2008 KTM 300 XC-W(e) — Dirt Rider Magazine

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2008 KTM 300 XC-W(e) – Dirt Magazine

KTM can’t believe its It has basically been handed the two-… market with if any, competition. But instead of out the same old bikes with technology, the Austrian company the development coming. And 2008 is a leap for every aspect of its two-… lineup, including a that many don’t feel is necessary: electric first thing you want to is how much weight did the starter and add to the bike.

Well, the scale us one thing, but riding the bike tell you another. Without gas the weighs 227 pounds. KTM claims only six of those pounds are related to the electric starter. But the dropped two pounds compared to year. Our ’07 250 XC was right near so the XC-W(e) is a bit heavier despite the chassis.

Go ahead, tough say you’d rather kick it. We have one rider who’d the button for the weight loss. starting rules! To be honest, the testing we were switching the 300 and various four-strokes, so the E-start always felt remarkably But you can always get a straight kickstart-only XC KTM seems to cover everybody.

The start is an option for the XC.The was a huge step forward for the XC-Ws. It takes the newfound from the SX and translates that better off-road handling. with a suspension setup at an aggressive single-track rider, KTM is the bike for which hard-core hounds are begging. It is not a track-ridable like the straight XC, yet the W designation on the end mean single-track.

It’s a setup that in a national enduro condition as to a GNCC race. Why? two types of riding are completely and take totally different inside the suspension.

Fork this plush also a different type of fork the XC (and the SX) uses. The XC has a sealed-cartridge with the compression adjusters on the and the W models require the open setup with the compression on the bottom of the fork legs. For low-speed rock and root the open cartridge fork better.

And as KTMs are sold as to race, the casual-to-serious trail is on a bike that was designed to at the highest level of its sport if to do so, but at the same time is trail The next step softer for is usually to a dual-sport bike or a trailbike. Good thing got it right.

Naturally stiffer a dual-sport bike, the 300 XC-W(e) through the … when it to and also holds itself up necessary by getting the high-and-low sensitivity right. By having the spring rates, the bike up in the … and has a very light on its wheels. Hitting choppy like roots and rocks, the blows into the … so it deflect.

On rolling bumps, like and water bars, for instance, the 300 has valving to keep the bike bottoming and then on the jump it absorbs and slows down the so it doesn’t slam to the bottom. If you hit jumps, the XC-W will use up too of the … on the takeoffs and landings, feeling wallowy on the track. And it bottom way too much. But on the trail is a supple ride.

Our only is that there’s a moderate of feeling transmitted through the mostly through the bar compared to bikes. Some riders the KTM letting them know the ground feels like, it’s something that you get to if you spend more than a brief ride on a KTM. But it a …-feeling bike by any means, light and agile all the time.

the overall suspension action improve with time and Unfortunately, the seat still handling has taken a leap making the old bike feel a lazy. The 2008 searches out especially in the front compared to the old

It’s as light as ever in the and with the new seat and tank simple to move around on. also plenty to grip. riders find the KTM roomy and pilots fit perfectly.

It also the bike acts lighter and is to lift the front wheel off the as well. It packs 2.9 gallons of gas in an package, has the simple, no-tools to the air filter with styling everyone seems adapted to Oh, the rear fender isn’t the for lifting the bike onto a but the XCs come with a kickstand.

On to the power. Well, the 300 has been a of the larger guys and torque forever, and that will not If anything, the downfall of this has been fuel economy and jetting. KTM has done a pretty job of cleaning up the bottom-end jetting, that lug factor clean and

But we found that the bike is to altitude changes, and it takes a bit of to get it set up for different applications. Since the W in the name truly stands for as in wide-ratio gearbox, this is the you’d use if running out in the desert, fast. Stock jetting work here and you’ll no fear of seizing the bike.

But if you hit the and second-gear trails, another the W shines with its lower and second-gear ratios, then out the needle and pilot jet might be a idea. We dropped two sizes on the and two clip positions on the needle and the main jet a size leaner and insanely clean-lugging power. The economy jumped as well; we got 65 hard miles on a tank at feet.

But we also paid the with a classic four-corners when racing against our 530 XC-W(R) for miles at a time in the low to see which was faster. And believe it or the 300 and its tall fifth gear …-nuts even with the 530 in top the 300 slightly faster in acceleration.The is always smooth and builds rpm a bit slower than a 250.

It feels like a 250 with a weight added most of the but when it’s tasked grunting out of something, that is you know the bike is a 300. It its rpm and pulls noticeably harder. isn’t a whole lot of snap out of motor, and if you’re looking for we’d suggest the 250; the 300 it done with torque. Up on top the revs out, and mirrors a performance level of an MX 250 in terms of horsepower.What more do you need?

The KTM has brakes. A trick little sits behind the number and it’s pretty easy to up lights. There is, after a battery.

Plus, there are the too, ready to go just there. You’ll have to get own spark arrestor, since the is sold as a competition bike, is largely the reason there are no on it, either. But even the stock does a great job of keeping the down, an S/A-equipped muffler only make it quieter.

And you get all for a price that isn’t out of line. You’d easily this much just an MX two-… and that’s still the gearbox changes, the suspension and the holy grail: the electric But can you find one at a KTM dealer still? likely not.

But there’s already that waiting list, you know.

Seat height: 37.7 in.

height: 16.9 in.

Seat-to-footpeg 20.8 in.

Ground clearance: in.

KTM 250 XC-W

Fuel capacity: 2.9 gal.

dry weight: 224 lb

Weight (ready to no gas): 227 lb What’s Hot!

New and fashion flaunts function

motor, all torque all the time

The suspension setting for serious riding

Hello easy What’s Not!

You’re out? Till when?

You that a seat? Opinions

the past few years, I’ve the Gas Gas 250 and 300 two-strokes to the KTMs for a number of First was that the power on the Spanish bikes was way smoother and on the bottom and would build to the top where the Gas Gas would rip over the and they have a six-speed too. The handling was better for my even if the suspension was never as as the KTM’s.

Well, this new KTM to have trumped my former The motor is smoother than and with just a little (I had to do the same on the Gas Gas) I got great and it would rip into the top-end after miles of power-valve-closed XC-W(e) now has a solid and planted-feeling end, turning better ever. And the power spread up for even the lack of a sixth

The only thing I don’t the KTM has is the buttery smooth and light feel of a Gas Gas, but nobody’s And until the Gas Gas comes with an starter, they may not stand a

-Jimmy Lewis/5’10″/185 lb/Vet A I always craved the feel and of the KTM 300 two-strokes, and this ’08 is still the two-… made. KTM’s new makes the bike feel solid and controlled than The suspension setting is “racier” ever before with attention paid to control extreme plushness. There another two-… I’d really be in owning and few four-strokes I like

And that’s saying a lot for me, since I four-strokes. But the featherweight feel of the 300 put my beliefs of four-… superiority in a This thing is a spark seat and hand guards from perfection.

-Karel lb/B rider

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