KTM 500 EXC and 350 EXC-F — Cycle Torque Magazine

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Size Matters

Test by Reed. Pics by Chris

FOR many riders the decision to go big or small capacity isn’t an one. KTM has a model to suit about every rider, the big banger 500 EXC an absolute power and the 350 EXC-F a bike perfectly to more challenging terrain.

might look similar but are different in their approach to fun.

The specs

Aside engine’s, most of the bikes the EXC range share many of the features, and the 350 and 500 are no exception to the rule. bike boasts a very steel frame, with one tailored to suit its engine and mounting design.

On both the WP PDS rear shock system off the rear of chassis, connecting the directly to the cast aluminium

Behind that the aluminium holds together the rear end of the

Meanwhile upfront, a set of 48mm WP USD bolt nicely into the CNC triple clamps.

Brembo brakes grace the and rear end of both bikes, the 260mm front disc and rear disc providing leading performance.

CNC machined are laced up to Excel rims really add a nice touch.

oversize handlebars are standard and do a mighty fine job of setting up a comfortable cockpit for the rider.

The of the controls are as we have come to from the Austrian giant, off very well and an easy set up to get to.

The digital speedo and ‘dash’ is tucked away in behind the headlight, a small and sleek

The big bore 500 is the king of the EXC range, a 510cc SOHC water engine design featuring a Keihin EFI management system.

The Fuel Injection system is comprehensive yet simplistic to provide performance in the bush.

Inside a bit you’ll find titanium valves and steel exhaust actuated by the single cam design.

Also a major feature in the KTM is the Pankl connecting rod, it is that been brought from our motor sport in the F1 world and offers both performance and durability.

The 500 may very be King Kong of the EXC range, but bang in the middle of the off-road is the 350cc four …. The 350 a DOHC engine which is a different design from its brothers the 450 and 500.

It’s a built motor which much harder and faster its big bore counterparts. It also the Keihin EFI system found on the with modifications to suit the different style of power the 350 puts out.

The 500 and 350 share technology however with the DDS system being found on bikes. It’s a diaphragm spring outer, combined a steel basket which the primary gear to be apart of the one design clutch basket.

Some may be worried by the sounds of however it truly is a genius set up.

The design allows the basket to be stronger than any aluminium will ever be. Also, the weight generated by the steel is counteracted the by the design of a lighter

Both bikes also the electric start system, is backed up by the manual kick option on each model.

On the

First up, we jumped in the deep end and the big 500. Conditions were a bit first off, but the big bore KTM blew the slops off the top of the track.

The 500 around with very effort from the rider. got plenty of power down low and very strong up through the of the power. The 500 doesn’t rev particularly but still has strong top end horsepower and leave anyone disappointed on straights where it just to keep on pulling.

You also learn to be gentle the power on the big bore KTM, a lot of power under the hood, in the conditions it can be very taxing on the if they are not careful.

A rider is happy to just cruise and keep on motoring away love the way this bike about its business.

The suspension on the 500 great in standard trim. We set the sag in the rear end at 102mm and never at changing away from setting all day.

Perhaps some more time on the and a few more different track and we might think about some more, but overall we very comfortable and impressed the settings right out of the crate.

On the trail the 350 is quite a light and machine. It allows the rider to around the bike a bit easier and the conditions were a bit wet and nasty we the 350 was a very controllable machine

It’s a fast revving that requires the rider to it in the meat of the power more so on a big bore. But there is still a amount of power off the crack of the and it really sings through the and further up towards the higher

For an aggressive rider that tight bush and single this really is one of the best on the market.

Once again the and suspension on the KTM is great, we never to change the standard settings and always felt comfortable ruts, logs, water and so on.

The suspension was plush over the bumps yet still remained enough to survive the big blows.


Each bike has its in the market and it’s really to fault either one of these motorcycles.

If you’re a big bloke into fire trails and bush, and find yourself things a squirt up the tarmac once in a while then the 500 is up your alley.

If you’re always heading up the trail and coming up against snotty conditions the 350 is perfect, its and easier to handle yet still has than enough poke to go on.

The prices don’t differ much between the two bikes. The really then comes to the type of rider you are and the type of you do. Each bike has its place in the and it’s really hard to either one of these great

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