KTM North America sponsors AMA National Adventure Riding Series

10 03 2017

PICKERINGTON, OH – March 10, 2017 – (Motor Sports Newswire) –  KTM North America is the title sponsor of the AMA National Adventure Riding Series. For the 2017 season, the KTM AMA National Adventure Riding Series offers 20 two-day events in locations across the country.

“KTM is very excited to be a part of the AMA National Adventure Riding Series,” KTM Ride Orange Manager Mark Hyde said. “We offer a robust line of adventure motorcycles designed to perform on a variety of terrain, all while being extremely comfortable. Sponsoring the series gives us a great opportunity to visit with our customers, talk about and demo our products with potential customers and be able to get out and enjoy the sport together.”

Hyde — a three-time national champion and a six-time member of the International Six Days Enduro, including the 1982 ISDE U.S. Trophy Team — said people should not be surprised if eight-time AMA National Enduro Champion Mike Lafferty happens to be helping at events throughout the year, along with other special KTM guests. Lafferty is now a KTM Ride Orange assistant manager.

This year, as part of the sponsorship agreement, a participant in the series will be selected for a free entry in the 15th Annual KTM Adventure Rider Rally to take place in 2018. The entry will include travel expenses, meals, use of a motorcycle, lodging and gear.

“The AMA appreciates KTM’s support of the series, and we look forward to KTM actively participating in events organized by our AMA clubs and promoters throughout the next two years,” said Assistant Recreational Riding and Volunteer Manager Heather Wilson. “KTM not only manufactures adventure motorcycles, the company offers regular opportunities for camaraderie with its customers. That mindset ties in perfectly with the AMA series.”

KTM started manufacturing adventure motorcycles in 2003 and has continued to develop rigorous machines to meet the needs and desires of riders. The current KTM adventure motorcycle line includes the 1090 Adventure R, the 1290 Super Adventure R and the 1290 Super Adventure T. All models feature a four-stroke, liquid cooled engine, along with WP suspension and a Bosch Anti-locking Brake System that can be disengaged for off-road use. For more information on these models, visit  http://www.ktm.com.

Supporting sponsors of the 2017 KTM AMA National Adventure Riding Series include ADVMoto, Seat Concepts and Sidi.

For a chance to win prizes from KTM, Seat Concepts and Sidi this year, participate in one of the KTM AMA National Adventure Riding Series events. View more details of the series at www.americanmotorcyclist.com/Riding/Adventure-Riding.

The AMA National Adventure Riding Series was developed in 2007 in response to the growing interest in larger, adventure-style motorcycles and has received sponsor support from major manufacturers every year. Many dual sport trails were not conducive to larger machines, and clubs and promoters have developed routes specifically to meet the needs of these riders.

Be sure to follow the series official Facebook page at www.facebook.com/AMAAdventureRiding. Post your photos from the events using #AMAadv on social media.

About the American Motorcyclist Association

Founded in 1924, the AMA is a not-for-profit member-based association whose mission is to promote the motorcycle lifestyle and protect the future of motorcycling. As the world’s largest motorcycling rights and event sanctioning organization, the AMA advocates for riders’ interests at all levels of government and sanctions thousands of competition and recreational events every year. The AMA also provides money-saving discounts on products and services for its members. Through the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Pickerington, Ohio, the AMA honors the heroes and heritage of motorcycling. For more information, visit www.americanmotorcyclist.com.

Not a member? Join the AMA today: www.americanmotorcyclist.com/membership/join

Source: American Motorcyclist Association


Universal Technical Institute Partners with KTM North America to Enhance Technician Training Program at Motorcycle Mechanics Institute

27 08 2015

KTM to provide state-of-the-industry motorcycles, training aids, tools and more to prepare students for successful careers in the motorcycle industry

SCOTTSDALE, AZ – August 27, 2015 – (Motor Sports Newswire) –  Universal Technical Institute (NYSE: UTI), a leading provider of post-secondary education for students seeking careers as professional automotive, diesel, collision repair, motorcycle and marine technicians, announced today it has partnered with KTM North America, Inc., a leading motorcycle manufacturer, to enhance the Motorcycle Technician Specialist training program at its Motorcycle Mechanics Institute (MMI) campus in Phoenix, Az.

Through this new partnership, KTM will supply the campus with motorcycles, training aids, diagnostic equipment and tools, as well as instructor training to provide students with the opportunity to train on the company’s most advanced motorcycles and technologies during the 36-week Motorcycle Technician Prerequisite program at MMI-Phoenix. The Prerequisite combined with electives teach students how to diagnose, service and repair motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles, preparing them for in-demand careers in the motorcycle industry. The KTM partnership will begin in late 2015 with the possibility of expansion to MMI-Orlando in the future.

“UTI’s partnerships with industry leaders like KTM provide our students with the opportunity to train on the most current technologies and tools in the motorcycle industry today,” said Dennis Hendrix, Vice President of Industry Alliances at UTI. “Modern, sophisticated vehicles require advanced training. Our industry-specific, hands-on programs provide students with the skills they need to succeed in high-tech jobs in the motorcycle industry.”

KTM is a leader in the motorcycle industry, with riders on KTM motorcycles winning numerous championships around the world. MMI-Orlando graduate Carlos Rivera is the head technician for Ryan Dungey, part of Red Bull Factory KTM. Dungey’s team won the 2015 Supercross and, most recently, the 2015 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross 450MX Championship. The company has 354 dealers throughout the United States.

“MMI graduates are some of the most sought after motorcycle technicians in the industry, which makes us thrilled to launch our new partnership at the Phoenix campus,” said Michael Cooper, Manager of Customer Service and Programs at KTM North America, Inc. “Learning to build and maintain the latest KTM motorcycles provides aspiring technicians with the fundamental skills they need to achieve lifelong success in their careers. We at KTM want to continue to provide the highest level of customer service. This program allows us to achieve that by educating future technicians on our READY TO RACE philosophy that will enhance the career of the technician as well the ownership experience for the customer.”

About Universal Technical Institute, Inc.

Headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, Universal Technical Institute, Inc. (NYSE: UTI) is the leading provider of post-secondary education for students seeking careers as professional automotive, diesel, collision repair, motorcycle and marine technicians. With more than 190,000 graduates in its 50-year history, UTI offers undergraduate degree and diploma programs at 12 campuses across the United States, as well as manufacturer-specific training programs at dedicated training centers. Through its campus-based school system, UTI provides specialized post-secondary education programs under the banner of several well-known brands, including Universal Technical Institute (UTI), Motorcycle Mechanics Institute and Marine Mechanics Institute (MMI) and NASCAR Technical Institute (NASCAR Tech).

For more information visit www.uti.edu. Like UTI on www.facebook.com/UTI or follow UTI on Twitter @UTITweet, @MMITweet, and @NASCARTechUTI.

About KTM North America, Inc.

KTM is a European motorcycle manufacturer specializing in READY TO RACE on and off road motorcycles. Proven successes in worldwide competition are embodied into the design and function of each KTM. With more than 250 World Championships and counting, the technology, design and performance of KTM continues to race past the competition.

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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.



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.



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.



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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