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Model Year 2018 EXC's Announced

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Dirt Bike Magazine has details about KTM announcement of new 2018 EXC's:

for the 500

2018 500 EXC-F Highlights

UPDATED WP Xplor 48 upside-down split front fork with new outer tubes for more sensitivity, less stiction and reduced weight. Revised settings are stiffer as well.
UPDATED WP Xplor PDS rear suspension features stiffer settings while still offering the progressive feel and excellent bottoming resistance only PDS can provide.
NEW radiator guards provide better airflow in muddy conditions.
The 510.4 cc engine has been designed in order to be the most compact and lightest 500 cc on the market.
Engine cases with a centralized shaft configuration to move the crankshaft closer to the bike’s center of gravity for light handling.
42mm Keihin throttle body for instant throttle response and crisp fueling.
6-speed wide ratio transmission is perfectly suited for off-road duty.
Hydraulically operated DDS clutch features a damping system for better traction and durability.
Lightweight Chromoly steel frame provides high torsional rigidity with less longitudinal stiffness resulting in excellent handling and energy absorption.
PDS Shock mounting geometry is matched to the aluminum swingarm with a centered location for nearly symmetrical loads to the swingarm.
Forged aluminum triple clamp with handlebar positions and a 22mm offset for precise handling.
ODI grips that feature a lock-on design for the left grip and a vulcanized grip on the throttle side.
“No Dirt” footpeg design keeps the pegs pivot from becoming clogged, ensuring the footpeg is always in the correct position.
CNC machined hubs, high-end Giant rims and Continental TKC-80 tires for maximum strength and traction on and off the road.
Airbox and filter design provides maximum performance with fast “no tools” air filter changes.
Bodywork with perfect ergonomics and contact points for maximum control and comfort.
Cooling system features stiffer radiators with better cooling efficiency while new radiator guards provide crash protection.
2.25 gallon see-through polyethylene tank provides the range needed for extended rides
“No Dirt” shift lever prevents dirt from fouling the lever joint to ensure proper shifting in any condition.

500 EXC-F SPECIFICATIONS

Engine Type: Single Cylinder, 4-Stroke
Displacement: 510.4 cc
Bore/Stroke: 95 / 72 mm
Starter: Electric, Lithium Ion 12 V 2 Ah
Transmission: 6 Gears, wide ratio
Fuel System: Keihin EFI, 42 mm
Lubrication: Pressure Lubrication with 2 Pumps
Primary Ratio: 31:76
Final Drive: 14:45
Cooling: Liquid Cooling
Clutch: Wet Multi-Disc DD-Clutch, Brembo Hydraulics
Ignition: Keihin EMS
Frame: Central Double-Cradle Type 25CrMo4 Steel
Subframe: Aluminum
Handlebar: Neken, Aluminum Ø 28/22mm
Front Suspension: WP Xplor USD Ø 48mm
Rear Suspension: WP Xplor PDS Monoshock
Suspension Travel Front/Rear: 300 mm / 11.8 in; 310 mm / 12.2 in
Front/Rear Brakes: Disc Brake 260 mm / 220 mm
Front/Rear Rims: 1.60 x 21” / 2.15 x 18” Giant
Front/Rear Tires: 90/90-21” / 120/100-18” Continental TKC-80
Chain: 5/8 x 1/4 in
Silencer: Aluminum
Steering Head Angle: 26.5º
Triple Clamp Offset: 22 mm
Wheelbase: 1,482mm ± 10 mm / 58.3 ± 0.4 in
Ground Clearance: 355mm / 14 in
Seat Height: 960 mm / 37.8 in
Tank Capacity, Approx: 8.5 L / 2.25 gal
Weight (without fuel), Approx: 109 kg / 240.3 lbs

PRICE: $10,999

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Hi, I just saw that as well and I'm wondering if there are any real differences compared to 2017 besides the front fork.

Comparing the spec sheets side by sides tells me nothing. The description talks about some minor changes the front fork, different settings to the rear, All the rest seems to be identical.

Asking cause I just ordered a '17 model with 400 euro discount and a free Akr titanium damper and zero delivery cost (worth 400 euros).

 

Should I cancel and take the '18?

My gut says no, same bike, you have a good deal.

 

What do you think?

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The dealer just called me, my bike is on transport from Austria to the Netherlands, should arrive next week.

And all accessories are in as well so he can start building up the bike right away. Good things~~

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I'm a possible returning rider and considering the 350 EXC-F. I wonder if the 17 will be discounted in the US? 

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16 hours ago, johnnymg said:

I'm a possible returning rider and considering the 350 EXC-F. I wonder if the 17 will be discounted in the US? 

Keep an eye out for the Factory rebates that typically show up in June.....kinda doubt the EXC's will be in the mix though

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I got an OTD quote of 11.3 for the 350 EXC-F. That's with a ~10% Tax/lic load so I think that's probably a decent-good deal.  I'm just a noob in KTM land though. Any comments would be appreciated. 

 cheers

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I got an OTD quote of 11.3 for the 350 EXC-F. That's with a ~10% Tax/lic load so I think that's probably a decent-good deal.  I'm just a noob in KTM land though. Any comments would be appreciated. 
 cheers

Decent, yes, but I would ask for $11. $11.3 is retail plus your 10%. I think you should at least get $200 off retail, but try for $300.
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