I finally got to take the little KTM 250xcf out for some real trail riding. It simply continues to impress everyone. It did great in Baja. With just the addition of the Seat Concepts seat and a LED headlight it was trail ready.
For some reason it is not nearly as stall prone as the 2016 350xcf was. It may just be that the idle is slightly higher, or perhaps the 350 needed a checkup with the EFI tuning tool.
In the hands of a good rider, it is right at home in even the worst (best) of single track. Everything we liked about the 2016 350xcf is just perhaps a bit more so on the 250. It is lighter feeling and more agile and seems to have ample power everywhere.
At about the 7 hour mark, the little motor suddenly woke itself up. It felt as if it gained 5 horse instantly. How impressive is this bike? It really feels like a 350. It is easily a match for the original 2011 350xcf.
If we held a 300/350 class shoot out, it would probably win. The only caveat is that we might have to exclude the 350xcf. It feels like it is cheating anyway, it is really more like a 450.
In roll on drag races with a 2013 450xcw, the 250 is faster all the way to 5th gear! It was able to pull about two bike lengths. The 450 was equipped with a full FMF system, Powerbomb header and Q silencer. It also had a JD tuner, but I am not sure if that was really helping much. The little bike revs so fast and so far that the torquey 450 doesn’t stand much of a chance on pure acceleration.
Again we noted how plush the new xcf is compared to previous models. Frame, suspension and rubber mounted bars all contribute to the comfort.
Here are a few pics from the most recent Baja ride. I have decided that I am going to try to keep this bike for as long as possible. If I can get a slightly larger tank, I will be set. Hopefully the IMS version will be here soon.