DBC Used Dirt Bike Buying Guide | Updated Aug 2018

2015 KTM 300 XC

2015 KTM 300 XC

Buying a used bike can be a daunting task. There are many things to consider when looking to buy a used dirt bike. Dirt Bike Channel has put together this little guide to give you some ideas and help when looking at used bikes.

Here is a list of some things we look for when looking to buy a used dirt bike:

  • A used dirt bike that is up for sale should be very clean.  If they didn’t even clean the bike to get it ready to sell, can you imagine how much tender loving care they showed the bike when they didn’t think anyone would come looking?  If I show up and it’s muddy/dirty, I’m not going to be there very long.
  • Look for wear and tear on the frame, swing arm, and side casings on the motor/clutch.  Plastic is easy to replace, frames and motors are not.
  • Is the air filter clean?  This is basic maintenance 101.  If that filter isn’t clean, I’m going to be VERY skeptical that anything else has had regular maintenance.  Dirty filter = RED FLAG
  • Check the radiator fluid level, brake fluid levels, engine/transmission oil levels and see how clean the oil is.  If they aren’t keeping clean oil in the bike, that is an issue. If the air filter and the engine oil are both dirty, I’m going to stop there and call it a day!  On to the next bike.  This one is not for me.
  • Look for oil leaks or cracks in the motor on all sides of it.  Sometimes it might just need a gasket for a few bucks. In other cases, it could be a larger issue.  Either way, oil coming out of the motor isn’t a good thing.
  • Put the bike on a stand and see if the linkage bearings are worn out.  Wiggle the  rear tire back and forth.  This will also tell you if there are other bearing issues.  Do the same thing with the front tire.  You want things to be tight and well maintained. If these things have any “play in them” then you might want to keep looking for another bike.
  • Look under the bike for dents in the frame or engine. Any major frame damage will certainly discourage me from making a purchase.
  • When starting the bike listen for ANY funny noises. Ride the bike and run it through the gears.  Make sure you don’t hear any grinding or weird things. If something sounds wrong, it probably is.
  • Look to see if the radiator’s are bent.  While bent radiators are not usually a problem if they are only slightly bent, it can let you know how much the bike has been dumped on it’s side giving you an idea of how hard it’s been ridden.
  • Look for dents in the rims.  Very telling on how hard this person rides if the rims are bent.  
  • Ask if the top end or bottom end of the engine has been rebuilt.  See it they have receipts for the work they have done. It would be best to have these things done by a professional shop rather than some kid in his garage.  Not all mechanics are created equal.  Better safe than sorry.
  • Ask if the bike has been raced.  Racing hours tend to be much harder hours than just casual riding.  Although we are not saying that bikes that have been raced are a bad idea, it’s just something to consider when making this purchase.
  • Is the clutch easy to pull or hard as a rock?  It might just need a new cable, but it could be another issue. 
  • Did they install a new plastic kit on the bike to sell it?  Makes me wonder if they are trying to hide something from me.  It’s not always a bad thing, but it’s something to think about. 
  • Are the grips worn out and dirty?  The seller should have installed new grips to give it a fresher look. Grips are only like $10-$15 but it’s the thought that counts. That highlights their attention to detail.
  • Ask to see a maintenance schedule (valves, oil changes, gear oil changes, suspension).
  • Remember that aftermarket parts don’t make the bike worth more money.  They might help sell the bike quicker, but they don’t add to the value.  If the owner put $2000 worth of aftermarket parts on the bike, I might pay $100 more for it, but that’s it.  Remember that if you went to buy a car and they told you that it has a new 10K motor and a new 4K stereo, they haven’t changed the “blue book” value at all.  It’s still a 2014 Honda Accord with 80K miles and that dictates the value.  Same concept applies here.

Just know that you are going to be taking some risk with each used dirt bike purchase.  You may end up needing to dump money and time into repairs after you get it home start riding the bike.  In many cases, this is unavoidable.  That is the trade-off you make for not buying new, but it is still a great way to go. 

Win My Dirt Bike Is Back! 2019 KTM 300 XC-W TPI

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Here we go again.  You guys asked for it.  This is a brand new 2019 KTM 300 XC-W TPI.  It’s the 300cc fuel injected two stroke dirt bike that everyone has been waiting for, and it can be yours very soon.  In approximately 60 days, Dirt Bike Channel will be giving this bike away in brand new condition to a very lucky person. 

The only logical question you should be wondering right now is “how do I enter to win”?  The answer is simple. Visit dirtbikechannel.com/winmydirtbike and purchase some Dirt Bike Channel gear.  I have T-shirts, Hats, Hoodies, and Socks.  For every $5 you spend (not including shipping) you get one entry for the bike.  Keep in mind that there are a limited number of hoodies, hats, and socks available, so get them before they are gone.  I’ll continue to print the shirts on demand as the orders come in, so there may be a 3 week delay on your shirt being delivered to you.  With the hoodies, hats, and socks, I was required to purchase them in advance.  That means that if your order only contains one of those three things (or one of each), your order should be fulfilled quickly.  You might wait a bit on the shirt if you don’t order your in the first day or two of the sweepstakes.

After the promotional period is over (ends Sept 30th 2018), I will send a list of all the entries to my accountant and they will select a random winner for me. I will then contact the winner and set up a delivery to them.  It’s going to be great!

This sweepstakes is only available for US residents.  The cost of shipping the gear and also filling out customs forms for International deliveries precludes me from offering this across international borders.  I’m sorry for anyone living outside the USA who would love to be part of this.

We gave away another dirt bike! 2018 KTM 250 XC-W TPI

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Michael and Bryan Morris met me and my wife today in Mountain Home Idaho to pick up their new dirt bike.  They are from Bend Oregon. What an amazing experience this giveaway has been. Meeting like minded, family oriented people like the Morris's in these photos help keep me grounded in the knowledge that family relationships are as important as anything else in life. Karen and I were privileged to witness the love of a father and son today. Those bonds when properly founded run very deep. May we all follow their example and show love and respect to those that matter most in our lives. The dirt bike community is a special one. Lets not forget that. Thank you for everyone who took part in the process.


 

I Am Giving My Dirt Bike Away for the Price of a T-Shirt!

Win My Dirt Bike!

Click HERE to enter to win this 2017 Sherco 300 SE-R Factory Edition

Hey guys, I can't begin to describe how excited I am about this little project.  A couple of months ago, I had the idea to do something really cool with a dirt bike after I'm finished with the full review.  Normally I sell them at a loss and move on.  I have been doing this for about 3 years, and it's been okay since I'm making a little money back on YouTube ad-sense, Patreon supporters, and the affiliate links for parts.
This time around I wanted to try something different.  The thought occurred to me, what if I give the bike away to one lucky person? At first it sounded crazy since instead of taking a $1500-$2000 dollar loss on the bike, I'd be taking the full amount as a loss (many, many thousands of dollars).  At least it might generate some buzz online, right?  That could be good, right?  I wrestled with that thought and then had another.  What if I were to sell some t-shirts as a way to enter the drawing?  That could help stem the bleeding.  After talking to a lawyer, selling something for the opportunity to win also seemed like the best way to make sure I'm not engaging in gambling!  Of course this would mean I'd also need to make sure there was a way to enter this "drawing" for the dirt bike with out making a purchase, so I set up a mail in entry option too.

After engaging a lawyer to draft up the official rules for the giveaway, having them draft a winner's "contract" for the dirt bike, and also talking to my accountant, I knew I had a legal "promotion" on my hands, and the wheels were set in motion.

