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2020 KTM 250 EXC TPI: Bang-For-Buck Suspension Mods

3 weeks ago | Words: Jarrad Duffy | Photos: Jarrad Duffy

I took my bike – a Transmoto 2020 KTM 250EXC project bike – to a suspension tuner I know and trust and asked them to set the thing up to suit my weight, ability and the sort of terrain I most regularly ride; mods that include changes to the fork and shock’s spring rates, and to the valving at both ends of the bike, which costs around $1200 all up for parts and labour.

Enter the guys from WP Newcastle, the suspension-tuning arm of leading NSW dealership, KTM Newcastle. WP Newcastle is an Authorised WP Suspension Centre, which works collaboratively with the experts from Chris Woods Performance (CWP) for customers who want to get their bike’s suspension really dialled. And dialled is what I got! In all honesty, the improvement these modest mods made to my 250EXC – its suspension action, chassis balance, steering accuracy, and overall handling – far exceeded my expectations. So, to get more of an insight into the mods performed to the WP Xplor fork and WP Xact shock, we caught up with CWP’s Derek Mayo in the WP Newcastle workshop, and then spent a day of real-world suspension testing on bush trails and grasstrack to fine-tune its set-up. Check it out…

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