The 2022 KTM dual-sport lineup is here, and the big news is updated WP Xplor suspension. There are two high-performance KTM dual-sport models for 2022—the SOHC 511cc 500 EXC-F and the DOHC 350cc 350 EXC-F.
The WP Xplor 48mm fork’s tubes get a new oil bypass. KTM says this reduces friction.
The fork has more rebound damping for 2022. The damping change comes via a single 2mm hole in the compression cartridge that replaces four 6mm holes.
The springs in the WP Xplor fork are polished in an effort to keep the fork oil clean.
The WP Xplor shock will bottom less harshly in 2022. There’s a new conical bushing between the pistons.
To reduce fading, the shock gets a new, softer main O-ring.
Due to the change of the Xplor fork action and the updates to the Xplor shock, there are new shock settings. If the new settings don’t suit you, but the fork and shock are fully adjustable.
Finally, the graphics are also new, with lots more blue than last year.
KTM Super ADV R + Lightning Motorcycles’ Richard Hatfield
byMotos and Friends by Ultimate Motorcycle
Hello everyone and welcome once again to Motos and Friends—the weekly Podcast brought to you by the editorial team at Ultimate Motorcycling. My name is Arthur Coldwells.
In this week’s first segment, Editor Don Williams rides KTM’s new 1290 Super Adventure R. This hardcore ADV bike is big, powerful, and a true expert-level machine. Interestingly, it has multiple points of adjustment within its highly capable electronics package, and Don discovered several big surprises where the bike changed personality completely. His is an intriguing look at one of the most capable off road ADV bikes on the market today.
In the second segment, I chat with Richard Hatfield, CEO of Lightning motorcycles. This silicon valley based manufacturer was founded in 2006, and having racked up several notable race victories (including Pikes Peak in 2013 with the late Carlin Dunne on board) Lightning have certainly dominated in racing terms. In another first, Lightning has just announced a new rapid-charging battery technology that may well bring electric motorcycles into becoming real-world, practical transport.
So from all of us here at Motos & Friends… we hope you enjoy this episode!