KTM Introduces 2012 Enduro Lineup
XC-W and EXC Models
When KTM decides to step up to the plate they do it in a big way. For 2012 there is a whole range of new enduro models, seven XC-W’s and two new EXC’s. New motors, frames, suspension, clutch and the list just goes on. I have had a chance to test ride a couple of the bikes now, so stay tuned for more ride reviews this coming week.
But first off I want to look at the 350 line up. For the new year we get two additional models for the US, both with lights and one with a license plate. That makes four total models just in the 350 category. The enduro bikes are the newest generation PDS frames. To mellow out the power delivery they receive a heavier crankshaft and lower compression ratio. Ignition curves are also modified some to make the lively 350 easier to manage.
After just a brief ride I can tell you that the power output is way smoother than my long term 2011 350XC-F that I have become so fond of. The traction is excellent with all the power going directly to the ground, no fuss and no wheel spin. The suspension settings are much tamer than the racier cross county and moto versions.
The XC-W and EXC versions will be nearly identical except for the standard lighting package. With 196 watts of stator output there will be plenty of juice to power just about every light and gadget imaginable. So for those of you who were waiting for the “every man” version of the ground breaking 350, here it is. Really the only choice now will be to jump at the XC-W or wait for the fall release of the EXC model to get a license plate.
As for the long term test of my 2011 XC-F bike, I really have not found much to fault with it. If you have seen me out anywhere with it, you have probably heard me talk about how much I enjoy riding it.
For me it is the best bike I have ever ridden. I don’t know if there is any more direct way to say it, I love it. As for durability, in over 40 hours of testing I have nothing to report. It gets an air filter and oil change every once in a while and that is about it.
Stay tuned for a full race report on the all new 2012 KTM 500XC-W that will appear on MotorcycleUSA this week.