2013 KTM 500 EXC

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The KTM 500 EXC offers a tasty mix which includes high power, low weight and proper handling. Not to mention about the unsurpassed chassis and the perfect ergonomics which make your ride a hassle free experience.

The motorcycle is constructed using a strong frame made from high quality, lightweight, chrome-molybdenum steel profiles. In conjunction with the rear PDS damping system, it is designed for optimum absorption of shocks introduced by the rear wheel. It is also worthy of being mentioned that it weighs 0.5 kg less than the lightest rival. Naturally, the frame’s center piece is the 1-cylinder 4-stroke, water-cooled engine, which is kept in leash by a wet multi-disc, hydraulically operated clutch. The stopping power is assured by Brembo disc brakes – 260 mm front and 220 mm rear.

The motorcycle rides on high quality KTM wheels with CNC-machined hubs. The wheels are shod in fresh MAXXIS FIM tyres which are ideal for offroad use.

Hit the jump for more information on the 2013 KTM 500 EXC.



For all those who are forever seeking a little bit more. Perfectly controllable power in extravagant proportions, low weight and an unsurpassed chassis characterise an enduro of remarkable versatility: a sensational fighting machine and absolutely reliable workhorse rolled into one, the indisputable benchmark in terms of weight and rideability – the KTM 500 EXC.


The one-piece outer clutch hub with primary gear is machined from a single piece of high-strength steel. Unbeatable reliability is the result. It also allows the use of thin steel discs. This results in an extremely compact construction for a narrow engine width. A diaphragm spring enables the implementation of an additional hub damping mechanism - an invaluable benefit in terms of traction and gearbox durability. In conjunction with the diaphragm spring, the hydraulic clutch actuation system from Brembo ensures very smooth and very precise clutch control.



The SOHC cylinder head is equipped with an overhead camshaft that actuates the titanium intake valves and steel exhaust valves. The whole configuration has been perfectly tuned to the Keihin EFI system for outstanding rideability and performance of the KTM 500 EXC 2013.


Through ingenious design work, KTM engineers succeeded in developing a small laterally positioned balancer shaft that also acts as a drive for the water pump.


In keeping with KTM tradition, the frames are made from high quality, lightweight, chrome-molybdenum steel profiles. In conjunction with the rear PDS damping system, they are designed for optimum absorption of shocks introduced into the frame by the rear wheel. In response to the trend for aluminium frames followed by our rivals, we supply a high-tech steel frame that weighs approx. 0.5 kg less than the lightest competitor. Moreover, it’s easier to maintain, work on it is simpler and it provides more space for the fuel tank and other components.



All KTM EXC models are fitted with the latest generation of fully adjustable 48 mm open-cartridge forks "Made in Austria" by WP Suspension. Each model is individually tuned and the new fork oil provides improved responsiveness with more constant damping characteristics.


The high quality KTM wheels with CNC-machined hubs are standard on KTM bikes. They are equipped with new, extremely stable, 7050 aluminium rims from GIANT and the spokes are now furnished with a premium black coating, representing an improvement in terms of corrosion resistance. New MAXXIS FIM tyres - specially developed for KTM - provide excellent traction, very precise directional control and a long service life.


Brakes from Brembo® are standard equipment on KTM offroad bikes and, together with lightweight wave brake discs, they are recognised as the measure of all things in terms of application and brake performance. The further refined rear brake cylinder has a new internal mechanism that ensures less wear at the rubber seal and therefore greater durability.


One of the main aims was to develop bodywork with ultra-slim ergonomics and excellent contact points between rider and machine. It provides unlimited freedom of movement. Newly styled graphics give the new models a fresher appearance.


Engine Design1-cylinder 4-stroke engine, water-cooled
Displacement510.4 cm³
Bore95 mm
Stroke72 mm
Starting aidElectric starter/Kickstarter
Engine lubricationForced oil lubrication with 2 Eaton pumps
Primary gear ratio32:76
Secondary ratio14:50 (13:50)
Cooling systemLiquid cooling system, continuous circulation of cooling liquid with water pump
ClutchWet multi-disc clutch / hydraulically operated
Ignition systemContactless, controlled, fully electronic ignition system with digital ignition timing adjustment, type Kokusan
FrameCentral tube frame made of chrome molybdenum steel tubing
ForksWP Suspension Up Side Down 4860 MXMA PA
Shock absorberWP Suspension PDS 5018 DCC
Suspension travel Front300 mm
Suspension travel Rear335 mm
Brake systemDisc brakes, brake calipers on floating bearings
Brake discs - diameter Front260 mm
Brake discs - diameter Rear220 mm
Chain5/8 x 1/4"
Steering head angle63.5°
Wheelbase1,482±10 mm
Ground clearance, unloaded345 mm
Seat height, unloaded970 mm
Total fuel tank capacity, approx.9 l Unleaded premium fuel (95 RON)
Weight without fuel, approx.112.5 kg

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