The promotion, or drawing for the 2017 Sherco 300 SE-R kicks off on July 1st 2017 and lasts until the end of August 2017.  If all goes to plan, I will select a random winner for the list of entrants on or around September 1st or 2nd.  I plan to announce the winner on Labor Day 2017. 

 

RYAN DUNGEY ANNOUNCES HIS RETIREMENT

RYAN DUNGEY ANNOUNCES HIS RETIREMENT FROM PROFESSIONAL RACING


Important announcement from the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team

ANAHEIM, Calif. – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing team rider Ryan Dungey announced today his retirement from professional racing in a press conference hosted by KTM inside the iconic Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California. Dungey’s announcement comes shortly after securing his third-consecutive AMA 450SX Championship aboard the KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION in what would ultimately serve as the final race of his professional career at Las Vegas’ Sam Boyd Stadium.

ANAHEIM, Calif. – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing team rider Ryan Dungey announced today his retirement from professional racing in a press conference hosted by KTM inside the iconic Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California. Dungey’s announcement comes shortly after securing his third-consecutive AMA 450SX Championship aboard the KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION in what would ultimately serve as the final race of his professional career at Las Vegas’ Sam Boyd Stadium.

Dungey, a 27-year-old Minnesota native, has captured a total of nine AMA Supercross and Motocross Championships, including four AMA 450SX titles (2017, 2016, 2015, 2012), three AMA 450 Class MX titles (2015, 2012, 2010), an AMA West Coast SX Lites title (2009) and an AMA 250 Class MX title (2009). Additionally, Dungey was a vital part of the U.S. Team’s success in 2009, 2010 and 2011 to bring home three Motocross des Nations Championships.

Not only did Ryan Dungey make big strides in his career on the race track, but he also made an everlasting impact on the sport as a whole. In 2015, Dungey won the ESPY Award for Best Male Action Sports Athlete, and he once again took the honor in 2016. That same year, Dungey reached another milestone to become the first motocross rider ever to appear on the Wheaties Box, further proving his merit outside of the motorcycle community.

Dungey: “It's hard to believe that this day has come but after a lot of thinking and praying over the last several months, today I announce my retirement from racing professional Supercross and Motocross. This decision has not been an easy one. I've achieved more than I ever could have imagined or dreamed of and for all of this I am incredibly humbled and honored. I've gone as hard as I can for as long as I can but the reality is that our sport is tough, the seasons are long and it takes a huge amount of sacrifice, hard work and discipline to stay on top. Physically I feel that I’m in the best shape of my life, race craft-wise I’m in the best shape of my life and I have the equipment to win, there’s no doubt about that. However, this year I have struggled mentally. I have always raced because I love it and want so badly to win, but this season was just different for me. Getting my head into the game each week just wasn’t the same and lining up and being able to focus like I always had in the past was just different. I never thought I would get to a place where I had to talk myself into starting a race but that’s how it was for me - and the truth is that bothers me a lot. I could easily take the paycheck and just race to finish but that’s not who I am and not how I want to race, nor be remembered. I said on the podium in Las Vegas a week and a half ago that this championship win meant the most out of all my Supercross titles because the truth is, I had to fight the hardest for this one. Not necessarily because of the battles on the track, though those were good and tough, but because I had to mentally push myself like never before to get it done. And to come out on top and hold onto the championship title for the third year in a row is an unbelievable blessing that I’m incredibly proud of.”

 

Dungey added“I love racing and I love our sport but I just feel it in my heart that I am ready to step away now – happy, healthy and feeling totally blessed. I've accomplished everything that I set out to do and so much more. Although I'm taking a step back from racing, I still plan to be involved in the sport and continue to try to make it better in any way that I can. This sport has blessed me beyond belief and I'll forever be grateful for the memories I've made and friendships I've developed along the way. As this chapter of my life comes to a close, I’m excited to see what the next chapter has in store for me.”

Stefan Pierer (CEO KTM GROUP): “For six years Ryan has been a part of the KTM family, beginning in 2012 when he came to KTM following Roger De Coster. Since then, Ryan has written a very important part of our history and together with Roger they brought KTM to the pinnacle of the sport worldwide. Ryan is outstanding. His performance and his personality brought KTM to the next level and we thank him for that. We are wishing him all the best for the next step and we are very happy to look for his next ambitious goals in the KTM family.”

Pit Beirer (KTM Motorsports Director): “First of all I would like to congratulate Ryan for this amazing 2017 Supercross title. It was a tough fight but at the end he took the title home to our KTM family and it just makes us really, really proud. It’s nice for our Company to work with an athlete like Ryan, who brings always 100 percent for the brand. Ryan made history for KTM – he won the first Supercross race for us and the first Supercross title, and together with the U.S. team they’ve been the game changers. I’m looking forward to working with Ryan in the future to keep our first-class team on the same position and look for young riders, which I’m sure he will give us the right hand.”

Roger De Coster (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team Manager): “It has been an honor to work with Ryan for over ten years together. In that time he never failed to end a championship on the podium and I can say that I have never worked with a rider who took his job so seriously. This is the end of an era but we know Ryan will stay involved with our team although it is not completely defined yet. He has already begun helping Marvin prepare for the Nationals and we are excited to continue our relationship with him. We wish Ryan and Lindsey all the best for their future."

The Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team would like thank Ryan Dungey for his many contributions to the KTM brand, as well as the sport of Supercross and Motocross as a whole. Congratulations, Champ!

2018 KTM models are hitting the news

The biggest news for KTM this year is the all new 2018 KTM 250 XCW TPI. This is KTM's very first attempt at offering a fuel injected 2-stroke. TPI stands for transfer port injection and according to KTM this system comes with two injectors making for a smoother ride.

They are also boldly claiming that this TPI system will dramatically reduce fuel consumption (Going to be a fun test).

Here are the pictures:

2018 250 XC-W TPI Highlights

NEW 249cc 2-Stroke engine fitted with a patented TPI fuel injection system for perfect fueling at any altitude, no premixing and reduced fuel consumption while still living up to the standard of a KTM 2-stroke.
NEW Cylinder with two injectors placed in the rear transfer ports for excellent downstream atomization of fuel.
NEW EMS featuring a new ECU controlling ignition timing and fuel based on information from 5 sensors reading intake and ambient air pressure, throttle position, oil and water temperature for optimized engine response.
NEW 39mm throttle body by Dell’Orto features a butterfly valve controlled by a twin cable throttle.
NEW electronic oil pump feeds oil from the 700cc oil tank to intake to ensure a perfect fuel-oil mix under any condition while reducing smoking by 50% for up to 5 tanks of fuel.
UPDATED WP Xplor 48 upside-down split front fork with new outer tubes for more sensitivity, less stiction and reduced weight. Revised settings are stiffer as well.
UPDATED WP Xplor PDS rear suspension features stiffer settings while still offering the progressive feel and excellent bottoming resistance only PDS can provide.
NEW radiator guards provide better airflow in muddy conditions.
Engine cases feature a compact shaft arrangement for better mass centralization.
Cylinder with twin-valve controlled power valve for smooth power that can be adjusted within seconds for different track conditions.
Revolutionary lateral counter balancer reduces engine vibrations for less rider fatigue at the end of the moto.
6-speed wide ratio transmission is perfectly suited for off-road duty
Hydraulically operated DDS clutch features a damping system for better traction and durability.
Lightweight Chromoly steel frame provides high torsional rigidity with less longitudinal stiffness resulting in excellent handling and energy absorption
PDS Shock mounting geometry is matched to the aluminum swingarm with a centered location for nearly symmetrical loads to the swingarm.
Forged aluminum triple clamp with handlebar positions and a 22mm offset for precise handling.
ODI grips that feature a lock-on design for the left grip and a vulcanized grip on the throttle side.
“No Dirt” footpeg design keeps the pegs pivot from becoming clogged, ensuring the footpeg is always in the correct position.
CNC machined hubs, high-end Giant rims and Dunlop tires for maximum strength and traction
Airbox and filter design provides maximum performance with fast “no tools” air filter changes.
Bodywork with perfect ergonomics and contact points for maximum control and comfort.
2.4 gallon see-through polyethylene tank provides the range needed from a true READY TO RACE enduro bike.
“No Dirt” shift lever prevents dirt from fouling the lever joint to ensure proper shifting in any condition.
SPECIFICATIONS

