KTM announced a 15.6% increase in motorcycles sales in 2013, thanks in large part to expansion into Asian and South American markets. The Austrian manufacturer sold 123,859 motorcycles in 2013, compared to the previous annual sales record of 107,142 motorcycles set in 2012. Increased sales translated to revenues of €716.3 million (US$971.0 million) in 2013, […]
Top Gear Live to Attempt “Deadly 720″ Double Loop-the-Loop on KTM 250 SX-F
Automotive program “Top Gear” and KTM are teaming up to attempt the world’s first double loop-the-loop on a motorcycle. The stunt, using a 2013 KTM 250 SX-F, follows a similar stunt “Top Gear” completed from June called the “Deadly 720” that saw a successful double loop-the-loop in a car in Durban, South Africa, a first for a four-wheeled vehicle recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records (look for the video after the jump.)
The attempt at a two-wheeled Deadly 720 will take place as part of the Top Gear Live show, Oct. 25-28 in Birmingham, U.K. The Top Gear Live Stunt Team will attempt to ride the 250 SX-F through two eight-meter (26.2 feet) steel loops.
KTM estimates the unnamed stunt rider will need to travel at a speed between 27 mph and 29 mph to have enough momentum to make it through both loops. The stunt will be attempted on a stock 2013 KTM 250 SX-F with the suspension tuned specifically for the stunt.
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