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RUST magazine: RUST#31

RUST#31 * KTM FREERIDE E-XC – electric is the future? * SIX DAYS TO GLORY – RUST’s Tom Sagar made the podium at the ISDE, here’s how * RALLY RAID PRODUCTS – bigger than you might imagine! * ENDUROGP – RUST goes to the races KTM helped save the planet in October, by putting on a launch with no riding. So no petrol consumed. Only the bike was electric… ahh, maybe we’re missing the point? Meanwhile Tom Sagar was consuming mucho fuel and tyres at the ISDE, but given he stood on the second step of the podium it was worth the cost. Rally Raid Products used to race, but now they put their expertise into helping adventure riders create stronger bikes. And EnduroGP came to the UK for an all-new format of enduro. Pretty impressive it looked too. All this and a little bit more in Issue 31. Happy riding and reading. Jon Bentman (Editor, RUST)

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ally raid products The story so far R ally Raid Products, based in Northamptonshire in the UK, is still a relative juvenile, having started up only six years ago for the purpose of creating specialist performance parts for KTM 690 Enduros. In the beginning the business evolved directly out of the director’s, John Mitchinson, own interest in rally racing, but now it’s fast becoming a significant supplier in the adventure market. Here’s how RRP has evolved and what it’s offering, in Mitchinson’s own words… “When we started I already had an engineering and plastic moulding business so we sort of branched out into making rally parts. Only this had an unexpected knock-on effect of bringing us into the adventure market, mainly with the KTM 690 Enduro because the adventure-riding owners realised the rally kits we were making turned the 690 virtually into the 690 Adventure they had been looking for. That’s where the business started.

ust adventure “We’ve progressed since then, with many more parts for the KTM but also branching out into other models and manufacturers as we’ve realised that the adventure market is where the volume is. The rally market is good for the testing and the promotion of the parts, but the main bulk of the sales are into the adventure market. “With our recent move we’ve now got 8500 square feet of manufacturing space which is sectioned up to accommodate plastic moulding, CNC machining and the fabrication shop – it’s all under the one roof now. When we started we were working out of 1500sq.ft. over two sites, so now it’s much more efficient, all under roof everyone together, it’s much easier to keep an eye on things, progressing the work through, and making things flow much easier.”

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