2014 KTM 250 XC-W Specs and Review
The motorcycle’s suspensions were slightly tweaked for 2014, so now they are better suited for enduro riding. Like the previous model year, the new 250 XC-W features adjustable compression and rebound damping.
The stopping power is handled by a set of High-Tech Brembo brakes that were slightly improved for 2014 featuring a new master cylinder with a new reservoir, a smaller piston diameter and a new lever with optimized kinematics.
The 2014 KTM 250 XC-W is powered by a 249cc, 1-Cylinder, 2-Stroke, water-cooled engine with reed intake and exhaust control. It comes with a redesigned reed valve housing featuring Boyesen high-performance reeds. The engine is brought to life by an electric starter and is mated to a 6-speed transmission.
Other modifications were made to the motorcycle’s body, the battery and swingarm.
2-Stroke. An unbeatable power-to-weight ratio, low purchase and ownership costs as well as straightforward technology make the 250 XC-W the prime choice for extreme enduro racing. The cutting-edge engine is started effortlessly via electric starter and has been considered the most successful 2-stroke power plant on the market.
Best-in-class enduro performance, a newly developed intake feed valve, the perfectly geared 6-speed transmission and enhanced DDS clutch make this engine the absolute top dog of its segment.
The first rate WP Suspension elements have been further improved for 2014. Specially designed for enduro riding and in some models with an optimized tuning, they ensure maximum traction and plenty of comfort. Of course, compression and rebound damping can be adjusted to the track conditions and the rider’s preferences with a twist of the wrist – the rear monoshock has separate high and low speed adjustments.
Shrouds, airbox cover, front fender, headlight fairing and the headlight have all been restyled for 2014. The KTM designer’s focus was to achieve complete ergonomic harmony between rider and bike for a more stable ride and effortless movement on the bike. Adding to the improvements is a high-quality seat foam core to maximize comfort and durability.
With the new front fender, the designers omitted ribbing on the inside to reduce mud and dirt buildup while increasing rigidity over the previous component by 50%.
All XC-W models are fitted with the super strong, tapered Neken handlebar made of high tensile strength aluminum alloy. The proven standard KTM mount allows to fix the handlebar in four different positions. 2014 sees the introduction of newly-developed hand guards made of 2-component polymer for more effective hand protection.
High-quality, CNC-machined hubs are standard on all KTM wheels. The now black coated spokes increase corrosion resistance and center the new, extremely stable, 7050 aluminum rims from GIANT. Dunlop GEOMAX MX51 tires – provide excellent traction, very precise directional control and a long service life.
High-Tech Brembo brakes have always been standard equipment on KTM offroad bikes, and combined with the lightweight Wave discs, they are the ultimate solution in braking technology. In 2014 the XC-W models gain a new master cylinder with a new reservoir, a smaller piston diameter and a new lever with optimized kinematics. Combined with new sinter brake pads (Toyo B169), this makes for another perceptible improvement of front brake performance and action.
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