Just when you thought that an all-around enduro bike has become the stuff of myths, the KTM 690 Enduro R comes around to shatter that notion.
In all its pristine glory, the 690 Enduro R comes with a new look, a more powerful engine, and an improved chassis, creating a bike that provides outstanding offroad qualities with unbeatable all-round ability.
Ergonomically speaking, the 690 Enduro R is a well-built machine, complete with redesigned tank fairings that are augmented by an equally comfortable and a new, low seat. The perfect arrangement is also enhanced by the ideally angled, wide aluminum handlebars, which make controlling the new 690 Enduro R even simpler.
Then there’s the engine, which, to put it simply, is beastly. Thanks to a larger 690cc displacement, the 690 Enduro R’s state-of-the-art, water-cooled LC4 single-cylinder engine now delivers an even more powerful output of 65 horsepower, all while combining increased acceleration with an outstanding free-revving nature and refined engine running. The Enduro R also has an electronic engine management system that features fuel injection, offering the rider a choice between three different mappings for influencing the engine characteristics. The "electronic power throttle" ensures that the throttle commands from the rider are translated electronically into the optimum throttle valve opening at all times, which gives rise to tremendously progressive power development.
Finally, there’s the bike’s handling characteristics. Despite possessing a thoroughbred offroad chassis, the 690 Enduro R travels among the curve-bandits on the road, thanks to a lightweight tubular space frame made from chrome-molybdenum steel and the high-quality die-cast swingarm - both of them extremely torsion-resistant.
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The International Six Days Enduro is considered the world’s largest enduro competition and when you’re gearing up for a race that involves over a thousand off road kilometers, you’re going to need the best equipment in the market to go to battle with.
For KTM, the list of bikes that fit this bill runs long, but one of them is the 250 EXC-F Six Days.
In terms of design, the 250 EXC-F Six Days has new bodywork that features a very slim seat and spoiler lines, plus excellent contact points, making for an ideally ergonomic ride. It can take the rigors of enduro racing without even skipping a beat, thus making handling even simpler and more precise. Practically unbeatable in terms of weight and stability, the new wheels have CNC-machined hubs, new black-anodized rims from Giant, and black zinc/nickel-coated spokes. They reduce the unsprung and gyroscopic masses, hence boosting the playful handling of the 250 EXC-F Six Days.
As for the engine, the 250 EXC-F Six Days’ compact, state-of-the-art four-stroke engine excels with a redesigned cylinder head, an extremely wide usable rev range, and now with even better performance. Likewise, a state-of-the-art engine management system with electronic injection, a more powerful generator, and a redesigned electric starter makes the 250 EXC-F Six Days a true contender in the ever-competitive world of enduro racing.
If handling is your thing, you’ll be pleased to know that the 250 EXC-F Six Days comes equipped with the latest WP upside-down fork with wider adjustment ranges and a new setting. The sensitive responsiveness and outstanding damping of the open-cartridge fork with 48 mm (1.89 in) outer tubes are a perfect complement for the 250 EXC-F’s playful handling and precision.
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If at any point you begin to wonder how your enduro bikes are letting you down, maybe it’s time to find a suitable replacement for it. Maybe a replacement that not only is a significant upgrade, but is also considered one of the best in the market.
In the world of 250cc enduro bikes, the KTM EXC Six Days has the pedigree and wherewithal to be a talked-about bike many years from now. The name "Six Days" attached to it is an ode to the world’s largest enduro competition, the "International Six Days Enduro."
Six days in succession, over a thousand offroad kilometers, and 40 hours in the saddle is as grueling a test as there is, not only for the rider but for the bike as well. Fortunately, the 250 EXC Six Days offers a whole package of special high-quality options that makes it fit for the ruthless competition.
The 250 EXC is equipped with the latest WP upside-down fork with wider adjustment ranges and a new setting. The sensitive responsiveness and outstanding damping of the open-cartridge fork with 48 mm (1.89 in) outer tubes are a perfect complement for the 250 EXC’s playful handling and precision.
Practically unbeatable in terms of weight and stability, the 250 EXC also comes with new wheels that carry CNC-machined hubs, new black-anodized rims from Giant with black zinc/nickel-coated spokes. They have also reduced the unsprung and gyroscopic masses, hence bolstering the playful handling of the 250 EXC.
The responsiveness of the 250 EXC Six Days’ 250cc, high-torque two-stroke machine can be varied in three stages by replacing springs in the TVC exhaust controller, allowing the rider to choose between two different ignition curves by means of a plug or a handlebar switch fitted as standard.
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The International Six Days Enduro, the world’s largest enduro race competition, is one of the most grueling races in the world, consisting of six consecutive days and covering over 1,000 off-road kilometers.
Obviously, this race isn’t for the weak of heart. So when you need a bike that can tackle the road and face this grueling competition with you, KTM’s line of EXC Six Days enduro bikes are a great choice.
