2018 KTM Freeride E-XC
Power capacity is one of the major hurdles EV bikes have to overcome, and KTM seeks to address that issue with its newest electro-tastic Freeride E-XC. This is a second-generation machine that packs half-again more power than the previous gen along with revised graphics and bodywork for a new look as well. KTM’s off-road experience is evident in the lightweight, agile frame and long-stroke suspension components that make this a truly capable machine that definitely furthers the cause of EV bikes in general.
The Little Big One
In the junior class from 11 to 15 years of age, there are no longer any beginners pootling around. This is where future champions fight for victory, whether it be in the Junior WC or a regional championship. The 85 SX is regarded as a winning bike in this scene. With the most powerful engine in the field and an ultra-light, sturdy chassis, it has nothing to fear from any full-size bike. 2015 KTM 85 SX 17/14 Features and Benefits:Masters The Toughest Tracks: (...)
Power For All
With the 450 SX‑F, KTM has a winning motorcycle in its range, which derives its potential from a high-capacity engine and a chassis perfectly tuned to the power unit. The 450 SX-F is the no. 1 choice for the official KTM factory team in the AMA Championship. No wonder; the compact SOHC engine guarantees brutal yet controllable power with its revolutionary injection technology. Above all, the 450 SX-F scores highly compared with other large 4-strokes in terms of (...)
It isn’t every day that I get to write about a “new” bike that already has podium time, but KTM produced a bike for its upcoming lineup that has done just that. Introducing the KTM 450 SX-F; newly redesigned for 2016, and newly crowned Supercross king. Those clever Austrians weren’t content to simply tweak the 2015 model, instead opting for more of a ground-up approach, a decision that seems to have worked out well so far. This ride has had such an auspicious start, I decided to take a look-see and find out why.
Continue reading for me review of the 2016 KTM 450 SX-F.
Ever since I watched my first live Supercross event, I have been guthooked on all sorts of dirt bike/motocross sports, and I realize that some of the best riders started out at a very tender age. So does KTM. Introducing the 2016 50 Mini; KTM’s absolute bottom-tier motocross trainer designed to ease brand new riders into the sport as safely (safety being a relative concept, it is still a motorsport) as possible. In spite of its size, this is no “toy bike,” and is built for serious (if adorable) competition.
Continue reading my review of the 2016 KYM 50 SX Mini.
The 2014 KTM 150 XC is a tough motorcycle that can deal great with anything you ask of it. Thanks to its compact dimensions the motorcycle is pretty easy to handle and also has low maintenance costs.
Fitted with a 143,6 cc, 1-cylinder, 2-stroke, water-cooled engine the KTM 150 XC is able to tackle any terrain without baking down. The engine is complemented by a six speed transmission and is fed by a 10 liters fuel tank.
The KTM 150 XC’s backbone is represented by a high quality, lightweight, chrome-molybdenum steel frame which offers a perfect compromise between lightness and rigidity. It is also worthy of being mentioned that for 2014, the KTM 150 XC comes with a new color for the frame. The frame sits on a front WP Suspension up side down fork and a rear WP Suspension shock absorber.
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The KTM 350 XCF-W is one of the toughest machines in its class. From the moment you jump on its saddle, the bike is ready to reward you with a fun riding experience being able to deal effortless with everything you ask of it.
At its heart lies a compact, DOHC, 349 cc, 1-cylinder 4-stroke, water-cooled engine which is linked to a 6-speed gear box. The unit is brought to life by an electric starter and is fed by a generous fuel tank made of lightweight polythene with a capacity of 8.5 L.
The stopping power is handled by high-tech Brembo brakes that are offered as standard equipment. The braking system includes lightweight Wave discs that are combined with a new master cylinder with a new reservoir, a smaller piston diameter and a new lever with optimized kinematics.
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The 2014 KTM 300 XC-W is a reliable off road machine that offers a perfect mix between power, agility and handling. The motorcycle offers the best power to weight ratio in its class and is propelled by a 293 cc, 1 cylinder, 2 stroke, water-cooled engine with reed intake and exhaust control.
The unit is combined with a kick starter and an electric starter and is mated to a 6 gear, claw shifted transmission. You also get a sporty exhaust control that ensures a manageable power delivery. It is also worthy to mention that the 2014 engine features an enhanced cylinder head and new reed valve.
The motorcycle’s backbone is represented by a central tube frame made of chrome molybdenum steel tubing. The frame sits on a front WP Suspension up side down fork and a rear WP shock absorber.
