KTM FREERIDE 250 R
The Freeride 250 R picks up the same basic principles of this young model range by giving a motor-bike to people who want to go off-road with-out having to prove anything to anybody. Returning riders are especially not interested in bowing down to constraints, but instead gaining the widest range of options. They want to roam the landscape free from pressure but at the same time refuse to let the topography dictate the route. Enter the 2-stroke engine, which in the Freeride 250 R is not tuned for maximum power but rather for a well-balanced torque delivery and optimum rideability.
The compact and extremely light-weight powerplant is not only a straightforward alternative in terms of cost of ownership and maintenance, it also makes the Freeride 250 R even more lively, agile and fizzy than its siblings. With substantially less weight, greater ground clearance and providing more agility, the handling is easier, even in extremely tough terrain. Just the thing for riders who derive their enjoyment from their trials ambitions – the kind of people for whom terrain cannot ever be tough enough.
ENGINE: WELL-BALANCED AND ECONOMICAL
As a powerplant for the Freeride 250 R, the KTM engineers started out from the twostroke engine of the competition enduro 250 EXC, developing it comprehensively further, lowering its weight by another two kilograms despite using an electric starter, and tuning it for optimum rideability. The Freeride 250 R’s engine has a brand new cylinder with ports and timings adjusted to the intended response, as well as a matching new piston. Similar to trials bikes, the 250 EXC’s complex exhaust control valve is dropped, which further benefits the desired torque delivery. In all this, the advanced two-stroke engine makes do with lean fuel-oil mixture ratios that can be lowered down to 1:80 while consuming far less fuel than the 250 EXC.
FRAME: LIGHT-WEIGHT AND COMPACT
With the Freeride 250 R frame, the KTM developers pulled all the stops to utilise the advantages of the more compact two-stroke engine to the fullest. As with the sister models, the frame is a composite design made of top quality stainless steel sections and bolton forged aluminium components. Compared to the Freeride 350’s frame though, the engineers managed to raise the lower cradle by 60mm thanks to the two-stroke engine with the side exhaust. This ensures a lot more ground clearance – an advantage all the more beneficial the tougher the terrain gets, especially in combination with the Freeride’s large amount of steering lock.
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