FIRST RIDE - 2017 KTM 500 EXC-F, 350 EXC-F, 250 EXC-F

Upshift recently tested KTM's newest dual-sport offering in the southern California desert. Here's a quick look at the 3 middleweight rippers, 2017 KTM 500 EXC-F, 350 EXC-F, 250 EXC-F. Stay tuned for a complete write up in upcoming Issues of Upshift Online Magazine.

500 EXC-F

Powered by an all-new 510.4 cc SOHC engine, the 2017 KTM 500 EXC-F has no equal in the dual sport realm. This compact powerhouse is fitted in an all-new lightweight chassis suspended with the latest WP-developed Xplor fork and shock for the ultimate in handling and control. With enough power and torque to dominate the trail and eat up miles mixed with a READY TO RACE chassis, the KTM 500 EXC-F is free of compromise.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • NEW 500 EXC-F engine has been redesigned in order to be the most compact and lightest 500cc on the market.
  • NEW cylinder head with a redesigned combustion chamber, optimized intake and exhaust ports and a new overhead camshaft.
  • NEW engine cases with a centralized shaft configuration, moving the crankshaft up 7 mm and back 9 mm to be closer to the bike’s center of gravity.
  • NEW engine covers feature an advanced surface structure to reduce wear for the rider’s boots.
  • NEW 42 mm Keihin throttle body for instant throttle response and crisp fueling.
  • NEW 6-speed wide ratio transmission is perfectly suited for offroad duty.
  • NEW hydraulically-operated DDS clutch features a damping system for better traction and durability.
  • NEW lightweight chromoly steel frame provides high torsional rigidity with less longitudinal stiffness, resulting in excellent handling and energy absorption.
  • NEW WP Xplor 48 upside-down split front fork has outstanding damping characteristics and better bottoming resistance with less weight.
  • NEW WP Xplor PDS rear suspension is more progressive and is lighter.
  • NEW shock mounting geometry is matched to the new swingarm with a more centered location for nearly symmetrical loads to the swingarm.
  • NEW forged aluminum triple clamp with handlebar positions and a 22 mm offset for precise handling.
  • NEW ODI grips that feature a lock-on design for the left grip and a vulcanized grip on the throttle side.
  • NEW 10 mm longer rear brake pedal, smaller rear brake piston and lighter disks provide class-leading brake performance and feel.
  • NEW “No Dirt” footpeg design keeps the pegs pivot from becoming clogged, ensuring the footpeg is always in the correct position.
  • NEW CNC-machined hubs, high-end Giant rims and Continental TKC-80 tires for maximum strength and traction on and off the road.
  • NEW airbox and filter design provides maximum performance with fast “no tools” air filter changes.
  • NEW bodywork with perfect ergonomics and contact points for maximum control and comfort.
  • NEW cooling system features stiffer radiators with better cooling efficiency while new radiator guards provide crash protection.
  • NEW 2.25 gallon see-through polyethylene tank provides the range needed for extended rides.
  • NEW “No Dirt” shift lever prevents dirt from fouling the lever joint to ensure proper shifting in any condition.
     

