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2013 KTM 500EXC Six Days Review
2013 KTM 500EXC Six Days
The 500 EXC is “READY TO RACE ” for the world’s largest enduro competition, the “International Six Days Enduro”. Six days in succession, over a thousand offroad kilometres, 40 hours in the saddle – a gruelling test, not only for the rider. A whole package of high-quality special options makes the KTM 500 EXC 2013 fit for this ruthless contest, in which more than half the starters bank on KTM every year. 500 EXC Six Days – only authentic with the orange powder-coated frame of the KTM Factory Team.
2013 KTM 500EXC Six Days Features and Benefits
The one-piece outer clutch hub with primary gear is machined from a single piece of high-strength steel. Unbeatable reliability is the result. It also allows the use of thin steel discs. This results in an extremely compact construction for a narrow engine width. A diaphragm spring enables the implementation of an additional hub damping mechanism – an invaluable benefit in terms of traction and gearbox durability. In conjunction with the diaphragm spring, the hydraulic clutch actuation system from Brembo ensures very smooth and very precise clutch control.
The SOHC cylinder head is equipped with an overhead camshaft that actuates the titanium intake valves and steel exhaust valves. The whole configuration has been perfectly tuned to the Keihin EFI system for outstanding rideability and performance of the KTM 500 EXC Six Days.
Through ingenious design work, KTM engineers succeeded in developing a small laterally positioned balancer shaft that also acts as a drive for the water pump.
In keeping with KTM tradition, the frames are made from high quality, lightweight, chrome-molybdenum steel profiles. In conjunction with the rear PDS damping system, they are designed for optimum absorption of shocks introduced into the frame by the rear wheel. In response to the trend for aluminium frames followed by our rivals, we supply a high-tech steel frame that weighs approx. 0.5 kg less than the lightest competitor. Moreover, it’s easier to maintain, work on it is simpler and it provides more space for the fuel tank and other components.
INDIVIDUAL SUSPENSION SETTING
Each EXC model has its own individual suspension settings, optimally tuned to weight and engine. At the rear, a PDS shock absorber from WP Suspension works with a direct linkage to the upper side of the swingarm. The wide range of setting options for rebound damping and high- and low-speed compression damping are standard on KTM bikes.
The KTM Six Days models are equipped with a completely redesigned, 48 mm closed-cartridge fork from WP Suspension. The new 4-chamber technology (4CS) patented by WP not only provides a key benefit in terms of responsiveness and consistent damping characteristics, it is also lighter and oil services prove to be far simpler than on the conventional closed-cartridge versions. This fork overcomes extremely rutted tracks and other such major obstacles with the greatest of ease. Another benefit: The fork can be adapted to track and rider in a matter of clicks at the top of the fork: compression damping on the left-hand shaft, rebound damping on the right.
The high quality KTM wheels with CNC-machined hubs are standard on KTM bikes. The new, extremely stable, 7050 aluminium rims from GIANT now bear exclusive 6Days lettering. New MAXXIS FIM tyres – specially developed for KTM – provide excellent traction, very precise directional control and a long service life.
Meticulously finished triple clamps machined from a solid block are fitted to all Six Days models. Not only do they look classy in anodised orange; above all, they are designed in such a way that they support the responsiveness and sliding behaviour of the new fork and ultimately have a positive effect on the entire handling.
Brakes from Brembo® are standard equipment on KTM offroad bikes and, together with lightweight wave brake discs, they are recognised as the measure of all things in terms of application and brake performance. The further refined rear brake cylinder has a new internal mechanism that ensures less wear at the rubber seal and therefore greater durability.
The KTM 500 EXC Six Days has bodywork with extremely slim ergonomics and excellent contact points between rider and machine. It provides unlimited freedom of movement. For MY 2013, the bike stands out with newly styled graphics in the colours of the ISDE in Germany.
SIX DAYS EQUIPMENT
• New generation 4CS closed-cartridge fork from WP Suspension
• Frame with high quality orange coating
• CNC-machined triple clamps, orange anodised
• Black anodised handlebar with KTM Six Days logo
• Supersprox 2-piece rear sprocket with steel outer ring and aluminium star
• Full rear brake disc (no slots/holes)
• Camel SXS seat
• Skid plate
• Radiator guard
• Carbon exhaust protector
• Exhaust silencer with Six Days anodising (anthracite) and Six Days logo
• Wheels featuring high quality, black anodised rims made by GIANT with Six Days logo and black spokes
• Quick-release spindle at the front
• Orange radiator grille
• Orange chain guide
• Exclusive Six Days graphics
2013 KTM 500EXC Six Days – USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: See dealer for pricing.
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2013 KTM 500EXC Six Days – Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: See dealer for pricing. CDN
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Prices and specifications subject to change without notice.
2013 KTM 500EXC Six Days – UK/Europe Specifications/Technical Details
UK/European MSRP Price: £7,795.00 GBP.
Design 1-cylinder 4-stroke engine, water-cooled
Displacement 510.4 cm³
Bore 95 mm
Stroke 72 mm
Starting aid Electric starter/Kickstarter
Engine lubrication Forced oil lubrication with 2 Eaton pumps
Primary gear ratio 32:76
Secondary ratio 14:50 (13:50)
Cooling system Liquid cooling system, continuous circulation of cooling liquid with water pump
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
Fork WP Suspension Up Side Down 4CS 4860 MXMA
Shock absorber WP Suspension PDS 5018 DCC
Suspension travel Front 292 mm
Suspension travel Rear 335 mm
Brake system Disc brakes, brake calipers on floating bearings
Brake discs – diameter Front 260 mm
Brake discs – diameter Rear 220 mm
Chain 5/8 x 1/4″
Steering head angle 63.5°
Wheelbase 1,482±10 mm
Ground clearance, unloaded 345 mm
Seat height, unloaded 970 mm
Total fuel tank capacity, approx. 9 l
Unleaded premium fuel (95 RON)
Weight without fuel, approx. 112.5 kg
Prices and specifications subject to change without notice.
2013 KTM 500EXC Six Days – Australian Specifications/Technical Details
AU MSRP Price: See dealer for Pricing AUD
Engine Type1-cylinder 4-stroke engine, liquid-cooled
Bore / Stroke95/72mm
Starter / BatteryKick & Electric Start / 12V 4Ah
Transmission6 gear, claw shifted
Fuel ManagementKeihin EFI, flow restrictor 42mm
Control4 V / OHC with rocker levers
LubricationPressure lubrication with 2 oil pumps
CoolingLiquid cooling system
ClutchWet multi-disc clutch / hydraulically operated
FrameCentral tube frame of chrome molybdenum steel tubing
Front SuspensionWP Suspension USD 4860 4CS
Rear SuspensionWP Suspension PDS 5018 DCC
Suspension Travel – Front / Rear292/335mm
Front / Rear BrakesDisc brake 260mm front / 220mm rear
Front / Rear Rims1.60 x 21″ / 2.15 x 19″ Giant
Front / Rear Tyres90/90-21″ / 140/80-18″
Chain5/8 x 1/4″
Steering Head Angle63.5º
Wheel Base1482 ± 10mm
Tank Capacity approx.9.5l
Weight Without Fuel approx.111.5kg
Specifications, features and prices to change by manufacturer without notice. All information correct as of posted date.