Significant improvements to the 2020 KTM EXC Range.
KTM introduce the first fuel-injected two-stroke 150cc enduro – the 150 EXC TPI – and improve every bike in the range.
Are they better and should you buy one? Simply put: yes, they are that good.
KTM claim that they have made collective changes to both engine and chassis amounting to a whopping 60% over previous models.
The highlights are:
The best stock suspension WP have produced to date. KTM have refined the Xplor fork to a point that it rivals the legendary Kayaba forks. I have always been critical of the WP forks in the KTMs so it was a true pleasure to experience these. The forks now feature a new mid-valve piston to improve damping, plus new upper fork caps with new clicker adjusters.
The bikes have all been nipped and tucked. They are all slimmer and more streamlined than any previous model EXC. The radiators have been lowered 12mm which allows the shrouds to mould into a very neat and narrow front end. This improves the ability to lean the bike into corners and contributes to a better cornering feel overall.
The chassis has been made stiffer and you can feel it most when negotiating steep climbs, or when hard on the brakes or heading downhill. The bike feels more balanced as a result.
The cooling circuit had been upgraded by replacing the in-frame T-piece with a wider tube improving the flow through the system. KTM claim a 57% improvement. If you’re a KTM owner you will know that this upgrade has been long awaited. Here at RUST we have always replaced the previous part on our two-stroke KTMs with a Samco Sport part. This probably won’t be necessary now.
The backend of the bikes are narrower which is very noticeable when shifting your weight over the rear fender on steep downhills.
Additional seat foam and a new seat cover combine to provide both comfort and a connected feeling to the bike.
The engine mounting on the 300 and 250 two-strokes has been tilted 1-degree forward, the engine mounts replaced with aluminium ones to improve handling.
The TPI oil tank has been upgraded and now features a flexible plastic mounting bracket to improve longevity and reliability.
KTM introduce the all new 150 EXC TPI. The first in this displacement.