350 EXC-F

You don’t just become the best seller. You have to earn it. And the KTM 350 EXC-F has done just that - with mud, sweat and gears. The power-to-weight ratio of the new 349.7 cc DOHC engine is spot on for any terrain and situation, thanks to a new compact design, lightened camshafts, shorter connecting rod and 42 mm Keihin throttle body. Match that engine with an all-new chassis fitted with WP Xplor Suspension and the 350 EXC-F will answer the call no matter the terrain or difficulty of the trail.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • NEW 350 EXC-F engine has been redesigned in order to make the new power plant more compact and lighter, while delivering class-leading torque and power figures over the entire rev range.
  • NEW cylinder head with lightened camshafts, DLC-coated finger followers and a reworked timing drive for outstanding power throughout the 12,800 rpm rev range.
  • NEW 6 mm shorter connecting rod for a vertically compact engine with snappy response.
  • NEW engine cases with a centralized shaft configuration, moving the crankshaft closer to the bike’s center of gravity, while shortening the engine by 20mm.
  • NEW engine covers feature an advanced surface structure to reduce wear for the rider’s boots.
  • NEW 42 mm Keihin throttle body for instant throttle response and crisp fueling.
  • NEW 6-speed wide ratio transmission is perfectly suited for offroad duty.
  • NEW hydraulically-operated DDS clutch features a damping system for better traction and durability.
  • NEW lightweight chromoly steel frame provides high torsional rigidity with less longitudinal stiffness resulting in excellent handling and energy absorption.
  • NEW WP Xplor 48 upside-down split front fork has outstanding damping characteristics and better bottoming resistance with less weight.
  • NEW WP Xplor PDS rear suspension is more progressive and is lighter
  • NEW shock mounting geometry is matched to the new swingarm with a more centered location for nearly symmetrical loads to the swingarm.
  • NEW forged aluminum triple clamp with handlebar positions and a 22 mm offset for precise handling.
  • NEW ODI grips that feature a lock-on design for the left grip and a vulcanized grip on the throttle side.
  • NEW 10 mm longer rear brake pedal, smaller rear brake piston and lighter disks provide class-leading brake performance and feel.
  • NEW “No Dirt” footpeg design keeps the pegs pivot from becoming clogged, ensuring the footpeg is always in the correct position.
  • NEW CNC-machined hubs, high-end Giant rims and Continental TKC-80 tires for maximum strength and traction on and off the road.
  • NEW airbox and filter design provides maximum performance with fast “no tools” air filter changes.
  • NEW bodywork with perfect ergonomics and contact points for maximum control and comfort.
  • NEW cooling system features stiffer radiators with better cooling efficiency while new radiator guards provide crash protection.
  • NEW 2.25 gallon see-through polyethylene tank provides the range needed for extended rides
  • NEW “No Dirt” shift lever prevents dirt from fouling the lever joint to ensure proper shifting in any condition.

KTM 250 EXC-F

Joining KTM’s street-legal enduro line for 2017, the 250 EXC-F has no equal in the quarter-liter dual sport category. An all-new chassis features a lightweight frame with higher torsional rigidity with less longitudinal stiffness to match the all-new WP Xplor front fork and shock. Combine that with a new compact DOHC engine and you have a recipe for success. With all the requisite parts needed to have access to the asphalt to link all the best sections of trail; the result is a READY TO RACE EXC-F suitable for amateur explorers, while still satisfying the pros. Eat that, adversaries.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • NEW 250 EXC-F engine has been redesigned in order to make the new power plant more compact and lighter, while delivering class-leading torque and power figures over the entire rev range.
  • NEW cylinder head with lightened camshafts, DLC-coated finger followers and a reworked timing drive for outstanding power throughout the 12,800 rpm rev range.
  • NEW 6 mm shorter connecting rod for a vertical compact engine with snappy response.
  • NEW engine cases with a centralized shaft configuration, moving the crankshaft closer to the bike’s center of gravity, while shortening the engine by 20 mm.
  • NEW engine covers feature an advanced surface structure to reduce wear for the rider’s boots.
  • NEW 42 mm Keihin throttle body for instant throttle response and crisp fueling.
  • NEW 6-speed wide ratio transmission is perfectly suited for offroad duty.
  • NEW hydraulically-operated DDS clutch features a damping system for better traction and durability.
  • NEW lightweight chromoly steel frame provides high torsional rigidity with less longitudinal stiffness, resulting in excellent handling and energy absorption.
  • NEW WP Xplor 48 upside-down split front fork has outstanding damping characteristics and better bottoming resistance with less weight.
  • NEW WP Xplor PDS rear suspension is more progressive and lighter.
  • NEW shock mounting geometry is matched to the new swingarm with a more centered location for nearly symmetrical loads to the swingarm.
  • NEW forged aluminum triple clamp with handlebar positions and a 22 mm offset for precise handling.
  • NEW ODI grips that feature a lock-on design for the left grip and a vulcanized grip on the throttle side.
  • NEW 10 mm longer rear brake pedal, smaller rear brake piston and lighter disks provide class-leading brake performance and feel.
  • NEW “No Dirt” footpeg design keeps the pegs pivot from becoming clogged, ensuring the footpeg is always in the correct position.
  • NEW CNC-machined hubs, high-end Giant rims and Continental TKC-80 tires for maximum strength and traction on and off the road.
  • NEW airbox and filter design provides maximum performance with fast “no tools” air filter changes.
  • NEW bodywork with perfect ergonomics and contact points for maximum control and comfort.
  • NEW cooling system features stiffer radiators with better cooling efficiency, while new radiator guards provide crash protection.
  • NEW 2.25 gallon see-through polyethylene tank provides the range needed for extended rides.
  • NEW “No Dirt” shift lever prevents dirt from fouling the lever joint to ensure proper shifting in any condition.

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