KTM Motorcycles’ Off Road Dirt Bike Family Explained

Robert Lynn

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KTM Motorcycles have a vast range of dirt bike models to choose from. Whether your interests lie in motocross, enduro, adventure and even eco-friendly riding, then there’s something to tickle your fancy.

To set you on the right track, here’s a run down of what each motorcycle does…

KTM SXF



KTM 350 SX-F motocross MY 2017
KTM’s motocross models come built ready to race – Photo Credit: Mitterbauer H/KTM Images

For close-course competition only, KTM’s SX-F models are built ready to race and hit the motocross track. Complete with all the top-notch components you’d expect to find, KTM’s years of world championship victories and American titles success can be found in the production models. These electric start four-stroke models, in 250cc, 350cc and 450cc displacement, linkage suspension and slimline bodywork rival the Japanese Big Four of Honda, Suzuki, Yamaha and Kawasaki. Two-stroke options in 125cc, 150cc and 250cc capacity.

KTM Mini Bikes

KTM 50 SX Mini MY 2017 motocross
Start ’em young! – Photo Credit: Mitterbauer H/KTM Images

Start ‘em young we say with KTM’s range of motocross models to suit your future track champions. With engine capacities to suit children as young as five, pretty soon you’ll find yourself struggling to keep pace with your “mini-me”.

KTM EXC four-stroke

KTM 250 EXC-F enduro MY2017 studio
Make the mountain you playground – Photo Credit: Mitterbauer H/KTM Images

Don’t be fooled by the headlight, KTM’s EXC are every bit as potent as their motocross siblings. Available in 250cc, 350cc, 450cc and a mighty 500cc option, the EXC-F is ready to tackle every type of off road terrain imaginable and then some. The mountains are your new home. With the 18 inch rear wheel, headlight, tail light, six-speed gearbox, electric start plus EU homologation you can road-register it and simply ride from your house to your favourite stomping ground should you wish.

KTM EXC two-stroke

KTM 300 EXC enduro MY 2017
No terrain is too tough – Photo Credit: Mitterbauer H/KTM Images

Part of the EXC family, the 250 and 300 are KTM’s two-stroke enduro bikes. If gnarly, heavy riding is your thing, the 250 or 300 two-smoker is the tool for you. Lighter, more nimble that the four-stroke, and on par with torque, the EXCs were built to tackle places like Erzbergrodeo or Romaniacs. A 125cc option is also available.

KTM Freeride

KTM’s Freeride – Photo Credit: Mitterbauer H/KTM Images

The Freeride is kind of like a “mini-me” enduro bike. But don’t let its short stature fool you — this thing can go places and offer a riding experience almost on par with any EXC enduro. However, with a smaller front fork, handling has its limitations at speed. A great option for those a little short in the leg or new to the sport, the Freeride is available in a 250 two-stroke and 350 four-stroke option.

KTM Freeride E

KTM Freeride E-XC electric
Go stealth with KTM’s electric bike The ultimate Dakar Rally bike – Photo Credit: Mitterbauer H/KTM Images

Ssshh! Silence is golden, especially if your neighbours don’t like noisy engines and dirt bikes. This is KTM’s Freeride E and 100 per cent battery powered. One legit piece of motorcycle, the Freeride E ain’t no gimmick. It’s a bona fide dirt bike minus the braaap. Powered by a lithium battery cell, it features an automatic gearbox, so it’s pretty much twist and go. Range is limited at about one hour riding time per charge and you also won’t have much change left out of €10,000.

KTM 450 Rally

KTM 450_Dakar Rally_90
The ultimate Dakar Rally bike – Photo Credit: Mitterbauer H/KTM Images

If you want to race the Dakar Rally then the KTM 450 Rally is an investment you need to seriously consider making. Granted, this two-wheeled desert weapon will set you back a cool €25,000 but it’s about as close to a factory specced rally bike as a production model can get. Like-for-like, you get the trellis rally frame KTM are famous for. And inside that is housed their 450cc engine ready to carry you the 9,000 kilometre duration of the race. Complete with WP suspension, rear and side fuel tanks, navigation tower, Akrapovic exhaust system and race shod tyres, there’s little else you need to do but add race numbers.

KTM 1090 Adventure

KTM’s adventure bike range can take you around the world if you wish – Photo Credit: Mitterbauer H/KTM Images

Grab your coat and tell your loved ones you love them because you ain’t gonna be home for a while. The Daddy of the KTM family, the 1090 Adventure does exactly what it says on the tin. If you want to circumnavigate the globe, then this is the machine to do it. Built on technology derived from KTM’s 16 consecutive Dakar Rally wins, this bike will have no trouble taking you places you’ve only ever dreamed of.

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