2011 KTM 530 EXC — First Test — Dirt Rider Magazine

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2011 KTM 530 EXC – First Test – Rider Magazine

For most of us, as we get our tastes change. The meals you order at your favorite today are likely a lot different the mac and cheese you insisted on in your (that was my choice anyway). And for me, I the same thing has happened my choice of dirt bike.

of you may not yet know this, but you, may enjoy sushi or a large-displacement bike a lot more than you the not so distant past, I never have chosen to ride a four-… dirt bike, and I did not see much need for a license at the places I wanted to ride. But and my taste have changed as as the performance of the latest big-bore We have fewer legal to ride off-road these having a license plate can a lot of great riding opportunities to home, and you will be amazed at the of the

KTM EXC models.I got to spend a lot of time a 2010 KTM 450 EXC last year, and when I discovered my taste had changed. Being able to do dual-sport rides right my own garage was great, but the most part was when you get to the good trails. This is where I learned that the items to qualify for the license plate very little out of the fun factor on the

I had a lot of fun with the 450 and have never “big” four-strokes, so I expected the 530 to feel a little heavier and due more to the circulating mass the actual weight (since the are so similar in every other But somehow, the big 530 still handles well and I found myself for jumps and tight trails like I did when I was a teenager.

of teenagers, Chris Green, Rider ‘s new guy, made the KTM look like a 125 MXer he repeatedly hucked the bike a large step-up double for our The 530 certainly provides a little boost than the 450 but still so smoothly and is so tractable that you grin every time you the throttle.Trying to decide between the 450 and The more you like to rev a bike, the you’ll get along with the

The more you chug, the more the 530 makes. If you’ve already shopping for an EXC, you know models are very difficult to by since nearly everybody who one keeps it. So you will likely yourself heading to the dealership at a 2011 model. KTM made a few updates to the 2011 EXC line better turn signals older ones were less durable) and a shorter plate holder.

Even that new license holder still gets in the rear tire, so we used a gun to fold it back and up a little.Speaking of the government emissions standards to get the plate indirectly require the to deliver the bikes with lean jetting, and the KTM crankcase hose is routed into the of the carburetor, both of which throttle response. For off-road you can greatly improve the performance by the breather hose alongside the breathers and blocking off the hole in the

We also switched the needle to the that comes stock in the KTM 530 Six Days bike. We started that in the fourth (middle) but moved it up to the fifth position the top and found it ran a little better. experience told us the 530s run better with a leaner 42 (48 is stock) and opening up the fuel from 1.5 to 2.5 turns out in conjunction the richer needle.

The bike had an irritating pop on deceleration, and based on forum chatter and our own experience a JD jetting kit in our 2010 450 EXC, too is a great option for solving the woes.

Even for light-duty dual-sport the stock 15/45 sprockets are too for any trail use; you will to go with a 13/50 ratio you to use the stock chain) or 13/52. option is still plenty for 60 mph on the road and works well on tight trails.

This is not a that you would want to for extended road use because it is not “street” comfortable, and like any that is built for the dirt, it get you there but we prefer to use it to connect roads or provide access to dirt roads that a plate. Even the stock DOT tires are not very good on the but they do hold up decently they don’t perform as as top-line dirt tires.

they’re not that bad for dual-sport and riding.Even though EXCs are priced bikes, they are the best performing off-road made and have the added of the license plate. Waiter, I like a KTM 530 EXC, please!


Typical KTM easy-access air filter.

trail manners for any bike, let a “big” four-….

Very stable at speed.

nice-looking aluminum exhaust.


Standard jetting and gearing require some to make it perform to off-road levels.

It’s not cheap but you likely get every penny’s of use out of it over many years.

Not for long street rides, but on you if you waste this bike’s on the tarmac.




5’10″/185 lb/AA with an S on the end

You go wrong with a KTM EXC if you’re for a street-legal dirt bike. are as durable as anything and perform to a high level that riders can’t comprehend it you XR-L, XT, DR, KLR, BMW GS riders, you can your bike on the street all day and a KTM EXC rider doesn’t care). The of the machine fits almost especially larger riders, and the and chassis parts are right off that are raced off-road in and week out.

Is there wrong with this Yes, one thing. It is not fuel And after riding the Husaberg 570 (or any fuel-injected bike that’s set up I just can’t get along a carbureted bike anymore.

It is tasting really good ice then being told I to eat pudding with dirt in it time I go back to the inconsistent and carbureted bike. Yes, I can get it-it really isn’t as bad as I it out-but I know better. And I’m that FI is in the future for the EXC, but a spoiled magazine editor, I it now.


Luckily, I fit on and prefer the of the Berg, which is a bit of an oddity as So for me the problem has already been Chris Green


Riding the KTM 530 back to back some other street-legal bikes gave me an idea of that I like and dislike these bigger machines. The 530 great all around on whatever of trail we threw at it. From a sandy wash to tight on the side of a cliff and even on uphills this dirt with a license plate sturdy.

I was always able to in a comfortable stance aboard the and never ventured off the trail and up in the bushes. Well, one time I did and end up in the bush, but it was my fault… The rear was a little low for me and I kind of missed it and all front. I slid out and into a

Luckily, the E-start on these works great and I fired it up away and was back on two black which look great by the

The suspension on this bike a little firm when I was on technical trails, but as soon as I up speed it really loosened up and great when down in the The engine had great torque and it great with the 13/50 I never felt like I power in between gears; was always plenty of motor to get

One thing about the chassis is the They felt a bit high I didn’t like at first, but it me to stand up more and I was able to the bike better. For a serious rider, this bike is to get you past those tough on the first try.



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