High-performance enduro bikes are always in great demand, especially if it’s to be used in competitive races like the Extreme Enduro or the E2 World Championship. When that’s the case, KTM has a solution for one of the best enduro bikes on the market today: the 250 EXC.

Built with the ideal combination of performance and weight, the serial Erzberg winner is the enduro to beat when you’re in need of a highly competitive bike. For 2012, the bike comes with improved performance courtesy of a redesigned airbox and the flow-optimized intake flange between the airbox and the carburetor that ensures improved charging with fresh gas. Together, these features result in even freer revving and even more power in all rev ranges, making for one of the most powerful two-stroke machine in its class.

In addition to the improved performance, the 250 EXC also comes with a completely revamped chassis with a new frame and the latest WP upside-down fork with wider adjustment ranges and a new setting. All the performance and suspension improvements make the 250 EXC a bike that’s practically unbeatable in terms of weight, mechanisms, and overall stability.

There’s not a lot of things about the KTM 250 EXC that speaks of mediocrity. Certainly, anybody that rides this bike will attest that it’s one of the most rounded and versatile in its class.

Find out more about the Kawasaki 250 EXC after the jump.

  • 2012 KTM 250 EXC
  • Year:
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    Single cylinder, two-stroke
  • Transmission:
    6 gear, claw shifted
  • Energy:
    Carburettor. Keihin PWK 36 S AG
  • Displacement:
    249.00 ccm (15.19 cubic inches) L


2012 KTM 250 EXC Drivetrain
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The responsiveness of the high-torque two-stroke machine can be varied in three stages by replacing springs in the TVC exhaust controller. The rider of the 250 EXC can also choose between two different ignition curves by means of a plug or an optional switch.

The redesigned airbox on the 250 EXC and the flow-optimized intake flange between the airbox and the carburetor now ensure even better charging with fresh gas. This results in even freer revving and even more power in all rev ranges for the most powerful two-stroke machine in its class.


2012 KTM 250 EXC High Resolution Exterior
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The 250 EXC’s new bodywork with the very slim seat and spoiler lines, plus excellent contact points, perfects the bike’s ergonomics, making handling even simpler and more precise. The longer rear fender protects the rider even more effectively from swirled up stones.

New Frame

2012 KTM 250 EXC High Resolution Exterior
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The completely revamped frame made from high-quality chrome-molybdenum steel is characterized by even greater lateral stiffness. It is also even better at absorbing jolts introduced by the suspension system, whereby the playful handling and comfort of the 250 EXC have been further optimized.

New Swingarm, New PDS and New Setting

2012 KTM 250 EXC High Resolution Exterior
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The 250 EXC’s new, lighter, cast aluminum swingarm accommodates the shock absorber more centrally, in order to load the swing arms more evenly. The new, 7 mm (0.28 in) longer PDS shock absorber with adjustable rebound and high/low-speed compression damping, and a new setting is installed more flatly, so providing even more progression.


2012 KTM 250 EXC High Resolution Exterior
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Design 1-cylinder 2-stroke engine, water-cooled, with reed intake and exhaust control
Displacement 249 cm³ (15.19 cu in)
Bore 66.4 mm (2.614 in)
Stroke 72 mm (2.83 in)
Starting aid Kickstarter and electric starter
Transmission 6 gear, claw shifted
Primary gear 26:72
Final drive 14:50 (13:50)
Clutch Wet multi-disc clutch / hydraulically operated
Ignition system Contactless, controlled, fully electronic ignition system with digital ignition timing adjustment, type Kokusan
Frame Central tube frame made of chrome molybdenum steel tubing
Forks 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°
Wheel base 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. 9.5 l (2.51 US gal)
Unleaded premium fuel, mixed with 2-stroke engine oil (1:60)
Weight without fuel approx. 104 kg (229 lb.)


Total Motorcycle----"The ideal combination of the playful handling of a 125 and the engine power of a 250cc enduro. A special bike that is not built for a specific Enduro World Championship class, but for all those who want to break fee from the competitive class-based society and who are looking for nothing more than fun, rideability, perfect ergonomics and reasonable costs. With even more performance than before and a completely revamped chassis, the 250 EXC satisfies these requirements even better than ever."

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  (677) posted on 01.31.2012

It has a great engine composing of high-torque machine. Its bodywork was slimmer and has spoiler lines. With its new frame, it’ll be lighter to handle and provides more progression.

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