American off-road racer Kurt Caselli has died from injuries sustained in a crash during the SCORE/Baja 1000 on Nov. 15. He was 30. The KTM factory rider crashed while leading the desert race, suffering multiple severe injuries. Caselli was transported to hospital in Ensenada, Mexico, where he succumbed to the injuries. The cause of the crash […]
US-Spec 2014 KTM Off-Road Models Revealed
A couple of weeks ago, we wrote about KTM‘s 2014 off-road lineup for Europe highlighted by an updated 250 EXC-F and other updates across the model lineup. KTM has now released information about its U.S.-spec models which include the same updates while keeping some differences from the European versions.
For off-road riders in the U.S., KTM is offering the street-legal four-stroke 350 EXC-F and 500 EXC and their solely off-road XCF-W and XC-W, the four-stroke 250 XCF-W and the two-stroke 200, 250, 300 and 450 XC-W models.
American motocross riders will have the choice of the four-stroke 250, 350 and 450 SX-F as well as the two-stroke 125, 150 and 250 SX models. Cross-country riders can opt for the four-stroke 250, 350 and 450 XC-F equivalents as well as the 150, 250 and 300 XC two-strokes. KTM USA will also offer four youth models, the 50 SX Mini and the 50, 65 and 85 SX.
The 2014 KTM 250 XC-F receives revised engines, now sharing many features with the 350 engine including thinner cylinder walls and a balancer shaft that also drives the timing chain and the water pump. The 250 XCF-W also gets a new header pipe and Damped Diaphragm Steel (DDS) clutch. Both the 250 and 350 EXC-F/XCF-W also get a new heavier crankshaft than their respective SX-F motocross versions, a change KTM says increases gyrating mass to provide more uniform power development and improve traction.
All 2014 EXC and XC models get a new frames, front fenders, airbox covers, master cylinders, hand guards, and fuel tank filler caps. The street legal EXCs also get a new headlight design. The two stroke models will also all come with new Boyesan reeds.
On the motocross and cross-country side, the 2014 models get new, lighter chain guides and revised swingarms. The 250 SX-F has a new transmission with five gears instead of six to reduce weight. The 250 and 350 SX-F also get new Brembo master clutch cylinders and and revised wiring harnesses. The U.S.-spec 450 SX-F will continue to use a five-speed transmission while the European versions get a four-speed gearbox.