confidence and enthusiasm.

“Rod had a tremendous amount of integrity, honesty and fairness,” she said. “He lived every day to the fullest, and everything he did involved motorcycles and KTM. KTM and the people who worked for him truly were a part of his family. I think that was recognized even at the highest levels of the company. His opinions were valued greatly in Austria, where they had great faith in Rod and what he was doing in America, and I think that was reflected when he was appointed one of three managing directors for the parent company.”

Cheri Bush said most people will likely remember Rod for his friendly nature as much as they’ll remember him for his accomplishments.

“Rod was very down to earth,” she said. “He would talk to anybody. His attitude is probably best captured by the simple way he signed his emails and letters: ‘see you down the trail…’ It conveyed so much about him — his friendliness, his expectation that he would see you again and, of course, his love for motorcycling.”

Born July 6, 1955, in Huntington, W.Va., Bush rode his first hare scrambles in 1970 and three years later opened a Penton dealership in Parkersburg, W.Va., with his father. Bush started taking his racing seriously, and began competing in the International Six Days Trial in 1974, ultimately winning gold medals in later ISDTs. In 1976, Bush started working for Penton Imports as a sales representative.

In 1978, Bush left Penton Imports to help form KTM America, later KTM North America, with Jack Lehto. In 1987, Bush took the position of KTM North America president when the company was selling about 2,500 motorcycles a year. When Bush died in 2005, KTM North America sold approximately 28,000 units annually and had 140 employees. During his tenure at KTM, Bush was elected as a partner and one of three managing directors of KTM Group, as well as a member of the AMA Board of Directors.

Bush is also survived by his son Robbie, his daughter Stacy and granddaughter Amaris.

Bush is the first member of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame class of 2012 to be announced. The rest of the 2012 inductees will be announced in random order in the coming weeks.

The class of 2012 will officially be inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame on Nov. 16 as part of the AMA Legends Weekend. The weekend also includes the 2012 AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Dave Mungenast Memorial Concours d’Elegance on Saturday, Nov. 17, featuring some of the country’s most impressive original and restored classic motorcycles.

In addition to the current class, the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame induction ceremony shines the spotlight on two previously inducted members of the Hall of Fame, reminding the motorcycling community of the amazing careers of these Motorcycle Hall of Fame Legends. For 2012, the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Legends will be 1998 inductees Malcolm Smith, a pioneer in off-road motorcycling and a star in the motorcycle documentary “On Any Sunday,” and Mert Lawwill, the 1969 AMA Grand National Champion whose title defense was the central theme of the timeless film.

Tickets for the AMA Legends Weekend are now available through this online registration form: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e5r7zy8ea4316694&llr=vw9ldxbab or by calling (800) 342-5464.

The AMA Legends Weekend will be held at the Las Vegas Red Rock Resort, a world-class spa, hotel and casino, featuring a range of entertainment, dining and family-friendly attractions. The facility’s expansive ballrooms provide a stunning backdrop for the AMA Legends Weekend. Room reservations are available now at a special group rate by calling (866) 767-7773 and referencing group code RCIAME or AMERICAN MOTORCYCLIST. Online room reservations are available at RedRockLasVegas.com.

More information about the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame can be found at MotorcycleMuseum.org.

About the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation
Founded in 1990 by the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation, the goal of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum is to tell the stories and preserve the history of motorcycling. Located on the campus of the American Motorcyclist Association in Pickerington, Ohio, the Museum’s three major exhibition halls feature the machines and memorabilia of those who have contributed notably to the sport. The AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to motorcycling, including those known for their contributions to road riding, off-road riding and all categories of racing, as well as those who have excelled in business, history, design and engineering. More information can be found at MotorcycleMuseum.org.

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KTM Welcomes Tom Buttleman as Dealer Development Manager

10 05 2012

MURRIETA, CA – May 10, 2012 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – KTM North America, Inc. is proud to welcome Tom Buttleman as the newly appointed Dealer Development Manager.

Buttleman joins KTM after working over 14 years within the motorcycle industry. His vast experience includes spearheading sales, finance and dealer networking initiatives in his past employment.

A motorcycle enthusiast from a young age, Buttleman and his father shared a passion for motorcycling since his youth that has led him into a successful career in the motorcycle industry where he still enjoys both off-road and street riding.

“I am extremely pleased to become a member of the KTM team of professionals. The KTM brand speaks to my own passions within the motorcycle industry,” remarked Buttleman. “A company with a focus on being the best – in all aspects of business and products – with unlimited potential.”

