2012 KTM 500 XC-W

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2012 KTM 500 XC-W
2012 KTM 500 XC-W

– 2012 KTM 500 XC-W

2012 KTM 500 XC-W Review

For those who want the biggest beast and most powerful machine of the XC-W line, the 500 XC-W is knocking at your door.



2012 KTM 500 XC-W Features and Benefits

New for 2012:

• New SOHC EFI engine tuned for enduro riding that is 5.5 lbs lighter than the previous engine

• New cylinder head with new inlet and exhaust port design as well as a new combustion chamber design and new water jacket

• New valve chain guide and new spring loaded mechanical chain tensioner with a ratchet stop for a simpler and lighter weight design

• New lighter weight die-cast cases made of a special alloy

• New single oil circuit for easier maintenance

• New multi-function balancer shaft to keep the engine narrow and reduce weight

• New lighter piston and PANKL con rod

• Newly developed lightweight single diaphragm spring clutch unit with steel billet basket for unbeatable reliability

• 6-speed enduro gearbox for precise shifting

• New electric start system (plus kick start) and stronger 196W stator

• Completely new frame design with PDS that reduces longitudinal stiffness

• New one-piece cast aluminium swingarm with excellent flex characteristics

• New WP PDS mono shock (7mm longer) with new preload adjuster

• WP 48mm USD forks received new oil and dust seals by SKF and new bushings with improved Teflon coating for better sensitivity and durability

• New silencer and larger volume spark arrestor for lower noise level

• New 2.51 gallon/ 9.5 liter translucent fuel tank with integrated fuel pump and regulator

• New competition headlight and taillight

• New intake boot that provides great power and extra protection for Twin-Air filter which still has the same quick change, no-tools access air filter change process

• New bodywork including a white airbox, white rear number plates, and a redesigned reinforced rear fender for perfect ergonomics and excellent contact points

• New handguard mount and flag design

• New Excel AL7 rims with silver anodized stripes, zinc/nickel coated spokes, aluminium nipples and high-end CNC machined hubs

• New integrated routing for the cooling system for better airflow

• New auxiliary radiator fan for improved cooling

• New Dunlop GEOMAX MX51 front and rear tires



2012 KTM 500 XC-W – American and Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: See KTM dealer for pricing.

Design 1-cylinder 4-stroke engine, water-cooled
Displacement 510.4 cm³ (31.147 cu in)
Bore 95 mm (3.74 in)
Stroke 72 mm (2.83 in)
Starter Electric starter/kick starter
Engine lubrication Pressure circulation lubrication with two rotary pumps
Primary transmission 32:76
Final drive 13:50
Cooling Water, permanent circulation of coolant by water pump
Clutch Multidisc clutch in oil bath / hydraulically activated
Ignition Contactless controlled fully electronic ignition with digital ignition adjustment, type Kokusan

Frame Central tube frame made of chrome molybdenum steel tubing
Fork 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°
Wheelbase 1,482±10 mm (58.35±0.39 in)
Ground clearance unloaded 345 mm (13.58 in)
Seat height unloaded 970 mm (38.19 in)
Total fuel tank capacity, approx. 8.5 l (2.25 US gal)
Super unleaded (ROZ 95/RON 95/PON 91)
Weight without fuel, approx. 112 kg (247 lb.)


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