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.
Find out more about the KTM 200 EXC after the jump.
The redesigned airbox on the 200 EXC and the flow-optimised intake flange between the airbox and the carburettor now ensure even better charging with fresh gas. This results in even freer revving and even more power in all rev ranges for the liquid-cooled, two-stroke machine.
The 200 EXC’s new bodywork with the very slim seat and spoiler lines, plus excellent contact points, perfects the bike’s ergonomics, making handling even simpler and more precise. The longer rear fender protects the rider and the redesigned kickstarter makes it easier to start the engine.
The completely revamped frame made from high-quality chrome-molybdenum steel is characterized by even greater lateral stiffness. It is also even better at absorbing jolts introduced by the suspension system, whereby the playful handling and comfort of the 200 EXC have been further optimized.
New Swingarm, New PDS and New Setting
The 200 EXC’s new, lighter, cast aluminum swingarm accommodates the shock absorber more centrally, in order to load the swing arms more evenly. The new, 7 mm (0.28 in) longer PDS shock absorber with adjustable rebound and high/low-speed compression damping, and a new setting is installed more flatly, so providing even more progression.
|Design||1-cylinder 2-stroke engine, water-cooled, with reed intake and exhaust control|
|Displacement||193 cm³ (11.78 cu in)|
|Bore||64 mm (2.52 in)|
|Stroke||60 mm (2.36 in)|
|Transmission||6 gear, claw shifted|
|Clutch||Wet multi-disc clutch / hydraulically operated|
|Ignition system||Contactless, controlled, fully electronic ignition system with digital ignition timing adjustment, type Kokusan|
|Frame||Central tube frame made of chrome molybdenum steel tubing|
|Forks||WP Suspension Up Side Down 4860 MXMA PA|
|Shock absorber||WP Suspension PDS 5018 DCC|
|Suspension travel Front||300 mm (11.81 in)|
|Suspension travel Rear||335 mm (13.19 in)|
|Brake system||Disc brakes, brake calipers on floating bearings|
|Brake discs - diameter Front||260 mm (10.24 in)|
|Brake discs - diameter Rear||220 mm (8.66 in)|
|Chain||5/8 x 1/4"|
|Steering head angle||63.5°|
|Wheel base||1,471±10 mm (57.91±0.39 in)|
|Ground clearance (unloaded)||355 mm (13.98 in)|
|Seat height (unloaded)||960 mm (37.8 in)|
|Total fuel tank capacity approx.||9.5 l (2.51 US gal)|
Unleaded premium fuel, mixed with 2-stroke engine oil (1:60)
|Weight without fuel approx.||97 kg (214 lb.)|
Total Motorcycle----"With its ultra-easy handling, minimal weight and low costs, the 125 EXC is the ideal enduro for the E1 class. The free-revving and lively two-stroke engine is the most powerful of its type and has gained even more performance for the current season. Not least, the 125 EXC’s completely revamped chassis with a new frame will ensure the lightest enduro on the market retains its popularity in future, above all with young potential champions."