2020 KTM 500 EXC-F Guide

2020 KTM 500 EXC-F

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2020 KTM 500 EXC-F:

Stand back or hold on tight, this is the most powerful dual-sport on the market. The new generation KTM 500 EXC-F packs a thrilling 4-stroke punch while still delievring 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 cc SOHC single cylinder bombshell has an incredible power-to-weight ratio and provides nothing less than the most dynamic dual-sport experience available.



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Developed on the toughest climbs, gnarliest terrain and in deepest mud with our Red Bull KTM Factory Racing stars, the benchmark-setting KTM enduros have just raised the bar. The 2020 line-up includes the new model KTM 150 EXC TPI, which is homologated for Euro 4, the KTM 250 EXC TPI and KTM 300 EXC TPI 2-strokes, as well as the KTM 250 EXC-F, KTM 350 EXC-F, KTM 450 EXC-F and KTM 500 EXC-F 4-strokes.

Following on from KTM’s many advancements in technology with its enduro machines in recent years, this wide range of KTM EXC models boasts the very latest in innovation. The model year 2020 enduros have new and more efficient yet high-performing engines, a re-developed chassis with improved WP XPLOR suspension, improved handling, new bodywork, new air filter box, new cooling system, and new exhaust systems. This, combined with the high-quality NEKEN handlebar, Brembo brakes, No-Dirt footpegs, and CNC milled hubs with Giant rims fitted as standard equipment, ensures that the KTM EXC model year 2020 are the best performing and most extreme enduro bikes on the market.

The flagship KTM SIX DAYS models offer a premium parts package and these world-beating enduros are widely regarded as the best competition machines on the market. With the International Six Days Enduro at the core of the design of these bikes, the SIX DAYS models celebrate the sport of enduro and have a wide range of well-thought out KTM PowerParts fitted over the standard models of KTM EXC.

In addition, KTM is excited to announce the ultra-prestigious KTM 300 EXC TPI ERZBERGRODEO machine, a limited production of 500 units, which has been created as a tribute to the iconic Austrian hard enduro event in its 25th year. With a long list of additional READY TO RACE parts as well as an exclusive graphic design, this special edition is the ultimate machine for the journey to extreme.

“The new KTM EXC enduro range is ready for anything. With the serious challenges presented by the likes of the World Enduro Super Series, which includes classic enduro races as well as some of the toughest events in the world, the KTM EXC models have to be prepared for the most extreme conditions. Thanks to the efforts of our R&D team around the globe, who enjoy riding themselves and understand the needs of our customers, along with our factory athletes who push our machines to the limits for the ultimate durability tests, the market-leading enduro range continues to improve at a rapid rate. Evolved from excellence, the MY2020 KTM EXC’s are a new generation with the very latest innovation for the aspiring enduro rider right up to the professionals,” said KTM´s Senior Product Manager Offroad, Joachim Sauer.



KTM marked the start of a new era in enduro last season. Battling to the wire in the FIM SuperEnduro World Championship, Red Bull KTM Factory
Racing riders prepared themselves for their biggest challenge yet – the World Enduro Super Series. It was a campaign that saw real intensity
and strong rivalry, as well as extreme challenges. With races at the Red Bull Romaniacs, Gotland Grand National and Red Bull ErzbergRodeo, comprised with the likes of more traditional style events such as the Trèfle Lozérien and Hawkstone Park, only the ultimate enduro champion would
reign supreme.

KTM’s Jonny Walker had looked on target to battle for the title thanks to his consistent podium performances, when a high-speed crash at the
Red Bull 111 MegaWatt event in Poland ruled him out of the remainder of the season. Multi-time champion Taddy Blazusiak decided to return from
retirement to take on the WESS challenge and the Polish ace enjoyed a number of strong performances throughout the season, including a fourth
at the very specialist Gotland Grand National race where local knowledge was certainly key.

Learning the art of extreme enduro having come from a more traditional racing background were Nathan Watson and Josep Garcia, who made
great progress throughout the series. A highlight for Garcia was the event win at Hawkstone Park, whilst Watson, who recently became the first British racer to win Le Touquet and was crowned the French Beach Race Champion, was runner-up at the same event. Watson also won the final round of the WESS championship. A highlight performer of the year was KTM-supported youngster Manuel Lettenbichler, whose father was a former test rider and racer aboard KTM machinery. Lettenbichler put on a solid performance at each round to conclude the series with the runner-up

The championship was also an effective testing ground for the development of KTM´s EXC range. Each race required specific models from the 4-stroke and 2-stroke range, and they were certainly put through their paces to the absolute limits on occasion. This information has been utilized and it ensures that the latest generation of KTM EXC is as race-refined as ever.

KTM has so far had a successful racing campaign in offroad in 2019. Taking the 18th consecutive win at the Dakar Rally with Toby Price, winning the AMA Supercross 450SX Championship with Cooper Webb, and dominating the opening of the MXGP World Championship have all certainly been highlights. KTM stars Cody Webb and Taddy Blazusiak battled to the final round of the FIM SuperEnduro World Championship, and were close to taking the title, but our enduro attention is now turned to the World Enduro Super Series, which began recently in Portugal. KTM continues to be defiant in its quest for victory, and this strive for excellence is certainly carried down to KTM’s serial production models.


