KTM 2018 500 EXC-F Powerful Dirt Bike Review Specs

KTM 2018 500 EXC-F Powerful Dirt Bike

The KTM brand is well-known for its dirt bikes, infect it is one of the Best Dirt Bike Brand in the World. It has launched the new KTM 2018 500 EXC-F Powerful Dirt Bike for those individuals who have the craze of riding off-road with power and agility. This motorcycle features the powerful 4-stroke SOHC engine with new cutting-edge chassis and an all-new braking system. This beast is ready to conquer the dirt bike terrains. The review of new KTM 2018 500 EXC-F Powerful Dirt Bike with its specifications are given below.

KTM 2018 500 EXC-F Powerful Dirt Bike – Features and Specifications

Engine Features

The new KTM 2018 500 EXC-F Powerful Dirt Bike features the powerful fuel-injected engine. Its amazing thing is that it is one of the lightest engine available in the market and it ensures to deliver the best torque and power over the entire rev range. Its single overhead camshaft cylinder head and the new electronic fuel injection system provide the best performance out there in the field. The camshaft controls intake and exhaust by using new optimized ports while the cutting-edge combustion chamber and water jacket create the mind-blowing power while managing heat. The new crankshaft of KTM 2018 500 EXC-F Powerful Dirt Bike utilizes the short connecting rod which is compact and lightweight. The plain big end bearing with two force-fitted bearing shells runs directly on the crank pin. The new E-starter system comes as standard, which makes the engine starting much more comfortable.

KTM 2018 500 EXC-F Powerful Dirt Bike

The stronger starter motor and the new reliable lithium-ion battery will fire up about 500 times with just a push of a button. There is no kick-starter system to eliminate the weight. The design of the die-cast crankcase provides the minimal weight and centralized shaft configuration. Its engine makes it much compact and shorter like in 2017 KTM 500 EXC-F Dirt Bike. The new 6-speed transmission contains the special treatment for 2nd, 3rd, and 4th gears to have solid reliability. There is new No Dirt gear shift lever design that prevents the dirt from jamming the joint of the lever and ensure the precise shifting. All the 4-stroke engines are fitted with the gear position sensor for better engine mapping. The new state-of-the-art Keihin engine management system with a modern electronic fuel injection system contains the throttle bodies of 42 mm. Due to the new Injection position, the engine provides an instantaneous response. The original 95 mm bore, and the latest forged box-type piston with an ultra-light piston pin is placed inside the cylinder. Its geometry is considered best for the combustion chamber. The new KTM 2018 500 EXC-F Powerful Dirt Bike’s engine uses the multifunctional, side-mounted balancer shaft that drives water pump at the same time. The new KTM-developed DDS clutch (Damped Diaphragm Steel) features the wear-free steel basked and heat resistant clutch plates with new nitrated steel liners. This intelligent design employs the diaphragm spring instead of the usual coil springs making overall clutch action easier.


The new KTM 2018 500 EXC-F Powerful Dirt Bike features the high-tech and lightweight chrome-moly steel frame. It is best known for its handling, precise handling, stability and rideability. The rider can quickly feel the torsional rigidity and low longitudinal stiffness. It results in better absorption of the energy created front the front and rear suspension that sucks up jumps and bumps. In other words, it provides more comfort and less rider fatigue. It features the laterally attached lightweight aluminum engine head that contributes the precise cornering with low vibration level. The new and sophisticated No Dirt footpegs prevent jamming up the pegs even when digging in deep ruts. The pins on EXC models are 6 mm higher than the ones used on SX models, which helps in ground clearance. The new state-of-the-art swingarm allows having an optimized mounting position of the PDS shock absorber offering progressive action. The cast aluminum design ensure to have lower weight and perfect flex behavior. This single component casting process eliminates the weak points.

