Hi Everyone, I am in France this week. It is work, not really much play. I was hoping to get to the Sherco factory, but I am not sure if that is going to work out or not.
As you may have seen, I have started testing the 2016 KTM 250xcf. I was so impressed with this bike at the summer press introduction and at the WP suspension test that I decided it was worth a deeper look.
So why is that significant? Simply because I have never considered myself a 250f candidate. I am too big and probably too old for the little bike. When the little KTM xc model got the last make over in 2014, it still left me a bit flat, frankly wishing it was perhaps a 300. But all of that thinking went by the wayside when I climbed on the 2016 model. The new gain in power, matched with the ridiculously light feel of the new chassis left me reconsidering everything I knew about wee bikes.
Sadly, I don’t have any real off road time on the 250 yet, just some days at the track. But I still have a few things to share about my initial ride experiences.
First, the 250 is an incredibly fun bike to ride
To be honest, my track speed may be faster on it than anything else
Yes, I am holding the throttle near wide open much of the time, but it seems to love that anyway
The corning ability is amazing. I am still not getting close to the bike limits
While it seems that I am working a lot on the track; shifting, throttle, clutch, the reality is that I am riding longer motos as I don’t get tired as quick.
I have yet to find myself in trouble on the 250. Just as the 350xcf seemed to self correct for most rider mistakes, the 250 takes that even a degree further.
The stock suspension is a bit soft for me, but for the most part I don’t have any real complaints about the action.
I hope to get out in the woods for some riding in the next few weeks. My expectation is that the results will parallel those of the 350xcf. The 250 will be good all around, but not quite ready for hard core single track. But only testing will really tell. It may not turn out to be the bike for everyone everywhere, but it seems as if its niche may have grown by a significant amount.