Named after the Iron Giant itself, the 2023 KTM 300 EXC ERZBERGRODEO
sits atop the throne of the extreme enduro kingdom. Based on the wildly
capable and unmatched KTM 300 EXC, it brings a new level of extreme to
the fore. Sporting a hardcore, READY TO RACE parts list and
commemorative graphics set, it is 100% built for purpose of conquering
the world’s most extreme enduro race. You could even say, then, that the
KTM 300 EXC ERZBERGRODEO rules the roost
A legend in its own right, the KTM 300 cc 2-stroke engine has long been a favorite when it comes to enduro weaponry. This is largely down to its exceptional power, low-down torque and overall lightweight. Thanks to state-of-the-art engineering, innovative 2-stroke design, and revolutionary TPI fuel injection technology, this powerplant has become a truly refined unit.
The cylinder on the KTM 300 EXC ERZBERGRODEO has a bore of 72 mm and is fitted with a sophisticated power valve, providing ultra-smooth and controllable power characteristics. Being fuel-injected, the cylinder features two lateral domes which hold the fuel injectors, supplying fuel to the rear transfer ports. The downstream injection guarantees excellent atomization of the fuel with the upstreaming air. Thus, the loss of unburnt fuel is minimal for fewer emissions, more efficient combustion, and reduced fuel consumption. The cylinder also features a state-of-the-art power valve unit with a sophisticated mechanism for the lateral support exhaust ports. The exhaust port layout increases engine performance, while the upper contour of the exhaust port has been machined to ensure more accurate port timing.
CRANKCASES AND ENGINE COVERS
These compact engine cases are manufactured using a high-pressure die-cast production process which helps with weight reduction but maintains strength and durability. This design also allows for optimal shaft arrangements close to the center of gravity, resulting in ideal mass centralization and ride-ability. The KTM 300 EXC ERZBERGRODEO edition also makes use of a CNC KTM PowerParts oil plug and smart surface structure on the engine covers, meaning it will continue to look as fresh after the race, as it did lining up.
The KTM 300 EXC ERZBERGRODEO is makes use of a robust 6-speed transmission made by PANKL RACING SYSTEMS. The gears are made of a strong, forged raw material, ensuring the highest durability and reliability level. Another highlight of the 300 EXC ERZBERGRODEO transmission is the no-dirt gear shifter. Similar to the footpeg design, it prevents the build-up of dirt and ensures the next gear is always available, no matter what the conditions.
ENGINE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
The engine management system (EMS) of all 2-stroke EXC models features a control unit located below the seat. The ECU defines the ignition timing while the amount of fuel to inject is based on several sensor readings such as intake air pressure, throttle position, water temperature , and ambient air pressure. Thanks to altitude and temperature compensation, re-jetting is a thing of the past, meaning more time twisting throttles and less time turning screws. Should the rider decide to mount a radiator fan from the KTM PowerParts, it will be controlled directly by the EMS without needing to add an additional thermal switch.
The KTM 300 EXC engine design allows for the implementation of a lateral balancer shaft in order to keep engine vibrations to a minimum. This means riders can focus on the obstacles ahead of them, with out distraction. After all, more comfort equals less fatigue.
The KTM 300 EXC ERZBERGRODEO employs the KTM-developed DDS clutch (damped diaphragm steel) with a wear-free steel basket, extremely heat resistant clutch plates and nitrated steel liners. This clever design employs a diaphragm spring instead of the usual coil springs, making for considerably easier clutch action. A diaphragm spring also leaves sufficient space for a damping system to be integrated into the clutch hub. The goal is traction, but without compromising durability. Light operation and a ‘telepathic’ level of control come standard with this hydraulic Brembo actuated clutch. Additionally, this model comes with clutch slave cylinder protection.
Pre-mixing 2-stroke fuel is a thing of the past for KTM EXC owners. The 2-stroke enduro range is fitted with a frame-mounted oil tank featuring flexible mountings, which greatly improves durability and reliability. In addition, a mesh filter prevents dirt from getting into the oil pump and into the fuel. This works in conjunction with the oil pump, that delivers the lubricant directly to the throttle body, where it is mixed with the incoming air to lubricate the piston and crankshaft. Using engine speed and throttle position sensor data, the engine management’s precise electronic control of the oil pump ensures that the ideal amount of oil for any given conditions is used. With an average fuel-to-oil ratio of 1:80, an oil capacity of about 0.7 litres is sufficient for at least five tanks of fuel.
The KTM 300 EXC engine is fitted with a 39 mm throttle body made by Dell`Orto. These regulate the airflow via a butterfly connected with a twin-cable throttle cam, which is operated by the handlebar throttle assembly, supported by a throttle position sensor that provides airflow data to the control unit. What all this means is, riders can precisely set the idle speed via the bypass screw, as well as easier cold starts.
In order to accommodate the power requirements of the engine management system, the KTM 300 EXC ERZBERGRODEO is fitted with a powerful 196 W alternator and voltage regulator to ensure all systems are always powered up.
