As much as everyone loved KTM’s high-performance dual-sport EXC line of motorcycles, not everyone needs street legality. The 2022 KTM XCF-W lineup consists of the 500 XCF-W and 350 XCF-W. Both are based on their dual-sport equivalents, but without the accouterments necessary for a license plate—signals, mirrors, DOT tires—and with additional unrestricted power output. The two XCF-Ws share the same chassis, with the 500 getting the beefy SOHC motor and the 350 using the livelier DOHC architecture.This year, the 2022 KTM 500 XCF-W and 350 XCF-W get upgraded suspension.
The WP Xplor fork gets a new compression cartridge that uses one 2mm hole rather than four 6mm holes. This change results in additional rebound damping. The outer fork tubes get a new oil bypass that cuts down on friction. Finally, the springs are polished to reduce fork oil contamination.To match the change in the fork’s action, the WP Xplor shock, which has the Progressive Damping System (rather than linkage), has new settings. Also, there’s a softer O-ring for the main shock to cut down on fading. To reduce harsh bottoming, the WP Xplor shock has a new conical bushing between pistons.To remind everyone of the changes this year, the 2022 KTM 500 XCF-W and 350 XCF-W get new graphics with a fair amount of blue added to the orange.The 2022 KTM XCF-W lineup should be at your local KTM dealer, and we have the prices in the spec sheet.We have tested the KTM 350 XCF-W.2022KTM 500 XCF-W (and 350 XCF-W) SpecsENGINE
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This week, in the first segment Editor Don Williams talks to us about the new Kawasaki Versys 650 LT. It’s the middleweight ADV style machine that uses the same 650 parallel twin motor as the Ninja 650, so it’s an excellent performer in a user-friendly, good looking package.
In the second segment, I chat with one of my dearest industry friends—now retired Honda PR executive, Jon Seidel. Jon’s fascinating career spans some 30 years with Big Red, and gave him some great experiences with some incredible machines. I was fortunate enough to be invited on many of the press launches that he organized. His new project is documenting and saving many of the old archives from years gone by—and incidentally, if you have anything that may be of value to the project, please contact us by email at email@example.com and we’ll pass it all on to Jon.
So on that note, from all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!