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  1. KTM500Beast

    KTM 500 XC-W 2014

    13 reviews

    My review on the 2014 500 XCW bike for all curious onlookers, your mileage may vary. I have 18 rides and now familiar with this particular bike. I wanted a Green Sticker killer dirtbike with a headlight to ride year around in Ca without compromising power, options for mapping (more on that later) and not worry about breaking street legal parts if I go down so I purchased the KTM 500 XCW. When I ride off road, I want the lightest best bike for this situation. I have street bikes made for the street only which excel for their intended purpose. The EXE is great if you have to be street legal before entering or exiting off road or for rides/races requiring a street legal bike but this is not my case. The EXE is also corked with pipe and has locked mapping (Ca models anyway). There were significant improvements for the 2014 so I waited/pre-ordered 3 months in advance, see KTM website for more details about upgrades. The power of the 500 XCW requires a good rear knobby to get traction and wears them out too fast as others mentioned, about every 7 or so rides (Maxxis IT Desert) depending how much wheel spin and lack of traction your comfortable with on a beast. My bike is loaded with almost all possible extra's except a $800 a/m exhaust system cause I can't use what's on tap anyway on trails. Maybe one day I might add a power bomb header but don't count on it! You see, I have the European Software Mapping installed with 3 speed on fly bar switch (stock, mild, wild) just in case I want go faster and pretend to be Dungey (did this one ride and broke ribs a few months ago). Before my KTM 500 purchase I rode/still ride a built 81-2 YZ 490 2 stoke beast with boost bottle, 4th over, polished cyl, milled/squish cut head. Talk about a stick of dynamite, doesn't get much more fun than this bike but requires your constant attention. I mentioned this so you don't think I'm a total lightweight. Back to my KTM pro's & con's for those thinking about buying or just curious about bike. My bike: front-rear disc guards, skid plate, grab bar, Scott's Dampener, Voyager GPS and of course the mapping switch on the fly, KTM radiator brackets PROS: Insane torque, great for hills, deep sand, open trails or land, older lazy farts like me who might want to climb hills or steep open trails and not worry about shifting, only holding on for your life and keeping front end down if traction permits. This monster motor tries to pull your arms out of the socket (traction permitting), there should be warning sticker or something on bike. Power plant is very forgiving (little shifting needed) and transmission, clutch and gear ratio (haven't ever hit 6th gear yet) excellent and gas mileage not bad with FI, about 65-75 miles per 2.25 gal tank depending on your riding. Brings the front wheel up very easy in most gears with traction, almost like my YZ 490. Suspension is good but needs tweaking (easy to do) for weight and riding ability. Mapping Switch: Basically you now have a 3 speed bike, like others stated, stock, mild & wild! The tighter trails I ride in OHV parks (mostly Gorman) doesn't really allow me to ride anything more than stock mapping. When I told my buddy I wanted a mapping switch to go faster, he laughed and bet me I couldn't get off stock mode within 10 rides and I laughed. I'm now eating crow, my bike is still on stock mode. I only can switch mapping on a long straight-a-way or open territory.Your probably wondering what bike does on the "wild" mode. This bike turns into a insanely "fast accelerating" Dungey bike that requires a parachute to stop and puts you in panic mode when the turn is now in your face....holy cra*! 