Stand back or hold on tight, this is the most powerful offroad competition bike on the market. The new generation KTM 500 EXC-F packs a thrilling 4-stroke punch while still delivering outstanding rideability. Thanks to a completely reworked chassis and its even more compact high-tech engine, this large-displacement power machine is surprisingly light with excellent agility. As a result, this awesome 510 cm³ SOHC single cylinder bombshell has an incredible power-to-weight ratio and provides nothing less than the most dynamic enduro experience available.
Combining compact dimension with an immense power output, the KTM 500 EXC-F's fuel-injected SOHC engine is the most powerful and refined 500 cc on the market, thanks to newly developed camshafts, exhaust system and updated electronic fuel injection. Its class-leading power delivery is available throughout the entire rev range and with its small dimensions and low weight, this engine is compact, light and the most competitive powerplant out there. With Euro IV homologation, it's not only considerately green, but leaves the competition green with envy too.
Maintaining the optimal engine temperature and consistent horsepower throughout the ride. The KTM 500 EXC-F features newly designed radiators which are mounted 12 mm lower than the predecessors, lowering the center of gravity, matching the design of the new shrouds perfectly and providing perfect ergonomics. By using CFD technology (Computational Fluid Dynamics) and a smarter coolant circuit routing, the innovative system ensures optimum engine temperature for the highest performance, in all conditions. Above all, a reworked delta distributor, integrated into the frame triangle has a 4 mm larger center tube, increasing the cross section by 57%, so coolant flows from the cylinder head to the radiators more efficiently. This is further aided with the help of a radiator fan as standard. The radiators have special protectors that protect from flying rocks and debris while also acting as a brace to disperse energy around the radiators in the event of an impact.
When it comes to improved power delivery and performance, the new exhaust plays a key role and packs a punch that is hard to beat. All 4-stroke EXC models feature new, two-piece header pipes (two parts instead of one on the predecessor) which can now be disassembled much more easily and which allows better access to the shock. The aluminum muffler sleeve has a newly designed, slightly larger profile with a new end cap. Compared to the predecessors they are shorter and more compact, bringing the weight closer to the center of gravity for better mass centralization.
All EXC models feature new high-tech, lightweight chromoly steel frames. This includes hydro-formed elements produced by state-of-the-art robot welding. They retain their race-proven geometries, but by re-designing certain areas they now have a higher lateral, longitudinal and torsional stiffness, resulting in better feedback for the rider, playful handling and improved stability. The laterally attached engine head stays (the connection between cylinder, head and frame) are now made of aluminum, reducing vibration and further contributing to precise cornering. The bikes also feature newly designed lateral frame guards with a structured surface, improving grip, while also serving as a heat protector against the muffler on the right side. The subframe is made of extra-light and stable aluminum profiles, weighing less than 900 gr and is 40 mm longer than before, providing better rear fender stability.
All models in the EXC range are fitted with newly designed lightweight polyethylene tanks improving the ergonomics. The ¼-turn bayonet filler cap makes for quick and easy closure. Manufactured using see-through plastic, you will always be able to see how much fuel remains at a glance. It is fitted with an integrated fuel pump system and a fuel level sensor. Additionally, the fuel line features a 90° connector to the tank for better protection against damage.
The new airbox on the KTM 500 EXC-F has been completely reworked to ensure better flow dynamics, resulting in optimal power and throttle response. Despite the obvious performance enhancements, the new design also offers maximum protection against soiling of the air filter. The large twin-air air filter is mounted on a cleverly designed stiff cage that minimizes incorrect installation. As found on previous models, filter maintenance is quick and easy and does not require tools - a standard, original feature from KTM.
All KTM EXC models are equipped with the same high-strength aluminum tapered NEKEN handlebar. The handlebar allows for four different positions. The handlebars come standard with an ODI vulcanized grip on the right side and a comfortable ODI lock-on grip, which does not require any wire or glue, on the left. All models can be fitted with an optional ignition curve selector switch on the handlebar for selecting alternative maps. The rider also has the option to activate TRACTION CONTROL from this optional switch; a unique feature which guarantees more efficient traction, especially in slippery conditions, and can be activated with the push of a button during riding.