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KTM 250 EXC-F first ride

KTM dominate sport with over 200 championships under their And they dominate because year, without fail, the manufacturer makes its bikes sometimes incrementally, sometimes

This year their focus has been the 250EXC-F, the for the everyman. Already the undisputed leader, with a new motor KTM has made it quantifiably better in way.

KTM’s new 250EXC-F is a of all that is core to KTM. off-road (aka enduro), competition, and it’s the best.

KTM now amassed an impressive 223 world but it’s what the firm can do for the amateur rider, rather the professional elite, that sets them apart.

Put they’re giving you ‘what getting’ (the world Buying the new 250EXC-F is very like being able to go a Yamaha dealership and buying an replica of Jorge Lorenzo’s M1 machine.

Okay, not exactly – enduro gods reserve the to a few trick bits – but we’re 98% of the package.

And here’s the cool bit – while 98% of what Lorenzo races probably cause the average no end of headaches and possibly pain, 98% of what enduro world Antoine Meo rides is just joy.

In enduro – where a will race for up to eight a day across the most difficult of terrain – the ‘easy-to-ride’ bike is the winningest bike. And because of truth, what works for invariably works for Tom, and Harry.

And while a Lorenzo might hypothetically stand you in a £500,000, maybe, here’s tackle for a pretty fair Motorsport doesn’t come more affordable.

Riding the new is then to revel in decades of top enduro intelligence. KTM have making top enduros for going on six (longer in fact, their history reaches back to and they pride themselves in to their understanding year on

So while the 2014 250EXC-F be brand new, with a taken from last then brand new 250cc they’ve instantly managed to the power delivery, the transmission and the chassis to exactly meet – and – the enduro standard.

The motocrosser features a high-revving ‘screamer’ set-up for the motor. The version is retuned, remapped for The motocrosser has a five-speed gearbox, the comes with six – that being important for riding on the tarmac.

And while the motocrosser has start, the enduro comes the back-up of a kick start – in fail-safe systems are the difference a world championship and excuse-laden PR.

The is pretty rock solid all the There’s no ignition key on enduros have worked hard on minimalist never-fail wiring so it’s just a matter of the button, allowing the engine a warm up – these racing emit a distinct short-sharp exhaust note when – then selecting first, and go.

If ridden dirt bikes – maybe even if you’re new to – you’ll immediately sense is right. The 250EXC-F rests between your calves ride stood up, not sat, for extreme cornering or accelerating) a fantastically intuitive feel to the

Pretty soon you’ll be it around without a care, accelerating hard or braking – for the latter it allows you to simultaneously on the front brake while the rear brake to set-up an slide that helps up the cornering process, just as in

Open the throttle and the 250EXC-F forward. It’s not as forceful as its bigger brother, nor as downright like the even bigger sibling, but it’s plenty and if it doesn’t feel fast straight off then hang on a second because once it into the upper half of its rev-range it’ll be flying.

enduro breeding then into the intangible – it’s impossible to explain how it does it, but the can ride terrain almost Where the big bikes call for skills, you can launch this gem onto the gnarliest terrain little planning, or idea, and the sorts the rest.

It’s uncanny but it’s a of the best bikes – if you were sat on the line of the annual International Six Enduro, considering a week rugged trails, then is exactly the kind of bike you

KTM’s attention to detail is of legend. Two examples shine with the 250EXC-F.

This they’ve reworked their Already they were the best in the business but now they’ve the master cylinder with a diameter piston combined a new brake pad material to create the braking performance only more progression.

Before it be easy to panic brake on lock the wheel and crash – now the build more gradually, for loose surfaces.


Second (this sounds mundane, but indicative of the detail) – a new fuel For enduro KTM use a quick release cap. However, the necessary button release has caused issues in the past.

So KTM has studied it and now have an optimal resistance on that button so 100% foolproof in operation.

a modern saying (now a TV don’t sweat the small KTM show this to be entirely it’s by sweating the small that they make the complete, most bug-free on the market.

Their 450EXC is a powerhouse of a machine, but you need to be a powerhouse rider to live it. Their two-strokes are almost adopted by British championship racers – light, powerful and friendly they are the top privateer’s

Their 250EXC-F has always the ideal entry point to being a bike so easy to yet it’s adept right up to championship standard. The new version more of the same, being 10% better all round. For most of us racers it’s about as as they come.

2014 KTM 250EXC-F, £7149

Water-cooled, 249.91cc, dohc, valve, four-… single. 6 chain drive.

Frame: double cradle type in alloy swingarm

Suspension: WP USD dia. forks, fully WP PDS (non-linkage) shock, fully

Claimed dry weight: 105.5kg

brake: single wavy disc with twin-piston

Rear brake: wavy disc with twin-piston


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