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2014 KTM 250 XC-W

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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.

Overview

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.

Engine

KTM 250 XC-W

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.

Battery

KTM 250 XC-W

The 250 and 300 XC-W models receive a stronger battery (4 Ah instead of 3 Ah) for more reliable starting.

Frame

KTM 250 XC-W

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.

Swingarm

KTM 250 XC-W

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.

Suspension

KTM 250 XC-W

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.

Bodywork

KTM 250 XC-W

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%.

Handlebar

KTM 250 XC-W

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.

Wheels

KTM 250 XC-W

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.

Brakes

KTM 250 XC-W

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.

Specifications

Engine type1-cylinder 2-stroke engine, water-cooled, with reed intake and exhaust control
Displacement249 cm³ (15.19 cu in)
Stroke72 mm (2.83 in)
Bore66.4 mm (2.614 in)
Starting aidKick starter and electric starter
Gearbox6-gear, claw shifted
Primary transmission26:72
Secondary ratio14:50 (13:50)
ClutchMultidisc clutch DDS in oil bath/hydraulically activated
IgnitionContactless controlled fully electronic ignition with digital ignition adjustment, type Kokusan
FrameCentral tube frame made of chrome molybdenum steel tubing
ForkWP Suspension Up Side Down 4860 MXMA PA
Shock absorberWP Suspension PDS 5018 DCC
Suspension travel Front300 mm (11.81 in)
Suspension travel Rear335 mm (13.19 in)
Brake systemDisc brakes, brake calipers on floating bearings
Brake discs - diameter Front260 mm (10.24 in)
Brake discs - diameter Rear220 mm (8.66 in)
Chain5/8 x 1/4"
Steering head angle63.5°
Wheelbase1,482±10 mm (58.35±0.39 in)
Ground clearance unloaded355 mm (13.98 in)
Seat height unloaded960 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.)

Verdict
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.



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