Enduro is tough, fun, technically challenging, varied, fast and slow all in one. It’s the journey to each rider’s own extreme that makes enduro beautiful, yet a mind-blowing test of determination, endurance and skill at every level. To showcase that mindset, a rider will excel only with the best, most innovative and latest equipment. With that in mind, as well as KTM’s READY TO RACE promise, the benchmark in enduro just raised the bar. KTM is proud of the huge steps in development it has made in enduro in recent years, including the introduction of the world’s first serial production fuel injection 2-stroke offroad competition bikes, but the work never stops. With racing at the heart of development, KTM is proud to present the new KTM EXC MY2020 model range; the radical next step in race-winning performance.

The R&D engineers in Mattighofen, Austria have gone back to the drawing board to make the new generation KTM EXC MY2020 the most extreme
yet with a range of machines that are exceptionally dynamic, low-weight, powerful and highly agile. The MY2020 orange enduro machines offer
improved engines across the range with more efficient performance, whilst all 2-stroke models are fitted with the latest transfer port injection (TPI) technology. A re-worked chassis with improved handling, new bodywork, improved WP suspension and new exhaust systems are fitted across the entire range. The 2020 line-up includes the new model KTM 150 EXC TPI, which is homologated for Euro 4, the KTM 250 EXC TPI and KTM 300 EXC TPI 2-strokes, as well as the KTM 250 EXC-F, KTM 350 EXC-F, KTM 450 EXC-F and KTM 500 EXC-F 4-strokes. In addition, KTM once again celebrates its highlight models with the KTM SIX DAYS range, as well as the ultra-special KTM 300 EXC TPI ERZBERGRODEO – created to celebrate 25 years of the famous ErzbergRodeo hard enduro race.

KTM has continued to retain its stronghold and even increase sales in the dirtbike sector, thanks to its race development strategy, confirming again
that the READY TO RACE approach is delivering model year upon model year. With intensified handling and power, the best performing and most
extreme enduro bikes on the market just got better.



2020 KTM 500 EXC-F Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits

KTM continues its evolution of the dual-sport segment with a new range of 4-stroke engines. The race-winning performance of KTM’s pros has filtered through to these powerful new motors, proving they’re capable of taking you to the front straight out of the crate. The reworked engines are the most competitve, compact and light engines on the market, setting the benchmark in performance, rideabilty and reliability. This means they are capable of winning in each engine class and dominating the trails.

The KTM 500 EXC-F’s fuel-injected powerhouse features a highly compact and lightweight design while delivering awesome torque and power across
the powerband. The four valves in the newly developed SOHC cylinder head are controlled by extremely rigid rocker arms, while flow-optimized ports ensure an efficient gas exchange.

Vibrations are kept in check by a carefully optimized crank drive with plain bearings, and a multifunctional balancer shaft additionally balances out the oscillating masses. The cutting-edge Keihin engine management system with electronic fuel injection and a reworked 42 mm throttle body ensure an astonishing response, while an optional map select switch allows the rider to select a different power curve mid-race and to activate the unique traction control system to provide maximized grip when needed.

KTM engineers take weight loss seriously. As a result, they have crafted the 2020 KTM EXC-F models to be the slimmest, lightest and quickest-turning dual-sport bikes available. And with an E-starter as standard, getting the big single turned over is as simple as pressing a button.

Designed for complete harmony between rider and bike, KTM has exploited the knowledge from decades of race success to create perfect ergonomics on the KTM 500 EXC-F. Maximum rider comfort and movement in all conditions is guaranteed.

With input from KTM’s factory riders, as well as KTM R&D and Kiska Design, the new bodywork of the KTM 500 EXC-F pushes the boundaries of progression even further. The result is a shape across the entire range, that achieves complete harmony between rider and bike. The main goal was to provide the optimal contact points that allow a rider maximum freedom of movement and improved handling. The front and rear fenders feature an intelligent I-beam design, guaranteeing maximum stability with the lowest possible weight. A new tail light design fits perfectly to the new shape of the rear fender and the number plate carrier. The new in-mold graphics confirm the high-performance intentions of this bike, as well as KTM’s never-ending quest for race-winning progression.

The state-of-the-art KEIHIN engine management system, with electronic fuel injection, features a new 42 mm throttle body, which provides an instantaneous response and maximum performance thanks to its unique injector position. The ECU features a new map adapted to the new exhaust, airbox and engine configuration for optimal power characteristics.




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510.9 cm³


1-cylinder, 4-stroke engine


95 mm


72 mm


Electric starter




Wet, DDS multi-disc clutch, Brembo hydraulics


Keihin EMS



Central-tube frame with double-cradle


WP Xplor PDS shock absorber


Brembo twin-piston floating calliper, brake disc


Brembo single-piston floating calliper, brake disc


260 mm


220 mm


X-Ring 5/8 x 1/4″


63.5 °




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