KTM continues to dedicate itself to its enduro two-stroke line. Proof lies in the KTM 300 XC-W TPI. This model has seen significant updates in 2020 and is a dirt bike built to tackle the extreme—we’re talking overcoming the insane technical muddied trails and tight taped-off tracks to unbelievable boulder climbing—KTM didn’t dedicate a Six Days- and Erzbergrodeo-specific XC-W models just for fun. These machines are meant to be ridden hard in every trail and technical scenario you can put them in. The TPI (transfer port injection) contributes to fuel efficiency and clean emissions. As an added bonus, TPI technology alleviates the need for premixing gas and jetting a carburetor, so you can fill up at the pump and leave your jetting kit at home.
Competition for this model would include the KTM 250 XC-W TPI, Husqvarna TE 300i, Husqvarna TE 250i, GasGas EC 300, TM EN 300 Fi ES, Sherco 300 SE-R, and Sherco 300 SE Factory. If you desire a two-stroke with TPI technology, but are looking to ride faster-paced trails that require a little more support from the suspension, the KTM 300 XC TPI, KTM 250 XC TPI, Husqvarna TX 300i, or GasGas EX 300 may suit your fancy.
Race ready? Dirt Rider took a closer look at Manuel Lettenbichler’s KTM 300 XC-W TPI and the adjustments he made to his championship-winning model. It was “built at the FMF KTM Factory Racing team’s shop in Murrieta, California. Manni brought his own suspension, ECU, Akrapovič exhaust system, handlebar, and grips,” DR covered.
The 300 XC-W TPI has been completely reworked for 2020. New elements include the frame and subframe, Pankl six-speed transmission, airbox, aluminum head stays, bodywork and seat, mapping, throttle body, battery, and exhaust. Parts that have been reworked and updated include the power valve drive mechanism, wiring harness, and WP suspension.
To commemorate the International Six Days Enduro (ISDE) and the Erzbergrodeo hard enduro, the 300 XC-W TPI is also available in the Six Days and Erzbergrodeo variants decked in special graphics. The Six Days features a skid plate, Supersprox two-piece rear sprocket, orange triple clamps, chain guide, and frame, and a Six Days seat to name a few add-ons over the standard model. The limited-edition Erzbergrodeo model is packed with KTM PowerParts and showcases a Selle Dalla Valle Factory seat, front and rear disc guards, closed hand guards, pull straps, and more.