The 250 XC-F is the smallest model in the XC-F range but it’s not the smallest motorcycle in the 2021 KTM line-up by a long way. While many riders like to think that a 250 motorcycle is too small for them, that’s not the case with this KTM. It’s small in displacement but big in power. If you can’t have fun on one of these, you’re obviously not doing it right. And of course, many professional off-road riders would argue that the KTM 250 XC-F is one of the best enduro motorcycles ever made.
The success of the 250 XC-F is down to the lightweight frame and compact engine. The engine itself is a European-made 249.9cc single-cylinder four-stroke motor with a state-of-the-art engine management system that delivers maximum power but from a small package. When inserted into a lightweight frame, the result is a nimble and agile motorcycle that’s fast and fun. KTM claims that it’s the most powerful 250 in the class…and they’re probably right.
Like most KTM motorcycles, the 250 XC-F benefits from a range of top-shelf parts, including WP XACT suspension at the front and rear, Brembo brakes, GIANT rims, Dunlop Geomax AT81 tires, plenty of CNC machined parts, and the addition of KTM’s advanced traction control system. All in, it’s a sophisticated enduro machine bred from championship-winning DNA.
For 2021, the 250 XC-F is available exclusively in KTM Orange with White and Black accents.
The 2021 KTM 250 XC-F starts from $9,699 USD / $10,999 CAD
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The KTM 250 XC-F engine is known to be the strongest engine in the 250 cc class. It screams at the top of its lungs at 14,000 RPM, but is equally happy producing tons of torque and power across the rest of the rev range. Its compact architecture contributes to an excellent mass centralization, supporting the rideability of the bike. And it only weighs 47.6 pounds. That’s including the incredibly beneficial E-starter.
The centerpiece of the compact DOHC (double overhead camshaft) engine is the cutting-edge cylinder head. It features two overhead camshafts, which activate the titanium valves via super-light cam followers with a hard DLC coating.
The KTM 250 XC-F’s crankshaft utilizes a short connecting rod, which makes for an overall compact and lightweight engine with a snappy power delivery. A plain big (bottom) end bearing with two force-fitted bearing shells runs directly on the crank pin. The necessary oil feed for this bearing is ensured by the engine’s pressurized lubrication. This design is a decisive benefit in terms of the crankshaft service interval, which can be lengthened due to the plain bearing. So just pin it, all day long.
Crankcases and engine covers
The design of the die-cast crankcases allows for minimal weight and a very centralized shaft configuration. This makes the engine short and compact, while contributing to an efficient centralization of masses. The engine covers also feature a solid surface structure, which reduces the wear caused by the rider’s boots. This way, your XC-F will keep looking better longer.
The engine is fitted with a smooth 6-speed semi-close PANKL transmission made of new and stronger materials. An advanced ´No Dirt´ gear shift lever design prevents mud and sand from blocking the joint of the lever and guarantees trouble-free shifting. All 4-stroke engines are fitted with a gear position sensor, giving the option of different engine characteristics for each gear. The transmission shaft features a C4 bearing that has a bigger overlap and guarantees better reliability even at extremely tough operating conditions.
The high-tech, lightweight chrome-moly steel frame has a knack for easy handling, outlandish rideability, precise cornering and excellent stability. You can also count on precisely calculated stiffness of the frame. This results in better absorption of the energy created from the front and rear suspension, sucking up jumps and bumps. In short: more comfort and less rider fatigue. Laterally attached, lightweight aluminum engine head stays (the connection between cylinder head and frame) contribute to more precise cornering and a reduced vibration level. The engineers were able to pull off all that, while making their frame 2.2 pounds lighter than that of the lightest competitor on the market. In addition, it is easier to maintain, easier to work on and supplies more space for the tank and other components. The bike also features an extra-light subframe made of aluminum, which tips the scales at less than 2 pounds.
All KTM XC models are equipped with the same high-strength aluminum tapered NEKEN handlebar. The handlebar allows for four different positions. The handlebars come standard with an ODI vulcanized grip on the right side and a comfortable ODI lock-on grip, which does not require any wire or glue, on the left. Additionally, the bike is fitted with a map-select switch on the handlebar for selecting alternative engine maps. The rider also has the option to activate TRACTION CONTROL from this switch; a unique feature which guarantees more efficient traction, especially in slippery conditions, and can be activated with the push of a button during riding.
Sophisticated ´No Dirt´ footpegs prevent clogging of the footpeg pivot, even when digging in deep ruts. Looking for a higher riding position? Then just mount the footpegs of the EXC models, which are 6 mm higher than the XC versions.
Battery & wiring harness
A strong lithium ion battery breathes life into the engine and contributes to low vehicle weight. The lightweight battery and wiring harness are centralized in a compartment above the air filter box, allowing the mechanic to remove the subframe without moving the electronics. A happy mechanic is a good mechanic.