All-New 2014 KTM 250 EXC-F Revealed
KTM has officially revealed its latest range of offroad motorcycles for the model year 2014. The company believes its stand-out product in terms of research and development is the kingpin in the Enduro range, the brand new 250 EXC-F, featuring a completely new engine based on the 350 EXC-F.
The Austrian manufacturer currently has 50 percent of the Enduro market share. The brand’s latest developments in Enduro and Motocross bikes were presented to 70 journalists from 19 countries, including from as far afield as Australia, Japan, and Malaysia on the Italian island of Sardinia, the location for this year’s International Six days Enduro; the presence of Tony Cairoli, Ken de Dycker, Jeffrey Herlings and Jordi Tixier of the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team added to the media interest.
By choosing Sardinia for the launch KTM paid tribute to the centenary edition of the International Six Days Enduro by presenting the limited edition, KTM Six Days models, complete with Sardinian flag and colours. The ISDE, the oldest offroad event on the International Motorcycle Federation’s (FIM’s) calendar will be held in Sardinia from September 30 to October 9, 2013.
KTM’s 2014 ‘MY Offroad’ range starts with the three sport minicycles, the 50 SX, 65 SX and 85 SX. The Enduro lineup offers eight different models: the 125 EXC, 200 EXCc, 250 EXC and 300 EXC two-stroke bikes and the 250 EXC-F, 350 EXC-F, 450 EXC and 500 EXC in four-stroke. The limited edition Six Days is available in all models except the 200 cc and features special livery design dedicated to the Sardinia 2013 ISDE. The 2014 MY range is crowned by KTM’s title-winning Motocross range of bikes in six models: 125 SX, 150 SX and 250 SX two-stroke and 250 SX-F, 350 SX-F and 450 SX-F four-stroke bikes.
Overall improvements for the 2014 Enduro model range include a lighter frame for the four-stroke models, new lower triple clamp, revised bodywork, new graphics and colours, and a new headlight design.
Meanwhile, specific changes to the 250 EXC-F include a new frame and suspension setting (both of which are now identical to the 350 EXC-F model), new intake snorkel to increase power, header pipe and silencer, enlarged intake valves, new camshafts, new cylinder with larger bore and new piston, new crankshaft with shortened stroke, new crankcase design and new clutch DDS.