The 2017 range of off-road motorcycles from Austrian manufacturer KTM was launched at a media ride at Sungai Buaya, Rawang, Selangor by Malaysian distributor Eurotech Wheel Distributor. Comprising of six models, the 2017 range of KTM motocrossers – which are CBU – span an engine capacity of between 250 cc and 450 cc, and prices begin at RM38,160.

A quest to save weight and improve rider ergonomics has resulted in an all-new engine that is smaller and lighter than the 2016 version. In the case of the EXC-F enduro models, a new frame and sub-frame gives a weight saving of 550 grammes, and a new WP Suspension Progressive Damping Geometry (PDS) rear shock absorber weighs 602 grammes less.

Also going on a diet is the engine for the 250 cc and 350cc versions of the EXC-F, which have lost 1.5 kg and 1.9 kg respectively, while the 450 cc version loses a massive 2.4 kg. A lithium-ion battery is now standard fitment, cutting weight by another kilogram.


New for 2017 is the WP Suspension XPLOR 48 upside-down split fork – with 30 clicks of adjustment – that separates rebound and compression damping to the right and left side fork cartridges. Electric starting is now standard across the range, with a kickstarter kit available for those riders who prefer starting their machines manually using the right foot.

Braking is by Brembo, clamping a single Galfer brake disc front and rear. A new airbox – designed with computational fluid dynamics (CFD) – gives better intake performance and easier air filter changes. The ECU and throttle body is by Keihin.

Aside from the standard version EXC-F, an upgraded Six Days version is also available. The Six Days enduro bikes – the name ‘Six Days’ taken from the famous International Six Days Enduro race – come with preload adjustment on the front fork, as well as traction control and two throttle maps controlled by the rider using a handlebar switch.

The 2017 KTM motocross range begins with the two-stroke 250 EXC Six Days, which retails for RM38,160. Next up are the 250 EXC-F and 250 EXC-F Six Days, which go for RM41,870 and RM45,050 respectively.

A step up the range are the 350 EXC-F at RM42,400 and 350 EXC-F Six Days which goes for RM45,580. Topping out KTM’s 2017 enduro models are the 450 EXC-F at RM42,930 and the 450 EXC-F Six Days version at RM46,110.

Also offered is the competition-only 450 SX-F – which omits lighting and other road legal equipment – at RM39,750. All prices include GST.