For the entry level riders, the 125 EXC Six Days offers a whole package of high-quality special options, making it a seamless bike to use in this kind of competition. In fact, it’s already used by more than half of the competing riders every year.
In terms of its design, the 125 EXC Six Days carries plenty of unique accessories used exclusively for competition. Chief among them are a Camel SXS seat for improved long-distance comfort, an engine guard made of high-strength plastic for protecting engine case and frame down tubes, carbon exhaust protectors, CNC-machined, orange-anodized triple clamps for high-precision clamping of the fork tubes in favour of optimum sliding of the telescopic fork, and a knock-out wheel spindle for easier removal of the front wheel.
The 125 EXC is also equipped with the latest WP upside-down fork with wider adjustment ranges and a new setting. The sensitive responsiveness and outstanding damping of the open-cartridge fork with 48 mm (1.89 in) outer tubes are a perfect complement for the 125 EXC’s playful handling and precision. Last, the 125 EXC Six Days has been fitted with a full brake disc at the rear for improved heat resistance and therefore reduced pad wear and a rear brake disc protector for protecting the brake disc from mechanical damage.
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Enough is never enough. For all those who are forever seeking a little bit more, KTM has created the 500 EXC. And here we thought it couldn’t get any better...
The KTM 500 EXC is packed with perfectly controllable power in extravagant proportions, low weight, and an unsurpassed chassis, characterizing an enduro of remarkable versatility. To put it simply: the KTM 500 EXC is a sensational fighting machine and a reliable workhorse all rolled into one.
For the 2012 model, the 500 EXC has a new 500cc 1-cylinder 4-stroke, water-cooled engine that has been redesigned from scratch and is now more compact, lighter, and more powerful than before. The engine has also been equipped with a common oil circuit for engine and transmission, and two oil pumps. A pressure pump lubricates the engine, while a suction pump draws oil from the crankcase, using it to lubricate the transmission and the clutch. At the same time, and in conjunction with a steel diaphragm, negative pressure arises in the casing, further boosting the bike’s already flexed up engine power. On top of the 500 EXC’s impressive powertrain set-up, the bike also has a newly developed clutch that comes with a robust steel cage and transmission-friendly back-damping.
As far as its handling characteristics are concerned, the 500 EXC was built with a completely revamped frame made from high-quality chrome-molybdenum steel. Furthermore, the new frame is even better at absorbing jolts introduced by the suspension system, whereby the simple handling and comfort of the 500 EXC has been further optimized. In addition, a new and lighter cast aluminum swingarm accommodates the shock absorber more centrally while a 7 mm longer PDS shock absorber with adjustable rebound and high/low-speed compression damping provides even more progression to what is already an all-world enduro machine.
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You know when people say that a bike is so good that it can just about do anything? The KTM 450 EXC is that kind of bike, capable of justifiably claiming to be the most widely ridden bike in enduro sport and a serial winner in the E2 World Championship.
And here’s the best part: the 2012 model has been revamped and slimmed down in practically every aspect - from the frame to the electronic injection and the engine management system to the material selection and the new chassis and redesigned OHC engine. Every which way you look at the 450 EXC, you just can’t help but be smitten over it.
Powering the 450 EXC is a newly developed engine, redesigned from scratch. It is now more compact, lighter, and more powerful than before. Reduced reciprocating weight and a balancer shaft are also part of the bike’s powertrain set-up, as is a pressure pump that lubricates the engine and a suction pump that draws oil from the crankcase, using it to lubricate the transmission and the clutch. The 450 EXC also has a new, laterally integrated balancer shaft that not only eliminates vibration, but also serves as the drive for the water pump. This intelligent multi-functionality contributes to the compactness and low weight of the 450 EXC’s new engine.
Another new element to the 450 EXC puzzle is the newly developed clutch, with a robust steel cage and transmission-friendly back-damping, making use of a spring washer for the first time instead of the customary conical springs. This substantially reduces the operating force needed to operate the bike to full efficiency.
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Motorcycle builder, KTM, has made a serious name for itself in the industry with some of the most versatile and awe-inspiring enduro bikes in the market. Taking their expertise and know-how from their success at the MX World Championship Series, KTM has crafted a fleet of bikes that are as versatile as the sun is hot.
One of the more popular bikes is the new 350 EXC-F, which combines the ultra-easy handling of a 250 with the powerful performance of a 450. Taking the two and building a bike out of it, KTM has come up with a bike that offers maximum chances of victory for professionals and maximum fun factor for amateurs.
The extremely wide rev range and powerful performance of the DOHC high-tech four-stroke and the efficient rideability of the new 350 EXC-F set the tone for previously unattainable enduro characteristics. The new 350 EXC-F’s state-of-the-art 349cc four-stroke engine excels with an extremely wide usable rev range and the performance of an engine with much greater displacement. A laterally positioned balancer shaft, which acts as the drive for both timing chain and water pump, eliminates the vibration typical of this model type, ensuring a smooth ride.
