Riding The Kramer HKR EVO2 R

Riding The Kramer HKR EVO2 R

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      “I thought the corner named ‘Riverside’ on the road course at Buttonwillow Raceway Park would be where the Kramer HKR EVO2 R would really shine. I was at a TrackDaz event on the central California circuit, and Riverside is a big, fast right-hand sweeper, reminiscent of the big right-handers at Willow Springs where I learned to road race a motorcycle. And don’t get me wrong—the bike was insanely good through Riverside, delivering solid, direct feedback. My confidence built with each passing lap, and I pushed my knee slider harder and harder into the pavement, and opened the throttle wider, quicker, and sooner each time through the corner.

     “But what really opened my eyes was the following left-handed kink leading up to the blind crest of Phil Hill (named after the only American-born Formula One World Champion). The corner is fast on any bike, and it usually requires muscling the machine from track left to track right and then flicking it into the kink hard on the gas. On a streetbike, the transition takes significant effort, and the bumps at the apex can unsettle even the chassis of a very good sportbike.

     “This experience was different. The incredibly light, single-cylinder Kramer could hold a tighter line out of Riverside, making it easier to set up on the ideal line heading into the kink. The bike flicked with ease, and the pure racing suspension and stiff chassis just shrugged off the mid-apex surface irregularities. It took some recalibrating to grasp exactly how capable the Kramer HKR EVO2 R really is, even at a track-day pace, and it made me want to really push …”

–Editor-At-Large Michael Gougis, in the February 2019 Issue of Roadracing World

Lightweight road racing is a big deal in Europe and in the U.K., and a former KTM employee now builds his own pure road racing machines specifically for the lightweight singles and twins classes. Editor-at-Large Michael Gougis sampled the Kramer HKR EVO2 R at a track day at Buttonwillow Raceway Park, and it left him hungry for more. Read his impressions in the February issue of Roadracing World & Motorcycle Technology.

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