Although the WP suspension used on off-road KTM, Husqvarnas, and now GasGas motorcycles, is undoubtedly credible, there is always room for improvement when price is less of an object than it is on a production dirt bike. WP is now offering the Xplor Pro 6500 Cartridge fork for KTM and Husqvarnas from 2017 to the current models, and the 2021 GasGas EC 300. The fork is intended for highly competitive racers and the most demanding trail riders.Priced at $1299 for the assembly, it is neither inexpensive nor unobtanium. According to a WP spokesman, “The built-in WP Closed Cartridge Technology, with its pressurized compartments, guarantees a consistent damping performance and prevents loss of damping on repeated shots. Thanks to the numerous and externally adjustable settings, the riders are always perfectly adapted to all off-road demands, even when conditions change at the last minute. The Xplor Pro 6500 Cartridge was developed to easily upgrade the bike and significantly improve the riding experience for extreme off-road pilots. Addressing a whole community of off-road enthusiasts, WP Xplor Pro empowers KTM, Husqvarna, and GasGas riders to reach their greatest potential. ”
Here are the upgrades that earn this fork the Pro designation from WP:
The fork is handcrafted
High-quality materials improved durability
The fork’s Pressurized System has no damping loss due to reduced cavitation
Feel is improved
All damping and spring adjustments are external, including continuously adjustable spring-preload
The WP Xplor Pro 6500 Cartridge fork is now available at WP Suspension Authorized Centers. Although the fork is intended for late model KTM, Husqvarna, and GasGas motorcycles, it may be adaptable for use by other brands of motorcycles, as well as custom builds.WP Xplor Pro 6500 Cartridge Fork Fast FactsApplications2017-2021:
KTM EXC-F (250, 350, 450, 500)
KTM XC-W (150, 250, 300)
KTM XCF-W (350, 500)
Husqvarna TE (150, 250, 300)
Husqvarna FE (250, 350, 450, 501)
Husqvarna FS (250, 350, 450, 501)
GasGas EC 300
WP Xplor Pro 6500 Cartridge Fork Price: $1299 MSRP
Hello everyone and welcome once again to Motos and Friends—the weekly Podcast brought to you by the editorial team at Ultimate Motorcycling.
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In this week’s first segment, Senior Editor Nic de Sena rides the much anticipated Yamaha MT-10 SP. That’s the model with the Ohlins semi-active suspension. It’s only been available in Europe for the last couple of years, but finally the good news is, that it’s coming to America. The big question is, whether the extra 3k you’re going to have to pony up for the Ohlins is actually worth it, or perhaps there’s just not that much improvement over the stock KYB suspension that has suited the Yamaha MT-10 so well until now?
In the second segment, Associate Editor Teejay Adams chats with Val Collins. Val grew up on motorcycles and learned to love speed, however her real love is Formula 1 tunnel-boat racing. These are the guys and gals that are strapped into a tiny cockpit and then hurtle down the straights at 120 mile per hour and pull 5G in the corners. We attended the recent season finale in Lake Havasu and watched our friend Mike Quindazzi try to take the win. Val chats with Teejay about her love for two-wheels and tunnel-boats. Yeah, it’s crazy stuff.
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