TWO-STROKE TUESDAY: 1985 KTM 250MX

37973_ktm-200-mx_-1985Heinz Kinigadner’s FIM World Championship winning 1985 KTM 250MX.

The Austrian, Heinz Kinigadner was won of the top Grand Prix riders in Europe during the mid-1980s. In both 1984 and 1985, he went on to win the FIM World Championship aboard a factory KTM 250MX. Many might be surprised that KTM had three 250cc World titles under their belt before Heinz came along. All from Guennady Moisseev of Russia who took the title in 1974, 1977 and 1977.
37459_kinigadner-action-airHeinz in action during the 1985 FIM World Championship season.

After Heinz motocross career, he went on to compete in the Paris to Dakar offroad race. Following retirement, he helped start, which he might say has been his biggest accomplishment, the Wings for Life foundation. He saw a need for spinal cord research after both his bother and son were paralyzed. Find more information here.

37503_ktm-250-mx-kinigardnerThe most noticeable difference between Heinz’s factory KTM 250MX and the production version are the upside-down forks.

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