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All-new everything: The 2024 KTM 500 EXC-F marks the model’s first complete redesign since 2020.
All-new everything: The 2024 KTM 500 EXC-F marks the model’s first complete redesign since 2020. (KTM/)

Trail riders and off-road fans, rejoice: KTM’s 500 EXC-F returns for 2024 faster, lighter, and more user-friendly than ever before. Big Orange claims the flagship dual sport is 95 percent new from the previous year model, marking the first ground-up redesign to the big-bore thumper since MY20.

The new bike sports 95 percent new parts according to KTM, including a new rear shock with completely tool-free adjustment.
The new bike sports 95 percent new parts according to KTM, including a new rear shock with completely tool-free adjustment. (KTM/)

Chief among the 500′s laundry list of updates is a redesigned 511cc engine, which KTM claims is both lighter and more powerful. The 64-hp powerplant reportedly tips the scales at a scant 65 pounds while also sitting two degrees further back in the frame to help centralize mass and improve anti-squat under acceleration.

The 2024 KTM 500 EXC-F gets a redesigned engine that’s both lighter and more powerful than the outgoing powerplant.
The 2024 KTM 500 EXC-F gets a redesigned engine that’s both lighter and more powerful than the outgoing powerplant. (KTM/)

Speaking of the frame, the EXC’s chromoly steel double-cradle design has been completely overhauled for the new model year with a focus on high-speed stability and longitudinal rigidity, and now incorporates a forged steering head to further reduce flex under braking. The new frame also sports more closely spaced footpeg mounts at the rear making for a narrower overall package between the ankles.

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The EXC’s revised steel cradle frame includes a forged steering head and tighter spacing between the footpegs.
The EXC’s revised steel cradle frame includes a forged steering head and tighter spacing between the footpegs. (KTM/)

Suspension-wise the KTM 500 EXC-F is now both fully adjustable and fully tool-free, with hand-operated clickers front and rear for compression, rebound, and preload. Up front the 48mm WP Xact closed cartridge fork is secured by a pair of forged triple clamps, and also features a revised hydrostop to further resist bottoming at the end of the stroke. Out back the WP Xplor PDS shock gets a relocated mount, further improving anti-squat functionality.

Whenever an over-current situation is detected, KTM’s new Offroad Control Unit automatically deactivates individual components, and then flags the issue with a red LED. This removes the need to carry fuses and simplifies diagnosing trailside electronic issues.
Whenever an over-current situation is detected, KTM’s new Offroad Control Unit automatically deactivates individual components, and then flags the issue with a red LED. This removes the need to carry fuses and simplifies diagnosing trailside electronic issues. (KTM/)

Perhaps most interesting, however, is the EXC’s new Offroad Control Unit, which completely replaces a traditional fuse and relay system. KTM says this module continuously monitors all inputs from both the ECU and voltage regulator, and will automatically deactivate individual components (fan, fuel pump, lights, etc.) when an over-current situation is detected.

Pretty much everything you see here has been retooled from the LED headlight to the fuel tank.
Pretty much everything you see here has been retooled from the LED headlight to

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By: Kurt Spurlock
Title: 2024 KTM 500 EXC-F Preview
Sourced From: www.motorcyclistonline.com/news/ktm-500-exc-f-preview/
Published Date: Fri, 17 May 2024 10:00:01 +0000

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2024 Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance Preview

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The 29th annual Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance, powered by O’Gara Coach, will bring a full day of free family fun to Beverly Hills on Sunday, June 16. This year’s Father’s Day car show will feature 100 rare and iconic vehicles, great food and plenty of entertainment. The Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance, which will take place between Wilshire Boulevard and Santa Monica Boulevard from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., is one of the area’s most beloved annual events. Here’s a glimpse at what you can expect to see on California’s most iconic street:

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Show-stopping cars

This year’s event will host a special celebration of hypercars, supercars, race cars, classics and custom-built showstoppers. Provided by exclusive private collections, passionate car enthusiasts and even some of the world’s most recognized manufacturers, this has become one of the country’s preeminent luxury car shows.

