KTM 250 EXC-F — Cycle Torque Magazine

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Test by Ray Pics by Nigel Paterson.


THE all new cam RC4 engine is a far cry from the outgoing cam LC4 driven 250 EXC Racing. The bike has power and flexibility for a 250 four-… with a diet that has the best part of 7kg off the ’06 model’s and you have a formula that’s to impress and is guaranteed to keep the busy.

Engine and weight are the big items for this new model, and didn’t fail to impress. The new RC4 has pretty much the same capacity, but is a new design with a bore and shorter …, and the Keihin MX FCR 39 carburetor to replace the 37. cams replace the single cam and is up a little from 12 to 12.8:1 still requires premium fuel.

The new exhaust header still fails to have a which may help shave the weight from the ’06 claimed wet of 113.5kg to an impressive 106.8kg for the but doesn’t save your or leg if you lean against it. The is a lightweight aluminium weight-saver for the EXC. There’s also electric and kick start as you come to expect these

When we first got the bike it was well from midrange to top but bottom end power was a bit low and the engine easily. After a trip to KTM for a tune up the bike came running much better. The is light and feel is good, and the start kicks the engine action instantly.

Power and are impressive and delivery is smooth very little vibration. The comes on cleanly and progressively a healthy bottom end through a mid range and revs out to a great top end will let you dial on the power for great traction. Backing off is met a crackle and a burble from its quite but great sounding which echoes the engine’s state of tune.

With a flick of the right power transmits instantly to the wheel, which gives you the of real power control for a of such small capacity. It with the confidence to take on sections such as tight uphills and still have the low end and flexibility to pull away stalling or breaking into wheel spin.

This seems to be equally happy in the trails, shifting cleanly gears and revving out to a top speed makes it clear this won’t be left behind. engine is a whole new ball compared to the ’06 250 EXC Racing.

The frame is KTM double cradle chrome-moly with an aluminium sub-frame and the rest of the chassis appears much a development of the ’06 model. The tank is new with a twist and cap that replaces the screw on The pre- production bike we used a seven litre but the bike that hits the floors will have an 8.5 tank.

The new bike will also black alloy rims and use brake discs which not fitted to our ride.

The WP suspension is and feels like it can handle any with confidence. The rear the familiar PDS shock that require a lever linkage and up front is a set of 48mm USD forks. All are adjustable for compression and rebound and a great adjustment range for and balance.

The Brembo brakes are and do everything they are supposed to so you even think about which is the way they should be. alloy Magura handlebars are with good position to get the bars forward. The digital speedo is a neat compact a carry on from previous that is functional and easy to use and see – also backlit for night The bike has a sharp and stylish with quality parts and as you would expect from

The ride

Seat height and clearance are the same as the 06 model. position and comfort are different for sized people but we found the feel very high a bit of a cramped feel to the cockpit seated. Taller riders may to make some adjustment for taste with perhaps a seat and handlebars.

On board the has a familiar EXC feel with its fast steering that it a light nimble feeling tight twisty trails and studded sections. Of course fast steering response with its usual drawbacks high speed stability rough or stutter bump sometimes causing the steering to into some serious Riding style can help a lot by your weight back and the power on.

I haven’t known to come off due to it, but it is an un-nerving feeling can knock your confidence when it comes on unexpectedly, and we all be much happier if it didn’t

A steering damper has become the for many KTM owners as the problem is across the EXC range and is probably the way to largely eliminate it. This is a you may have to allow for when the bike, along with the that there are no handguards nor an bash plate or exhaust umps, roots, rocks big and small are handled by the suspension great poise and balance seems to soak up anything, but if you to get lazy and take on the rough at speed sitting down the suspension will give you a and remind you to stand up. It’s a competition and serious trail that is forgiving, rewarding and to live with in many but it’s no soft off-roader.

times while riding bike I had to remind myself this was only a 250. the occasional bit of headshake and a riding felt just a little I couldn’t help but be absolutely with this bike and I the full production version is to really make its presence For those wondering we have no plans for the 450 or 525 to get the twin cam engine.

The Bike is due on the dealer floors in August and is expected to retail for + ORC. Warranty is three parts only.

KTM 250 EXC-F
KTM 250 EXC-F

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