2013 KTM 2-Stroke EXC Range Dirt Action Magazine

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BACK ON THE PIPE

For KTM, never went out of fashion, so of its pre-mix range continued through the four-… evolution. The The second coming of the two-… era is us and the 2013 EXCs are ready and

STORY BY ADAM RIEMANN

BY DAMIEN ASHENHURST

There’s no dirtbike sound than a two-… on the pipe. If you don’t this sound, then you haven’t been swinging off a set of while the engine beneath you is out this wicked tone.

many other manufacturers who ceased production of their KTM has continued to build what is the best two-… enduro available to date. Its EXC range has a careful work in progress, upgrades that are based on function and performance — not marketing

With one day to ride these machines in a filthy environment, ACTION revisits the never-ending are two-strokes better than Well, you know what I If a global scrapping of either or four were to take so that we could only ride one breed of engine for the of eternity, I think the two-… be the engine that remains in

At least that’s how I felt riding the 2013 KTM EXC two-…

200EXC: ANGRY LITTLE

$10,495

Now in its 15th year of the 200EXC continues to be in strong for Aussie trail riders. In the first 2-hunge was born by the bore and … dimensions of the in KTM’s original 125. frame, same gearbox, a different rod, piston and — that’s it. The 2-hunge offered usable torque for those who to control the narrower power-band of the

From there, the 200EXC was one of the small-bore two-strokes that power more like a four-…. Manageable, tractable torque in a featherweight chassis the new 200 a popular choice for the average rider, or those reluctant to up to a 250 two-….

However, over time, the 200cc has evolved into an little screamer! The last few released have also hard-chargers, and the new-model 200EXC is all that, but it’s now fitted an electric start system. was a time when this felt as strong as the 250EXC, but it upgrades to the 250’s power now the two. However, the steering and agility of the 200 is typical of the 125EXC.

And a 125, this bike is all the engine — aggressive power that does require 100 per attention and rider input to get the out of it. In terms of putting power to the it commands more throttle than the 250EXC, mainly you’re launching it over Given its size, the 200 demands the gearbox abuse of the three EXC especially if you’re trying to the bigger bikes’ speed on trails.

This is mainly due to the being concentrated from the mid to You can’t short shift it the 250/300, or just gas it over obstacles — you need to be in the right with some baited action. The fact it still a 45-tooth rear sprocket the minor upgrades to the head and are generating enough torque to this gearing without the for immediate downshifts at the first of an incline.

As it is, sandy or loamy are where the 200 puts a smile on face if you’re the type of who can keep it on the boil and surf way through the turns. In the more conditions of a greasy forest you need to be on your game to put the of its power to the ground.

Engine frame dimensions remain so its turning prowess and ability to square edges are every bit as as the 2012’s. KTMs were recognised for their razor-sharp but lacked high-speed stability. KTM out this issue with the of its SX-inspired frames in 2007, arguably cost some of the their trademark cornering.

It’s been a work in to get that signature feel in them, but the new frame from coupled with minor upgrades, gives the 200 its best handling characteristics to date. Out of the the front to rear balance of bike is exceptional, making it a predictable bike to ride straight away — especially if smashing nasty terrain. Not will be fast on the 200,

A fit, experienced rider get the most out of this bike, a rider who doesn’t shift accurately would be better off on the 250 or

250EXC: E2 WEAPON

$11,495

bike has paved a reputation as one of the steadfast enduro two-strokes built. Like its 300cc big the 250 is also fitted with the start system — which for finally works like a should. Gone is the quirky engagement games the older would play when to start up.

At a glance, the 250EXC is to the 300EXC in terms of ergonomics, yet its dynamic is a perfect compromise the smaller, angrier 200EXC and the 3-hunge. In racing terms, the can be pitched into corners to the razor-sharp 200, then out of corners with the wheel-standing of the 3-hunge. The most noticeable to the 250’s power over the model is the significant boost the mid to top-end.

This can only be the of the new V-Force 4 reed block standard to the 2013’s.

I’d go as far as to say that its is pretty agro for an enduro especially in greasy terrain. If the nature of the 250’s power is suited to faster-flowing tracks, or a motocross track, which we had access to on this test In standard trim, with the spring settings as they I’d say the 300 is a better engine for more extreme endure, whereas the 250 loves to be revved gear for

That said, out of the crate the is a serious contender for Off-Road E2 given it hauls as hard as of the 450cc four-strokes on the market. the power is just shy of being it’s definitely stronger in than last year’s The gearing is well calibrated to the best drive from the power curve, which manufacturers do struggle to balance out their gearbox ratios.