Engine Type: Single Cylinder, 2-Stroke
Displacement: 249 cc
Bore/Stroke: 64.4 / 72 mm
Starter: Electric, Lithium Ion 12 V 2 Ah / Kickstarter
Transmission: 6 Gears, wide ratio
Fuel System: TPI, Dell’Orto 39mm Throttle Body
Lubrication: Electronically Regulated Oil Pump
Primary Ratio: 26:73
Final Drive: 13:50
Cooling: Liquid Cooling
Clutch: Wet Multi-Disc DDS Clutch, Brembo Hydraulics
Ignition: Synerject EMS
Frame: Central Double-Cradle Type 25CrMo4 Steel
Subframe: Aluminum
Handlebar: Neken, Aluminum Ø 28/22mm
Front Suspension: WP Xplor USD Ø 48mm
Rear Suspension: WP Xplor PDS Monoshock
Suspension Travel Front/Rear: 300 mm / 11.8 in; 310 mm / 12.2 in
Front/Rear Brakes: Disc Brake 260 mm; 220 mm
Front/Rear Rims: 1.60 x 21” / 2.15 x 18” Giant
Front/Rear Tires: 80/100-21” / 110/100-18” Dunlop GEOMAX AT81
Chain: 5/8 x 1/4 in
Silencer: Aluminum
Steering Head Angle: 26.5º
Triple Clamp Offset: 22 mm
Wheelbase: 1,482mm ± 10 mm / 58.3 ± 0.4 in
Ground Clearance: 370mm / 14.6 in
Seat Height: 960 mm / 37.8 in
Tank Capacity, Approx: 9 l / 2.4 gal
Weight (without fuel), Approx: 103 kg / 227. lbs

PRICE: TBA

2017 Honda CRF450RX

Honda has come out swinging this year in the offroad world. The all new 2017 CRF 450RX is targeting serious off road riders. This bike comes with E-start, back up kick starter, 18 in rear wheel, and a larger gas tank than the CRF450R. 

Here are the specs for the CRF450RX

  • Engine Type

    449cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke

    Bore And Stroke

    96mm x 62.1mm

    Compression Ratio

    13.5:1

    Valve Train

    Unicam® four-valve; 38mm intake, titanium; 31mm exhaust, Steel

    Induction

    Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI), 46mm downdraft throttle body

    Ignition

    Full transistorized with electronic advance

  • DRIVE TRAIN

    Transmission

    Close-ratio five-speed

    Final Drive

    #520 Chain; 13T/50T

  • CHASSIS / SUSPENSION / BRAKES

    Front Suspension

    49mm inverted Showa fork with rebound and compression damping adjustability; 12.0 inches of travel

    Rear Suspension

    Pro-Link® Showa single shock with adjustable spring preload, rebound and compression damping adjustability; 12.28 inches of travel

    Front Brake

    Single 260mm disc with twin-piston caliper

    Rear Brake

    Single 240mm disc

    Front Tire

    Dunlop Geomax AT81 90/90-21

    Rear Tire

    Dunlop Geomax AT81 120/90-18

  • DIMENSIONS

    Wheelbase

    58.1 inches

    Rake

    27° 22' (Caster Angle)

    Trail

    116mm (4.6 inches)

    Seat Height

    37.8 inches

    Ground Clearance

    12.9 inches

    Fuel Capacity

    2.2 gallons

    Curb Weight

    261 lbs (Includes all standard equipment, required fluids and full tank of fuel—ready to ride.)

2017 Suzuki RMX450Z

Big news from the Suzuki camp. It appears that Suzuki also wants to take a swing at KTM's offroad dominance.

Here are the specs: 

Engine449cc, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, single cylinder, DOHC

Bore Stroke96.0 x 62.1mm (3.78 x 2.4 in.)

Compression Ratio11.6:1

Fuel SystemFuel Injection

StarterElectric with backup kick starter

LubricationSemi-dry sump

DRIVE TRAIN

Transmission5-speed constant mesh

Final DriveChain, DID520MXV, 114 links

CHASSIS

Suspension FrontInverted telescopic, coil spring, oil damped

Suspension RearLink type, coil spring, oil damped

Brakes FrontDisc brake, single rotor

Brakes RearDisc brake, single rotor

Tires Front80/100-21 51M, tube type

Tires Rear110/90-18 64M, tube type

Fuel Tank Capacity6.2 L (1.6 US gal)

ColorChampion Yellow / Solid Black

ELECTRICAL

IgnitionElectronic Ignition (CDI)

Headlight12V 35W (H8)

Tail lightLED

DIMENSIONS

Overall Length2185 mm (86.0 in.)

Overall Width840 mm (33.1 in.)

Overall Height1265 mm (49.8 in.)

Wheelbase1485 mm (58.5 in)

Ground Clearance320 mm (12.6 in)

Seat Height950 mm (37.4 in)

Curb Weight123.5 kg (272 lbs.)

WARRANTY

Warranty6 month limited warranty*

Extensions*Extensions available through Suzuki Extended Protection (SEP)

How to buy a used Dirt Bike

Buying a used bike can be a daunting task. There are many things to consider when looking to buy a used dirt bike.

Dirt Bike Channel has put together this little guide to give you some ideas and help when looking at used bikes.

Here is a list of 10 things we look for when looking to buy a used dirt bike:

  • Look for wear and tear on the frame, and side casings.  Plastic is easy to replace, frames and motors are not.

  • Look under the bike for dents in the frame or engine.

  • When starting the bike listen for ANY funny noises. Ride the bike and run it through the gears.

  • Look to see if the radiator’s are bent.

  • Look for dents in the rims

  • Check the oil levels (ask if they have recently been changed)

  • Look for oil leaks or cracks in the motor.

  • Ask if the top end or bottom end of the engine has been rebuilt

  • Ask if the bike has been raced.

  • Ask to see a maintenance schedule (valves, oil changes, gear oil changes, suspension).


Let us know what you look for when buying a used bike. We are also working on an in-depth guide to buying used bikes.

Check out the comments on what others also recommend when buying a used bike.

2017 Kawasaki Motocross lineup

2017 KAWASAKI KX 450F

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The KX 450F went through a big update in 2016 so we didn't expect any big changes for 2017. Here are the new goodies on the 2017 KX450F

• in-mold graphics

• new triple clamp

• flatter seat

• lower gas tank

• revised ECU

2017 KAWASAKI KX250F

It looks like Kawasaki decided to show some love to the 2017 KX250F. For 2017 the KX250F received the following updates:

• Lighter engine that produces more power

• A frame that is more narrow

• Better shifting

• Lower gas tank like the KX450F

• Flatter seat like the KX450F

* 229.9 LBS

2017 KAWASAKI KX100

2017 KAWASAKI KX85

2017 KAWASAKI KX65

Yes, Kawasaki still makes 2-strokes. Yes, they are mini bikes and haven't really seen any updates for quite sometime. We still get excited to see them in the lineup.

