2011 KTM 250 XC-F First Ride — Motorcycle USA

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KTM 250 XC-F

2011 KTM 250 XC-F First

KTM is no longer showing any subtlety in the that the XC-F lines are converted for off-road race In a nutshell, the new 250 XC-F is an MX bike electric start and an 18-inch wheel. There are some smaller differences, like the and electric start, but that is the extent of it.

This is clearly by the fact that nearly non-KTM rider who shows up at an race is riding a modified bike. The Austrians are pursuing a of “if you can’t beat join them” approach, or it might be better stated as a the people what they philosophy of selling cross race bikes.

One thing is pretty obvious: this generation of the XC-F line no pretense of being trail They are designed to win races, the GNCC series. If they good trail bikes, is just an added benefit, but expect lights, spark or any other trail gear.

the introduction of KTM’s new 350cc of bikes, the mission of the 250 becomes a less clear. The quarter-liter used to be able to lay claim to the weight and easy to ride Now, they have to go up the new 300/350 class.

The XC-F is taken straight from the line with only differences separating it from its sibling.

Yet, for those who still need a true 4-… “lites” class country race bike, the KTM and are about the only choices for competitors. Plus, they do have a slight advantage everyone, including the 350, in the department. A few laps riding the 250 were enough to demonstrate


The 250 XC-F is lifted from the newest generation line. The 19” rear gets replaced by a standard version that runs a 100 tire. The addition of a kickstand the list of external differences the moto bike. This is the generation of the motocross frame means it has the new linkage rear

Spring rates are slightly for cross country use and the fork and valving are all new for this model.

The WP closed cartridge fork the same .46 N/m rate while the actually gets a stiffer than the SX-F. It goes a .51 N/m spring to a .54 N/m rate. This some of the differences in philosophy valving.

The most recent by the KTM RD team has been using the of stiffer spring rates and valving across the board.

The new tank is 9.5 liters (2.51 carrying two liters more the SX model. It also comes KTM handguards. As a “red sticker” it does not come with a arrestor.


Gear on the 250 XC-F are generally taller the SX-F model.

The biggest to the motor is the addition of the electric system. The kick starter has been retained on the XC-F This is specifically aimed at get better … engine starts.

Next is a new six-speed gear The ratios are designed specifically for the 250 to keep the motor spinning First gear is close to the SX but the rest of the ratios are quite a bit

The final drive is now 13:50, from the 48-tooth sprocket on the MX

Gear 250 SX-F 250 XC-F

1 13:33

2 15:30 17:33

3 19:29

4 19:26 23:28

5 23:23

6 22:24 26:22

The fuel injection system a 42mm throttle body. is a standard ignition map and two optional but it does not come with the needed to switch between The accessory part is identical to used on the other KTM EFI bikes.

It is a switch and requires the motor to be off to change maps.

Beyond the and electric starter, the motor is to the 2011 250 SX-F model. The output is a meager 66 watts, to keep the EFI and e-start spinning, but not to run lights.

The Ride

As you can imagine I had all of questions about how all this work. I really had no idea we were going to be looking at a bike until I actually saw it. In the Euro EXC version of this is a PDS frame and all of the American off-roaders originally slated to have the

KTM is kind of all over the board as to bikes get the link and what the PDS version.

Although rather for our contributing editor, the 250 XC-F was and handled like a dream.

I was surprised to see the traditional kickstarter on the I am glad for it, but it sort of goes the grain of the KTM principle that the is good enough not to need a Again, this bike is specifically to win a GNCC race, a engine start format, and the lever is generally quicker to

The first impression is just how the frame feels. Part of is simply the physical dimension, but is also that the bike is handling and gives the impression of small. Yet, for a 6-foot guy me, it is a little cramped.

This hit me in two First, the new version Renthal that has more sweep the traditional KTM style is close to the Secondly, the seat-to-peg distance is short.

I found myself my toes pointing down as I moved around the bike on the MX I had to make a conscious effort to my feet back on the pegs to my feet away from the

As for the rest of the handling impressions are best described as feathery-light. is the kind of bike that you feel like a hero. I achieve ridiculous lean and both wheels consistently planted.

KTM 250 XC-F

I had to force myself not to brake for and just let the bike flow them; it doesn’t matter if a berm or not.

As much as I like to whine about lack of consistency on what system they use, the just plain works. I could find nothing to apart. Late in the day the jump started to get square-edged and these make me want to back off the

Wide open, good or bad line, the shock treated like they were not there.

Suspension on the bike well-balanced and the linkage system excellently over difficult

The fork is just about the The overall compliance is very and it’s easily the best chamber WP fork I have It did blow through the … on but that’s mostly because I am a bit heavier than the target for this bike.

Overall, the is very good. The balance was just about right on our test. In my limited riding I did not get to put it through the rigors of rocks and so I will reserve a little until it can be put through the gauntlet.

our first impressions are pretty

I mentioned how I could ride the 250 wide open over of the jump faces. If you are my size and a 250F, you had better learn to with the throttle turned to the stop. It is the only way you can ever headway.

This is the challenge of the little They are never going to fast. They can go fast, but it commitment from the pilot. riders need not apply.

being said, the KTM is near the top of its as an off-road bike, but it lacks a of the punch of the MX bikes.

While the vet track around Cahuilla it took me a few laps to get the KTM sorted Gear selection is critical and is only one correct gear for situation, so quick shifting and a clutch work are necessary. a few laps I was able to get everything out. There is one section of uphill rollers that can be as one.

With a little I was able to put together enough and speed to clear these. By on my first attempt with the 350 I easily over-jumped the section.

handling was superb on the 250 XC-F the was found wanting in terms of output.

The impression I came with from the motor was it could work well, but it felt stellar in any one area. It is a soft off the bottom and shuts off a bit on top. In one roller whoop I would have to shift in the because it wouldn’t pull any

The wider ratios of the gearbox may this as you can feel the gaps at I did not get to try the optional EFI maps and they may address some of these

While riding around the tiny thumper felt more at home. The power is very smooth, aided by fuel injection. It pulls from low revs and does not

In technical terrain it is easy to and needs very little from the clutch. For as much as KTM to bill this as a purebred it has all the earmarks of a great trail

The result for me is that I loved the and suspension. I was a little cramped on the new chassis and lukewarm on the motor. At the time, however, I’m a heavy for the bike, and some of I consider negatives will into positives for a different

For someone looking for a great bike, the 250 is going to get some competition from the new 350 XC-F. for those who are heading to the starting in the lites class next this is a pretty good and deserves serious consideration.


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