2014 KTM 500 XC-W

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If you are constantly seeking a little bit more from the world of endure motorcycles, KTM created the 500 XC-W - a tough beast designed to attack the toughest terrains with poise. The KTM 500 XC-W offers a fairly attractive package that contains a lot of controllable power, low weight and an unsurpassed chassis. To put it simply, with their 500 XC-W the guys form KTM have created a great mix of power, agility and reliability.

The 500 XC-W weighs only 111 Kg (dry) and is propelled by a 510 cc, 1-cylinder, 4-stroke, water-cooled engine. The engine has been especially developed for tough enduro racing and is mated to a 6-speed gear box.

As far as its handling characteristics are concerned, the 500 XC-W was built on a lightweight frame made of high-strength chromoly steel sections which offers great levels of stiffness and torsional rigidity.

The 2014 KTM 500 XC-W can be yours for no less than $9,849.

Hit the jump for more information on the KTM 500 XC-W.

Overview

KTM 500 XC-W

2014 KTM 500 XC-W: The Powerhouse

The 500 XC-W is one of the most powerful enduro machines of its class. Combining low weight and high displacement, high-tech SOHC 4-stroke technology is the right choice for all who are looking for maximum performance, combined with playful handling.

Superior Chassis:

KTM 500 XC-W

Airbox
The redesigned airbox offers maximum protection of the air filter against soiling while ensuring maximum airflow for top performance. The new airbox covers are produced in a 2-component process and with new inmould graphics. The left cover’s mount and fitment have been improved further to allow an even quicker change of the Twin Air filter which is held more securely with an optimized latch. The filter can still be changed without using tools. In addition, two extra flaps on the cover allow to secure it with bolts if desired.

Handlebar
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.

Graphics
New, classy graphics with clear lines visually underscore the exacting standards of what KTM deems a true, cutting-edge offroad bike.

Triple clamps
The lower triple clamp has been redesigned for optimum accomodation of the new front fender. Thanks to its new contour and mounting with two front and two bottom bolts, the new fender has a lot more stability.

Swingarm
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.

Brakes
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.

Bodywork
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%.

Wheels
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.

Frame
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. In 2014, the frame of the 4-stroke weighs even less thanks to thinner walled down tubes. In addition, the braces that connect the cylinder head were optimized. This means all new frames not only have a striking new color but also set the clear benchmark with respect to weight and stability.

Suspension/damping
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.

Engine:

KTM 500 XC-W

Engine
Developed for tough enduro racing, the SOHC engine with 510.4cc is distinguished by an extremely compact design, easy maintenance and an excellent durability at a minimal weight. Together with the Keihin EFI system, they provide unrivaled enduro specific performance and rideability.

Oil circuit
The engine features two oil pumps and a common oil circuit. A pressure pump provides reliable lubrication to the crankshaft, piston, counter balance shaft and valve train. In addition, it ensures the cooling of the ignition and lubrication of the clutch. A scavenger pump draws oil from the crankcase and uses it to lubricate the transmission.

Counter balancer
In order to balance the mass-forces, the engine uses a counter balance shaft which doubles as a water pump drive.

Transmission
The proven 6-speed gear box is distinguished by easy and precise shifting.

Engine Management System (EMS)
The Engine Management System (EMS) by Keihin with electronic fuel injection and 42mm throttle body ensures a spontaneous response and maximum engine performance. An oil-cooled 196 W AC alternator provides sufficient energy for the fuel injection, lighting and other electrical loads. With an optional map-select switch from the KTM PowerParts program, EMS allows selecting different engine characteristics. In additon, the optional User-Setting Tool allows to readout engine data with a laptop and change the ignition and injection mappings with a few mouse clicks.

Starter
The 500 XC-W is equipped with kickstarters as well as electric starters as standard. The electric starter is well protected behind the cylinder.

Pistons
For 2014, the lightweight, forged bridged box-type piston has received the high-performance piston rings of the 450 SX-F.

DDS Clutch
Optimized for 2014, the single-piece basket of the DDS (Damped Diaphragm Steel) clutch is machined from solid high-tensile steel in one piece together with the primary drive gear. This process guarantees unbeatable reliability and contributes to the narrow engine width due to its compact rivet-less design. Additionally, this construction allows the use of thin steel linings which also contribute to the compact clutch dimensions. The diaphragm spring makes it possible to implement an additional rubber damping system inside the clutch hub, guaranteeing reliability for the transmission and good traction. In addition, a stronger inner hub further increases stability. Finally, the hydraulic clutch mechanism by Brembo in conjunction with the diaphragm spring guarantees a very light operation and good controllable modulation of the clutch.

Cylinder head
The cylinder head is equipped with a single overhead camshaft which has been lightened by 10 percent for 2014. It activates two titanium intake valves and two steel exhaust valves. The weight optimized valve train leads to lower friction for improved performance as well as less engine braking action. Also, an optimized cylinder head gasket now guarantees increased durability in extreme conditions. The automatic decompression mechanism has also been strengthened to further optimize durability.

Crankshaft
The crankshaft with a stroke of 72.0 mm and ultra-lightweight con rods are made by Pankl from special, high-tensile strength steel. They have a plain bearing in the big end. The previous needle bearing is replaced with two force-fitted XCF-W shells that run directly on the crank pin. This design enhances the engine’s durability, allowing to lengthen the crankshaft service interval.

Specifications

KTM 500 XC-W
Engine type1-cylinder 4-stroke engine, water-cooled
Displacement510.4 cm³ (31.147 cu in)
Bore95 mm (3.74 in)
Stroke72 mm (2.83 in)
StarterElectric starter/kick starter
Engine lubricationPressure circulation lubrication with two rotary pumps
Primary transmission32:76
Final drive14:50 (13:50)
CoolingWater, permanent circulation of coolant by water pump
ClutchDDS Multidisc clutch in oil bath / hydraulically activated
IgnitionContactless controlled fully electronic ignition with digital ignition adjustment
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 unloaded345 mm (13.58 in)
Seat height unloaded970 mm (38.19 in)
Total fuel tank capacity, approx.8.5 l (2.25 US gal) Super unleaded (ROZ 95/RON 95/PON 91)
Weight without fuel, approx.111 kg (245 lb.)
Price$9,849

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