2019 KTM 500 EXC-F Review

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By Ryan Adams

2019 KTM 500 EXC-F

Editor Score: 93.75%

Engine 19.5/20
Suspension/Handling 14.5/15
Transmission/Clutch 9.5/10
Brakes 9.0/10
Instruments/Controls 4.0/5
Ergonomics/Comfort 8.75/10
Appearance/Quality 9.5/10
Desirability 10.0/10
Value 9.0/10
Overall Score 93.75/100

For a number of years now, if you wanted a dual-sport bike with true off-road performance, a dirt bike with turn signals if you will, there was one option and it was orange. KTM’s EXC-F lineup of plated dirt bikes show little compromise to their off-road prowess in order to maintain 50-state-legal status in the U.S. to be used on public roads. EXC-F models can be had in 250, 350, 450 Six Days Edition, and 500. Since more is more here at MO, we snagged the big boy out of KTM North America’s press fleet to see what’s been up with the big orange dual-sport from Mattighofen.

KTM’s EXC line has enjoyed immense popularity for serious dual-sport riders in recent years. In part, KTM’s success can be attributed to the lack of options in the U.S. market for such a bike. Of course, Beta and Husqvarna were there, but their checkered pasts and lack of availability led to a lack of popularity. Don’t get it twisted though; KTM’s off-road lineup are potent performance motorcycles that have a pedigree of championships behind them. The motto “Ready to Race” is truly the foundation on which all of the company’s bikes are built, and the EXC-F line is no exception.

For the 2019 model year, the 500 EXC-F hasn’t undergone a substantial overhaul from the previous year, or two, for that matter. Since the 500 EXC model designation in 2012 (despite previous models using different numbers such as 525 or 530, the engine’s displacement has been 510cc beginning with the dual-sport’s street-legal inception in 2007), KTM views its 500 EXC-F to have undergone two generations of …read more

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