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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