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HARDkits or H.A.R.D Horizon-Adventure-Rallye-Designs was founded in 2011 by owner and designer Darren Wilson on the Gold Coast in an attempt to fill the void in the market when KTM had pulled the successful KTM 640 Adventure, which ran from 1998-2007.
With the release of the 2008 model KTM 690 Enduro, customers the world over were waiting in anticipation for the Adventure model. When it became obvious that KTM had no intentions of building such a bike Darren decided to build what he believed was the perfect adventure bike.
The Hardkit Series 1 700RR was released to the public in 2013, in kit form and many of the design concepts were based on the real rallye bikes. Some 20 kits where sold in the first 12-month period.
12 months later the Hardkit Series 2 700RR was released which addressed a number of general use issues, such as ease of maintenance, reduced vibration and improving manufacturing techniques and design concepts, and over 60 units were sold with a number making the way to the US.
With the evolution of the Dakar FIM series from 690CC to 450Cc maximum capacity and newly designed bikes it was only natural to emulate these designs and improvements to the HARDkit design.
HARDkits is not trying to make boy racer or rallye replica bikes, HARDkits is dedicated to making the ultimate ADVENTURE bike for ALL types of riders.
The kits have been designed to use OEM fixings M5, M6 and M10 standard as to be able to use the standard tool kit on the entire bike, bar a 5mm Allen key required for the tank fittings.
The kit can be fitted without any cutting welding or altering to the existing chassis or mechanical components. (the heat shield can be cut down or discarded and the seat obviously has to be cut down to suit the new tank lines).