Keeping the engine cool when the going gets tough comes courtesy of a pair of radiators, mounted close to the center of gravity. These make use of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) technology and smart coolant circuit routing, achieving optimum engine temperature for the highest performance, in all conditions. A radiator fan is fitted as standard on the KTM 300 EXC ERZBERGRODEO, adding additional cooling for extreme conditions, with radiator braces providing protection in the event of a fall. That disperses energy around the radiators in the event of an impact.
There’s more to it than ‘braaaap!’. The exhaust plays a key role in packing that signature 2-Stroke punch. The KTM 300 EXC ERZBERGRODEO features a dedicated heavy-duty exhaust header ready to tackle Carl’s Dinner and the hard hits that come with it. In addition, the exhaust’s overall shape provides a slim profile resulting in improved ground clearance, while a perforated inner silencer tube uses lightweight damping material for efficient and durable noise reduction.
The KTM 300 EXC ERZBERGRODEO features a high-tech, lightweight Chromoly steel frame, finished in a striking and durable orange powder coating. Sporting race-derived geometry, optimal stiffness, and unparalleled feedback for the rider, the KTM 300 EXC ERZBERGRODEO is rock-steady at speed, while providing unmatched agility and maneuverability in the extra rough stuff.
The KTM 300 EXC ERZBERGRODEO features a one-piece aluminum swingarm, which is manufactured using a gravity die-cast production process. This results in exeptional strength at the lowest possible weight and the perfect flex behavior.
The KTM 300 EXC ERZBERGRODEO edition makes use of the highest quality CNC machined factory wheels with anodized orange hubs. Besides looking the part, these wheels keep the weight down. And thanks to a set of Metzeler 6 DAYS EXTREME rubber, even in the toughest, most slippery conditions are dispatched effortlessly.
For 2023, the KTM 300 EXC ERZBERGRODEO features top-shelf WP suspension systems, focused on providing unmatched performance and consistency. Tuned to provide the goods when making up time across the hard pack, but soft enough to provide superior traction when tackling technical sections.
The KTM 300 EXC ERZBERGRODEO is fitted with the latest 48 mm diameter WP XPLOR upside-down forks. For 2022, these have undergone a small update, with refined firmer factory settings focused on performance, as well as new slots in the outer fork tube, which feed more oil to the bushes and reduce friction and heat build-up. The fork springs have also been updated with a polished surface finish, which improves consistency as well as wear resistance. A new valve design also improves rebound damping performance. The forks retain their adjustability, with compression damping on the left and rebound on the right. The ERZBERGRODEO edition also comes with CNC machined triple clamps that combine perfectly with the WP XPLOR fork.
The race-proven and fully adjustable WP XPLOR shock absorber has received a re-tune, with factory settings making it firmer, and new conical bushing between the pistons to improve bottoming reserves. This has resulted in reduced fade and improved wear, taking the PDS rear suspension design even further in its quest for podiums.
Made to conquer the long downhill drops at the Iron Giant, these high-tech Brembo brakes are combined with lightweight wave brake discs, including a solid disk on the rear for maximum feel and ultimate stopping power. The KTM 300 EXC ERZBERGRODEO edition also provides extra brake protection with a front and rear brake-disc guard, as well as a rear brake safety wire as standard.
Fitted with a lightweight 8.5-litre see-through polyethylene tank, the KTM 300 EXC ERZBERGRODEO is ready to cover ground. Designed with a ¼-turn bayonet-style filler cap that makes for quick and easy operation, an integrated fuel pump for direct fuel feed, and a 90° connector providing protection against damage, it’s an integral and essential race-winning element.
The easy-access airbox on the KTM 300 EXC ERZBERGRODEO ensures optimal flow dynamics, thanks to specially designed intake snorkels. This means air is force-fed into the motor, resulting in the perfect balance of power and throttle response. Keeping the air clean, is a large Twin-Air air filter fitted to a rigid cage for ideal placement at all times.
The KTM 300 EXC ERZBERGRODEO is equipped with adjustable, high-strength aluminum tapered handlebars made by NEKEN. Besides offering riders adjustability in four different positions and ODI grips at each end, they offer the perfect amount of flex to absorb the hardest of hits when tackling challenging terrain. Additionally, the KTM 300 EXC ERZBERGRODEO is equipped with a handlebar map select switch, giving you the power over selecting a standard and advanced power curve.
The KTM 300 EXC ERZBERGRODEO features an exclusive and ultra-grippy orange seat cover. Made from extremely durable materials, and designed specifically for the hardest of enduros, it provides ample levels of grip in all conditions without compromising on comfort.
Self-cleaning footpegs prevent mud from clogging up the pegs, even when dragging them through deep ruts. This means your boots maintain their grip, and you maintain your focus on the trail.
The KTM 300 EXC ERZBERGRODEO is fitted with a time-proven electrical system, powered by a super lightweight 2 Ah lithium-ion starter battery. The wiring harness also has most of the electrical components carefully positioned into a common area below the seat, making them easily accessible.