2020 KTM 500 EXC-F

Last year’s dual sport shootout winner is updated for the new decade.

KTM 500 EXC-F right side
2020 KTM 500 EXC-FKTM

The 500 EXC-F is KTM’s largest-displacement dual sport model. It’s no secret that we think highly of the 500 EXC-F for its powerful yet controllable engine character, well-rounded WP suspension, nimble handling, light weight, and top-shelf Brembo brakes. In the past 10 years, it has been named Cycle World’s Best Enduro/Dual Sport five times (2012, 2013, 2014, 2017, and 2019).

2020 KTM 500 EXC-F Reviews, Comparisons, And Competition

The KTM 500 EXC-F won Cycle World’s 2019 Dual Sport Shootout, which took place in Moab, Utah. While we were riding the red rocks of Moab, we took the time to compare the 500 EXC-F to its smaller-displacement sibling, the 350 EXC-F as well. “The KTM 500 EXC-F is the dual sport to which all others are compared, with the broadest performance envelope,” Cycle World Senior Editor Justin Dawes wrote. “It really is the dual sport for anywhere and everywhere.” Yeah, exactly.

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The 2020 KTM 500 EXC-F retails for $11,399. It costs $100 less than the 2020 Husqvarna FE 501s and $500 more than the 2020 Beta 500 RR-S.

KTM 500 EXC-F Updates For 2020

The KTM 500 EXC-F was granted a multitude of changes for 2020. KTM also offers a 500 EXC-F Six Days edition, which is priced at $12,399 and features orange triple clamps, different colored plastics, and special graphics.

2020 KTM 500 EXC-F Claimed Specifications

Price $11,399
Engine Liquid-cooled SOHC single-cylinder
Displacement 511cc
Bore x Stroke 95.0 x 72.0mm
Horsepower N/A
Torque N/A
Transmission 6-speed
Final Drive Chain
Seat Height 37.8 in.
Rake 26.5°
Trail N/A
Front Suspension 48mm inverted fork, fully adjustable; 11.8-in. travel
Rear Suspension Fully adjustable; 12.2-in. travel
Front Tire 90/90-21
Rear Tire 120/90-18
Wheelbase 58.3 in.
Fuel Capacity 2.25 gal.
Claimed Dry Weight 240 lb.

Cycle World Tested Specifications

Seat Height N/A
Wet Weight 255 lb.
Rear-Wheel Horsepower 39.4 hp @ 8,100 rpm
Rear-Wheel Torque 27.7 lb.-ft. @ 5,200 rpm
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