Brad Hagi, KTM Vice President of Sales, commented, “We are thrilled to bring Tom into our orange family and look forward to the ideas he can bring to help strengthen and increase the success of our KTM dealer network.”

For more information about becoming a KTM dealer, please visit our website at www.ktmusa.com or call (440) 985-3553.

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RECALL: KTM North America Recalls Off-Road Motorcycles Due to Fall or Crash Hazard

9 09 2011

WASHINGTON, DC – September 8, 2011 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of product: Off-Road Motorcycles

Units: About 6,117

Importer: KTM North America Inc., of Murrieta, Calif.

Hazard: The motorcycle handlebar clamp can develop cracks during normal use causing the handlebars to move from their set position. This can result in the rider losing control of the vehicle, posing a fall or crash hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: KTM received a report of one incident in which the consumer was hospitalized from injuries received in a crash after the handlebar clamps cracked and failed to secure the handlebars.

Description: This recall involves all 2011 KTM and Husaberg off-road/competition motorcycles.

KTM models included in this recall:

Engine Size Model
150 XC, SX
200 XC-W
250 XC, XC-W, XCF-W Six Days, SX, SX-F
300 XC, XC-W
350 SX-F
450 XC-W Six Days, SX-F
530 XC-W Six Days

The affected KTM bikes are orange and black in color with the model name and KTM™ logo located on the right and left shrouds.

Husaberg models included in this recall:

Engine Size Model
390 FE
450 FE, FX

The affected Husaberg bikes are blue, yellow and white in color with the model name and Husaberg logo located on the right and left shrouds.

Sold at: Authorized KTM and Husaberg dealers nationwide from April 2010 through May 2011 for between $6,200 and $9,500.

Manufactured in: Austria

Remedy:  Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled motorcycles and contact authorized KTM and Husaberg dealers to schedule a free repair.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, consumers should contact authorized KTM or Husaberg dealers. Authorized dealers can be located by going to www.ktm.com or www.husaberg.com. Consumers may also call KTM North America Inc. customer relations at (888) 985-6090 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday to Friday.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell us about your experience with the product on SaferProducts.gov.

CPSC is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of the thousands of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $900 billion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard. CPSC’s work to ensure the safety of consumer products — such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals — contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.

Under federal law, it is illegal to attempt to sell or resell this or any other recalled product.

To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, go online to: SaferProducts.gov, call CPSC’s Hotline at (800) 638-2772 or teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270 for the hearing impaired.  Consumers can obtain this news release and product safety information at www.cpsc.gov.  To join a free e-mail subscription list, please go to www.cpsc.gov/cpsclist.aspx.

Firm’s Recall Hotline: (888) 985-6090
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

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AMA and KTM announce winner of KTM 530 EXC in 2010 AMA KTM National Dual Sport Trail

27 03 2011

PICKERINGTON, OH – March 24, 2011 (Motor Sports Newswire) – American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) member Rod Overstreet of Campbellsville, Ky., received an unexpected reward for his participation in last year’s AMA KTM National Dual Sport Trail Riding Series: a 2010 KTM 530 EXC from series sponsor KTM North America. The annual drawing included participants in all of the AMA events on the national calendar.

“This dual-sport program that the AMA has is great,” Overstreet said. “Not only with this KTM giveaway, but also the turnout is unreal and the rides are exciting. It’s a whole lot of fun and probably the most grassroots form of off-road riding that we have going now.”

KTM North America Inc. President Jon-Erik Burleson said he’s pleased to see the 530 EXC go to a die-hard KTM rider, many of whom participate in the series.

“KTM is excited to continue the sponsorship of the AMA KTM National Dual Sport Trail Riding Series and is proud to give away a KTM 530 EXC to a true orange-bleeder,” Burleson said. “The orange-bleeders are KTM’s true customers, and the primary reason we are a proud sponsor of the series.”

Overstreet, a long-time off-road rider, says the people who ride and organize the individual events in the AMA KTM National Dual Sport Trail Riding Series are a big part of the series’ success.

“Looking at this year’s schedule, I was really glad to see the Renfro Valley [Ky.] event back this year,” Overstreet said. “As long as this series has guys like John Strange and Jesse Thomas down in Kentucky, Bill Kaeppner in Ohio — these guys are true enthusiasts — it will do well.

“These rides are the best bang for the buck going today,” he continued. “They really breathe a breath of fresh air into motorcycling. When the economy is down and the industry is hurting, you can go to an AMA KTM Dual Sport and see the enthusiasm of the riders, and you know the sport is alive and well. When I see that, I think that motorcycling in general owes a lot to [KTM Ride Manager and long-time dual-sport series proponent] Mark Hyde’s influence and KTM’s dedication to the EXC line.”