Check them out.

2017 KTM Offroad lineup

2017 KTM 300 XC

2017 KTM 300 XC

KTM has released their 2017 KTM off-road lineup. We are really excited about the ALL NEW 2-stroke motor and platform for the 300/250 off-road bikes. The entire line is getting the new AER air fork. There will no longer be a XCF-W line and also the 150 is replacing the mighty 200. If you want a 2017 KTM XC-W you will need to buy a 2-stroke. Let us know what you think.

 

 

2017 450 XC-F Highlights

NEW WP AER 48 front fork with a sophisticated air spring design and separate damping for easy adjustment to any track condition, rider weight or skill level is tuned specifically for off-road competition. The fork is now 3.1 pounds lighter than the 4CS unit it replaces
NEW rear suspension settings and softer rear spring are perfectly matched to the WP AER 48 front fork
NEW Handlebar map switch that also activates TRACTION CONTROL and Launch Control for enhanced traction for the start, middle and end of the race
NEW top triple clamp supports the new flex characteristic of the WP AER 48 fork for better action and reduced friction
NEW Handlebar clamps feature a separated lower clamp and bridge-type upper clamp for more torsional stiffness
NEW 10mm longer rear brake pedal and less aggressive brake pads provide better modulation and control
NEW Aluminum head stays are 60 grams lighter than the steel they replace
A lightweight Chromoly steel frame provides high torsional rigidity with less longitudinal stiffness resulting in excellent handling and energy absorption
KTM’s “No Dirt” footpeg design keeps the pegs pivot from becoming clogged, ensuring the footpeg is always in the correct position.
Super lightweight Galfer Wave rotors, CNC machined hubs, high-end Giant rims and Dunlop GEOMAX AT81 tires
Airbox and filter design provides maximum performance with fast “no tools” air filter changes
“No Dirt” shift lever prevents dirt from fouling the lever joint to ensure proper shifting in any condition
Off-road specific additions such as hand guards, a side stand and a 18” rear wheel ensures the 2017 KTM 450 XC-F is READY TO RACE

SPECIFICATIONS

Engine Type: Single Cylinder, 4-Stroke
Displacement: 449.9cc
Bore/Stroke: 95.0/63.4 mm
Compression Ratio: 12.7.5:1
Starter/Battery: Electric Starter / 12V, 3Ah
Transmission: 5 Gears
Fuel System: Keihin EFI, 44mm Throttle Body
Lubrication: Pressure lubrication with 2 oil pumps
Primary Ratio: 31:76
Final Drive: 13:48
Cooling: Liquid Cooling
Clutch: Wet Multi-Disc DDS-Clutch, Brembo Hydraulics
Ignition: Keihin EMS
Frame: Central Double-Cradle Type 25CrMo4 Steel
Subframe: Aluminum
Handlebar: Neken, Aluminum Ø 28/22mm
Front Suspension: WP Suspension AER 48 USD Ø 48mm
Rear Suspension: WP Monoshock 5018 BAVP DCC with Linkage
Suspension Travel Front/Rear: 300 mm/11.81 in; 300 mm/11.81 in
Front/Rear Brakes: Disc Brake 260 mm/10.24 in; 220 mm/8.66 in
Front/Rear Rims: 1.60x 21, 2.15 x 18 Giant
Front/Rear Tires: 80/100-21”; 110/100-18” Dunlop AT81
Chain: 5/8 x 1/4 in
Silencer: Aluminum
Steering Head Angle: 26.1º
Triple Clamp Offset: 22 mm
Wheelbase: 1,485mm ± 10 mm / 58.5 ± 0.4 in
Ground Clearance: 370mm / 14.6 in
Seat Height: 960 mm / 37.8 in
Tank Capacity, Approx: 8.5 L / 2.25 gal
Weight (without fuel), Approx: 101.4 kg/ 223.5 lbs

2017 350 XC-F Highlights

NEW WP AER 48 front fork with a sophisticated air spring design and separate damping for easy adjustment to any track condition, rider weight or skill level is tuned specifically for off-road competition. The fork is now 3.1 pounds lighter than the 4CS unit it replaces
NEW rear suspension settings and softer rear spring are perfectly matched to the WP AER 48 front fork
NEW Handlebar map switch that also activates TRACTION CONTROL and Launch Control for enhanced traction for the start, middle and end of the race
NEW top triple clamp supports the new flex characteristic of the WP AER 48 fork for better action and reduced friction
NEW Handlebar clamps feature a separated lower clamp and bridge-type upper clamp for more torsional stiffness
NEW 10mm longer rear brake pedal and less aggressive brake pads provide better modulation and control
NEW Aluminum head stays are 60 grams lighter than the steel they replace
A lightweight Chromoly steel frame provides high torsional rigidity with less longitudinal stiffness resulting in excellent handling and energy absorption
KTM’s “No Dirt” footpeg design keeps the pegs pivot from becoming clogged, ensuring the footpeg is always in the correct position.
Super lightweight Galfer Wave rotors, CNC machined hubs, high-end Giant rims and Dunlop GEOMAX AT81 tires
Airbox and filter design provides maximum performance with fast “no tools” air filter changes
“No Dirt” shift lever prevents dirt from fouling the lever joint to ensure proper shifting in any condition
Off-road specific additions such as hand guards, a side stand and a 18” rear wheel ensures the 2017 KTM 350 XC-F is Ready to Race

SPECIFICATIONS

Engine Type: Single Cylinder, 4-Stroke
Displacement: 349.7cc
Bore / Stroke: 88.0 / 57.5 mm
Compression Ratio: 14.0:1
Starter/Battery: Electric Starter / 12V, 3Ah
Transmission: 6 Gears, Semi-close
Fuel System: Keihin EFI, 44mm Throttle Body
Lubrication: Pressure lubrication with 2 oil pumps
Primary Ratio: 24:73
Final Drive: 14:50
Cooling: Liquid Cooling
Clutch: Wet Multi-Disc CSS-Clutch, Brembo Hydraulics
Ignition: Keihin EMS
Frame: Central Double-Cradle Type 25CrMo4 Steel
Subframe: Aluminum
Handlebar: Neken, Aluminum Ø 28/22mm
Front Suspension: WP Suspension AER 48 USD Ø 48mm
Rear Suspension: WP Monoshock 5018 BAVP DCC with Linkage
Suspension Travel Front/Rear: 300 mm/11.81 in; 300 mm/11.81 in
Front/Rear Brakes: Disc Brake 260 mm/10.24 in; 220 mm/8.66 in
Front/Rear Rims: 1.60x 21, 2.15 x 18 Giant
Front/Rear Tires: 80/100-21”; 110/100-18” Dunlop AT81
Chain: 5/8 x 1/4 in
Silencer: Aluminum
Steering Head Angle: 26.1º
Triple Clamp Offset: 22 mm
Wheelbase: 1,485mm ± 10 mm / 58.5 ± 0.4 in
Ground Clearance: 370mm / 14.6 in
Seat Height: 992 mm / 37.8 in
Tank Capacity, Approx: 8.5 L / 2.25 gal
Weight (without fuel), Approx: 100.2 kg / 220.9 lbs

