2009 KTM 250 XC-W Motorcycle Review

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KTM 250 XC-W

2009 KTM 250 XC-W Motorcycle

JC Hilderbrand

Monday, March 30,

KTM offers such a broad of motorcycles it can almost make difficult to choose which one is for you. After all, might argue that too choices is just as bad as not enough. KTM has six quarter-liter bikes for American in 2009. Somewhere in the midst of all closely-related model names the 250 XC-W, a midsize 2-… bike which targets track and technical terrain

There’s not much to get excited for 2009 as far as the spec sheet but KTM made some across-the-board changes that were applied to the XC-W line, and the results of the WP components are the absolute

The 250 XC-W uses a wide-ratio transmission and trail-friendly motor to provide an excellent enduro

We’ve become so accustomed to that hopping aboard the seat of KTM’s off-road was an exciting and cumbersome adventure. We had to how to ride the 2-…’s power and combined with the quick and unexpected ergonomics, the 250 XC-W like a totally new venture.

the wheels started turning it take long to get familiar but we didn’t get enough seat to fully enjoy the bike our benefactors, Oregon Motorcycle asked us to return it. That said, the fact that we it as much as we did in only a few rides give you an idea of how fun and capable machine can be.

We used two different testing and both seemed near-perfect for the bike is intended to do. Both had an abundance of tight trails, the filled with roots and mud and the with imbedded rocks and ruts. Even though the Single has a strong mid-to-top we actually found ourselves a gear high and bogging the more than expected.

In respect, the 250 XC-W is much a 4-…, but the difference lies in how the reacts to a stab at the throttle. thumpers, the KTM was slower to power up given a simultaneous stab of the Brembo clutch. As you would when the bike comes the real power, keeping the rear wheel from is almost impossible, especially in wet such as ours.

It doesn’t as quickly as a similar displacement machine, but it still has the quick rev. With the power on more mellow, it helps the bike clawing forward, and why it worked best for us in the lower How far down the 250 is willing to chug is

We rarely used first preferring to stay in second and use the even on steep uphills.

of engine rpm, instantaneous can be difficult to find at times the zippy motor and 245-pound weight. Traction is nothing what a 4-… produces and caused problems for us initially as we to being more active and with the clutch and throttle Climbing obstacles takes concentration until you master the between right and left

The consequences of sloppy clutch are more severe with the as well. We were reminded the way about the downfall of expansion as our stock pipe received a dent right away. ride resulted in at least additional scratches or minor

For one, we need to remember to on our left side, but secondly, KTM or its customers must consider protection. It might be too much to ask the manufacturer to provide a pipe but it’s ridiculous that the is devoid of any form of skidplate. around the bike demonstrates attention to detail that it us to no end that KTM leaves the underbelly Hell, even Japanese bikes come with protection.

For a bike designed to bounce rocks and skim across we just don’t understand how can happen.

We were confident straight for rocks and trail even though we could avoided them. The suspension is

There was hardly time to about the missing skidplate, since all we wanted to talk was the awesome suspension and goliath A set of 48mm White Power up front feature some new engineered into the fork Revised internal settings as combine to make the front end good for enduro use – soft and The WP shock is a good match and we happy to find that the tracks extremely well maintaining razor handling.

The of engine braking helped the front end from plowing and the fork is soft, it doesn’t while under hard The entire bike settles into and through rough terrain. the 2-…’s lack of compression allows it to float over sections. We especially noticed while heading down hills. Stones that we avoid didn’t buck and the KTM like expected.

The more time we had to build in the bike, the more it rewarded us.

KTM 250 XC-W

the freewheeling sensation so common switching from a 4-… to a is both a positive and negative. We that our pace was much and a bit faster in general in rough but we often made errors corner entry. Fortunately, the brakes were strong to make up for the lack of engine

A 260mm wave disc up and 220mm rear are snared by a and single-piston caliper, respectively. Our Editor says they’re the stock brakes he’s with amazing power, feel and no fade. Everything the brakes feel right the lever position, size and

It takes some getting to the rear which locks with the light motor and the back end to move around Initially this was a handling but once we got accustomed to the feel and at modulating the sensitive lever we able to ride around it. was something to contend with as we got the of that rear binder, but a powerful electric starter, who

E-start might sound for a 2-…, but we loved it.

Aside the extra red button, the handlebars are The oversized Neken aluminum are a comfortable reach sitting or Our taller testers were comfortable on the 250. The chromoly and 2.9-gallon fuel tank the bike feel larger you might expect. We complained it feeling fat through the middle, but came to appreciate the physique.

Our never had to bend inwards to the tank while standing and our were always in a natural to support our weight and absorb It’s one of the reasons our riders less fatigued after a The bike definitely takes effort to maneuver.

Steering is light and we spent the early winding back and forth in Dial it in, however, and the 250

We could the suspension limits on larger but we didn’t come close to out the fun potential of an affordable KTM like

We had plenty of riding buddies who not only surprised to see the 250 XC-W, but were just as interested in it for a spin. Those who did were to report that they impressed with the performance. of the KTM’s shortcomings were a result of, or seemed worse, as a of our lack of recent 2-…

It seems that many these days have up on the trusty 2-…, but the KTM 250 XC-W they’re still in the performance with swift handling, suspension, astounding brakes and start. There are definite but at $7848, the XC-W is one of the more ways for someone to own a KTM dirt – a dang good one at that.

to Oregon Motorcycle Adventures for us borrow the 2009 KTM 250 XC-W. them out at www.oma-ktm.com .

KTM 250 XC-W
KTM 250 XC-W
KTM 250 XC-W


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