The new KTM 2018 500 EXC-F Powerful Dirt Bike features the best suspension system. It consists up of PDS which is the kind of the KTM trademark where the shock absorbers are directly connected to the upper side on the swingarm. This setup boasts the best possible attaching geometry and offers progressive damping. The shock absorber is fixed close to the centerline, which indicates to have symmetrical loads for the swingarm, frame and more space for the exhaust system. The second piston works with the closed up towards the end of the stroke, and it is backed up with the progressive shock spring for exceptional bottoming resistance. The WP Xplore 48 upside-down fork is the split fork developed by WP in close collaboration with the engineers of KTM. This system is attached on both sides with the spring featuring the separated functions for each fork leg. The compression damping is fixed on the left side while the rebound is on its right. The forks are very easy to adjust for compression and rebound with just the twist of a dial on the top of prongs. An all-new outer fork tubes and the reworked setting make for more sensitivity and improved damping behavior with a low weight like in 2018 KTM 450 EXC-F Six Days Dirt Bike. The sealed hydro-stop ensure to have excellent resistance to bottoming-out. With the high-quality materials and state-of-the-art production process, the new WP Xplor 48 fork having wheel travel of 300 mm provides excellent response and damping characteristics. There is the comfortable preload adjuster that can be retrofitted and lets for the simple preload setting in three steps without using tools.

The braking system is stronger and faster. This system features the high-tech Brembo calipers, which are combined with the lightweight Wave brake discs. The steel-flex front brake hose has adequate protection, and it has an integrated channel for speedometer cable. The engines of KTM worked hard on handlebars and used a tapered unit, which is made up of high-strength aluminum by NEKEN featuring the throttle assembly. An all-new ODI volcanized grip sits on the right side while the left side contains the comfortable ODI lock-on grip that requires no glue or wire to secure it. The new KTM 2018 500 EXC-F Powerful Dirt Bike features the forged triple clamps with the offset of 22 mm that ensure the solid grip of the fork with precise handling. The handlebar is adjustable forwards and backward over four different positions.

KTM 2018 500 EXC-F Powerful Dirt Bike


The new KTM 2018 500 EXC-F Powerful Dirt Bike features an attractive KISKA design. The bodywork is developed with one goal, i.e. complete harmony between rider and bike. It features the perfect ergonomics and contact points offering maximum comfort in movement on the new KTM 2018 500 EXC-F Powerful Dirt Bike. The latest I-beam structures of the front and rear fenders ensure to have maximum stability and low weight. This dirt bike features the best graphics that convey the ready to race character.


The new KTM 2018 500 EXC-F Powerful Dirt Bike features the original air filter box that has been designed to give maximum protection of the air filter against soiling. It ensures to provide the maximum airflow in the best way. This large twin air filter is attached in the wooden cage which at the same time holds the system in place. Its design is so simple that the rider can easily pop a fresh one without even using the tools and within no time. An all-new lightweight polyethylene tank has a carrying capacity of 8.5 liters. The new exhaust system produces no noise, and it is attached with the short high-end aluminum muffler, mounted close to the engine.

The wheels are light in weight, contains the CNC machined hubs and high-end Giant rims that ensure to provide the maximum pressure. The wheels are attached with the Maxxis tires which are considered best for off-road riding. The cooling system routes the coolant from the cylinder head through the frame triangle directly to an aluminum radiator made by WP. This system is superbly efficient due to the flow of optimized internal circulation and CFD-calculated ventilation.

Moreover, the new radiator protection improves heat dissipation. This dirt bike uses the powerful lithium-ion battery that power-ups the engine and it contributes to the low weight of a vehicle. This lightweight battery and wiring harness are centralized in the compartment above its air filter box allowing the mechanic to remove the sub-frame without even touching the electronics efficiently.

KTM 2018 500 EXC-F Powerful Dirt Bike – Technical Specifications


KTM 2018 500 EXC-F Powerful Dirt Bike Specs

Design 1-cylinder, 4-stroke engine
Displacement 510.4 cm³
Bore 95 mm
Stroke 72 mm
Starter Electric starter
Transmission 6-speed
Secondary gear ratio 14:50
Clutch Wet, DDS multi-disc clutch, Brembo hydraulics
EMS Keihin EMS


KTM 2018 500 EXC-F Powerful Dirt Bike Specs

Frame design Chrome-molybdenum steel central-tube frame
Rear suspension WP Xplor PDS shock absorber
Front brake Disc brake
Rear brake Disc brake
Front brake disc diameter 260 mm
Rear brake disc diameter 220 mm
Steering head angle 63.5 °
Seat height 37.8 inch
Weight READY TO RACE (without fuel) 240.3 lb.
Suspension travel (rear) 12.2 inch
Tank capacity (approx.) 2.25 US gallons