KTM Recalls Dirt Bikes For Faulty Fuel Hoses

KTM is recalling 1,181 EXC-F and EXC models for potential fuel line problems

KTM North America, Inc.’s (KTM) is recalling (1,181 units)  2012 and 2013 350 EXC-F and 500 EXC motorcycles manufactured from September 2011 through August 2012. Due to the supplier’s manufacturing inconsistencies, the preformed fuel hoses may develop cracks or holes at either end. During use, the fuel hoses, located between the fuel tank and the throttle body fuel rail, may allow fuel to leak. The fuel may leak onto the rear tire while the motorcycle is being ridden, increasing the risk of a crash. It is also possible that, in the presence of an ignition source, a fire can occur. KTM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the defective fuel hoses free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin in early December 2012. Owners may contact KTM Customer relations at 1-888-985-6090. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

KTM’s Taddy Blazusiak could clinch 2010 GEICO EnduroCross title in Denver this Sat

Blazusiak – undefeated through four EX rounds – doesn’t even need to win, just on the rear knobby of Geoff Aaron

IRVINE, Calif., (Oct. 29, 2010) – Defending GEICO AMA EnduroCross, presented by E3 Spark Plugs, champion Taddy Blazusiak (KTM) is again on the cusp of off-road greatness as the 2010 EnduroCross title is all but wrapped up heading into this weekend’s fifth (of six) round of the popular indoor off-road racing series.

“It’s not going to take an MIT mathematician to figure that Taddy only needs to stay on the rear knobby of 2nd place (overall) Geoff Aaron to win this year’s GEICO EnduroCross title,” said Mike Karsting, VP of Events for Source Interlink Media. “Taddy’s won the first four rounds and Aaron’s been 2nd at three of the four, so there’s pretty good odds that those two guys will be at or near the top again at Denver.”

For his part Blazusiak’s pretty chill on things as he gets set to line up for his 2009 title defense this Saturday at Denver’s Nationals Western Complex (good seats still available!). The Polish off-road great, backed by KTM, has put up the most impressive GEICO EnduroCross season to date. And though he’s aware of the job he needs to accomplish at Denver, running the table on the EX season means little when compared to winning his second overall GEICO EnduroCross championship.

“I have a pretty good lead in the championship and I’m going to just try and go for it,” said Blazusiak. “We’ll see. I just have to keep my eyes open and look where Geoff is. (laughter)”

A hometown race for Aaron, Blazusiak was quick to give the nation’s top trials rider props, along with the rest of the top GEICO EnduroCross riders that he’ll face this weekend in Denver. “For sure. It seems everybody’s gotten better this year, the whole field.”

And as for an undefeated season, Blazusiak knows it’d be historic, but stresses that it’s not as important as winning his second GEICO EnduroCross title.

“A perfect season for sure would be very nice, but my thing is to win the GEICO EnduroCross championship,” he said. “If I can win all the races that would be great. But the goal is the championship so we’ll see how it goes this weekend in Denver.”

EnduroCross tracks incorporate various elements of off road racing into a supercross-style setting, including rocks, boulders, logs, sand, mud, a water-hole … and even a few special obstacles like giant tires thrown in! Known as the “toughest racing on two wheels,” this indoor version of extreme off road racing will certainly keep you on your feet. With its excitement and unpredictability the EnduroCross championship has always gone down to the wire and this year will be no different as the series starts and finishes at Vegas’ Orleans Arena! Don’t miss your chance to see GEICO Powersports AMA Endurocross “Live.”