laying awake in bed in the wee hours of the morn, tossing like a half capsized ship, there was not much else to do but either play russian sub and crash to the floor from sleep deprivation, or succumb one of the laptops to a bit of wild clubbing upon for the purposes of making the in'nernet sing its tune...when the bride awoke from her slumber because of the sounds happlessly coming from hammered upon keys, I decided nothing could be more fruitful than explaining the origins of how KTM came about as an offroad powerhouse...

There was much discuss of John Penton, his misadventures offroad before such a sporting endeavor was aligned with the stars (and stratospheric pay), as well as how the lad managed to move a market whilst peddling at speed in his jeans and workboots...I also managed to expand upon if not waffle on for some time at the rudimentary gear that was used in both scoot and attire, but did conclude in note that Penton had convinced bicycle and moped manufacturer KTM, to build a series of market shaking off road motorcycles that were both light and inexpensive, not to mention quite quick...that is to say all of this was done some number of years before they bought Penton's US operations which became the backbone of KTM's offroad success to date...

if memory serves me correct, believe that my blushing bride threw me out of the house to go ride barely nanoseconds thereafter...

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