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KTM 300 EXC 1996

Submitted by on December 21, 2011 – 10:54 amNo Comment

It was fitting that we received our new KTM “dwarf” open classer just prior to Halloween, as many were already comparing the shocking flash orange plastic to that of a pumpkin. Love it or hate it, it certainly turns some heads; and it separates the ’96 KTMs from the rest of the field. Aside from the color, however, the factory spec sheet boasts considerable changes to the ’96 300. A virtual shopping list of goodies, KTM reports improvements that include engine mods to the cylinder and head (for better performance and increased cooling capacity).

Newly designed clutch components (push rod and pressure plate, riding on larger bearings, friction plate material) allow for smoother clutch action and consistent engagement / disengagement.

A revised shift detent mechanism is alleged to effect more positive shifting, revalved shock and fork, with a new lower fork leg casting, a new SEM K11 ignition (better reliability) firing a standard NGK B8EG spark plug (vice B9 in previous models), a new chrome plated pipe that mates to an integral silencer/spark arrestor (chrome plated as well), and stock Boyesen reeds.

Despite the considerable list of changes, this bike is really more of an evolutionary refinement of previous KTM 300 models, rather than a revolutionary model change. And while the ’95 version was a great bike and almost universally lauded, that’s not to say there wasn’t room for improvement. Case in point, we fiddled with the suspension of our ’95 250 (same suspension components as the 300) and never really found that magic combination.

Granted, that experimentation never included revalving, which would have been a first step with earlier White Power suspension components. I guess we just had higher expectations for the new conventional KTM Magnum (Marzocchi) forks and Ohlins shock. Additionally, there’s always a few rough edges here and there, i.e., fork guards, plug access, odo cable woes, etc. This year’s model addresses several of those areas, with improvement.

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