New (to us) 2016 KTM 250 XC Joins The Stable!

Recently sold my 2021 HONDA CRF150RB because after 8 months it became to short for me even after putting riser bars on it so I did some research and purchased a 2016 KTM 250 xc 2-Stroke. For a bike you ride at the track, the crf150rb was really good at all the trails I rode with it especially after some of the upgrades we did to it including JD Jet Kit, yoshimura full system exhaust, metal skid plate, and handguards. Also i wound up riding over 900 miles of trails in Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming

Enter the KTM 250xc! This KTM is a carbureted 250 2 stroke made for open-high speed trails but is also really good at slow technical stuff. The KTM xc line shares most of its DNA with the KTM 250 SX (which is their 2 stroke track line) while also having a large (2.6 gallon tank), electric start, and a kick stand. Electric start is something i really missed on my honda especially on the trails.

2016 KTM 250 xc Chassis Specs

Frame: Chromium Molybdenum
Wheelbase: 58.9
Seat Height: 37.8”
Ground Clearance: 15.2”
Footrest Height: 15.4
Dry Weight: 222 lbs. (wet weight, no fuel)
Fuel Tank Capacity: 2.6 US gallons
Front Suspension: 48 mm Inverted wp 4cs
Rear Suspension: wp
Front Wheel Travel: 11.8”
Rear Wheel Travel: 12.5”
Front Brake: 260mm floating rotor
Rear Brake: 220mm rotor
Front/Rear Rim: 21” (Front) 18” (Rear)                    

My first 2 times riding the bike on dirt where at the track and it took 3-5 laps to get used to the bike but after that I was already riding a lot faster then on my Honda, also the bike felt really fast since it is the fastest bike I have ever ridden, 47 on the KTM (stock) vs 25.5 (with JD jet, and exhaust).At first I was worried about the KTM being to big since its has a seat height of 37.8 inches vs 34.1 on the Honda so it was a big difference riding the KTM for the first time, But after riding the KTM a few times I have become used to the larger seat height but it is still hard to stop on the trails so I normally look for small rock or dirt hill to put my foot on. So far I have ridden on 2 trails in Arizona with the KTM, the first one was pretty easy single track with a small amount of rocks and lots of turns but there was this 1 hill I didn’t think I could get up but after getting up the first half of it I just sent it and made it to the top. The second trail was also single track, more rocky and about 4 sections that I had to stop before going up because I was not prepared for something like that to just pop up but most of those sections were not that hard, but there was 1 hill that was pretty long and technical that had 4 ledges you had to get up without stopping so I stopped for about 10 minutes thinking about what line to choose so after that i went back to the bottom and rode up with ease

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