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KTM has taken the wraps off its all-new Freeride 250 R two stroke. The motorcycle was especially developed for the beginner off-road riders or for those who want a fun motorcycle that can deal with any type of terrain without backing down.
The motorcycle is propelled by a detuned version of the unit that powers the 250EXC. The 1-cylinder 2-stroke, 249 cc, water-cooled unit comes with weed intake and exhaust control and is mated on a six speeds, claw shifted transmission.
The motorcycle’s backbone is represented by a modern frame made of stainless steel sections and bolt-on forged aluminium components.
The stopping power is assured by a modern Formula braking system that includes a revised piston system, radial callipers with four pistons front and two pistons rear, and lightweight wave brake discs.
The 2014 KTM Freeride 250 R will be available in dealers from mid-September.
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The KTM 300 EXC Six Days was especially designed to compete in the "International Six Days Enduro". This competition is a tough test as it means that the bike needs to withstand the punishment of off-road track for six days in a raw covering over a thousand kilometers. A whole package of high-quality special options makes the 300 EXC fit for this ruthless contest, in which more than half the starters bank on KTM every year.
One of the most important features of the 300 EXC is the latest WP upside-down fork which comes with wider adjustment ranges and a new setting. The sensitive responsiveness and outstanding damping of the open-cartridge fork with 48 mm (1.89 in) outer tubes are a perfect complement for the 300 EXC’s playful handling and precision.
Other modifications include the new wheels with CNC-machined hubs, new black-anodised rims from Giant, black zinc/nickel-coated spokes and ultra-light aluminum nipples.
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The 350 EXC-F was unleashed and is ready to race in the famous enduro competition the "International Six Days Enduro". This competition is a tough test for both the bike and its rider as is translated in thousands off road kilometers and over 40 hours spent in the saddle.
Needles to say, that both the rider and bike need a very tough character to be able to finish this race successfully. Thereby, KTM’s technicians gave their best to arm the 350 EXC-F Six Days with all it needs to be able to endure harsh riding conditions.
To help it stand out from the crowd, the 350 EXC-F Six Days received an orange powder-coated frame and a newly developed clutch with a robust steel cage and transmission-friendly back-damping. The bike also features a hydraulic actuation mechanism from Brembo which facilitates sensitive modulation of the clutch.
Power comes from a rugged 350cc engine paired with a specially tuned six-gear transmission.
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KTM presented its pumped up 2012 450 EXC model destined to compete in the world’s largest enduro competition, the "International Six Days Enduro". This competition is one of the toughest you’ll ever find and covers thousands of kilometers of unbeaten tracks.
For the starters the 450 EXC Six Days comes with a catchy orange powder-coated frame and a newly developed clutch, with a robust steel cage and transmission-friendly back-damping. Additionally the hydraulic actuation mechanism from Brembo facilitates sensitive modulation of the clutch.
The motorcycle is also fitted with an improved silencer featuring a special Six Days coating which not only offers greater volume and a new design, but it also reduces noise levels to the stricter standards of the future. Power comes from a 449 cc engine which has enough grunt to deal with any type of terrain with poise.
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In building the KTM 690 SMC R, KTM adhered to one motto: "what isn’t there doesn’t weigh anything either."
It sounds a lot simpler than it looks, but KTM did a fantastic job following this saying with the 690 SMC R while fitting it with a new 690cc LC4 single-cylinder engine, an improved chassis, and world-class Supermoto ergonomics. Really, everything you’d want in an enduro bike is part of the entire 690 SMC R package.
The new 690 SMC R is an unrivaled Supermoto for the most demanding requirements, which leaves all others in its wake. It is suitable for racing or everyday use, features a potent design, and is state-of-the-art.
Talking about its ergonomics, the 690 SMC R comes with a self-supporting rear fender/fuel tank unit that’s made from robust plastic bears with a new, equally comfortable and low seat. The redesigned tank fairings and the ideally angled, wide aluminum handlebars form a perfect arrangement, allowing for simpler controlling and navigation on any kind of road surface.
Then there’s the bike’s state-of-the-art, water-cooled LC4 single-cylinder engine that delivers an impressive 66 horsepower, combining powerful acceleration from the lowest rpms with an outstanding free-revving nature and refined engine running. The bike’s electronic engine management system features fuel injection that offers the rider the choice between three different mappings for influencing the engine characteristics. Likewise, the "electronic power throttle" ensures that the throttle commands from the rider are translated electronically into the optimum throttle valve opening at all times, giving rise to tremendously progressive power development that very few bikes in its segment can compete with.
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