Forged from KTM’s desire to create the supreme 250 cc motorcycle for cross country racing, the 250 XC scores high marks in all departments.

For the starters it comes with an extremely low weight rated at only 104 kg. Then, this low weight was combined with a compact and light 249 cc, 1-cylinder, 2-stroke, water-cooled engine with reed intake and exhaust control. The engine’s power is kept in leash by a six speed transmission with multi disc clutch. This perfect combination between power and lightness makes the KTM 250 XC unbeatable when it comes of power-to-weight ratio.

However power without control is useless, so the motorcycle needed a set of capable suspensions and similarly capable brakes. Therefore KTM choose the best providers in the industry so the suspension system is signed by the guys from WP Suspensions, while the brakes are combing from Brembo.

Hit the jump for more information on the KTM 250 XC.

  • 2013 KTM 250 XC
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  • Engine:
    1-cylinder 2-stroke engine, water-cooled, with reed intake and exhaust control
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  • Energy:
    Fuel Injection
  • Displacement:
    249 cc
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One of the most popular bikes for cross country racing is the 250 XC and for 2013 KTM has raised the bar to another level. It is a formidable weapon to combat the competition thanks to its incredible power combined with extremely low weight. Simply unbeatable in terms of power-to-weight ratio.


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The modern frame design of lightweight, high-strength, chromoly steel section tubes guarantees an ideal mix of longitudinal and torsional stiffness, resulting not only in easy handling and precise steering behavior, but also in excellent ride stability. The engine braces to the cylinder head have also been optimized, along with their attachment to the frame. The frames have a new color for the 2013 model year and they are still the benchmark in terms of weight and stability.


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The further improved 48 mm (1.89 in) upside-down fork featuring closed-cartridge technology has been optimized with completely revamped us xc specific settings for perfect harmony with the new frame and engine. The new oil is significantly more wear-resistant and guarantees more consistent damping throughout both the course of a race and the bike’s life cycle. A new lower triple clamp is 80 g (2.82 oz) lighter and, just like the upper triple clamp, cnc-machined from high-quality aluminum, whereby the steering characteristics, and hence, the responsiveness of the fork have been noticeably improved.


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Visually the completely revamped bodywork indicates that the 2013 model year represents a new xc generation. Above all, the ergonomics and function of the plastics have been designed in such a way that the whole chassis and engine package forms a perfect harmony with the rider down to the very last detail. The fuel tank and spoiler have been restyled along with the airbox cover and the front fender, including the front number plate. A particular highlight is the new front fender, which has no ribbing whatsoever on the inside to prevent mud build-up. A pioneering structure and improved attachment of the fender to the triple clamp result in up to 50% greater lateral stiffness.


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The wheels are fitted with lightweight, cnc-machined hubs and high-end giant rims, plus new, black-coated spokes with aluminum nipples, guaranteeing the highest levels of stability while keeping weight to a minimum. The dunlop geomax mx51 tires stand for excellent traction and good performance. For the benefit of greater ride stability on the 2013 ktm 250 xc, the rear axle has been increased in diameter from 20 mm (0.79 in) to 25 mm (0.98 in).


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Brakes from brembo® are standard equipment on ktm motocross bikes and, together with lightweight galpher wave-type brake discs, they are recognized as the measure of all things in terms of application and brake performance. At the rear wheel, the brembo® brake caliper carriers have been adapted to the larger axle diameter for my 2013.


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Engine Type 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 Kick starter and electric starter
Gearbox 6-gear, claw shifted
Primary transmission 26:72
Secondary ratio 14:50
Clutch Multidisc clutch in oil bath/hydraulically activated
Ignition Contactless controlled fully electronic ignition with digital ignition adjustment, type Kokusan
Frame Central tube frame made of chrome molybdenum steel tubing
Fork WP Suspension Up Side Down 4860 MXMA CC
Shock absorber WP Suspension 5018 BAVP DCC
Suspension travel Front 300 mm (11.81 in)
Suspension travel Rear 317 mm (12.48 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°
Wheelbase 1,495±10 mm (58.86±0.39 in)
Ground clearance unloaded 395 mm (15.55 in)
Seat height unloaded 992 mm (39.06 in)
Total fuel tank capacity, approx. 11.5 l (3.04 US gal)
Weight without fuel, approx. 104 kg (229 lb.)
Price $8,199
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