2011 KTM XC Review


The 2011 KTM XC comes in so many trims that it is almost dizzying trying to pick one out of the lot. These can be broken down into five basic sizes, which includes the XC 150, the XC 200, the XC 250, XC 300, and the XC 450W. The model numbers all correspond to the engine sizes, and all models feature a single-cylinder motor with single overhead camshaft and liquid cooling. All motors also come paired with a six-speed manual transmission. Each model is fitted with either a 3.04-gallon or 2.43- gallon fuel tank. Brakes are the same across the board, and they feature the Brembo brand, hydraulic 10.2-inch discs in the front and hydraulic, 8.7-inch discs in the rear.

The KTM XC series are all lightweight, especially the XC 150 which weighs just 208 pounds. The largest model, the KTM XC 450W, weighs in at 247 pounds. As such, it is easy to handle and back out of any parking job. The XC models are surprisingly tall, and as such they do well on bumpy trails that require a lot of ground clearance. They may be a bit too tall for some riders, however.

The overall impression of this series is high performance and great racing ability across the board. The handling is more than competent enough, and the power is well situated and used throughout all the models. The lightweight design can make it easy to find the wheels off the ground, and very open terrain and high speeds are not ideal as handling becomes a bit too loose. As such, the best place for the KTM XC is in the dirt.

New For 2011

  • Kick-start is now available alongside the electric starter
  • Bodywork is now slimmer and more comfortable for the rider
  • New linkage system, frame, and other components
  • Largely redesigned for 2011

2011 KTM XC Specs

  • Model: XC 150, XC 200 W, XC 250. XC 250 W F Six Days, XC 250 W, XC 300, XC 300W, XC 450W Six Days,
  • Engine Type: 143-cc, single-cylinder / 193-cc, single-cylinder / 249-cc, single-cylinder / 248.6-cc, single-cylinder / 249-cc, single cylinder / 293-cc, single-cylinder / 293.2-cc, single-cylinder / 449.3-cc, single-cylinder / 510.4-cc, single-cylinder
  • Bore and Stroke: 2.2 inches and 2.3 inches / 2.52 inches and 2.36 inches / 2.61 inches and 2.83 inches / 2.99 inches and 2.16 inches / 2.61 inches and 2.83 inches / 2.83 inches and 2.83 inches / 2.83 inches and 2.83 inches / 3.74 inches and 2.5 inches / 3.74 inches and 2.83 inches
  • Compression ratio: 12.8:1 / 11.9:1
  • Valve Train: Single overhead camshaft
  • Induction: Liquid
  • Ignition: Electric / Kick
  • Transmission: six-speed manual
  • Final Drive: Chain
  • Fuel Capacity: 3.04 gallons / 2.43 gallons
  • Estimated Fuel Economy: N/A
  • Brakes (Front): Brembo hydraulic, 10.2-inch disc
  • Brakes (Rear): Hydraulic, 8.7-inch disc
  • Suspension (Front): WP, 1.9-inch inverted fork with front adjustable fork pre-load and front adjustable rebound damping
  • Suspension (Rear): Twin sided swing arm with rear adjustable rebound damping and rear adjustable shock
  • Wheelbase: 58.1 inches
  • Rake: N/A
  • Trail: N/A
  • Seat Height: 38.8 inches
  • Curb Weight: 208.1 pounds / 209 pounds / 215.2 pounds / 224 pounds / 221.3 pounds / 216 pounds / 221.3 pounds / 247.4 pounds / 247.4 pounds
  • Tires (Front): 80/100 R21 / Bridgestone 80/100 R21 / Pirelli 80/100 R21 / Bridgestone 80/100 R21
  • Tires (Rear): 110/100 R18 / Bridgestone 100/100 R18 / Pirelli 110/100 R18 / Bridgestone 100/100 R18


  • Seating accessories include a low sitting seat and high sitting seats, both of which help difference size riders find a more comfortable sitting position.
  • Assorted handlebar configurations and handgrips are available to customize the KTM to the rider's liking.
  • An indoor protective cover is available to keep dirt, dust, and other things from reaching the KTM XC. An outdoor cover is also available, which provides sturdier design, and is made to withstand the weather.
  • A tank heat shield and air box cover offer additional protection
  • The KTM can be equipped with an hour meter and rev meter for additional instrumentation and readings.
  • MX Hand guards are available in multiple styles.
  • A left-hand racing mirror can be added to increase visibility.
  • A KTM bike stand can be added

Key Competitors For The 2011 KTM XC

  • Kawasaki KLX 140
  • Yamaha YZ 250F
  • Husqvarna WR 250
  • Husqvarna TXC 449
  • Husqvarna TXC 511