KTM 500EXC PRODUCT TEST GUIDE
Giving the plant-eater
The KTM 500EXC is a ridiculous machine, and not just because it’s plate legal. Engineered into its DNA is some rare
strain that gives this wagon the ability to bite into the off-road
world with a fairly hearty appetite. As a legal tarmac traveler with
its alter ego a very legitimate off-road persona, the 500 is without a doubt the best do-it-all legal machine made. But serious
aficionados will never leave it alone and will push the limits of
performance, competitiveness and legality to the edge. So
instead of making you guess at what works and what doesn’t,
we’re going to give you suggestions that will strip the machine
of its plate legality—at least in California—but will enhance its
craving for chewing on uglier and more brutal terrain. A big
thanks goes to FMF—whose modified machine we tested, compared to our stocker and www.bestdualsportbikes.com—who
gave us hoards of tech and setup information.
FMF’s Danny LaPorte easily lofts the nose on
the modded KTM 500EXC during testing.
Between the motor, exhaust, gearing and
suspension changes, the machine transformed into a superb off-road weapon.