KTM North America formally announced the formation of KTM Adventure Tours for North America, an offering headed by Scot Harden, former vice president of media relations for KTM North America and an off-road and rally champion.
Following in the tracks of the decade-old KTM Adventure Tours program already established in locations around the world, the KTM North American Tours program will expand ride offerings into Canada, Mexico and the United States. In addition to the tours, a complete series of Adventure Camps will be offered.
The 2006 KTM North American Adventure Tour season will kick-off with a series of simulated Rally Experiences throughout the Southwest United States and Baja Mexico.
KTM Adventure Tour customers will ride rally-prepped KTM 640 Adventure motorcycles. Each machine will be outfitted with the latest equipment including GPS and genuine rally road-books. Future tours will allow participants to experience other models in KTM's off-road model line.
“I couldn't be more excited about being chosen to take on this new challenge,” said Harden, who, with his extensive knowledge of the Southwest United States and Baja Mexico, will ensure that the tours are as authentic and pure as are other existing KTM Tours throughout the world.
“It's important to remember that these are not competitive events,” said Harden. “We're out for adventure and fun - with particular emphasis on fun. Most groups will be kept small and will be matched by ability level. We can handle the hardcore enthusiast, but even rookie off-roaders will have a wonderful time.”
The launch of the North American Adventure Tours program enters Harden into an exclusive fraternity of off-road and rally champions who have served as KTM Adventure guides. Current and past guides include Heinz Kinigadner, Alfie Cox, Giovanni Sala, Fabio Fasola and the late Fabrizio Meoni.
An official calendar and details will be announced in March on www.ktmusa.com. European Tours can be viewed at www.ktmadventuretours.at.
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