2010 KTM XC Review


KTM introduced its XC line of motorcycles to the United States in 2006, where the line quickly became a favorite with dirt bikers and motocross racers. The Austrian manufacturer is the top European bike manufacturer as well as one of the world’s top makers of motorcycles. It is best known for making dirt bikes. Models in the 2010 line-up are the XC 150, XC 200 W, XC 250, XC 250 W, XC 250 FW Champions Edition, XC 300, XC 300 W, XC 400 W, XC 450 W Champions Edition, XC 450 W Six Days, and XC 530 W Six Days. The ""W"" in the model names stands for wide ratio transmission, which is better for desert and Enduro-type riding. Accessories for XC line include adjustable footpegs, assorted styles of aluminum skid plates, assorted graphics kits, tank pad set, assorted colors of spoilers, and higher or lower seats.

KTM introduced the XC 150 model, which has been described as an ""overzealous 125,"" in 2009, while the XC 250 was introduced in 2006. The XC 150 is the only bike in this line that does not have an electric start. The XC 150, which replaced the XC 200, is the size of a 125 cc bike, but has enough power to make riders feel like they‘re on a 250 cc. In other models, this is the first year for the XC 250 F W Champions Edition, which is comparable to KTM's official motocross racing team bike. The XC 300 has an electric start; motocross racers are apt to get in 200 hours of riding between services. The XC 300 also comes with an electronic odometer that allows Enduro racers to keep time. Reviewers say the XC 300 will easily beat the motocross competition in age or ladies’ class races when there is no displacement rule.

New For 2010

  • New triple clamped, revised front end, and reworked airbox that does a better job of keeping water out in off-road riding in the XC 150
  • Not applicable to the XC 250, as it is a carryover from the 2009 model.
  • Everything about the XC 250 F W Champions Edition is new, as this is the first year of production for this model.

2010 KTM XC Specs

  • Model: XC 250
  • Engine Type: Single cylinder, two-stroke
  • Bore and Stroke: 66.4 mm X 72 mm
  • Compression ratio: not available
  • Valve Train: Reed valve
  • Induction: Keihin carburetor
  • Ignition: Electronic
  • Transmission: Manual, five-speed
  • Final Drive: Chain
  • Fuel Capacity: 3.0 gallons
  • Estimated Fuel Economy: not available
  • Brakes (Front): Brembo hydraulic disc
  • Brakes (Rear): Brembo hydraulic disc
  • Suspension (Front): WP inverted fork
  • Suspension (Rear): Twin sided swing arm
  • Wheelbase: 58.1 inches
  • Rake: not available
  • Trail: not available
  • Seat Height: 38.8 inches
  • Curb Weight: 215.2 pounds
  • Tires (Front): Tubed Pirelli 80/100 R21
  • Tires (Rear): Tubed Pirelli 110/100 R18


  • Larger fuel tanks
  • Protective covers
  • X2 Light
  • Rear brake rotor guard
  • Tank heat shield
  • Bike stand
  • Grip heaters
  • Hour meter

Key Competitors For The 2010 KTM XC

  • Yamaha WR 250 X (XC 250 W)
  • Honda CRF 250 X (XC 250 W)
  • Kawasaki 250 KLX (XC 250 W)
  • Suzuki RMZ 250 X (XC 250 W)
  • Honda CRF 450 X (XC 400 W)