3-5th gears are lethal, use at your own risk. It's great for you advanced young riders out there but not usable for intermediate riders like myself unless there is a long straight or open terrain/desert and I feel like a quick cheap thrill. It's Impossible to ride most trails in "wild" mode and "mild" mode could get scary on trails with many turns and cliffs. Stock mode has the most torque and bike is fast "as is". My opinion, the mapping switch is not necessary unless you like riding crazy fast, have open territory, no fear and maybe a death wish. Bike starts great, don't need choke to start unless below 45 or so degrees. This is a good thing because it's a bitch to find and adjust the choke/idle screw, impossible wearing gloves. Never owned or seen any bike that hides the choke/idle screw and makes it very difficult to access. Air cleaner easy to clean, no tools necessary Incredible brakes to a fault, see CON Beautiful bike with great wheels, frame, swingarm, suspension with adjustments, monster torque motor Seems to be reliable, no issues at this time....knock on wood Motor warranty option for 2 years and transferable which I took advantage of just in case I need to sell...lol Haul my a** around at 225 lbs/245 with gear, effortless. CONS: Bike feels real top heavy even though it's rated as one of the lightest bikes in it's class coming in at about 245 dry. Does not like to turn quick and seems to push into turns because it's top heavy motor and overall height (anybody below 5' 11" might not feel comfortable) and the motor is so powerful, it's hard to control bike on tighter trails especially if technical single track. Tight, technical or slow single cliff side tracks are difficult cause of the above reasons so I avoid them when possible. Very difficult to pick up bike and move it around technical sections that require this. This bike is built for open fast territory not tight trails. If you ride tight difficult technical trails, I suggest the KTM 350 XCW or KTM 300 2 stroke, these bikes are crazy good for most trails and most of my buddy's have them. I recently rode both these great bikes and they kill it on trails but I couldn't wait to get my bike back...much more power, easy to lift wheel, much less shifting or worrying about proper gear for a variety of trails (leave in 3rd gear and go) and when trail opens I just waive goodbye....just more fun for the casual rider. This bike is a handful and will exhaust you by the end of the day, fighting to keep it up all day. Your choice of bike depends on your ability and type of riding you do. Notice I mentioned the incredibly powerful Brembo brakes in the PRO column? Well, that's also a CON, back brake is worthless, will lock up if you look at it and can't feel anything with boot. I just learned to use engine for braking which works well providing your in the correct gear! Front brake is even worse cause it will throw you off bike so fast you won't know what happened, this is on gravel or loose dirt. There is no warning or boundary before brakes lock up. Ya, you advance riders are laughing but you know these brakes are way to powerful for the average rider to use effectively. Yes, I love my old YZ 490 drum brakes, very predictable going into turns. My buddy has same problem on his 350SX and switched to organic brakes pad which he claims tames the stopping power. Brake/clutch lever to short and little adjustment. Wipes out rear tires in less than 10 rides (expensive bike to own) Gas tank only 2.25 gal unlike the EXE model which is 2.5 gal. Choke/idle screw very difficult to access. Not street legal but I didn't want to ride on pavement anyway with this bike for many reasons. Of course, the hard seat like on most bikes but learning to ride standing up more often so not so bad. Advance riders with a death wish might be able to overcome most of these con's and stay up with the smaller lighter bikes on trails, I just make up time on certain trail sections like hills and straights. Even with all the cons, I'm very happy with with this 2014 500 XCW purchase thus far, it's more like a toy with the Voyager and the mapping switch, neither is necessary and really ups the out the door price. Hope I didn't bore you and some of you will find my review helpful. If you have any questions about this bike, let me know. Cheers!
  2. KAG

