2020 and 2021 KTM 300 XC-W Full Review
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For the first time since 2014, I feel like I can't live without an XC-W. Many of my rides have gotten slower and more technical. For that type of riding the XC-W is king. No Linkage to worry about, soft forks, tight turning, lug factor,... smooth power.... it's all here on those days that I need it.
From what I can tell, the only things they changed for 2021 are plastics.
Geometry tweaks in the front end and frame
- More XC like in it's balance and feel
- New Frame for 2020! SWEET. It is stupid good.
- more balanced front to back - no more stink bug effect
- best fork KTM has ever put on the XC-W
- absorbs the sharp nasty stuff really well
- can still get out and hit whoops but you use a lot of stroke.
- doesn't deflect!
- 2020 mapping starts SO MUCH BETTER than the 2019 version. Huge step up here
- many of these are really snappy, so much so that I stay with the gray throttle cam
- remember to tune your power valve to your liking. The all come different.
- Rear fender setup
- No kickstart
- Power valve leak - many of the 2020 and 2021 bikes leak transmission fluid slowly out of the power valve gaskets
- Air bypass screw is stupid for adjusting the idle - give us a real way to adjust the idle without leaning the mix.
- No spark arrestor on these bikes
- Radiators can get pushed back and cut the lower radiator hose (power valve puncture)
- Needs an aftermarket capacitor to bump start on dead battery. XC has it... why not the XC-W?
- Tightest turning radius of any bike I've ever ridden. Love this for the nasty stuff.
- Motors are the smoothest (least vibration of any in the industry). Runs SUPER clean.
- Oil reservoir gives you 5+ tanks of fuel.
- Starts great - ambient air pressure sensor hasn't skipped a beat for me
- Suspension rings allow you to see how much travel you are using.
- Air filters standard across all the big bikes
- air filters with no tools
- One bolt seat is nice
- Lock on grips
- Pipes are tucked up and away
- Pipes are strong - won't get better performance with aftermarket.
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