Even with 27 off road models already on offer, KTM keeps adding more specialised models to its portfolio. In this case, we are looking at the new 250 XCF-W
(four-stroke enduro-cross wide-ratio), a machine crafted for enduro-cross races held on long, demanding tracks, which complements KTM’s XC line-up nicely.
|The great strength of the XCF models lies in their potent, 4-stroke, race-ready engines.
No technical revolutions here however, as KTM’s smallest 4-stroke enduro bike features all the elements that have made the Austrian manufacturer famous, and simply moves their effectiveness up a notch.
The great strength of the XCF models lies in their potent, 4-stroke, race-ready engines. Improvements on this new model of the single cylinder, 249.5-cc mill, essentially consist of more resistant materials and better lubrication in key areas, which contribute to reduced maintenance requirements. The powerful dual-cam, 4-valve engine also features a tiny, extremely light electric starter.
Access to the air box does not require any tools, while a large vent at the bottom of the airbox facilitates the evacuation of debris and water, in order to better protect the air filter and the engine in case you got yourself in over the bike’s head. The very short first gear enables you to crawl along tight, steep trails, while the very long sixth gear reduces engine speed and allows for a of 135 km/h top speed. The narrow and small diameter clutch reduces the engine’s inertia while the narrower engine case leaves more space for the right foot.
Flexible where it counts
The XCF-W’s frame, extremely stiff in the longitudinal plane and slightly flexible in the lateral plane around the swingarm pivot, offers unparalleled riding precision while transmitting just the correct amount of feel from the rear wheel to the rider.
The bike features new Excel wheels that are 200 grams lighter, for reduced unsprung weight as well as a more supple suspension compared to the other models in the line-up – all the right equipment and setting to facilitate aggressive riding in the trails. The fork and rear WP shock can be adjusted for slow or quick compression as well as rebound, and the brake system uses a 260-mm disc up front and a 220-mm disc in back, both squeezed by dual-piston Brembo calipers.
|The bike features new Excel wheels that are 200 grams lighter, for reduced unsprung weight.