The 350 EXC-F also has a Keihin engine management system with an electronic fuel injection for spontaneous responsiveness and maximum performance from the engine. Another critical element of the 350 EXC-F is the crankshaft, which KTM engineers focused on to reduce the reciprocating weight and fine adjustment of the rotating masses. With this, KTM managed to combine minimum vibration with an outstanding free-revving nature and optimum traction, resulting in a bike that just makes your adrenaline pump every time you get a chance to ride it.
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KTM’s line of EXC Six Days enduro bikes are all built for competition, and when it comes to that, there’s nothing that offers more power than the KTM 500 EXC Six Days.
Built to race and compete in what is arguably the world’s largest enduro competition, the International Six Days Enduro offers a competitive proving ground of some of the best riders in the world. And if you want to be competitive, the 500 EXC Six Days has the tool to make competition so much more fun.
The bike’s 510cc four-cylinder, single engine is equipped with plenty of race-spec features, including a common oil circuit for engine and transmission and two oil pumps, a pressure pump that lubricates the engine, and a suction pump that draws oil from the crankcase, using it to lubricate the transmission. The 500 EXC’s new, improved silencer features a special Six Days coating that not only offers greater volume and a new design, it also reduces noise levels to the stricter standards of the future.
In terms of design, the 500 EXC Six Days was built with new bodywork consisting of a very slim seat and spoiler lines to go with excellent contact points, making handling even simpler and more precise. It also has a longer rear fender that protects the rider even more effectively from swirled up stones while a Camel SXS seat offers improved long-distance comfort. The bike also has an engine guard made of high-strength plastic for protecting engine case and frame down tubes, a radiator fan for optimizing temperature control under extreme loads, and CNC-machined, orange-anodized triple clamps for high-precision clamping of the fork tubes in favor of optimum sliding of the telescopic fork.
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Sometimes, enduro bikes need not be the most powerful of the lot. More often than not, you can enjoy the playful handling of a 125 and the engine power of a 250cc enduro all wrapped up into one. And what better bike to do that for you than the KTM 200 EXC?
The KTM 200 EXC is a special bike that is not only built for a specific Enduro World Championship class, but also for those who want to break fee from the competitive class-based society and are looking for nothing more than a fun, rideable, and perfectly ergonomic bike. For 2012, the 200 EXC comes with even more performance than before and a completely revamped chassis, making it a true must-ride for upstart riders everywhere.
At the heart of the KTM 200 EXC is a revamped 193cc 1-cylinder 2-stroke engine, water-cooled, with a reed intake, an exhaust control, a redesigned air box, and a flow-optimized intake flange between the airbox and the carburetor that ensures more powerful revving and even more power in all rev ranges for the liquid-cooled, two-stroke machine.
In terms of handling, the 200 EXC is equipped with the latest WP upside-down fork with wider adjustment ranges and a new setting. The sensitive responsiveness and outstanding damping of the open-cartridge fork with 48 mm (1.89 in) outer tubes are a perfect complement for the 200 EXC’s playful handling and precision. The 200 EXC also boasts of new wheels that come with CNC-machined hubs, Excel rims, zinc/nickel-coated spokes and aluminum nipples, all of which improves the playful handling of the 200 EXC.
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The KTM 50 SX is a really cute little bike that’s got a lot more attitude than its size will let on. As the smallest bike in the SX line-up, the 50 SX is the ideal enduro ride young people - ages thee to four - can enjoy as they begin their first taste of what enduro racing is all about.
The 50 SX weighs only 88 lbs and was designed to be as fun and as safe as any entry-level bike. After all, it’s important to have a bike that kids can not only have fun in, but also be something that adults can trust with their children.
The KTM 50 SX has everything that impresses riders up to a height of 1.30 m (4.27 ft) while also reassuring the parents that it’s been built with a high-quality chassis with easily applied disc brakes, top-quality components, and a powerful, reliable engine with easy-to-operate centrifugal clutch.
The engine isn’t a monster by any stretch of the imagination, making it an ideal ride for young ones everywhere. And since the clientele for this bike revolves around kids, KTM designed the 50 SX to carry a centrifugally controlled automatic clutch that doesn’t put the onus on junior racers worry about changing gears. All they need is to hit the gas and the bike’s ready to go.
A high-quality, aluminum alloy, Renthal handlebars was also designed specifically for the 50 SX to create the ergonomic conditions for optimum control of the vehicle. In particular, the new, two-component rubber grips on the handlebars provide a secure hold for the hands, with the center strut bearing a crash pad should the worst come to the worst.
It’s easy, as a parent, to worry about your kids anytime they ride a motorcycle, but if there’s one bike that parents know will treat their little ones right, it’s the KTM 50 SX.
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