Darling Motorcycle Works

2002 KTM 250 EXC-R

The combination of novice-friendly performance and an air of respectability that typifies the KTM 250 EXC Racing and an electric starter, smooth power delivery and a dry weight to rival your old Raleigh, this makes the ideal beginner’s trail bike. But it also has titanium valves, WP suspension and a standard spec that renders many add-on catalogues redundant.

The KTM EXC has been in production for an impressive 23 years. And if you go back to the very first models that came out of the restructured Austrian firm back in 1992, they are not a world away from the machines that are being churned out to an eager buying public today. The premise of ‘if it’s not broke don’t fix it’ must be carved on Stefan Pierer’s desk at the vast Mattighofen HQ of the orange manufacturer.

They dropped the linkage in favour of the PDS linkless system that is still used to great effect. This model has been customised with a Tribal Skulls sticker kit.

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