Motorcycle News - Hot Single: A KTM scrambler from a German car designer
Kris’ fascination with bikes began when he was 16 and a motocross bike pulled a massive wheelie in front of him, away from the lights and all the way down the street. Kris was instantly hooked on the idea (and sound) of a big four-stroke thumper.
Back home, he found the perfect donor: a 2005 KTM 640 LC4 Supermoto. He rolled it into his workshop, about half an hour east of Munich, and within thirty minutes, the thumper was stripped to the bone.
A Honda XL250R fit the bill beautifully, so he ‘gently’ hammered out the tunnel to fit over the chunky frame, and set it up. The new tank didn’t gel with the stock placement of the KTM’s radiator, so Kris had to move it lower down.
The seat was built on a fiberglass pan and upholstered in aged leather, and the aluminum luggage rack just behind it was laser-cut to Kris’ design. A steel rear and aluminum front fender were sourced, modified and fitted.
After the whole bike was 3D scanned, Kris modeled the parts using 3D software. Then everything was 3D printed in 3 mm thick polyamide—a durable, flexible and heat-resistant material.
He didn’t see the need for performance upgrades either—but he did swap out the exhaust system. It now consists of a set of modified KTM Duke 2 headers, flowing into a pair of audacious Spark mufflers. “She’s a looker and a goer!” says Kris.
There’s a host of well-judged add-ons that pull this bike together. Kris borrowed the handlebars and bash plate from an LC4 Adventure, and installed a set of enduro mirrors.
As for the KTM’s new livery, that was decided up front already. It’s Land Rover’s ‘Keswick Green,’ complete with Kris’ own hand-drawn interpretation of the original KTM logo.
And he’s now hungry for more, with a slew of Photoshop sketches already lined up under his ‘Man and the Machines’ moniker.
If that inspires more builds like this sweet thumper, we’re all for it.
via Bike EXIF http://www.bikeexif.com
September 19, 2018 at 12:11PM