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– 2012 KTM 300 EXC
2012 KTM 300 EXC Review
300 EXC: MORE MEANS MORE
Sometimes nothing can take the place of engine capacity. Whenever it comes to brutal thrust, then it’s time for the 300 EXC. Your two-stroke machine is a real torque-wonder with unbelievable power that makes light of the bike’s low weight. Now with even more power and a completely revamped chassis, the 300 EXC is the ideal partner for the next cross-country or hardcore enduro race.
2012 KTM 300 EXC Features and Benefits
UNBEATABLE POWER-TO-WEIGHT RATIO
ENGINE POWER AND WEIGHT
The understandable technology of the two-stroke engine has indisputable advantages, including a high power/displacement ratio and low weight. In terms of power-to-weight ratio, the 300 EXC is practically unbeatable thanks to the latest facelift. Unrivalled performance and playful handling are the results.
NOW WITH EVEN MORE PERFORMANCE
NEW INTAKE SNORKEL, NEW AIRBOX, NEW CYLINDER
Together with the redesigned airbox and flow-optimised intake flange between airbox and carburettor, the new cylinder with low valve timing ensures even better charging with fresh gas. This results in even freer revving and even more power in all rev ranges for the liquid-cooled, two-stroke machine.
NOW EVEN MORE ERGONOMIC
The 300 EXC’s new bodywork with the very slim seat and spoiler lines, plus excellent contact points, perfects the bike’s ergonomics, making handling even simpler and more precise. The longer rear fender protects the rider even more effectively from swirled up stones.
ADJUSTABLE ENGINE CHARACTERISTICS
ADJUSTABLE EXHAUST CONTROL AND ADJUSTABLE IGNITION CURVE
The responsiveness of the high-torque two-stroke machine can be varied in three stages by replacing springs in the TVC exhaust controller. The rider of the 300 EXC can also choose between two different ignition curves by means of a plug or an optional switch.
NOW WITH AN EVEN MORE SUPERIOR CHASSIS
The completely revamped frame made from high-quality chrome-molybdenum steel is characterised by even greater lateral stiffness. It is also even better at absorbing jolts introduced by the suspension system, whereby the playful handling and comfort of the 300 EXC have been further optimised.
NEW SWINGARM, NEW PDS, NEW SETTING
The 300 EXC’s new, lighter, cast aluminium swingarm accommodates the shock absorber more centrally, in order to load the swing arms more evenly. The new, 7 mm (0.28 in) longer PDS shock absorber with adjustable rebound and high/low-speed compression damping, and a new setting is installed more flatly, so providing even more progression.
TELESCOPIC FORK, NEW SETTING
The 300 EXC is equipped with the latest WP upside-down fork with wider adjustment ranges and a new setting. The sensitive responsiveness and outstanding damping of the open-cartridge fork with 48 mm (1.89 in) outer tubes are a perfect complement for the 300 EXC’s playful handling and precision.
Practically unbeatable in terms of weight and stability, the new wheels have CNC-machined hubs, Excel rims, zinc/nickel-coated spokes and aluminium nipples. They reduce the unsprung and gyroscopic masses, hence bolstering the playful handling of the 300 EXC.
2012 KTM 300 EXC – International Specifications/Technical Details
Europe MSRP Price: 6,495.00 GBP*
Design 1-cylinder 2-stroke engine, water-cooled, with reed intake and exhaust control
Displacement 293 cm³ (17.88 cu in)
Bore 72 mm (2.83 in)
Stroke 72 mm (2.83 in)
Starting aid Kickstarter and electric starter
Transmission 6 gear, claw shifted
Primary gear 26:72
Final drive 14:50 (13:50)
Clutch Wet multi-disc clutch / hydraulically operated
Ignition system Contactless, controlled, fully electronic ignition system with digital ignition timing adjustment, type Kokusan
Frame Central tube frame made of chrome molybdenum steel tubing
Forks WP Suspension Up Side Down 4860 MXMA PA
Shock absorber WP Suspension PDS 5018 DCC
Suspension travel Front 300 mm (11.81 in)
Suspension travel Rear 335 mm (13.19 in)
Brake system Disc brakes, brake calipers on floating bearings
Brake discs – diameter Front 260 mm (10.24 in)
Brake discs – diameter Rear 220 mm (8.66 in)
Chain 5/8 x 1/4″
Steering head angle 63.5°
Wheel base 1,482±10 mm (58.35±0.39 in)
Ground clearance (unloaded) 355 mm (13.98 in)
Seat height (unloaded) 960 mm (37.8 in)
Total fuel tank capacity approx. 9.5 l (2.51 US gal)
Unleaded premium fuel, mixed with 2-stroke engine oil (1:60)
Weight without fuel approx. 104 kg (229 lb.)
* Manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP), the actual sale prices can vary.
2012 KTM 300 EXC – American and Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: See KTM dealer for pricing.
Model may not be available in USA or Canada.