Sometimes I love Austria – KTM 150 SX 2012 (free) November ride

Finally it is getting cold here. Some way below freezing at night. But it’s dry. No rain for weeks, or is it months? It was cold but dry today and I had the day off. And I had a 2012 KTM 150SX which I had parked in the garage for the winter. But winter hadn’t really come yet. No snow, no rain, and the sun was shining as it had done so often over the past few months.

20 minutes after setting off we got to the X Bowl arena in Stegenwald. But it was shut. f@#k. they said they were open on friday, saturday and Sunday in November. Or rather, Jeweils Freitag, Samstag und Sonntag von 9h – 18h.

There was a phone number on the fence, but nobody answered the phone. Once, twice, three times. Dam. Ok Adi, lets just walk up and I will show you the track. We squeezed through a gap and walked 5 minutes up to the track. Completely deserted. Where is everybody?? I tried to call them again. No Answer. F#$K. We walked back to the car and I redialed. Somebody picked up straight away. (me, In rubbish German) “Hi, we are at the track, are you coming here? It says you are open on your website but the gate is locked and nobody is here”.

Austrian dude, “No sorry, I cant come down today, but I can give you the code for the lock and you can go ride. Just shut the gate behind you when you go in”. Me, “Thank you”.

the photo above is click-able. More for me than you. Always useful to see yourself ride to see what to work on. This part of the track always pisses me off. SO hard to ride it clean, and even when you do it doesn’t feel like it. Or maybe I didn’t really get it clean yet. haha.

This was a few jumps later and my hands were getting cold and my clutch finger was getting tired so I didn’t manage to pull the clutch in properly and stalled the engine as a result when I tapped the rear brake to level out. Endo-ed the whole landing but somehow avoided binning it, thank the gods!

Illustrations by Benny

2012 KTM 150SX. The first new motocross bike I have ever owned.

All photos by Adi Sumic.



  1. CH 5 years ago

    Hey man looks like you had really great day riding! Looks also like your hooking up really well with this bike! Doubt i would make such a fine figure! Perhaps 2012 a dirt bike will have to wander on over into the garage too… Really inserational pics!

  2. Author
    admin 5 years ago

    yea, I LOVE THE BIKE! photos are thanks to the excellent and highly enthusiastic new CTG intern Adi. Would be brilliant if you get a bike too.

  3. paul 5 years ago

    maaan that are some crazy jumps! sweet!

  4. Skully 5 years ago

    a 150 SX is on my wanted list, couple more months of penny pinching should do it.

    love your blog btw! stumbled across it one day because you featured some pics of my buddy’s and my own bike :D

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      admin 5 years ago

      Good choice man, its really a great bike. A few clicks in on the compression damping front and back and its almost perfect. I added some risers for my bars on friday and the riding position feels a bit better as well. Happy you like the site. cheers.

  5. zacher 5 years ago

    I like your cornering man but get your line perfectly dialed cause I’ll be back swinging hahaha

  6. Author
    admin 5 years ago

    Zacher, im an old man, you got more than 10 years on me! I prefer to ride at my own speed as it must be a pretty intense track to try to race on..

    Check this out though, KTM racing made the sequence their photo of the day on facebook! Guess it must have been a slow day for photos. haha.

  7. zacher 5 years ago

    hahaha thats what I was thinking aswell then I saw how cool that photo actually is so I changed my mind…

    never said that you should go my speed I’ll dump mine down no prob hahahaha

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