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Long Term Relationship: 2014 KTM XC-W 250

September 11, 2014 // 56,804 Comments

It’s been about six months since our first review of the KTM XC-W 250, and in that time, my opinion of the XC-W has changed quite a bit.  It’s a classic case of the-more-I ride it, the more I like it.   I like it so much now that my KTM XC 250 hasn’t been started since November of 2013, and m  ost of you know that I am a unabashed XC 250 fan-boy.  Why all the love for the XC-W?  A bunch of reasons.  For starters I am riding the bike completely stock (save for the 51 [Read More...]

2014 2-Stroke Comparison

September 11, 2014 // 12,301 Comments

This a good year to be a two-stroke enthusiast.  With brands like Sherco and Beta coming on the scene and performing so well, the two-stroke market is the most competitive it has been in a long, long time.   Our original plan was to do a 250 off-road two-stroke shootout last fall.  We even plunked down our own money and bought the Beta 250 RR to insure we had it for inclusion.   The only problem was that Sherco and GasGas were late to the party and never even made it in to the U.S until [Read More...]

Sherco X Ride 290

September 10, 2014 // 15,992 Comments

After uncrating and assembling the Sherco X Ride 290, I took a step back and gave it hard look. It really is a curious looking machine. The X-Ride isn’t a trials bike, and certainly not an enduro bike. Heck, it’s not really a trail bike. There really isn’t much to compare it to; it has trials tires front and rear, a bigger tank and larger seat, higher ground clearance and lights. The blinkers are stripped off the machine prior to shipping but it still comes with a head and [Read More...]

2014 KTM XC & XC-W

September 10, 2014 // 141 Comments

It’s always exciting when the KTM XC and XC-W 250’s are fielded at the same time for an evaluation.  The general perception of these two bikes is that they are fairly similar, save for a few key differences.  And at first glance, that would appear to be the case.  Off the showroom floor however, these two bikes really are quite distinct.  Given that we’ve already covered the XC-W earlier in the year, and that the changes to the XC aren’t too comprehensive, we thought [Read More...]

2014 KTM XCF-W 250

September 10, 2014 // 215 Comments

We recently added a new section to the Trail Rider test loop.  The highlight is a steep, rocky climb preceded by a hard left turn that leaves no running room.  Ten feet into the ascent there is a collection of medium sized, awkwardly angled rocks that will derail the front end if it hit straight on, so it’s best to get the front end up and over the rocks and hit the initial climb on the back wheel.  After that, there’s about 15 yards of loose soil and rocks covering a flat bedrock [Read More...]
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