The 2014 KTM 250 XC-W is here. The motorcycle comes with a set of improvements for the new model year, so it just became even more desirable.
The 2014 KTM 250 XC-W is powered by a 249cc, 1-Cylinder, 2-Stroke, water-cooled engine with reed intake and exhaust control. It comes with a redesigned reed valve housing featuring Boyesen high-performance reeds. The engine is brought to life by an electric starter and is mated to a 6-speed transmission.
The motorcycle’s suspensions were slightly tweaked for 2014, so now they are better suited for enduro riding. Like the previous model year, the new 250 XC-W features adjustable compression and rebound damping.
The stopping power is handled by a set of High-Tech Brembo brakes that were slightly improved for 2014 featuring a new master cylinder with a new reservoir, a smaller piston diameter and a new lever with optimized kinematics.
Other modifications were made to the motorcycle’s body, the battery and swingarm.
Hit the jump for more information on the 2014 KTM 250 XC-W.
2-Stroke. An unbeatable power-to-weight ratio, low purchase and ownership costs as well as straightforward technology make the 250 XC-W the prime choice for extreme enduro racing. The cutting-edge engine is started effortlessly via electric starter and has been considered the most successful 2-stroke power plant on the market. Best-in-class enduro performance, a newly developed intake feed valve, the perfectly geared 6-speed transmission and enhanced DDS clutch make this engine the absolute top dog of its segment.
The engine has a redesigned reed valve housing featuring Boyesen high-performance reeds. This has improved performance and responsiveness. The ignition curve and cylinder head have been optimized and the carburetor setting adjusted to make the 250 XC-W a great ride.
The 250 and 300 XC-W models receive a stronger battery (4 Ah instead of 3 Ah) for more reliable starting.
The modern and lightweight frame design made of high-strength chromoly steel sections combines maximum longitudinal stiffness with optimum torsional ridigty. It guarantees easy handling and precise cornering, but also outstanding stability.
Designed using the latest in calculation and simulation software, the design and wall thickness of the cast aluminum swingarm have been optimized for minimum weight at optimum stiffness and precisely defined flexibility. For 2014, the engineers have revised the chain guide to increase reliability while lowering the weight.
The first rate WP Suspension elements have been further improved for 2014. Specially designed for enduro riding and in some models with an optimized tuning, they ensure maximum traction and plenty of comfort. Of course, compression and rebound damping can be adjusted to the track conditions and the rider’s preferences with a twist of the wrist - the rear monoshock has separate high and low speed adjustments.
Shrouds, airbox cover, front fender, headlight fairing and the headlight have all been restyled for 2014. The KTM designer’s focus was to achieve complete ergonomic harmony between rider and bike for a more stable ride and effortless movement on the bike. Adding to the improvements is a high-quality seat foam core to maximize comfort and durability. With the new front fender, the designers omitted ribbing on the inside to reduce mud and dirt buildup while increasing rigidity over the previous component by 50%.
All XC-W models are fitted with the super strong, tapered Neken handlebar made of high tensile strength aluminum alloy. The proven standard KTM mount allows to fix the handlebar in four different positions. 2014 sees the introduction of newly-developed hand guards made of 2-component polymer for more effective hand protection.
High-quality, CNC-machined hubs are standard on all KTM wheels. The now black coated spokes increase corrosion resistance and center the new, extremely stable, 7050 aluminum rims from GIANT. Dunlop GEOMAX MX51 tires - provide excellent traction, very precise directional control and a long service life.
High-Tech Brembo brakes have always been standard equipment on KTM offroad bikes, and combined with the lightweight Wave discs, they are the ultimate solution in braking technology. In 2014 the XC-W models gain a new master cylinder with a new reservoir, a smaller piston diameter and a new lever with optimized kinematics. Combined with new sinter brake pads (Toyo B169), this makes for another perceptible improvement of front brake performance and action.
|Engine type||1-cylinder 2-stroke engine, water-cooled, with reed intake and exhaust control|
|Displacement||249 cm³ (15.19 cu in)|
|Stroke||72 mm (2.83 in)|
|Bore||66.4 mm (2.614 in)|
|Starting aid||Kick starter and electric starter|
|Gearbox||6-gear, claw shifted|
|Secondary ratio||14:50 (13:50)|
|Clutch||Multidisc clutch DDS in oil bath/hydraulically activated|
|Ignition||Contactless controlled fully electronic ignition with digital ignition adjustment, type Kokusan|
|Frame||Central tube frame made of chrome molybdenum steel tubing|
|Fork||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°|
|Wheelbase||1,482±10 mm (58.35±0.39 in)|
|Ground clearance unloaded||355 mm (13.98 in)|
|Seat height unloaded||960 mm (37.8 in)|
|Total fuel tank capacity, approx.||10 l (2.6 US gal) Super unleaded gasoline (95 octane), mixed with 2-stroke engine oil (1:60)|
|Weight without fuel, approx.||102.1 kg (225.1 lb.)|
The KTM 250 XC was already one of the most capable bikes in its class, but with the 2014 model year the motorcycle has became insanely refined. It is well, built, tough and reliable rewarding you with top notch performances on any type of tracks. It is also pretty easy to ride, but it can still provide a lot of fun to the experienced riders.