2014 KTM 250 XC-W and 300 XC-W First Ride Review- Photos- Pricing

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2014 KTM 250 XC-W and 300 XC-W – Ride These two-… just keep getting refined.

Photographer. Shan

On the same day I rode KTM’s new enduro bikes in Pennsylvania, I got to some quality seat on KTM’s latest two-strokers—the 250 and the 300 XC-W.

Put simply, the new KTM 250 XC-W and 300 XC-W ($8499) are the two-… brokers in the racing trailbike and they’ve become so refined insane how much performance pack. These two bikes are the choice for any extreme enduro although a certain blue with an identical powerplant makes a decent choice as No matter, these KTMs are a big why large contingents of off-road are converting back to two-strokes.

Some, however, never

The advantages of a four-stoke—i.e. length of spread—have forced engineers to up jetting and induction, as well as better powervalve control, to the two-strokes more competitive. And year, KTM does a little to the engine to keep that going forward. This a tighter but thinner squish helps combustion.

Boyesen are now used on the intake side, and bike has a slightly different chamber to work with the power deliveries. Both have the diaphragm spring and an externally adjustable powervalve. As in all for 2014, the electric starter is and powered by a stronger battery.

the master cylinder now has a 9mm piston from a 10mm) for improved brake control.

Riding these two nearly bikes is like having to between identical twins in a scenario. They may look the and act alike, but once you get to know they are very different. The explanation, albeit obvious, is that 250 feels lighter, quicker and has a little less

If you were racing, it would be a bike. But it depends on how you like to or how you prefer to have your perform. Though both have a very linear build, starting and ending at the same rpm range, the character and how bike uses its power is different.

For instance, both lug down and resist stalling the same, yet when you roll on the 300 it up with enough authority most riders would want to touch the clutch. On the most riders would the clutch a little if they to get going faster, which And here is where tuning the especially on the 300, can change the character from very to pretty wild.

Getting into the mid-range, the 250 peppier and far more responsive. It to give you the exact reaction right wrist is asking right now, and with a free-feeling response. On the 300, is more of a delay and the motor more of a laid-back response.

trait continues up to the top end, the 250 feels faster and more even though it isn’t.

KTM 250 XC-W

On the 300, rpm builds a bit slower and a little less abruptly, but is the character a 300 rider expects. It down to a rider’s preference for or torque. If you like to shift and be “on the pipe,” the 250 is the obvious choice. to leave it in a gear and stay in gear?

Get the 300. I rode 300 with the included leaner installed in the bike, and the jetting spot-on with just fine-tuning of the air screw. The 250, in tune, ran perfectly as well.

the scale claims only a difference between the bikes, them makes it feel the 300 is about 10 pounds heavier. the power of the 300 makes it feel a bit more bulky. Even identical suspension settings, the 250 to get away with a little bit

It has a more agile feel, and not seem to catch bumps as or as hard as the 300. Getting it to supple is easier. On the bigger a few clicks of compression or rebound can go a way toward that ideal but I found the stock settings to be a baseline for the 180- to 210-lb.

Lastly, bottoming resistance of the was excellent compared to the other

In sum, these are not play and their prices reflect However, you could play all day on of them and be ready for a race the weekend. They are easy to yet can handle a rider of the highest in standard trim.

No part of these bikes when abused. Well, the seat foam, but that’s if you’re more of a sit-down

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