First Look: 2021 WESS Edition KTM 350EXC-F
KTM has always pushed the boundaries when it comes to releasing special-edition models with up-specced componentry. To date, we’ve seen the limited-edition Six-Day models, Factory Edition models, ErzbergRodeo edition model, and now a 350EXC-F WESS edition motorcycle (which pays homage to KTM’s success in the WESS Enduro World Championship). And if you ask us, it’s one of the best-looking bikes the Austrian factory has ever released.
Here’s the official news from KTM Australia…
Based on the incredibly versatile KTM 350 EXC-F, which has become a favourite among enduro fans worldwide, the KTM 350 EXC-F WESS features a celebratory livery that pays homage to the diverse challenges of WESS competition. With Red Bull KTM Factory Racing rider Manuel Lettenbichler enjoying success aboard the KTM 350 EXC-F on multiple occasions, the reigning WESS Champion also unveiled the KTM 350 EXC-F WESS in a special video that you can watch below.
The KTM 350 EXC-F is a highly desirable solution for off-road riders of all ages and backgrounds that combines the agility of a smaller-cylinder machine with the power and torque of a far larger bike. Its advanced 350cc fuel-injected DOHC engine that weighs less than 28kg works with the state-of-the-art chromoly steel frame to offer the perfect balance between power and handling.
Using the key elements from KTM’s best-selling four-stroke competition Enduro machine, the KTM 350 EXC-F WESS augments the serial production model’s package by including factory wheels with hubs anodized in orange, a radiator fan and protectors, CNC machined triple clamps in orange, a plastic skidplate, and a grippy Factory seat.
The biggest enhancement on the KTM 350 EXC-F WESS is seen with the inclusion of WP XACT 48mm air fork technology for the first time on a KTM Enduro machine. Specifically designed for high-performance off-road use, the latest innovation from WP allows for easy and quick adjustments via the air pressure valve for preload (on the left) or the easy-access clickers for damping (on the right), optimizing suspension settings for different tests or the changing conditions of a long riding day. In addition, the WP XACT fork introduces big weight savings compared to the alternative systems.
Built for those looking for the ultimate four-stroke race machine, the KTM 350 EXC-F WESS comes with further additions in the forms of a floating front disc with guard, a solid rear disc, a Supersprox stealth rear sprocket, an orange oil plug, grey ODI grips, and a standard map select switch. The all-new WESS graphics and orange frame make this unique machine stand out with a close-to-factory look regardless of the depth of the rut or the size of the rocks.
Joachim Sauer, KTM Senior Product Manager Offroad: “There is exclusivity with each one of our special edition machines and with the KTM 350 EXC-F WESS we set out to provide hardcore Enduro fans with a technical upgrade that will help them thrive on in competition or further enhance their general feeling while riding. With the addition of the WP XACT fork technology for the first time on a KTM EXC, the bike is a fantastic tribute to the skills we see in the WESS championship. For WESS fans and Enduro riders that want unique looks and class-leading four-stroke performance then this is another unmissable off-road bike that we at KTM are really proud of.”
The new KTM 350 EXC-F WESS will be available in limited numbers at authorised KTM dealers in Australia and New Zealand from January 2021 onwards.
For more information on pricing and availability, please contact your local KTM dealer or visit www.ktm.com.