We often find ourselves wondering which will be a manufacturer’s next strategic move, but as much as we’d think it over, we wouldn’t have come to the conclusion that the Austrians from KTM might turn their attention towards the versatile 400 XC-W for 2009. Yet they did so and with excellent results. Now, we’re about to see how, in some cases, this bike stands out as an alternative for the 450 XC-W and even the 530 XC-W .
KTM has worked to deliver their best enduro chassis ever and they try to point that out with two displacement alternatives of the revised, powerful and reliable XC4 engine that never missed a chance to stand out during off-road adventures around the world. It’s time for the 2009 KTM 450 XC-W and 530 XC-W to redefine their segment. Let’s see just how.
There has never been a better way to start mastering those trails than with the 2009 KTM 105 XC, an enduro ride characterized by lightness,enhanced agility, as well as by even more of the two-stroke power that made this bike unique in the first place. KTM engineers worked their magic on this new model year while designers made sure it will stand out wherever you ride.
Because we know that posts such as this one tend to disturb motorcycle girls simply because they know that all bikes are meant to be ridden and not just used as reason for taking damn sexy pictures, we decided to dedicate this one to all of you female riders out there in an attempt to even up the scales. Hope you’re happy!
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KTM sees a gap in between 125 cc and 250 cc two-stroke dirt bikes and that’s what the 200 XC is here to fill in with a successful combination between lightness and agility with serious get up and go. Adequate both for enduro riding and for track racing, the new model manages to represent the next step for those riding the 125s and the 250s simply because it blows away from the two thanks to the superior power-to-weight ratio.
What’s best about the 2009 KTM 200 XC is that the price is in accordance with the bike’s position in the Austrian lineup so we’re dealing with a quite possible best bang for the buck candidate.
Two-strokes have long overrun their glory days, but there’s still incredible potential in the cheap and old technology engines, so manufacturers such as KTM not only carry on producing dirt bikes that are powered by such engines, but continue upgrading the oil burners and mounting them on today’s refined chassis for excellent results both on the tracks and on the trails. This is the case of the new 250 and 300 XC models produced and sold by the Austrian manufacturer and we simply had to dig a little deeper into this unique torque and sharpness combination.
Being part of the Top Speed team, I can only have the highest appreciation for those kinds of bikes that, with lightness, sharp handling and refinement, manage to stand out and offer the same kind of excitement as those fitted with bigger engines do. The 2009 KTM 250 XC-F is one such great example from the very big number of small class, four-stroke Japanese and European competing models.
What’s more, the 2009 model year gets a new chassis and totally new bodywork so engineers enhance the bike’s already strong point in an attempt to establish new performance standards for the class. Let’s see if they succeed.
One designed to master the E2 class and the other one the MX3 class, these KTMs have recently gotten under our radar and we were able to detect high-performance combined with lightness and extreme agility. The new KTM 450 XC-F and the 2009 KTM 505 XC-F go one step further in their evolution towards veritable mountain goats and that’s well worth getting a closer look at, especially now that competing on natural courses is greater fun and more challenging then ever before.
Freestyler Travis Pastrana needs no presentation, but his latest amazing performance sure does as it goes straight in the record books. Riding his dirt bike at a fairly low speed, Pastrana manages to perform eight consecutive backflips at the minimum possible height ever. He walks away from the amazing achievement a little crumpled, but filled with joy.
Having won more than 160 World Championship titles over the past 35 years, KTM feels the need to celebrate with the launch of a limited Champion’s Edition motorcycle series that involves the new 250 XC-FW, 450 XC-W, 450 EXC and 530 EXC models.
Standing out thanks to a fresh, new and racy look, the bikes are greater performers than their 2009 model year siblings and will start being available on June 1 at KTM dealerships across the country.
They don’t mention how many units of each model will be made so we can’t
figure how “limited” the bikes are so there might just be enough for everyone.
Press release after the break.