2017 250 XC-F Highlights

NEW WP AER 48 front fork with a sophisticated air spring design and separate damping for easy adjustment to any track condition, rider weight or skill level is tuned specifically for off-road competition. The fork is now 3.1 pounds lighter than the 4CS unit it replaces
NEW rear suspension settings and softer rear spring are perfectly matched to the WP AER 48 front fork
NEW Handlebar map switch that also activates TRACTION CONTROL and Launch Control for enhanced traction for the start, middle and end of the race
NEW top triple clamp supports the new flex characteristic of the WP AER 48 fork for better action and reduced friction
NEW Handlebar clamps feature a separated lower clamp and bridge-type upper clamp for more torsional stiffness
NEW 10mm longer rear brake pedal and less aggressive brake pads provide better modulation and control
NEW Aluminum head stays are 60 grams lighter than the steel they replace
A lightweight Chromoly steel frame provides high torsional rigidity with less longitudinal stiffness resulting in excellent handling and energy absorption
KTM’s “No Dirt” footpeg design keeps the pegs pivot from becoming clogged, ensuring the footpeg is always in the correct position.
Super lightweight Galfer Wave rotors, CNC machined hubs, high-end Giant rims and Dunlop GEOMAX AT81 tires
Airbox and filter design provides maximum performance with fast “no tools” air filter changes
“No Dirt” shift lever prevents dirt from fouling the lever joint to ensure proper shifting in any condition
Off-road specific additions such as hand guards, a side stand and a 18” rear wheel ensures the 2017 KTM 250 XC-F is Ready to Race

SPECIFICATIONS

Engine Type: Single Cylinder, 4-Stroke
Displacement: 249cc
Bore/Stroke: 78.0/52.3 mm
Compression Ratio: 14.4:1
Starter/Battery: Electric Starter / 12V, 3Ah
Transmission: 6 Gears, Semi-close
Fuel System: Keihin EFI, 44mm Throttle Body
Lubrication: Pressure lubrication with 2 oil pumps
Primary Ratio: 24:73
Final Drive: 13:50
Cooling: Liquid Cooling
Clutch: Wet Multi-Disc CSS-Clutch, Brembo Hydraulics
Ignition: Keihin EMS
Frame: Central Double-Cradle Type 25CrMo4 Steel
Subframe: Aluminum
Handlebar: Neken, Aluminum Ø 28/22mm
Front Suspension: WP Suspension AER 48 USD Ø 48mm
Rear Suspension: WP Monoshock 5018 BAVP DCC with Linkage
Suspension Travel Front/Rear: 300 mm/11.81 in; 300 mm/11.81 in
Front/Rear Brakes: Disc Brake 260 mm/10.24 in; 220 mm/8.66 in
Front/Rear Rims: 1.60x 21”, 2.15 x 18” Giant
Front/Rear Tires: 80/100-21”; 110/100-18” Dunlop AT81
Chain: 5/8 x 1/4 in
Silencer: Aluminum
Steering Head Angle: 26.1º
Triple Clamp Offset: 22 mm
Wheelbase: 1,485mm ± 10 mm / 58.5 ± 0.4 in
Ground Clearance: 370mm / 14.6 in
Seat Height: 960 mm / 37.8 in
Tank Capacity, Approx: 8.5 L / 2.25 gal
Weight (without fuel), Approx: 99.2 kg / 218.7 lbs

2017 300 XC Highlights

NEW 293 cc engine features an all new architecture with a new shaft arrangement for better mass centralization
NEW cylinder with twin-valve controlled power valve for smooth power that can be adjusted within seconds for different track conditions
NEW lateral counter balancer reduces engine vibrations for less rider fatigue at the end of the race
NEW reworked 5-speed transmission shifts easier with more precision
Hydraulically operated DDS clutch features a damping system for better traction and durability
NEW 38mm Mikuni TX carburetor for smoother and more controllable power delivery. It is also less sensitive to altitude and temperature changes
NEW lightweight Chromoly steel frame provides high torsional rigidity with less longitudinal stiffness resulting in excellent handling and energy absorption
NEW Tuned exhaust pipe for maximum power output
NEW WP AER 48 front fork with a sophisticated air spring design and separate damping for easy adjustment to any track condition, rider weight or skill level is tuned specifically for off-road competition. The fork is now 3.1 pounds lighter than the 4CS unit it replaces
NEW rear suspension settings and softer rear spring are perfectly matched to the WP AER 48 front fork
NEW top triple clamp supports the new flex characteristic of the WP AER 48 fork for better action and reduced friction
NEW Handlebar clamps feature a separated lower clamp and bridge-type upper clamp for more torsional stiffness
NEW 10mm longer rear brake pedal and less aggressive brake pads provide better modulation and control
KTM’s “No Dirt” footpeg design keeps the pegs pivot from becoming clogged, ensuring the footpeg is always in the correct position.
Super lightweight Galfer Wave rotors, CNC machined hubs, high-end Giant rims and Dunlop GEOMAX AT81 tires
Airbox and filter design provides maximum performance with fast “no tools” air filter changes
“No Dirt” shift lever prevents dirt from fouling the lever joint to ensure proper shifting in any condition
Off-road specific additions such as hand guards, a side stand and a 18” rear wheel ensures the 2017 KTM 300 XC is READY TO RACE

SPECIFICATIONS

Engine Type: Single Cylinder, 2-Stroke
Displacement: 293 cc
Bore/Stroke: 72.0/72.0 mm
Starter: Kickstarter
Transmission: 6 Gears, Semi-close Ratio
Fuel System: Mikuni TX 38 Carburetor
Lubrication: Premix 60:1
Primary Ratio: 26:73
Final Drive: 13:50
Cooling: Liquid Cooling
Clutch: Wet Multi-Disc DDS-Clutch, Brembo Hydraulics
Ignition: Kokusan
Frame: Central Double-Cradle Type 25CrMo4 Steel
Subframe: Aluminum
Handlebar: Neken, Aluminum Ø 28/22mm
Front Suspension: WP Suspension AER 48 USD Ø 48mm
Rear Suspension: WP Monoshock 5018 BAVP DCC with Linkage
Suspension Travel Front/Rear: 300 mm/11.81 in; 300 mm/11.81 in
Front/Rear Brakes: Disc Brake 260 mm/10.24 in; 220 mm/8.66 in
Front/Rear Rims: 1.60 x 21”, 2.15 x 18” Giant
Front/Rear Tires: 80/100-21”; 110/90-19” Dunlop AT81
Chain: 5/8 x 1/4 in
Silencer: Aluminum
Steering Head Angle: 26.1º
Triple Clamp Offset: 22 mm
Wheelbase: 1,485mm ± 10 mm / 58.5 ± 0.4 in
Ground Clearance: 370mm / 14.6 in
Seat Height: 960 mm / 37.8 in
Tank Capacity, Approx: 10 L / 2.6 gal
Weight (without fuel), Approx: 95 kg/ 209.4 lbs (NOT CONFIRMED)

2017 250 XC Highlights

NEW 249 cc engine features an all new architecture with a new shaft arrangement for better mass centralization
NEW cylinder with twin-valve controlled power valve for smooth power that can be adjusted within seconds for different track conditions
NEW lateral counter balancer reduces engine vibrations for less rider fatigue at the end of the race
NEW reworked 6-speed transmission shifts easier with more precision
Hydraulically operated DDS clutch features a damping system for better traction and durability
NEW 38mm Mikuni TX carburetor for smoother and more controllable power delivery. It is also less sensitive to altitude and temperature changes
NEW lightweight Chromoly steel frame provides high torsional rigidity with less longitudinal stiffness resulting in excellent handling and energy absorption
NEW Tuned exhaust pipe for maximum power output
NEW WP AER 48 front fork with a sophisticated air spring design and separate damping for easy adjustment to any track condition, rider weight or skill level is tuned specifically for off-road competition. The fork is now 3.1 pounds lighter than the 4CS unit it replaces
NEW rear suspension settings and softer rear spring are perfectly matched to the WP AER 48 front fork
NEW top triple clamp supports the new flex characteristic of the WP AER 48 fork for better action and reduced friction
NEW Handlebar clamps feature a separated lower clamp and bridge-type upper clamp for more torsional stiffness
NEW 10mm longer rear brake pedal and less aggressive brake pads provide better modulation and control
KTM’s “No Dirt” footpeg design keeps the pegs pivot from becoming clogged, ensuring the footpeg is always in the correct position.
Super lightweight Galfer Wave rotors, CNC machined hubs, high-end Giant rims and Dunlop GEOMAX AT81 tires
Airbox and filter design provides maximum performance with fast “no tools” air filter changes
“No Dirt” shift lever prevents dirt from fouling the lever joint to ensure proper shifting in any condition
Off-road specific additions such as hand guards, a side stand and a 18” rear wheel ensures the 2017 KTM 250 XC is READY TO RACE

