KTM 450 EXC Motorbike in Mongolia
Real dirt bike riders will already know that such a bike can readily meet the challenge. Its light weight, electronic and kick start capability, height and reliability, make it ideally suited to Mongolia's rough and remote location.
We have been running motorbike tours since 2005 and now have a total of 20 bikes including KTM 450 EXC bikes and Yamaha WR's. We gradually replace older bikes with newer models. For the first few years we were using Yamaha WR250 motorbikes. They were great - but now we've gone one better. We use KTM 450 EXC off-road enduro bikes for our scheduled motorbike trips in Mongolia. All our motorcycles are fully protected with the necessary frame guards, sump and engine guard, hand guards and radiator guards.
Factory Edition KTM 450 EXC
The 450 EXC is one of the most powerful enduro machines in its class. The combination of light weight and high-capacity, high-tech, SOHC four-stroke technology is the right choice for all those seeking maximum four-stroke performance combined with playful handling. Its light weight at only 111 kg, electronic and kick start capability, height and reliability, make it ideally suited to Mongolia's rough and remote location. KTM offers well-proven, robust machines that fully satisfy the high demands of this extraordinarily tough trail.
Over the years we have got together a lot of equipment to enable the smooth running of the tours. Through our own experience we have chosen models and brands which are the most suitable for their purpose in Mongolian conditions.
Most of our equipment has been purchased and imported from the UK because we prefer good quality stuff which lasts longer and withstands heavy usage. Some equipment is available to rent by prior arrangement, for example helmets, boots and sleeping mats. We only hire equipment to clients who are doing a tour with us and our motorcycles have not been loaned out to riders going off alone without our support.
For our motorcycle tours in Mongolia where travel is in remote parts of the country with no mobile phone reception, we have satellite phones to use in case of emergency. We use the "Iridium" network which has complete international coverage and we work with Monsat Unitel, Iridium's official distributor in Mongolia so that we can be sure of having reliable communications from anywhere in Mongolia.
All our support vehicles are fitted with "Motorola" and "Vertex" long distance two-way radios so that there will be contact between the tour leader and drivers for distances of up to fifty kilometres. The equipment is supplied by Wild Talk radio communication service provider.
We have the tools and equipment required for the servicing and maintenance of our motorbikes. Motorcycle mechanics travel with us on every tour to keep the motorbikes in good order throughout.
We have high performance Expedition Force Ten "Baltoro" and the Vango "Storm 300" Three Man 4 Season Tent which can withstand summer snow storms up in the high mountains of Mongolia, fierce wind and rain. They have an entrance at both ends to allow air through on very hot days, and mosquito netting to protect from insects.
We have some off-road helmets available for hire if you don't want to bring your own. All our helmets comply with British Standard BS 6658:1985 BSI, Kitemark and European Union level.
We have some pairs of off-road motorcycle boots available for rent: Six Six One Flight boots, Fox and Diadora in various sizes. It is essential that every rider wears proper rigid knee length enduro / motocross style boots for this kind of riding. Anyone whose boots are unsuitable will be asked to rent one of our boots. This is in the interest of safety.
Comparing Different tour companies ?
If you are comparing different tour companies and trying to decide which is the best, you must ask the following questions: Who owns and maintains the motorbikes ? Will everyone ride the same model of bike ? Will an experienced mechanic travel with the group ? What kind of spare parts and equipment do they have ? Have they done the route before as a motorcycle tour ? What kind of support vehicles will go with the group ? When you have asked all these questions, you will be in a good position to compare the prices of different companies.