    KTM 500 XC-W (2014)

    0 comments

    Tad to dam high for me....oh well Actually a 2015
  3. Stoney73

    KTM 500 XC-W (2014)

    0 comments

    Just got it, but already it seems awesome!
  4. newmanr19

    KTM 500 XC-W (2013)

    0 comments

    only wish they weren't so darn'd expensive
  5. StevetheSnake

    KTM 500 XC-W (2014)

    0 comments

    2018 KTM 500 Great torque so far liking this bike. 👍
  6. Chadillac801

    KTM 500 XC-W (2012)

    0 comments

    2012 KTM XC-W, gobs of power! I'm 6'5" and right around 250lbs and this things pull me around like i'm a 180lb rider. I added Factory Connection fork and shock springs and that made a huge difference. My wheels track the ground excellent in trail and desert riding. Love it!
  7. slipstick

    KTM 500 XC-W (2014)

    0 comments

    Love it
  8. Babywolf

    KTM 500 XC-W (2012)

    0 comments

    Best off-road I've ever owned.
  9. Chris.GVS

    KTM 500 XC-W 2016

    0 reviews

    SPECIFICATIONS ENGINE Design: 1-cylinder, 4-stroke engine Displacement: 510.4 cm³ Bore: 95 mm Stroke: 72 mm Starter: Kick and electric starter Transmission: 6-speed Primary drive: 32:76 Secondary gear ratio: 13:50 Clutch: Wet, DDS multi-disc clutch, Brembo hydraulics EMS: Keihin EMS CHASSIS Frame design: Chrome-molybdenum steel central-tube frame Front suspension: WP USD Ø 48 mm Rear suspension: WP PDS shock absorber Suspension travel (front): 300 mm Suspension travel (rear): 335 mm Front brake: Disc brake Rear brake: Disc brake Front brake disc diameter: 260 mm Rear brake disc diameter: 220 mm Steering head angle: 63.5 ° Wheelbase: 1482 ± 10 mm Ground clearance: 345 mm Seat height: 970 mm Tank capacity (approx.): 8.5 l Weight READY TO RACE (without fuel): 111.5 kg
  10. MotoMinded

    KTM 500 XC-W (2012)

    0 comments

    Can not get enough of this bike. Love it!
  11. bageera

    KTM 500 XC-W (2014)

    0 comments

    2015 KTM 500xcw. Stellar dirt machine. Never disappoints with power, handling, and reliability. Zoom zoom.<br />
  12. IDAHOSPUD

    KTM 500 XC-W (2012)

    0 comments

    Wow, what a bike. I ride it everywhere, the mountains the desert. It can do it all. Very Very Powerful motor, scare the crap out of you powerful. Great suspension. Best overall bike i have ever owned so far.
  13. After vacillating between KTM and Husqvarna, and between 350's and 500's (501's), and between EXC's, FE's, and XC-F's, I finally decided to pull the trigger on a 500 XC-F, and kit it up for light dual sporting the way I want it. I ride up in the Puget Sound region of Washington state, with some trips over to the East side. I'm a 51 year old who's been riding since he was 15. I wanted a kickstarter, as that was the biggest failing on my previous '09 505XC-F. Nothing like being 50 miles in the bush and hear your battery start to wind down. This even though I had an '06 Husqvarna TE510 for five years and NEVER ONCE used the kick starter. I almost bought the 500 EXC, but at the last minute the last one in stock nearby was sold, and that made me stop and look around. When I coupled that with the knowledge that it seems like it needs some uncorking, and I had also read you SHOULDN'T uncork it, made me figure, "meh, buy the dirt version, plate it, and forget all about corks!". I have read a lot of positive things about the 350's, but I'm a big guy, and have plenty of experience with big bikes (YZ465's, CR500's, XR650R's, 430 XC, TE510, YZ450f, and 505 XC-F, & so on). Given that, I felt I'd be more at home with the 500 vs. the 350. So today I committed to buy one from my trusty dealer for a good price. I have enough coin, that I'm not worried about the "It would have been cheaper to buy an EXC" argument. I want it my way. I plan on swapping some DOT tires (probably a trials tire in the rear), adding a blinker, horn, and mirror kit, a nice cushy seat, and letting the fun begin. I might add a Core EXP Rekluse down the road, which I had on the 505, and YZ450, and liked, but the KTM clutches are so smooth, it's almost a shame replacing them. It can wait. I'm also toying with the idea of an 8" race light, like I had on my old XR, but am not sure how much stator output the 500 produces, how much is needed for the EFI, etc. and if I should go with LED, HID, or halogen. Thinking about the Cyclops Rally with LED's. I know that's not really DOT approved, but I'll worry about that down the road. Interested in seeing what people here recommend for a bright offroad light for these bikes. That's my story. Recommendations? Exhaust? Jetting? I see lots of info here on the EXC, but damn little on the XC-W...I'm assuming that's because it's perfect.
  14. jspmxr

    KTM 500 XC-W (2012)

    0 comments

    Very fun bike to ride, lots of torque! Not a race bike by any means, but still more nimble in the tight stuff than you would think.
  15. AAYERON