SPECIFICATIONS

Engine Type: Single Cylinder, 2-Stroke
Displacement: 249 cc
Bore/Stroke: 66.4/72.0 mm
Starter: Kickstarter
Transmission: 6 Gears, semi-close ratio
Fuel System: Mikuni TX 38 Carburetor
Lubrication: Premix 60:1
Primary Ratio: 26:73
Final Drive: 13:50
Cooling: Liquid Cooling
Clutch: Wet Multi-Disc DDS-Clutch, Brembo Hydraulics
Ignition: Kokusan
Frame: Central Double-Cradle Type 25CrMo4 Steel
Subframe: Aluminum
Handlebar: Neken, Aluminum Ø 28/22mm
Front Suspension: WP Suspension AER 48 USD Ø 48mm
Rear Suspension: WP Monoshock 5018 BAVP DCC with Linkage
Suspension Travel Front/Rear: 300 mm/11.81 in; 300 mm/11.81 in
Front/Rear Brakes: Disc Brake 260 mm/10.24 in; 220 mm/8.66 in
Front/Rear Rims: 1.60 x 21”, 2.15 x 18” Giant
Front/Rear Tires: 80/100-21”; 110/90-18” Dunlop AT81
Chain: 5/8 x 1/4 in
Silencer: Aluminum
Steering Head Angle: 26.1º
Triple Clamp Offset: 22 mm
Wheelbase: 1,485mm ± 10 mm / 58.5 ± 0.4 in
Ground Clearance: 370mm / 14.6 in
Seat Height: 960 mm / 37.8 in
Tank Capacity, Approx: 10 L / 2.6 gal
Weight (without fuel), Approx: 95 kg/ 209.4 lbs (NOT CONFIRMED)

2017 300 XC-W Highlights

NEW 293.2 cc engine features an all new architecture with a new shaft arrangement for better mass centralization
NEW cylinder with twin-valve controlled power valve for smooth power that can be adjusted within seconds for different track conditions
NEW lateral counter balancer reduces engine vibrations for less rider fatigue at the end of the moto
NEW 6-speed wide ratio transmission is perfectly suited for off-road duty
Hydraulically operated DDS clutch features a damping system for better traction and durability
NEW 38mm Mikuni TX carburetor for smoother and more controllable power delivery. It is also less sensitive to altitude and temperature changes
NEW lightweight Chromoly steel frame provides high torsional rigidity with less longitudinal stiffness resulting in excellent handling and energy absorption
NEW Tuned exhaust pipe for maximum power output
NEW WP Xplor 48 upside-down split front fork has outstanding damping characteristics and better bottoming resistance with less weight
NEW WP Xplor PDS rear suspension is more progressive and is lighter
NEW shock mounting geometry is matched to the new swingarm with a more centered location for nearly symmetrical loads to the swing arm
NEW Forged aluminum triple clamp with handlebar positions and a 22mm offset for precise handling
NEW throttle assembly with easy free play adjustment similar to the 4-strokes
NEW ODI grips that feature a lock-on design for the left grip and a vulcanized grip on the throttle side
NEW 10mm longer rear brake pedal, smaller rear brake piston and lighter disks provide class leading brake performance and feel
NEW “No Dirt” footpeg design keeps the pegs pivot from becoming clogged, ensuring the footpeg is always in the correct position.
NEW CNC machined hubs, high-end Giant rims and Maxxis tires for maximum strength and traction
NEW Airbox and filter design provides maximum performance with fast “no tools” air filter changes
NEW Bodywork with perfect ergonomics and contact points for maximum control and comfort
NEW Cooling system features stiffer radiators with better cooling efficiency while new radiator guards provide crash protection
NEW 2.5 gallon see-through polyethylene tank provides the range needed from a true READY TO RACE enduro bike
NEW “No Dirt” shift lever prevents dirt from fouling the lever joint to ensure proper shifting in any condition

SPECIFICATIONS

Engine Type: Single Cylinder, 2-Stroke
Displacement: 293.2 cc
Bore/Stroke: 72 / 72 mm
Starter: Electric, Lithium Ion 12 V 2 Ah / Kickstarter
Transmission: 6 Gears, wide ratio
Fuel System: Mikuni TX 38 Carburetor
Lubrication: Premix 60:1
Primary Ratio: 26:73
Final Drive: 13:50
Cooling: Liquid Cooling
Clutch: Wet Multi-Disc Clutch, Brembo Hydraulics
Ignition: Kokusan
Frame: Central Double-Cradle Type 25CrMo4 Steel
Subframe: Aluminum
Handlebar: Neken, Aluminum Ø 28/22mm
Front Suspension: WP Xplor USD Ø 48mm
Rear Suspension: WP Xplor PDS Monoshock
Suspension Travel Front/Rear: 300 mm/11.8 in; 310 mm/12.2 in
Front/Rear Brakes: Disc Brake 260 mm; 220 mm
Front/Rear Rims: 1.60 x 21”, 2.15 x 18” Giant
Front/Rear Tires: 80/100-21”; 110/100-18” Maxxis
Chain: 5/8 x 1/4 in
Silencer: Aluminum
Steering Head Angle: 26.5º
Triple Clamp Offset: 22 mm
Wheelbase: 1,482mm ± 10 mm / 58.3 ± 0.4 in
Ground Clearance: 370mm / 14.6 in
Seat Height: 960 mm / 37.8 in
Tank Capacity, Approx: 9.5 L / 2.5 gal
Weight (without fuel), Approx: 100 kg / 220.5 lbs

2017 250 XC-W Highlights

⦁ NEW 249 cc engine features an all new architecture with a new shaft arrangement for better mass centralization
⦁ NEW cylinder with twin-valve controlled power valve for smooth power that can be adjusted within seconds for different track conditions
⦁ NEW lateral counter balancer reduces engine vibrations for less rider fatigue at the end of the moto
⦁ NEW 6-speed wide ratio transmission is perfectly suited for off-road duty
⦁ Hydraulically operated DDS clutch features a damping system for better traction and durability
⦁ NEW 38mm Mikuni TX carburetor for smoother and more controllable power delivery. It is also less sensitive to altitude and temperature changes
⦁ NEW lightweight Chromoly steel frame provides high torsional rigidity with less longitudinal stiffness resulting in excellent handling and energy absorption
⦁ NEW Tuned exhaust pipe for maximum power output
⦁ NEW WP Xplor 48 upside-down split front fork has outstanding damping characteristics and better bottoming resistance with less weight
⦁ NEW WP Xplor PDS rear suspension is more progressive and is lighter
⦁ NEW shock mounting geometry is matched to the new swingarm with a more centered location for nearly symmetrical loads to the swing arm
⦁ NEW Forged aluminum triple clamp with handlebar positions and a 22mm offset for precise handling
⦁ NEW throttle assembly with easy free play adjustment similar to the 4-strokes
⦁ NEW ODI grips that feature a lock-on design for the left grip and a vulcanized grip on the throttle side
⦁ NEW 10mm longer rear brake pedal, smaller rear brake piston and lighter disks provide class leading brake performance and feel
⦁ NEW “No Dirt” footpeg design keeps the pegs pivot from becoming clogged, ensuring the footpeg is always in the correct position.
⦁ NEW CNC machined hubs, high-end Giant rims and Maxxis tires for maximum strength and traction
⦁ NEW Airbox and filter design provides maximum performance with fast “no tools” air filter changes
⦁ NEW Bodywork with perfect ergonomics and contact points for maximum control and comfort
⦁ NEW Cooling system features stiffer radiators with better cooling efficiency while new radiator guards provide crash protection
⦁ NEW 2.5 gallon see-through polyethylene tank provides the range needed from a true READY TO RACE enduro bike
⦁ NEW “No Dirt” shift lever prevents dirt from fouling the lever joint to ensure proper shifting in any condition

