Off-road dirtbikes have always been KTM’s strength when it comes to producing high-quality performance race machines. Now, they’re set to have a triumphant return to the dirt scene with seven new models ready to tear up the trails, berms, and jumps. Their new dirtbike lineup is ready to take the abuse, just as they always had.
For KTM’s two-stroke range, it’s small-displacement XC-W are now back for the dirt. While their engine and frame remain relatively unchanged, they do get a suspension upgrade thanks to a new WP Xplor fork that now has a more user-friendly preload adjuster. The new 150 XC-W is now equipped with a new cast piston which not only makes it more durable but also saves weight, which makes for better handling and performance, especially in the toughest of terrains.
The bigger four-stroke XCW-F 500 and XCW-F 350s now also get the same preload-adjustable WP Xplor forks, rear shocks with Progressive Damping System (PDS), new paint scheme and livery to give it a newer look. Other than that, the bikes still remain the same. After all, they already have been known to be highly capable performance dirt machines.
As for KTM’s new dual-purpose lineup, the new EXC-F is their new KTM for those days where you just want to crossover from the road to dirt. The new EXC-F 500 remains relatively unchanged other than the new preload-adjustable forks, rear shocks with Progressive Damping System (PDS), plus new color graphics and livery with a ready to race appearance.
However, no official word yet has been given by KTM about their lineup of more competition-oriented two-stroke 250 and 300 XC lineup. Neither has KTM officially announced the pricing of its new lineup of dirtbikes. As to when they officially arrive in Philippine shores, we’ll also make sure to keep our eyes peeled.