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Hans Schmid

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Factory bikes are some of the trickest around. With a mix of titanium, carbon fiber, magnesium, works suspension, and custom one-off parts, it's like being a kid in a candy store. While some parts are easy to spot, for others, you have to look much deeper. When Factory KTM went looking to improve their bikes, they found a subtle & very effective mod. Using a trick designed by RC and his days at Honda, KTM adapted a small Showa stabilizer to their factory bikes, welding a threaded insert to the frame steering head. The crew over at Ride Engineering understood the benefits of this mod, but made it much more feasible for everyday riders by creating a fully bolt-on bracket design. Now anyone with a KTM (and other makes/models) can have this previously factory only set-up.

Product Overview
In keeping with the "trick" theme, the Ride Engineering steering head stabilizer bracket is machined from billet aluminum and it's beautifully crafted! It's a two-piece design with a lower bracket that mounts to the front triple clamp/front fender. While this kit is just the bracket & mounting hardware, you can buy a new Showa stabilizer from Ride Engineering or your local Honda dealer.

For the average backyard mechanic, installation isn't difficult...but it can be a little tricky. Unlike the Japanese models, KTM doesn't put a lock-nut on the steering stem to hold the lower triple clamp on. So in turn, when you remove the upper triple clamp, the lower one will literally fall out. Ride Engineering does supply excellent instructions also explaining this but for my review it was important to note. During this time, might be good to re-grease your steering head bearings. The lower bracket is simple to install on the front fender with the removal of just two 8mm bolts. Overall the whole process took a little over an hour. When the front number plate is mounted, to the naked eye you don't even know its there. Subtle trickness! 

Only you will know what's behind your number plate.

Training, testing, training, testing has been kinda the theme of my life since the late snow melt. I was even lucky to get a couple races in using the setup. Overall I came away really really impressed! Two areas where I felt the RE bracket/Showa setup really works well is through ruts, and corners. The feeling of 'wandering' in ruts felt greatly reduced making the bike feel more stable and not want to climb out. Coming into corners, especially rough corners, the stabilizer really calmed the front-end down allowing for more precise turn in and less 'wiggle'. This also allowed me to hit my line and follow it with more speed and confidence. There was also a greater feeling of being to change my line midway through the corner due to a obstacle in the way such as a log, rock or even rider. Switching back and forth between my AER forks and spring forks, I felt the RE bracket/Stabilizer worked even better with the AER forks due to the noticeable lighter front-end feel. Outside of these two areas, no where else did I feel this setup seems to work and it didn't seem to be affected by different conditions or terrain. The Showa stabilizer has no high or low speed adjustments, just firmer or softer. Very Simple! 


  • Noticeable improvement in front-end feel.
  • Factory look with beautiful craftsmanship.
  • 100% bolt-on with no drilling.


  • Can be tough to mount, but really a KTM problem.


I think KTMs should come stock with these. The increased confidence in ruts and through corners has produced some of my fastest and most consistent lap times to date on my practice loops. There are not alot of simple bolt on parts that can produce the same results. I like the idea that it tucks behind the front number plate, hidden out of the way, like a secret that only you and a few elite know. No, this probably not the setup you are going to want to use for blasting 5th gear whoops in Baja, but for riders and racers looking to make the bike a little more precise and add a little more confidence, I think the RE bracket/Showa stabilizer is the ticket.

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