2015 KTM 500 EXCTHE POWERHOUSEThe 500 EXC is one of the most powerful standard production Enduro racing machines available on the market. The combination of light weight and high-capacity, high-tech, SOHC 4-stroke technology is the right choice for all those seeking maximum, yet controllable 4-stroke performance. Combined with playful handling, this powerhouse is regarded without doubt as the benchmark in its class.Featres May Include:ENGINE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (EMS)The engine management system (EMS) from Keihin, with electronic fuel injection and 42 mm throttle body, ensures spontaneous responsiveness and maximum engine performance. An oil-cooled, 196 W alternator provides sufficient power for the fuel injection system, lights and other electrical loads. Various engine characteristics can be selected via the EMS, with a map-select switch available as a PowerPart. Furthermore, a user-setting tool (also available as an option) allows data to be read from the bike by laptop and the mapping, ignition and fuel injection to be modified in a matter of a few mouse clicks.CYLINDER HEADThe cylinder head is equipped with an overhead camshaft. This actuates two titanium intake valves plus two steel exhaust valves. The weight-optimised valve train ensures low friction and therefore both improved performance and reduced engine braking.CRANKSHAFTThe crankshaft with 72 mm stroke and ultra-light connecting rod is manufactured by Pankl from a special, high quality steel. As on the other 4-stroke models, it is equipped with a plain bearing in the lower conrod eye. Two press-fit bearing shells run directly on the crank pin. The engine's direct pressure lubrication system ensures the necessary oil supply for this bearing. This design improves the durability of the engine, thereby enabling an extension to the service intervals for the crankshaft, a benefit for the customer in terms of time, effort and cost.AIR BOXAt the same time, the ingenious design of the airbox guarantees optimum protection of the air filter from dirt plus maximum air throughput for the highest performance. The airbox covers are manufactured in a 2-component process with new in-mould graphics. The filter is replaced very quickly, without any tools. Furthermore, two additional tabs on the cover allow it to be secured with bolts if desired.SUSPENSION/DAMPINGThe KTM 500 EXC has its own individual suspension setting, optimally tuned to weight and engine. The high-quality WP suspension components have been specially designed for enduro use. They ensure maximum traction and plenty of comfort. At the rear, a PDS shock absorber from WP Suspension works with a direct linkage to the upper side of the swingarm. The wide range of setting options for rebound damping and high- and low-speed compression damping are standard on KTM bikes.FRAMEThe modern frame design of the 500 EXC, comprising lightweight, high strength, chrome-molybdenum steel section tubes, combines maximum longitudinal stiffness with optimum torsional stiffness. It guarantees easy handling and precise steering behaviour, as well as excellent ride stability. So the new frame not only shines with the new colour, it also clearly represents the benchmark in terms of weight and stability. The frame colour shines in MY 2015 in the same orange as the KTM factory racing team, making the styling even more attractive. Moreover, it's easier to maintain and provides more space for mounting the fuel tank and other components. Thanks to the frame design and in conjunction with the rear PDS damping system, shocks at the rear wheel are absorbed and dissipated optimally.