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ASK THE MXPERTS: TWISTING KTM’S ONE-PIECE BAR MOUNTS

ASK THE MXPERTS: TWISTING KTM’S ONE-PIECE BAR MOUNTS

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The 2016-17 one-piece top bar mount.
Dear MXA,
I read in a recent test where you guys said that KTM’s new one-piece top bar clamp wasn’t going to stop the bars from twisting. I don’t agree. It goes against everything I know about bar mounts. It is obvious that a one-piece clamp is stronger than two individual clamps. Do you have Engineering degrees?
The earlier KTM one-piece bottom bar mount.
No, we have a Masters in crashing motorcycles with a minor in straightening bar mounts. In 2016, KTM had a one-piece bar mount below the handlebars with separate bar mounts on top. Then, in 2017, KTM changed to a one-piece bar mount on top with separate bar mounts underneath the bars. It is our considerable experience that putting the one-piece bar mount on top did nothing to make the KTM handlebars less likely to twist. We have twisted lots of 2017 bar mounts in crashes and, in the process, bent the one-piece top bar mount into a …
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