    KTM 500 XC-W (2015)

    0 comments

    Seems to have the fan constantly running when doing single track, and in the slow technical areas it would constantly spit radiator fluid.
  16. rmgcountertops

    KTM 500 XC-W (2013)

    0 comments

    Crazy power. It sounds like a mild mannered machine, but it can roll into a wheelie whenever you want.
  17. jobstress

    KTM 500 XC-W (2014)

    0 comments

    This is hands down the best off the showroom floor bike out there. This bike feels lighter and rides better and delivers the power the way I want with few changes. I have spent thousands in mods on my Yamaha WRs to attempt what this bike does stock. This bike is hands down the best bike I have ridden.
  18. ebak500

    KTM 500 XC-W (2015)

    0 comments

    After riding a 2000 KX500 for years and trying many other bikes in search of something new that would satisfy my need for power and handling this bike fits the bill perfectly. It is definitely one of the best bikes I've owned and ridden.
  19. Ud_Luz

    KTM 500 XC-W (2014)

    4 comments

    Dual sported.
  20. bincs

    KTM 500 XC-W 2013

    5 reviews

    IDENTIFICATION Type: Off-Road Warranty (Months): 1 Revision Status: New ENGINE Displacement (cc): 510.4 Engine Type: Single-Cylinder Cylinders: 1 Engine Stroke: 4-Stroke Valve Configuration: SOHC Carburetion Type: Fuel Injected TRANSMISSION Transmission Type: Manual Number of Speeds: 6 Primary Drive System: Chain BRAKES Front Brakes: Hydraulic Disc Rear Brakes: Hydraulic Disc TIRES Front Tire(s): Dunlop GEOMAX 80/100 R21 Rear Tire(s): Dunlop GEOMAX 110/100 R18 SPECIFICATIONS Wheelbase (in / mm): 58.4 / 1482 Dry Weight (lbs / kg): 247 / 112 Fuel Capacity (gal / L): 2.5 / 9.5 Seat Height (in / mm): 38.2 / 970 Number of Seats: 1 FEATURES Tachometer: Optional Digital Instrumentation: Standard Windshield: Not Available
  21. JohnnyRotten73

    KTM 500 XC-W (2014)

    0 comments

    3rd bike. Only getting better.
  22. bincs

    KTM 500 XC-W (2013)

    0 comments

    offroad beast
  23. Superman1s

    KTM 500 XC-W (2012)

    0 comments

    Best desert bike!
  24. Zamo

    KTM 500 XC-W (2014)

    0 comments

    Dual sported 2015 500 XC-W. I decided to go with this over the EXC, as I knew I'd just have to uncork a bunch of crap, and my plans for mods were such that I didn't want to pay for stuff on the EXC I was just going to replace anyway. Bike is fantastic. Not nearly as much a handful as my 2009 505XC-F, but much more forgiving.
  25. Chris.GVS

    KTM 500 XC-W 2017

    0 reviews

    SPECIFICATIONS ENGINE Design: 1-cylinder, 4-stroke engine Displacement: 510.4 cm³ Bore: 95 mm Stroke: 72 mm Starter: Kick and electric starter Transmission: 6-speed Primary drive: 32:76 Secondary gear ratio: 13:50 Clutch: Wet, DDS multi-disc clutch, Brembo hydraulics EMS: Keihin EMS CHASSIS Frame design: Chrome-molybdenum steel central-tube frame Front suspension: WP USD Ø 48 mm Rear suspension: WP PDS shock absorber Suspension travel (front): 300 mm Suspension travel (rear): 335 mm Front brake: Disc brake Rear brake: Disc brake Front brake disc diameter: 260 mm Rear brake disc diameter: 220 mm Steering head angle: 63.5 ° Wheelbase: 1482 ± 10 mm Ground clearance: 345 mm Seat height: 970 mm Tank capacity (approx.): 8.5 l Weight READY TO RACE (without fuel): 111.5 kg
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