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Dirt and Trail July 2020

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2021 EXC model updates

2021 EXC model updates in a nutshell: • WP XPLOR fork preload adjusters as standard • New cast (not forged) piston in the 150 EXC TPI • More reliable shift locker (shift drum) in 450 and 500 EXC gearboxes • New graphics/colours including grey side panels • ERZBERGRODEO XX6 limited edition model kitted for Extreme Enduro • SIX DAYS editions in all models (except 150 TPI) Speaking about the new models to Enduro21, KTM’s off-road product manager, Joachim Sauer says after major updates for MY20, 2021 is a quieter one. “There are no big steps this year after the major updates for model year 2020.” Explains Jochi. “We had positive feedback from all nations about the 2020 models and we also work with the R&D department on some small changes this year but it is normal to maintain a few changes and new colours for the second year of a model.” You will remember that updates to the 2020 EXC models were significant: new chassis’, heavily revised two and four stroke engines, upgrades to the TPI models including the new exhausts, plus some small but significant tweaks to details like the length of the rear fenders and engine mounting strength, which in reality made the bikes feel quite different year-on-year. It is worth keeping that in mind as we look at the MY21 bikes... Fork top preload adjusters The WP XPLOR front fork has received just a minor update for 2021 largely based on customer feedback. It is a small detail change to the forks on the 2021 KTM EXC models, simply the addition of a preload adjuster that allows for easy setting changes out on the track or trail. It is the simple things that matter. 2021 Engine updates All the KTM EXC model engines arrived with a wealth of changes in their respective capacities last season. The TPI models received software and hardware upgrades to improve their performance while the four strokes received power upgrades internally and a new centre of gravity after KTM re-positioned the engines to aid handling. The KTM 150 TPI also made its debut in the homologated EXC range last year (was previously an XC, closed course model). For 2021 the 150 EXC has a new cast, instead of forged, piston which KTM says will bring increased durability. 28 DIRT & TRAIL MAGAZINE JULY 2020 DIRT & TRAIL MAGAZINE JULY 2020 29