2011 KTM 250 and 350 XC-F — First Test — Dirt Rider Magazine

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2011 KTM 250 And 350 XC-F – First – Dirt Rider Magazine

For the five months we have bombarded with questions how to modify a KTM 350 SX for off-road. We have offered no less than six bikes like the Stillwell bike Chris Denison in the Denver round of EnduroCross. But we KTM was rushing to finish their own of the SX converted for off-road, called, else, the XC.

See, when you access to drop in the correct and dial in the suspension, add the things make sense for off-road and leave off the stuff that right from the get-go, you a big advantage. Most “off-road” get confused in this transition, but KTM has it

Take the motocross bike, the close transmission ratios to a ratio, add a gear in the case of the boost the gas tank volume, to an 18″ rear wheel, throw a kick-stand on the bike and send it Put a kick-starter on it too, not for backup, will never need it for it is for quicker …-engine starts! they could have with the engine setting, but felt all that was needed was the spread of the transmission.

The bikes, both 250 and 350, right up with spotless injection and it makes us want even more on some of the that don’t have it The throttle response is crisp and the do not bog. There are pre-programmed inside the ignition box that can be with an accessory switch, if you the need.

Computers on dirt are great!

Riding either is exactly what you’d from the new SX-derived chassis It is light, nimble and aggressive The bikes have a good feel in the front end that is not at all. It bites in with grip and the bike is most a little on the twitchy side for used to a more trail-based

Anyone familiar with the crop of MX bikes will right at home. The suspension very similar to the MX bike but KTM the steps to make it work in an racing world. Both feel a little plusher the time when riding and both ends tend to use enough … to be active and not too But they do bottom easier an SX and maybe too easily for heavier on them out in the West Coast we tested the bikes in.

Back you’ll love that the are less reluctant to deflect, the issue with MX-style

Power for the 350 is just what expect a 350 to put out. But since the is identical to the SX, there isn’t as torque as a lot of riders might in an off-road bike. This is not a powerband and you’d better be to rev the snot out of it to make competitive You can lug it but then the bike is actually slow. And that is where the 250 and 350 to differ the most.

You just can’t lug the 250F at all in as it feels like it will pick up and go. Sure the FI works in making the bike run properly and not bog in conditions, but you have to understand are tuned to run at full-noise and the sacrifice is torque for top end power on both. And in if you are holding these bikes they are not that much in speed going on open and tracks.

KTM 250 XC-F

The more you are pulling out of slower the more the additional boost of the 350 can be but it takes a better rider to those ponies under as you actually have to use some control. On the 250, you just pin it and

Both machines are thin and the tank isn’t anything notice, it feels just an SX. You don’t really feel any weight in the XC compared to the SX. The noise out of the muffler is at SX levels and we’ll be a Dubach Racing S/A equipped on the bike to get it deeper into the where a spark arrestor is

The brakes are insane, the tires you don’t notice the kickstand you park it, and we never touched the The gear ratios are really for off-road for sure. First a trail-crawl speed, it is taller that and takes some work at that speed.

First is a great gear to into in technical racing while moving forward, you’ll never use it. The rest of the seem to let the motor work a longer in each gear and the never have issues the next speed. Sixth good for an easy 70-plus MPH on bike.

So is this the off-road bike you have been for? Yes, right out of the if you are looking for a 250 or 350cc four-…. If you 450 power, especially low end chug, kid yourself, you have to pay for that feel somehow. And these are not as versatile in the trail world as the XCs seem to be, they are a little too in the engine to torque around most of us ride on the trails.

And if you converted your SX, well wish you had waited as KTM did about a job and the price, the low side of $8000 for the 250 and the side for the 350, you just compete with about the you take the suspension in for a re-valve.

KTM 250 XC-F


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