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2012 KTM 500 EXC Front View
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2012 KTM 500 EXC Review

2012 KTM 500 EXC

2012 KTM 500 EXC is packed with perfectly controllable power in extravagant proportions, low weight, and an unsurpassed chassis, characterizing an enduro of remarkable versatility. For the 2012 model, the 500 EXC has a new 500cc 1-cylinder 4-stroke, water-cooled engine that has been redesigned from scratch and is now more compact, lighter, and more powerful than before.

The 500 EXC’s cylinder has been further developed especially for the new engine configuration. The new, 15 % lighter forged piston minimises reciprocating weight and optimises durability at high engine speeds. New, nitrided piston rings ensure highest levels of resistance to wear. The engine has also been equipped with a common oil circuit for engine and transmission, and two oil pumps. A pressure pump lubricates the engine, while a suction pump draws oil from the crankcase, using it to lubricate the transmission and the clutch.



Displacement: 510.40 ccm (31.14 cubic inches)
Engine type:    Single cylinder, four-stroke
Engine details:    OHC with rocker levers
Compression: 11.8:1
Bore x stroke: 95.0 x 72.0 mm (3.7 x 2.8 inches)
Valves per cylinder: 4
Fuel system:    Injection. Keihin EFI, flow restrictor 42 mm
Ignition:    Keihin EMS
Lubrication system:    Pressure lubrication with 2 oil pumps
Cooling system:    Liquid
Gearbox:    6-speed


Frame type:    Central double-cradle-type 25CrMo4. Subframe: Aluminium.
Rake (fork angle):    26.5°
Front suspension: WP-USD 48 mm
Front suspensiontravel:    300 mm (11.8 inches)
Rear suspension: WP-PDS shock absorber
Rear suspension travel:    335 mm (13.2 inches)
Front tyre dimensions:    90/90-21
Rear tyre dimensions:    140/80-18
Front brakes:    Single disc
Front brakes diameter:    260 mm (10.2 inches)
Rear brakes:    Single disc
Rear brakes diameter:    220 mm (8.7 inches)
Wheels:    1.60 x 21´´; 2.15 x 18´´ Excel
Physical measures and capacities
Dry weight:    111.5 kg (245.8 pounds)
Ground clearance:    345 mm (13.6 inches)
Wheelbase: 1,482 mm (58.3 inches)
Fuel capacity:    9.50 litres (2.51 gallons)
Other specifications
Starter:    Electric & kick
Color options:    Orange/white/black/blue
Comments:    Racing tuned model.


final drive:    Chain
Clutch:    Wet multi-disc clutch, Brembo hydraulics
Driveline:    14:50 (13:50). Primary ratio 32:76.
Exhaust system:  Aluminium

2012 KTM 500 EXC Front View

2012 KTM 500 EXC

2012 KTM 500 EXC Side View

2012 KTM 500 EXC standing in a park

2012 KTM 500 EXC Front View in Park

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