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ADV News2022 KTM 350 EXC-F and 500 EXC-F Dual Sport Updates Announced

2022 KTM 350 EXC-F and 500 EXC-F Dual Sport Updates Announced

KTM’s street-legal dirt bikes receive a host of suspension tweaks.

Published on 05.19.2021

Days after Husqvarna announced updates to its dual-sport lineup, KTM is following suit unveiling a few changes for the 2022 EXC range. After progressive steps with chassis and engine development in the last three years, the big news for the latest generation dual sport models is a new suspension package.

KTM has worked with WP suspension to update the production settings of the WP XPLOR forks and shock for a firmer and sportier feel. The change also includes new hardware for improved damping, heightened grip and better all-round performance. The XPLOR forks come with reduced friction thanks to updated outer tubes, a polished spring for less pollution of the oil and a reworked upper cartridge screw connection to enhance rebound damping. The PDS shock now boasts a new O-ring that is less prone to deformation, wear and fading, while new settings offer better bottoming out resistance. 

The dual-sport KTM EXC-F models are known for being dependable, accessible and thrilling fuel-injected machines. Occupying the spotlight is the popular KTM 500 EXC-F dual-sport with its  excellent power-to-weight ratio, while the KTM 350 EXC-F has become a class-leading dual-sport model due to its 250-like agility and 450-like power. Since its debut in 2012, the 350 EXC-F has gained significantly in performance and torque, as well as handling and agility.


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KTM’s READY TO RACE mantra guides the development of its offroad machines, and the endeavors of racers like Manuel Lettenbichler and Josep Garcia help sculpt the machines that make it into the hands of riders around the world. For 2022, KTM has emphasized this connection with competition even further with new graphics incorporating blue colors and a blue seat, both styled after the KTM Factory equipment. 

2022 KTM 500 EXC-F & 350 EXC-F Highlights

  • UPDATED WP XPLOR forks with sportier suspension settings feature a new oil bypass in the outer fork tubes for reduced friction, a new compression cartridge with one 2 mm hole instead of four 6 mm holes for added rebound damping and new polished springs to ensure clean fork fluid.      
  • UPDATED WP XPLOR rear shock with PDS (Progressive Damping System) technology features new settings to match fork performance and a new conical bushing between the pistons in the rear shock absorber to improve bottoming reserves while a new softer main shock O-ring reduces fading.
  • NEW graphics incorporating blue colors and a blue seat inspired by the Factory bikes.
  • High-tech, lightweight chrome-moly steel frame with carefully calculated flex parameters provides a great blend of comfort, stability and precision.
  • Single-piece cast aluminum swingarm is manufactured using a gravity die-cast production process, offering exceptional strength at the lowest possible weight.
  • Light engine cases with a centralized shaft configuration move the crankshaft closer to the bike’s center of gravity for light handling and quick responsiveness.
  • Reinforced clutch cover for improved resistance against impacts in rocky terrain.  
  • 6-speed wide ratio transmission is perfectly suited for road and offroad duty.

The 2022 KTM EXC models will be available in authorized KTM dealers starting this month. MSRP for the 500 EXC-F and 350 EXC-F is $11,799 and $11,399 respectively, up $200 from last year’s models.

2022 KTM 350 EXC-F & 500 EXC-F Specs

Model:350 EXC-F500 EXC-F
Engine Type:Single Cylinder, 4-StrokeSingle Cylinder, 4-Stroke
Displacement:349.7 cc510.9 cc
Bore/Stroke:88 / 57.5 mm95 / 72 mm
Starter:Electric, Lithium Ion 12 V 2 Ah Electric, Lithium Ion 12 V 2 Ah 
Transmission:6 Gears, Wide Ratio6 Gears, Wide Ratio
Fuel System:Keihin EFI, 42 mmKeihin EFI, 42 mm
Lubrication:Pressure Lubrication with 2 PumpsPressure Lubrication with 2 Pumps
Primary Ratio:24:7331:76
Final Drive:14:5214:48
Cooling:Liquid CoolingLiquid Cooling
Clutch:Wet Multi-Disc DDS-Clutch, Brembo HydraulicsWet Multi-Disc DDS-Clutch, Brembo Hydraulics
Ignition:Keihin EMSKeihin EMS
Frame:Central Double-Cradle Type 25CrMo4 SteelCentral Double-Cradle Type 25CrMo4 Steel
Subframe:AluminumAluminum
Handlebar:NEKEN, Aluminum Ø 28/22 mmNEKEN, Aluminum Ø 28/22 mm
Front Suspension:WP XPLOR USD Ø 48 mmWP XPLOR USD Ø 48 mm
Rear Suspension:WP XPLOR Shock with PDSWP XPLOR Shock with PDS
Suspension Travel Front/Rear:300 mm / 11.8 in; 310 mm /12.2 in300 mm / 11.8 in; 310 mm / 12.2 in
Front/Rear Brakes:Brembo Disc Brake 260 mm / 220 mmBrembo Disc Brake 260 mm / 220 mm
Front/Rear Rims:1.60 x 21” / 2.15 x 18” Giant1.60 x 21” / 2.15 x 18” Giant
Front/Rear Tires:90/90-21” / 120/90-18” Continental TKC 8090/90-21” / 120/90-18” Continental TKC 80
Chain:5/8 x 1/4 in5/8 x 1/4 in
Silencer:AluminumAluminum
Steering Head Angle:26.5º26.5º
Triple Clamp Offset:22 mm22 mm
Wheelbase:1,482 mm ± 10 mm / 58.3 ± 0.4 in1,482 mm ± 10 mm / 58.3 ± 0.4 in
Ground Clearance:355 mm / 14 in355 mm / 14 in
Seat Height:960 mm / 37.8 in960 mm / 37.8 in
Tank Capacity, Approx.:8.5 L / 2.25 gal8.5 L / 2.25 gal
Weight (without fuel), Approx.:107.8 kg / 237.6 lbs109 kg / 240.3 lbs
MSRP ($USD)$11,399$11,799

Author: ADV Pulse Staff
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3 thoughts on “2022 KTM 350 EXC-F and 500 EXC-F Dual Sport Updates Announced

  1. Pingback: 2022 KTM 350 EXC-F and 500 EXC-F Dual Sport Updates Announced - ADVENTURE & OVERLAND MOTORCYCLE TRAVEL

  2. Let’s stop pretending. They are not dual sports, they are dumbed down barely street legal racing bikes with teeny weeny fuel tanks.

  3. 20lbs lighter than a WR450.
    10+ more horsepower.
    2 inches more ground clearance.
    With all the “fixings” for the road. No conversion necessary.
    Even the tires.
    This is gonna be fun…

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