SPECIFICATIONS

Engine Type: Single Cylinder, 2-Stroke
Displacement: 249 cc
Bore/Stroke: 64.4 / 72 mm
Starter: Electric, Lithium Ion 12 V 2 Ah / Kickstarter
Transmission: 6 Gears, wide ratio
Fuel System: Mikuni TX 38 Carburetor
Lubrication: Premix 60:1
Primary Ratio: 26:73
Final Drive: 13:50
Cooling: Liquid Cooling
Clutch: Wet Multi-Disc Clutch, Brembo Hydraulics
Ignition: Kokusan
Frame: Central Double-Cradle Type 25CrMo4 Steel
Subframe: Aluminum
Handlebar: Neken, Aluminum Ø 28/22mm
Front Suspension: WP Xplor USD Ø 48mm
Rear Suspension: WP Xplor PDS Monoshock
Suspension Travel Front/Rear: 300 mm/11.8 in; 310 mm/12.2 in
Front/Rear Brakes: Disc Brake 260 mm; 220 mm
Front/Rear Rims: 1.60 x 21”, 2.15 x 18” Giant
Front/Rear Tires: 80/100-21”; 110/100-18” Maxxis
Chain: 5/8 x 1/4 in
Silencer: Aluminum
Steering Head Angle: 26.5º
Triple Clamp Offset: 22 mm
Wheelbase: 1,482mm ± 10 mm / 58.3 ± 0.4 in
Ground Clearance: 370mm / 14.6 in
Seat Height: 960 mm / 37.8 in
Tank Capacity, Approx: 9.5 L / 2.5 gal
Weight (without fuel), Approx: 100 kg / 220.5 lbs

2017 150 XC-W Highlights

NEW 143.99 cc engine features an all new architecture with a new shaft arrangement for better mass centralization
NEW cylinder with a newly developed power valve unit for a massive power increase over the entire rev range
NEW 6-speed wide ratio transmission shifts easier with more precision
New Brembo operated hydraulic clutch has excellent modulation and is reliable for tough duty
NEW 38mm Mikuni TX carburetor for smoother and more controllable power delivery. It is also less sensitive to altitude and temperature changes
NEW lightweight Chromoly steel frame provides high torsional rigidity with less longitudinal stiffness resulting in excellent handling and energy absorption
NEW Tuned exhaust pipe for maximum power output
NEW WP Xplor 48 upside-down split front fork has outstanding damping characteristics and better bottoming resistance with less weight
NEW WP Xplor PDS rear suspension is more progressive and is lighter
NEW shock mounting geometry is matched to the new swingarm with a more centered location for nearly symmetrical loads to the swing arm
NEW Forged aluminum triple clamp with handlebar positions and a 22mm offset for precise handling
NEW throttle assembly with easy free play adjustment similar to the 4-strokes
NEW ODI grips that feature a lock-on design for the left grip and a vulcanized grip on the throttle side
NEW 10mm longer rear brake pedal, smaller rear brake piston and lighter disks provide class leading brake performance and feel
NEW “No Dirt” footpeg design keeps the pegs pivot from becoming clogged, ensuring the footpeg is always in the correct position.
NEW CNC machined hubs, high-end Giant rims and Dunlop GEOMAX AT81 tires for maximum strength and traction
NEW Airbox and filter design provides maximum performance with fast “no tools” air filter changes
NEW Bodywork with perfect ergonomics and contact points for maximum control and comfort
NEW Cooling system features stiffer radiators with better cooling efficiency while new radiator guards provide crash protection
NEW 2.5 gallon see-through polyethylene tank provides the range needed from a true READY TO RACE enduro bike
NEW “No Dirt” shift lever prevents dirt from fouling the lever joint to ensure proper shifting in any condition

SPECIFICATIONS

Engine Type: Single Cylinder, 2-Stroke
Displacement: 143.99 cc
Bore/Stroke: 58/54.5 mm
Starter: Electric, Lithium Ion 12 V 2 Ah / Kickstarter
Transmission: 6 Gears, wide ratio
Fuel System: Mikuni TX 38 Carburetor
Lubrication: Premix 60:1
Primary Ratio: 23:73
Final Drive: 13:50
Cooling: Liquid Cooling
Clutch: Wet Multi-Disc Clutch, Brembo Hydraulics
Ignition: Kokusan
Frame: Central Double-Cradle Type 25CrMo4 Steel
Subframe: Aluminum
Handlebar: Neken, Aluminum Ø 28/22mm
Front Suspension: WP Xplor USD Ø 48mm
Rear Suspension: WP Xplor PDS Monoshock
Suspension Travel Front/Rear: 300 mm/11.8 in; 310 mm/12.2 in
Front/Rear Brakes: Disc Brake 260 mm; 220 mm
Front/Rear Rims: 1.60 x 21”, 2.15 x 18” Giant
Front/Rear Tires: 80/100-21”; 110/100-18” Dunlop AT81
Chain: 5/8 x 1/4 in
Silencer: Aluminum
Steering Head Angle: 26.5º
Triple Clamp Offset: 22 mm
Wheelbase: 1,471mm ± 10 mm / 57.9 ± 0.4 in
Ground Clearance: 370mm / 14.6 in
Seat Height: 960 mm / 37.8 in
Tank Capacity, Approx: 9.5 L / 2.5 gal
Weight (without fuel), Approx: 91.5 kg/ 201.7 lbs

2017 TX 300. All new 2017 Husqvarna models TX 300, FX 350, and FX 450

Husqvarna has added a brand new line-up for 2017. This is big news because it looks like this new line comes from the popular KTM XC line-up. The thing we are the most excited about is the all new TX 300. The 300 has the new frame, motor, and air shocks that the 2017 TC 250 received. The FX looks likes it received the same treatment that KTM's XCF models for 2016. 

The TX 300 is around 6-7 lbs lighter than the FX450 and comes with the AER air fork. Here are some pictures and information (courtesy of Husqvarna http://www.husqvarna-motorcycles.com/us/off-road/cross-country/tx-300/)

New Engine

 

The 300cc 2-stroke engine has for long been the best combination of unsurpassed power and lightweight construction. The simplicity and low maintenance cost of the 2-stroke motor has made it a favorite amongst riders for generations. The TX 300 features an advanced construction with shaft arrangements aimed at centralizing oscillating mass. A counter balancer shaft reduces vibration while a twin-valve controlled power valve ensures optimal performance.

New Crankcases

The TX 300 engine is designed with mass centralization as a key theme. As a result the lightweight, die-cast engine cases are developed to accommodate the specific location of shaft arrangements. Additionally the counter balancer shaft is integrated in a very compact manner having little affect on the compact design.