I in a sense, KTM has perfected the 250EXC’s transmission over time … like aging a fine

With the help of the new WP PDS shock the 250 puts power down in the rev range and lets you feed it aggressive slides. It’s a line as to where and when it break traction, but a capable will use its power to steer corners — flat or rugged. For an rider, all this jargon into a heap of fun on the trails only a raw two-… can deliver.

it will bite you on the arse if throttle-happy at the wrong moment, but the weight of this bike let you get away with some moves. The beauty of this is that it doesn’t require throttle to make it work. You can on a small amount of gas and it will up hills or tricky rock better than the 200EXC.

unlike the 300EXC, it will run out of and beg to be down-shifted if you’re expecting it to over logs or drag you up ascents in high gears.

In all it’s not as user-friendly as the 300EXC, but 250cc two-banger is an absolute package, with extremely trail manners. With power-valve spring and pipe testing, I reckon you’d a pretty awesome race for the E2 class in off-road.


300EXC: EXTREMELY GOOD

A unique blend of bulk excessive horsepower and lean the 300EXC is a bike that has the spectrum covered, or if you like, is at in opposite extremes. And “extreme” is a term, given it’s the weapon of choice for events the Erzberg Rodeo, Romaniacs or Gate. From top-gear to impossibly tough, low-speed climbs, the 300EXC is a one-bike-does-all.

As the 250EXC, the 3-hunge has a new diaphragm clutch and dampened inner hub, so the fact it’s hydraulically activated gives it the smoothest action you’ll feel on a dirtbike. On top of that, the delivery from idle is as as a two-… gets. You can climb obstacles from a standstill and traction where other struggle.

As for the rest of the power it’s not the ligament-stretching boost 300EXCs of the past, but you still to be on your game if you’re to thread this animal the trees at full song. not beat around the bush in a 100m sprint it’ll out-accelerate most two-wheeled on the planet! Having said the low rpm tractability of this engine, with its minimal weight, it a deceptively suitable package for the rider.

As for the rest of the power your skill level determine how practical it is for you on the more trails.

Universally speaking, where a pro rider will use its raw to launch up a steep rock a beginner will harness the power characteristics to nonchalantly chugging up a hill after a stall — or trundle around mate who’s goofed it up them. All of which is made by the luxury of the electric start.

Aside from the V-Force 4 Block, the 300EXC’s proven engine and chassis remain unchanged for 2013, which is news considering the 2012 was a real breakthrough for the entire EXC As it is, the 300’s chassis is capable of its acceleration in the right direction — just up to you to steer it!

There are no changes to the suspension but like its sibling, the WP PDS shock works in with the new-generation 2012 to give this powerful a stable ride at speed. most noticeable when tracking down fast, downhills or charging a corner littered with braking

If anything, the budget WP fork is the real weak point of the EXCs in a racing environment, but the and superb front-to-rear balance of the compensates for the action of the fork. The rider need not concern with that level of because out of the crate these are equipped to take anything a can throw at them.

If you like power in a capable chassis, the is it.

SECOND OPINION: NICK

KTM200 EXC AND 250EXC

Looks: The KTM EXC would have to be the best-looking of enduro bikes on the market my point of view. The sharp on all the plastics gives them an look, which I think is It makes them look a race bike straight out of the

Ergos and initial feel: The felt comfortable as soon as I on the bike — a little different to I was used to, but I could quickly to it. The seat was firm and super which is always good to on any bike.

Starting: You definitely beat an electric start on a Especially when it fires away and in gear, which is on those techo trails.

Throttle and other controls: KTM always feel nice and The hydraulic clutch is a luxury for having the same constant the brakes were strong and had a smooth action.

Engine: The 200 was a bit soft off the bottom, but coming the mid to top end, the power was stronger and a lot usable.

Engine: 250: The 250 had a bottom end, which it more fun and easier to ride obstacles when you need initial crack off the bottom.

On both bikes, the suspension nervous in the front end as soon as a bit of was taken off the wheel. I understand the right weight springs the would work better for me. The had a nice plush feel, makes for a smoother, more ride for a long duration and it up and drove well.

The last you want is the back end bouncing all the shop and making it hard

Overall impression: I was looking to riding the two-strokes. I’ve been a two-… fan so it was great to the opportunity to ride them. I the 200 is a good option for the junior rider or a smaller-built person; was proven this year the AORC junior outright was won on a KTM 200.

The 250 was a bit more fun for me with the power off the bottom; overall both great bikes. look sweet, go hard, and a bit of work to the suspension they handle sweet as well.

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