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Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance Chairman Bruce Meyer, Beverly Hills Mayor Lester Friedman, Rodeo Drive Committee President Kay Monica Rose and renowned car buff Jay Leno will present trophies to 12 award-winning entrants—from “Most Elegant” to “Best in Show”—on the main stage starting at noon.

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By: Rex McAfee
Title: 2024 Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance Preview
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/2024-rodeo-drive-concours-delegance-preview/
Published Date: Mon, 10 Jun 2024 17:10:18 +0000

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Speed Read: A garage-built Ducati 996 café racer and more

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The latest café racers, flat trackers, and electric scooters.
We kick things off with a feel-good story of a botched Ducati 996 custom job, rescued by a talented garage builder. Then we look at a dazzling Yamaha SR500 flat tracker from 20-year-old Moritz Bree, a dustbin-faired Honda Dax from K-Speed, and a BMW CE 04 scooter from Deus ex Machina.

Ducati 996 café racer by Jaron Hall
Ducati 996 by Jaron Hall Most people would balk at the idea of customizing a Ducati 996, but Utah-based garage builder Jaron Hall’s work on this 996 is nothing short of noble. That’s because when Jaron got his hands on the 996, it was in dire need of saving.

The Ducati’s previous owner had tried to turn it into a scrambler, so it came to Jaron with no fairings, a hacked subframe, and a smorgasbord of sketchy parts. Working after hours (he has a marketing day job), and taking on the entire build solo, Jaron turned the mongrel 996 into a high-class Italian café racer.

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Speed Read: A garage-built Ducati 996 café racer and more
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/custom-motorcycle-news-june-16-2024
Published Date: Sun, 16 Jun 2024 20:50:06 +0000

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Rolls-Royce ‘Models of the Marque’: the 1910s

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Of all the famous nameplates borne by Rolls-Royce motor cars since 1904, few are as celebrated, significant, evocative and enduring as the ‘Silver Ghost’. Formally launched in 1906 as the 40/50 H.P., it was the first model to be awarded the soubriquet of ‘the best car in the world’ that Rolls-Royce retains to this day, setting unmatchable standards for performance and reliability, proven in the era’s toughest road trials. It was also a stupendous commercial success, with almost 8,000 examples built in the UK and US over an 18-year period – an unimaginable product lifespan in the modern age. That so many Silver Ghosts still survive in full working order – and, indeed, regularly perform the same feats they achieved more than a century ago – is a lasting monument to Henry Royce’s engineering genius.

Early beginnings

By 1906, just three years after its foundation, Rolls-Royce was already something of a victim of its own success. Demand for its motor cars was such that its line-up had quickly expanded from the original twin-cylinder 10 H.P. to include three-cylinder 15 H.P., four-cylinder 20 H.P. and six-cylinder 30 H.P. models. Henry Royce had even produced the first ever V8 passenger motor car, known as the ‘Lega limit’ since the 3.5-litre engine was governed to keep it below the 20mph speed limit then in force in Britain – only three of these were ever made, and it remains the only Rolls-Royce model of which no examples survive. This proliferation of models reflected a trend across the luxury automotive sector, as competing manufacturers chased an ever more finely segmented client base.

However, for Rolls-Royce, it caused major manufacturing headaches, since many parts were not interchangeable between models. The problem was compounded by Henry Royce’s entirely laudable policy of continuous improvement; his constant adjustments and refinements went all the way down to the smallest components. This created variations between – and even within – production series, to the extent that often only a handful of individual motor cars would be entirely identical.

Simplify Production

As with almost any manufacturing process, more complexity and variability meant increased costs. This was anathema to the highly astute, commercially driven Managing Director, Claude Johnson. Having decided radical change was needed, he proposed the marque should focus all its energies on producing just one model. Charles Rolls enthusiastically agreed, but insisted it should be positioned at the top end of the market, where Rolls-Royce was already gaining a reputation as the very best motor car available. Though a ruthless perfectionist and tireless innovator, Royce was also a pragmatist. He saw the logic of his colleagues’ single-model approach and duly produced a completely new motor car, the 40/50 H.P.

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By: Rex McAfee
Title: Rolls-Royce ‘Models of the Marque’: the 1910s
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/rolls-royce-silver-ghost/
Published Date: Wed, 12 Jun 2024 23:23:29 +0000

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