Competition in ATV racing today is fierce, particularly in the trails of the Grand National Cross Country tour.
Few manufacturers understand this better than a relative newcomer to the ATV scene – orange-clad, Austrian-based KTM. Factory KTM GNCC racer Adam McGill proved the company's 'Ready to Race' slogan by finishing third overall in this year's series on his KTM 525 XC. His teammate, Taylor Kiser, was close behind with a sixth overall in the 2008 pro class.
Both riders accomplished this feat in their first year on a first-year machine designed specifically for cross country racing.
KTM, as a multi-time two-wheeled GNCC title holder, came very close to a title during its ATV racing debut. KTM invited us for a day-long test of its 450 and 525 XC models at a recent KTM Ride Experience on the grounds of Crow Canyon Action Extreme Sports in Uhrichsville, Ohio.
More: 2008 KTM XC 450 Review on ATV.com