Transmission

A 6-speed semi-close ratio gearbox compliments the off-road usage of the TX 300. An innovative shift lever reduces dirt build up guaranteeing easy operation in even the toughest conditions.

38mm flat slide Mikuni TMX carburettor

38mm flat slide Mikuni TMX carburettor

Chromoly steel frame with composite carbon fibre subframe

The hydro-formed, laser-cut and robot-welded frame expertly crafted by WP Performance Systems is specifically designed with calculated parameters of longitudinal and torsional flex which best benefit handling and suspension functionality. The frame is finished off with a premium white powder coating and standard frame protectors guaranteeing supreme protection and durability.
The composite subframe is a design unique to Husqvarna showcasing pioneering technologies and innovation. This 3 piece component is made up of 30% carbon fiber making it remarkably light (3.1 lbs.) and also particularly strong. Specific care is taken to create a certain rigidity for optimal handling and rider ergonomics.
 

WP AER 48 air shock

Map select swtich

Map select swtich

The engine characteristics can be tailored thanks to the standard map switch that modifies the CDI curve between two ignition curves according to rider preference, conditions and terrain. Further optimisation of the power delivery can be obtained by varying the spring stiffness in the exhaust valve.

All new 2017 KTM mini MX bikes

KTM has released their 2017 minicycles first. I am assuming because of the all new Husky TC250 we will also see an update for all the KTM 2-strokes. Hopefully the new design will make it onto the off road line (XC, XCW). For now here are some pictures and info about the new mini bikes.

The biggest news is that the 2017 KTM 65SX and the 2017 KTM 50SX both are now equipped with WP's AER 35 front forks. Along with new graphics the 50SX mini gets a new shock.

Check out the following pictures (Courtesy of KTM www.ktm.com)

2017 KTM 85SX

2017 KTM 65SX

KTM WP AER 35 air forks

2017 KTM 50SX

2017 KTM 50SX Mini

2017 Husqvarna TC 250

Husqvarna has released their MY 2017 lineup. The biggest news is the all new TC250 2-stroke. 

We will continue to keep you posted as the entire Husqvarna lineup comes available. At a quick glance here are the biggest changes to the 2017 TC 250. The 2017 Husqvarna TC250 two-stroke weighs 211.2 pounds (without fuel). I think this is a couple of pounds lighter than MY2016.

(Courtesy of Husqvarna's website)

• New engine

 

The 250cc 2-stroke engine is the ultimate combination of unsurpassed power and lightweight construction. The simplicity and low maintenance cost of the 2-stroke motor makes it a favourite amongst motocross riders. The new TC 250 engine has a completely new construction featuring a new shaft arrangements for better mass centralisation, a new counter balancer shaft reducing vibration, a new twin-valve controlled power valve and re-worked 5-speed gearbox.

• New Cylinder

The 66.4mm bore cylinder features a newly developed power valve system which delivers smooth and controlled power throughout the RPM range. This can be further customised by simply changing two springs supplied and altering the power delivery for different track conditions or rider preference. The new cylinder and cylinder head incorporate a new water jacket design which guarantees better heat dissipation and improved cooling under the most extreme conditions. New cylinder head mountings secure the engine to the frame while also reducing vibrations for a smooth ride.

• New crankcases

In an effort to centralize mass, the lightweight die-cast engine casings are developed to accommodate new shaft arrangements. The clutch shaft is now 4mm higher while the crankshaft position is also raised 19.5mm centralising oscillating mass and improving ride-ability. Additionally the new counter balancer shaft has been integrated in a very compact manner without compromising the overall design while new engine covers offer better resistance from wear created by riders boots.

• New frame

With years of experience in designing the most advanced steel frames in offroad, the engineers in Research and Development designed a chromium molybdenum steel frame that redefines every structural aspect that benefits handling, ergonomics and packaging. With carefully calculated tortional and longitudinal flex, the frame works in harmony with the suspension to offer sharp handling and superior comfort. These characteristics, matched to a lightweight and compact engine design, offer exceptional handling precision while at the same time increasing bump-absorption and feeling.

• Carbon fibre subframe

The use of carbon fibre strips away weight, improving weight distribution and bringing weight closer to the centre of gravity for precise handling. The composition of the material is 30% carbon fibre and the overall 3-piece construction is remarkably light but also very strong for an overall weight of 1.4 kg. Additionally, a specific rigidity has been calculated in the component for optimal handling and rider ergonomics.

• New exhaust header

• Mikuni Carburettor

MY2016 fuel system was the Keihin PWK 36S AG

• WP AER 48 suspension

 

The WP AER 48 is a new milestone in the development of Husqvarna motocross models. It is safe, lightweight and easy to adjust through a single air valve and supplied fork pump for pre-load and click adjusters for compression and rebound. The system is made up of a set of split-system forks consisting of an air suspension unit and a hydraulic damping unit. The new forks offer a weight reduction of 1.6 kg in comparison to conventional fork systems of MY16. The forks are extremely responsive thanks to friction-optimized surface coating on the outer and inner tube surfaces and optimally designed sealing systems.

* WP DCC rear suspension

The WP DCC rear shock is designed to provide advanced damping characteristics while keeping to a compact and lightweight design. With a pressure balance inside the shock, damping is consistent and results in greater rider comfort and handling. Additionally, the outer surface of the gas reservoir is corrugated and increases cooling. The component is also fully adjustable and matched to a linkage system with a specific geometry to deliver the best possible traction and progression.

Muddy Bike: A Badge of Honor

Wouldn't you agree?  I'm mean, they are actually called DIRT BIKES, so it can't be all that bad.  When I'm camping, a muddy bike is like a badge of honor.  It's the visual reminder and evidence of a great experience that has recently taken place. I'm not huge on a bike that is just caked from head to toe with thick, nasty, clay, but this kind of dirt is just right.  It's that dark mountain earth that means we've been in some really pretty country, no doubt floating that front wheel over puddles and streams.  

I love riding in the mountains.  There is just something so moving about it. It's almost spiritual to be out there in the great outdoors on the bike.  I feel connected with nature, connected with my soul, and connected with my maker all at the same time.  Unless you've experienced it like I have, it's tough to explain.   A ride taking you through meadows, aspen trees, and pine trees is a good ride indeed.  Picking up a little mountain mud though each obstacle is another notch in your belt for the trip.

Of course, once I get home, I'm itching to get the bikes washed, and wipe the slate clean for the next time out.  Making things looks like new (or close to new anyway) again is a literal cleansing ritual I take seriously with my bikes.  I feel a nagging in my soul until I take the time to clean my machine after riding trip.  Back to clean, ready for the next time.  Its a beautiful cycle, don't you agree?

300 XC in the wild

Can a man be in love with 2 things at the same time?  I know I'm in love with my wife, and I'm now officially in love with this bike.  I've only got about 5 hours on it, and that is all it's taken.  I mean, when it's truly love, it just feels right.  Right?

What's so great about it?  It's got the stiffer suspension (as compared to the XC-W) that eats up the bumps at speed, and it gets more "pop" of everything you want to get "pop" off of to give you more air.  It's got the 300 two-stroke motor that is both a "tractor" and a "hot rod" in one small package.  It's light and feels very agile.  The XC gearing is great, and since putting a 52 tooth sprocket on the rear, it's even better for low end power. 

For right now, this really does seem to be the perfect bike for me.  I'm keeping the 300XC-W for those really tight, rocky, single track kind of days, but this 300 XC is now my primary bike of choice.  It just does so many things well for me.