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Trail Ryder

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The 2018 KTM 250 XCW (carb) Bike Build Thread
« on: October 15, 2018, 08:18:29 pm »
So I picked up this gem the other day as a leftover from Phil at Five Star Cycle, just outside of Erie, Pennsylvania.  So after I secured a NY street plate, I started with the accessories:

- KTM Power Parts Expansion Chamber Guard
- KTM Power Parts Preload Adjuster (not installed yet)
- KTM Power Parts Skid Plate
- KTM Power Parts Exhaust Flange Guard
- KTM Power Parts Swing Arm Protection
- KTM Power Parts Front Axle Puller
- Nuetech Tubliss Front and Rear
- Enduro Engineering Spark Arrestor End Cap
- Dirt-Bike-Gear.com Ballistic Nylon Regular Fender Bag
- Tusk Fork Bleeders

This should be good enough for this year's Jersey Hammer Run Dual Sport.  But over the winter, I intend to install a straight rate, heavier rear spring with the KTM Power Parts Preload Adjuster, as well as some good bark busters and a steering dampener.  I shouldn't have much more to do to it after that.















« Last Edit: October 16, 2018, 08:29:45 am by Trail Ryder »
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Re: The 2018 KTM 250 XCW (carb) Bike Build Thread
« Reply #1 on: October 16, 2018, 10:05:42 pm »
Matt, looks nice!  Are you taking this bike to RORR this weekend?
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Re: The 2018 KTM 250 XCW (carb) Bike Build Thread
« Reply #2 on: October 17, 2018, 08:14:57 am »
Are you taking this bike to RORR this weekend?

I wish, but I have wedding reception for a good friend on Sunday.

Sort of saving the bike for the Jersey Hammer Run Dual Sport, may call it a season after that.
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Re: The 2018 KTM 250 XCW (carb) Bike Build Thread
« Reply #3 on: October 17, 2018, 05:43:08 pm »
sweet!  the power is very tune able with the brass preload adjuster and springs.   one of the best things about orange two strokes, in my opinion.

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Re: The 2018 KTM 250 XCW (carb) Bike Build Thread
« Reply #4 on: October 18, 2018, 09:29:30 am »
the power is very tune able with the brass preload adjuster and springs.

I just bought the quick-adjust tool for this and have been researching the different springs too, but haven't done anything yet to tune it.  There is also a map switch that I need to get, which makes quiet a difference.
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Re: The 2018 KTM 250 XCW (carb) Bike Build Thread
« Reply #5 on: October 19, 2018, 07:13:52 pm »
You can grind the end of an allen wrench into a square to fit the adjuster.  Before i bought a switch i would unplug the wire that controlls the mapping and see if you can notice a difference.  On my 08 it took a pretty active imagination.

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Re: The 2018 KTM 250 XCW (carb) Bike Build Thread
« Reply #6 on: October 22, 2018, 09:46:21 am »
Or, you could come across the border and go to any hardware store and for $3.00 , buy a "Robertson Screw Driver" to fit the PV adjuster.  Amazes me other than Indiana, (where they build all the RV's and Trailers) not other state has adopted the Robertson Screw like we have in Canada.

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Re: The 2018 KTM 250 XCW (carb) Bike Build Thread
« Reply #7 on: October 22, 2018, 10:18:34 am »
You can grind the end of an allen wrench into a square to fit the adjuster.  Before i bought a switch i would unplug the wire that controlls the mapping and see if you can notice a difference.  On my 08 it took a pretty active imagination.

Or, you could come across the border and go to any hardware store and for $3.00 , buy a "Robertson Screw Driver" to fit the PV adjuster.  Amazes me other than Indiana, (where they build all the RV's and Trailers) not other state has adopted the Robertson Screw like we have in Canada.

True, but everyone knows I like my bling.  I picked this gem up for under $10:



Canadians seem to be quicker to adopt "European" ideas than we do in the the US.  BTW Clayfan, I met your side kick from Port Colborne at the Toronto Snowqwad Show on Saturday.
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Re: The 2018 KTM 250 XCW (carb) Bike Build Thread
« Reply #8 on: November 06, 2018, 02:14:52 pm »
So I took it to the Hammer Run AMA-National Dual Sport Ride this weekend for it's 177 mile break-in ride and this bike is REALLY impressing me.  Everyone told me that I would have to replace the Mikuni carburetor with a unit from Keihn.  But Phil at Five Star KTM told me he re-jetted the Mikuni for WNY and said to try it first.  Well, it ran AWESOME and I got 27+ MPG and at fuel stops I took the exact same amount as my nephew who was on a 2018 250 XCW TPi.





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Re: The 2018 KTM 250 XCW (carb) Bike Build Thread
« Reply #9 on: November 07, 2018, 07:49:37 am »
Have you got it in the powerband yet?

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Re: The 2018 KTM 250 XCW (carb) Bike Build Thread
« Reply #10 on: November 07, 2018, 09:30:18 am »
Have you got it in the powerband yet?

I think so.  But I have not swapped the power valve spring or even adjusted the power valve yet.  The current settings and jetting from the dealer seem to be spot on for the type of riding I do.

I am liking this bike way more than I thought I ever would.  I have not installed a dampener yet, and cannot believe how well this bike tracks straight in the roots and over logs.

I am getting ready for snow-qwad season as well as skiing, and will be putting the bike into storage soon.  I will need to pull the rear shock over the winter for a heavier spring to accommodate my fat butt, as well as the "stink bug" fix.
2018 KTM XCW 250 (carbed) - NY Street Plated

"Lol'd at the guy that didn't hook up his tether and launched his retard chariot into the crowd."
- redrider911
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