Regardless of being an efficient machine, few people are going to use the 2009 KTM EXC on pavement, other than for a quick test ride. This beast is born to be dirty, and to thrive on the trails, tracks, and dunes. Several changes were made to the 2009 model, making it more rider-friendly. One detracting feature of the 2008 model was the sometimes-stubborn electric start. This issue has been improved drastically with the addition of a new cam, which offers more efficient intake and more turnover. Additionally, other engine components have been switched out for new parts, making for a more consistent, better firing stroke.