Piste-bashing in the KTM X-Bow R
More classic anniversary TG road trips: they said it couldn’t be done. A stupid idea. We went and did it anyway
Posted: 11 Oct 2013
The steering wheel is literally never still, just to keep in a straight line. Even light brake use needs plenty of forethought (thinking like an HGV driver with head up and brain radar fully engaged), and it's here that you realise the relevance of light throttle-opening and the black art of heel and toe. Essentially, everything is exaggerated, doubly so in a car like the KTM. Stamp on the brakes, and you'll just lock, and slide in the direction you were pointing. Slap down through the gearbox without caution, and you'll induce transmission lock and unintended sidewaysness, as the rear wheels fail to slow as fast as the gearbox. You learn to heel and toe and match the engine revs to the downshift, or you end up facing the wrong way. A lot.