The KTM 500 EXC is packed with perfectly controllable power in extravagant proportions, low weight, and an unsurpassed chassis, characterizing an enduro of remarkable versatility. To put it simply: the KTM 500 EXC is a sensational fighting machine and a reliable workhorse all rolled into one.
For the 2012 model, the 500 EXC has a new 500cc 1-cylinder 4-stroke, water-cooled engine that has been redesigned from scratch and is now more compact, lighter, and more powerful than before. The engine has also been equipped with a common oil circuit for engine and transmission, and two oil pumps. A pressure pump lubricates the engine, while a suction pump draws oil from the crankcase, using it to lubricate the transmission and the clutch. At the same time, and in conjunction with a steel diaphragm, negative pressure arises in the casing, further boosting the bike’s already flexed up engine power. On top of the 500 EXC’s impressive powertrain set-up, the bike also has a newly developed clutch that comes with a robust steel cage and transmission-friendly back-damping.
As far as its handling characteristics are concerned, the 500 EXC was built with a completely revamped frame made from high-quality chrome-molybdenum steel. Furthermore, the new frame is even better at absorbing jolts introduced by the suspension system, whereby the simple handling and comfort of the 500 EXC has been further optimized. In addition, a new and lighter cast aluminum swingarm accommodates the shock absorber more centrally while a 7 mm longer PDS shock absorber with adjustable rebound and high/low-speed compression damping provides even more progression to what is already an all-world enduro machine.
Find out more about the KTM 500 EXC after the jump.