2010 KTM 300 XC-W Review —

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KTM 300 GS Enduro Sport

More than just the woods racer

Photos by Dan

Off-road racing is huge now, throwing the moto-media a cross-country and Endurocross-racing frenzy. In stories, look closely at the Chances are you’ll see one bike often than anything The KTM 300 XC, or its wide-ratio transmission brother, the 300

Despite the four-… revolution, KTM has committed to improving the two-… and for good reason. Low cost, low simplicity and the good old-fashioned to weight ratio are the strong points that KTM has cashed in their extensive line of machines.

The 300 starts easily, but in you are really lazy it has the magic Yup, E-start on a two-…! may sound pointless at first, but as find out we loved that

This machine has always a huge seller for KTM, but for the bike still received to the airbox, cooling system and

The hydraulic clutch has a light and decent feel, but it will when it gets hot. abuse on the motocross track by a Pro rider the clutch began to which was corrected but not entirely by bleeding the system. Shifting is with the gaps in the wide transmission of our test bike overcome by the torquey engine.

prefer the close ratio XC for motocross and Eastern woods but honestly the wide-ratio transmission is a issue with so much on tap.

Speaking of motocross, this would kill in age or ladies where there is no displacement It will run with the 450s, with a push of the button and is and easier to ride than a but much more powerful. the suspension is purposely ‘middle of the aimed more at cross-country more than motocross.

Our Pro was constantly fiddling with settings at our two different test one hard clay and one deep sand, never coming to a setting and eventually concluding the bike would need help at both ends. In the the suspension fared much We heard very little about the back end or forks most of our testers, but our Pro rider wished for stiffer compression and more bottoming resistance.

Everyone, slow or fast, about having to fuss settings so much at each test location when other bikes we’ve lately worked so well right out of the box.

Some weak points reared heads in the forest. We overheated the brake several times; on one so badly we had to cool the caliper water so the wheel would The belly of the pipe hangs way out in the wind, requiring a guard in the way. While you are armor the KTM you’ll need a skid and hand guards too.

race ready? Not quite, but the KTM is a bit cheaper to prepare for off-road than converting a normal bike.

Handling at speed was improved previous KTMs, with of the famous KTM headshake and general Cornering was quick, light and when the suspension was set up properly, but the bike was very finicky in department. In the woods we eventually the forks up in the triple clamps they were touching the of the handlebars, which we had mounted in the forward position.

That the 300 flick through the trees more precision, at the expense of stability.

What we have is a bike that needs careful setup, but is totally of winning any type of racing you at it. Confidence inspiring, the 300 XC-W is and responsive – making the rider invincible. It doesn’t stall but if you do screw up a flick of the thumb has it again without losing any

Our Pro motocross tester, who normally a Honda CRF450R, was so smitten our test bike that he to buy our test bike from just for woods racing but for racing and teaching his motocross Personally, I hated to give bike back.

Other intermediate and novice level, less enthused. They the bike fine overall, but setup issues and simply not used to riding a two-… them fits.

Bottom This is a bike can win – anywhere and That fact has been over and over again all the world.

Take the time to dial the 300 (MSRP $7,998) in for whatever you it to do, learn to deal with its and you will be rewarded with the versatile and competitive two-… bike you can buy.


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