Events on the AMA KTM National Dual Sport Trail Riding Series calendar are one of the best programs in off-road riding. For a reasonable entry fee, participants can ride hundreds of miles of trail and backroads in some of the most breathtaking areas of the United States, all supplemented by the local knowledge of long-time clubs and riders. The series features weekend events, with one-day rides optional, that include riding on everything from gravel backroads to enduro-level singletrack that challenges riders of all skill levels.

Overstreet’s new 530 EXC is one of KTM’s competition-oriented dual-sport motorcycles. Sharing parts and design with the off-road and motocross competition models, the EXC line is engineered to withstand the rigors of the toughest off-road motorcycle competition in the world. However, the 530 EXC is also 50-state legal in the United States, making it one of the most versatile off-road bikes on any showroom floor. For more on KTM’s line of off-road, dual-sport and street motorcycles, see www.ktmusa.com.

The 2011 AMA KTM National Dual Sport Trail Riding Series, which will award another KTM dual-sport motorcycle to one lucky rider, kicks off on May 7-8 in Renfro Valley, Ky. There are events scheduled in Ohio, Missouri, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan, New York, Indiana, California, Virginia, New Jersey, Arizona and Texas. For the full schedule, see the Dirt Riding section of AmericanMotorcyclist.com.

About the American Motorcyclist Association
Since 1924, the AMA has protected the future of motorcycling and promoted the motorcycle lifestyle. AMA members come from all walks of life, and they navigate many different routes on their journey to the same destination: freedom on two wheels. As the world’s largest motorcycling rights organization, the AMA advocates for motorcyclists’ interests in the halls of local, state and federal government, the committees of international governing organizations, and the court of public opinion. Through member clubs, promoters and partners, the AMA sanctions more motorsports competition and motorcycle recreational events than any other organization in the world. AMA members receive money-saving discounts from dozens of well-known suppliers of motorcycle services, gear and apparel, bike rental, transport, hotel stays and more. Through its support of the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum, the AMA preserves the heritage of motorcycling for future generations. For more information, please visit AmericanMotorcyclist.com.

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KTM North America joins demo ride lineup at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days

1 06 2010

PICKERINGTON, OH – June 1, 2010 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – KTM North America will be on location with its streetbike demo fleet at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days this July 9-11 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.

The KTM lineup at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days will include the full 690 line of bikes — the 690 Enduro, the 690 SMC and the 690 Duke. Also available will be the 950 Super Enduro, the 990 Adventure, the 990 SMT, the 990 SMR, the 990 Super Duke and the 1190 RC8 superbike.

“We’re excited about our full lineup, but two of the bikes that are getting a lot of attention this year are the new 990 SMT, which stands for “supermoto travel,” and the 990 SMR,” said KTM Ride Orange Manager Mark Hyde. “Those two models really fill a big gap from our 990 Adventure up to the RC8, and we’re hearing a lot of positive feedback from our demo riders. With KTM North America being headquartered in Ohio, it only makes sense for us to be on hand at this major motorcycling destination in our own backyard. Since we’ve been participating in street demos, AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days has been one of our best locations every year.”

KTM is no stranger to the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The company partners with the track to offer the Race_Orange Track Day Experience, which offers an “Arrive and Ride” program that provides everything a participant needs, from gear to a fully prepped bike to fuel, for a full track-day experience, including instruction time.

In addition, return visitors to AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days and past participants in the demo rides will be happy to learn that the facility has recently re-surfaced the road exiting the grounds, providing a smooth ride from the staging area to the demo route.

Held at the world-class Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days features vintage and post-vintage competition in motocross, trials, hare scrambles, roadracing and dirt track. In addition to demo rides of current production bikes, the event includes North America’s largest motorcycle swap meet, educational seminars, bike shows, the Federal Companies/Allied Used Bike Corral, motorcycling seminars, the new product Manufacturers’ Midway, and club corrals featuring marque and regional clubs.

Husqvarna is the 2010 Marque of the Year at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, with off-road racing legend Malcolm Smith serving as grand marshal.

Proceeds from AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days benefit the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame. The goal of the Hall of Fame, located on the campus of the AMA in Pickerington, Ohio, is to honor the distinguished men and women whose competitive spirit, passion, vision and entrepreneurship have played a vital role in shaping the sport, lifestyle and business of motorcycling. For more information, call (614) 856-2222, or visit the Hall of Fame’s website at MotorcycleMuseum.org.

For tickets to AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, see MidOhio.com. For more information about AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, see AMAVintageMotorcyleDays.com.

SOURCE: American Motorcyclist Association

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