KTM 250 (2012)

KTM 250 (2012) User Manual

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Engine Performance

  • KTM 250 SX: This motocross-focused machine boasts a potent 249cc two-stroke engine. Riders praise its explosive powerband that delivers a thrilling burst of acceleration. However, this aggressive nature can be demanding for less experienced riders.
  • KTM 250 EXC: The enduro-oriented EXC takes a slightly different approach. While still packing a punch, its two-stroke engine offers a smoother, more manageable power delivery ideal for navigating technical terrain. It maintains good low-end grunt for powering through obstacles and decent top-end pull for maintaining speed on open trails.

Handling and Suspension

Both the SX and EXC share KTM’s reputation for lightweight handling. They carve through corners with precision, inspiring confidence on challenging tracks or trails. The WP suspension is well-regarded, providing a comfortable and predictable ride over rough terrain. However, some heavier riders on the SX might find the stock setup a tad too soft for motocross jumps.

Key Differences (SX vs. EXC)

  • Suspension: The EXC typically features slightly softer suspension with more travel compared to the stiffer, shorter-travel setup of the SX, better suited for motocross whoops and jumps.
  • Gearing: The SX comes with shorter gearing for quicker acceleration on the track, while the EXC has taller gearing for better conquering off-road obstacles and maintaining speed on open trails.
  • Wheels: The SX typically comes with 19/17-inch wheels for motocross, while the EXC may have an 18/21-inch wheel combination for better off-road capability.

Other Considerations

  • Maintenance: Two-stroke engines require more frequent maintenance compared to four-strokes, including pre-mixing oil and rebuilding top ends periodically. However, they are generally considered easier for home mechanics to work on.
  • Availability: Finding a used 2012 KTM 250 in good condition might require some searching, especially for the SX variant popular with motocross riders.

Overall

The 2012 KTM 250 SX and EXC are excellent machines for their respective disciplines. The SX is a weapon for experienced motocross riders seeking a powerful and agile machine. The EXC caters to enduro enthusiasts who value a lightweight and manageable bike for conquering technical terrain. Consider your riding style and preferred terrain before choosing between these two KTM options. With proper maintenance, either 2012 KTM 250 can provide countless hours of adrenaline-pumping fun.

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