2016 KTM 500 EXC & 350 EXC First Looks

May 19, 2015
Adam Booth
By Adam Booth
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KTM is known for its impressive dual-sport machines, the 350 EXC and 500 EXC. The dual-sport bike every dual-sporter aspires to be, the KTM 500 EXC is back in 2016 with some revisions. Thanks to its powerful 510.4cc SOHC engine, low weight and perfectly tuned suspension, this machine masters each and every tough spot in off-road riding with ease. And thanks to its license plate, you can ride the bike right from your house and enjoy the street or the dirt. For 2016 the 500 EXC gets the same updates as the dirt-only XCF-W models for even more capability when the asphalt ends.

2016 KTM 500 EXC Highlights
• New front axle reduced from 26mm to 22mm to reduce weight and offer better front-end feel
• Front axle offset is adjusted from 35mm to 33mm to increase trail and provide more stability
• New open design fork protectors offer easier cleaning of the fork lower with the same amount of protection
• New skid plate protects the lower frame tubes
• New orange anodized rear sprocket
• New seat cover with Selle Dalla Valle logo
• New WP Protective decal on front fork upper
• The 500 EXC is equipped with the proper equipment for road duty
• The powerful SOHC 510.4 cc engine fitted with its 6-speed transmission and electric starter unites an unbeatable four-stroke power-to-weight ratio with outstanding performance and responsive handling.
• The modern frame design of the 500 EXC combines maximum longitudinal stiffness with optimum torsional stiffness for easy handling and precise steering behavior, as well as excellent ride stability.
• All EXC models are fitted with a super strong, tapered Neken handlebar made of high tensile strength aluminum alloy.
• EXC models feature WP suspension, which is specifically designed for Enduro usage and ensures maximum traction combined with plenty of comfort.

2016 KTM 500 EXC Specifications:
Engine: Single cylinder, four-stroke
Displacement: 510.4cc
Bore x Stroke: 95 x 72mm
Starter/Battery: Kickstarter & Electric / 12V, 4Ah
Transmission: 6-speed
Fuel system: Keihin EFI, 42mm throttle body
Cooling: Liquid-cooling
Clutch: Wet multi-disc DDS, Brembo hydraulics
Frame: Central double-cradle 25CrMo4 steel
Subframe: Aluminum
Handlebar: Neken, Aluminum
Front suspension: WP-USD, 48mm
Rear suspension: WP-Monoshock with PDS
Suspension travel front/rear: 11.8 inch/13.1 inch
Front/rear brakes: 260/220 mm
Front/rear rims: 1.60 x 21″; 2.15 x 18″ Giant
Front/rear tires: 80/100-21″; 140/80-18″
Steering head angle: 26.5°
Wheelbase: 58.35 ± 0.4 in
Triple clamp offset: 22mm
Ground clearance: 13.58 inches
Seat height: 38.19 inches
Tank capacity: 2.25 US gallons
Weight, approx. (without fuel): 250.2 pounds

2016 KTM 350 EXC
The 350 EXC-F is the little brother to the 500 EXC and craves the hardest off-road conditions. For 2016 the 350 EXC-F gets the same updates as the dirt-only XCF-W models for even more capability when the asphalt ends.

2016 Highlights
• New front axle size reduced from 26mm to 22 mm to reduce weight and offer better front end feel
• Front axle offset is adjusted from 35mm to 33mm to increase trail and provide more stability
• New open design fork protectors offer easier cleaning of the fork lower with the same amount of protection
• New skid plate protects the lower frame tubes
• New orange anodized rear sprocket
• New orange front mask
• New seat cover with Selle Dalla Valle logo
• New WP Protective decal on front fork upper
• The 350 EXC-F is equipped with the proper equipment for road duty
• The modern frame design of the 350 EXC-F combines maximum longitudinal stiffness with optimum torsional stiffness for easy handling and precise steering behavior, as well as excellent ride stability.
• All EXC models are fitted with a super strong, tapered Neken handlebar made of high tensile strength aluminum alloy.
• The EXC models feature WP suspension, which is specifically designed for Enduro usage and ensures maximum traction combined with plenty of comfort.

2016 KTM 350 EXC Specifications:
Engine: Single cylinder, four-stroke
Displacement: 349.7cc
Bore x Stroke: 88 x 57.5mm
Starter/Battery: Kickstarter & Electric / 12V, 4Ah
Transmission: 6-speed
Fuel system: Keihin EFI, 42mm throttle body
Cooling: Liquid-cooling
Clutch: Wet multi-disc DDS, Brembo hydraulics
Ignition/EMS: Keihin
Frame: Central double-cradle 25CrMo4 steel
Subframe: Aluminum
Handlebar: Neken, Aluminum
Front suspension: WP-USD, 48mm
Rear suspension: WP-Monoshock with PDS
Suspension travel front/rear: 11.8 inch/13.1 inch
Front/rear brakes: 260/220mm
Front/rear rims: 1.60 x 21″; 2.15 x 18″ Giant
Front/rear tires: 80/100-21″; 140/80-18″
Steering head angle: 26.5°
Wheel base: 58.35±0.4 inches
Triple clamp offset: 22mm
Ground clearance: 13.58 inches
Seat height: 38.19 inches
Tank capacity, approx: 2.25 US gallons
Weight, approx (without fuel): 241.4 pounds