Launch Test: 2010 KTM EXC four-… range

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Launch Test: 2010 KTM EXC range heads for the Australian launch of KTM’s model EXC four-… off-road

KTM’s 2010 four-… was held in Western Australia week. Photo: Motology

are times in your life you just have to kick and make sure the happenings you are a reality, and last week I had than a few of those at the Australian of KTM’s EXC off-road range.

the entire range of the Austrian class-leading EXCs on hand to for two epic days of riding, our was made that much under the guidance of West Trailbike Safaris in the south of Western Australia.

Heading the launch I wasn’t quite what to expect with riders ‘warning’ me of slick pea and spongy sand, and as a rider who rides either road or motocross, the unknown of an off-road was exciting in its own way.

I’d previously to Spain for the launch of the 2008 EXCs and had an excellent time on a set but the opportunity to stretch our legs and part in a real tour of the WA testing the bikes was almost too to be true this time

A mix of sloping hills on green was soon followed by tighter sections in the pines, with a mix of pesky dirt roads consist of major amounts of pea to keep you on your toes.

water crossings and steep, hills were also on the for the journey, with the odd tree-crossing and a top sand dune ride at proving a mighty popular to day one.

But while the tour from John Staines and wife was as good as it gets in the world of riding, the real reason we there was for the KTMs, and it’s to say that the best just got better.

It may be a big call to label a manufacturer the best in the discipline, but if you to judge it over the entire then the eight EXC models KTM brings to the battle offer an wide variety of bikes just about something for

The riding in WA was epic, with a of water crossings, hills single track and fire Riding at it’s best. Motology

For this week start by reviewing the four-… featuring the 250 EXC-F, 400 EXC, 450 EXC and 530 while next week bring you part two of the Launch with the two-… 125 EXC, 200 250 EXC and 300 EXC.

When it comes to the four-… class there a massive amount of bikes in the but the ones that are in it form the of a mighty competitive category every inch of usable counts.

KTM has essentially focussed on reliability in its 250 EXC-F for this with an optimised decompressor also assisting in the bike’s abilities.

The chassis has received a of upgraded components, including suspension re-valving that a needle design in the PDS at the rear, is similar to that found on the SX from the 2009 range, with an enduro setting.

Other component changes on the all of which are also featured on the of the models including the aforementioned changes, are a more compact and Brembo master-cylinder and caliper, new front brake pads, an airbox, a new air filter, 100g Excel rims, a DID X-ring a 1.8 bar radiator cap (instead of 1.4), and Diamond grips.

On the trails the 250 is clearly agile and makes through the tighter sections easy, with the light and handling of the bike making it comfortable.

What is so good the 250F is that it has a solid of torque to help you get up some of the technical climbs or through the water crossings, but you don’t get on it as quickly as you do on some of the higher bikes.

You can place the bike you want, it won’t bite too hard if you make any major and it’s awesome fun when looking to get into it and open up the to really hear the bike

An added feature of the 400, 450 and 530 is that they all have a new design that has the steering 10mm lower than in which lowers the seating and tank position with an feel of the front-end according to press documents.

All of KTM’s feel race-orientated and have a position that invites riding, but whether you’re fast or cruising, they all a top ergonomics package that narrow in between your while maintaining stability at

The 250EXC-F allows you to carve while also proving in the power region. Photo:

Despite the steering head lower and slightly lowering the height, all of the models are still tall from the ground, but the between the footrests and seat is for a variety of riders.

At a claimed of 105.7kg dry the 250F is by far the lightest of the as mentioned earlier, while the 450 and 530 all weigh in at 113.9kg – a noticeable while still retaining of the rideability that the 250 features.

I didn’t get the chance to test the model EXCs and the ride in on the 2008 models is a distant at this point, but KTM’s of a better weight balance and control over the front on the 400, 450 and 530 seem to have hit the brief, because over two of around 430 kilometres in a variety on and conditions, I never did experience any close calls while (making my way through the water and up the hills was a different story!).

the big-bore bikes were agile and easier to ride expected in the tighter confines in sand, mud and on harder surfaces, all three shined when on the stages of dirt roads in trails.

Braking with the master-cylinder and caliper offers a feel of the front lever as not touchy at all and easily adjustable, and the pads have superb power without being too

Needless to say, while of the hand controls, the clutch is light on each of the models the 250 to the 530 and all in between, further assisting in fatigue over the long

One place you certainly can’t go on the 400, 450 or 530 is on the climbs, because you just have to steer it in the you want to go and lag it up there in your gear – or you can hit it with pure as photographer Adam Riemann did on a climb that goes by the of ‘Bertha’.

Hill climbing is a when mounted on the four-strokes especially the 400, 450 or 530. Motology

Not only are the large engines good for climbing, but riding (especially in the dunes), sections, and water bog holes are a cinch with the high output on each of the bikes by ultra-smooth throttle responses.


The on the 450 remains  almost identical to year’s bike apart an optimised decompressor spring for starting and a reinforced gearbox idler gears) for durability

Its smaller sibling 400 also had the gearbox, and both have a chain adjuster and clamping for a safer tensioning of the timing and also for noise reduction.

On you’d think that would be minimal differences the 400 and 450, but out in the bush there are differences, with the 400 offering a usable range of power spread through a wide of gears.

For me, I actually prefer the softer power of the 400 that a little more aggression, but in that, the 450 is surprisingly easy to around and control in its own completely way to the 400.

In fact, if I had the best of both I’d start the day on the 450 while my energy were high and then down to the 400 in the afternoon as the lazy start creeping in.

Both sap quicker than the 250, the 530 is on the other end of the spectrum with big and torque figures that can get a hold of you if you don’t give it the it very rightly deserves.

As a who usually rides 250Fs in with the odd 450 outing, I was a little when handed the reins of the but I was relieved to recognise almost away that it’s a thumper that is developed to tractable power at all times.

watch on as Gobert almost underwater early in the test. Motology

This is probably to the new camshaft timing that has designed for smoother power, a revised ignition timing better combustion and performance

Like the 400 and 450, the 530 also the reinforced gearbox, reworked adjuster and clamping rail.

gearing on all of the bikes contributes to the powerband they all feature, and the specifically placed gear that enable the bikes to at their best whether taking on technical single or blasting down some road sections.

The most thing about a launch KTM, two-strokes included, is you can step from one bike to and feel comfortable immediately, a consistent range of bikes are purpose built for the differing that enduro riding surprises us with around bend.

Capping off the orange army are touches such as graphics are embedded within the radiator while this year’s also come with race-style graphic stickers for the and rear fenders.

Other such as features like the airbox (you can get into the without a tool in sight) the bikes easy to work on if been slogging about in conditions and need a quick while standard hand do wonders when putting in a ride.

Quality is something KTM is known for in its European nature, and for that quality will be to boost the EXC range well up the in both group tests and the charts.

Check back Friday for a full review of the range.

Note: Specification is still to come for all models.



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