For some reason, the new machine rips to attention if you just look at the
button. And the more you use it, the more you rely on it. Serious trail riders
think of it as a key tool in conquering terrain simply because of the energy
required (in ugly conditions) to keep things moving.
How is the jetting?
How about spot-on! Back when Juha Salminen rode for KTM, he used to
jet his bikes rich, demanding thick response since it catered to a more
tractable power character. The TE300 makes incredibly smooth and balanced power, the jetting is clean for elevations up to 5000 feet and the only
part of the carburetor that we touched was the idle screw.
Is the suspension performance better than the ’ 11 KTM 300?
It’s different. We really like the closed-cartridge fork; it lacks just a
smidgeon of the open cartridge’s plush factor, but is far better on successive hits, the big gulper and whoops. The fork’s spring rate works well for
riders from 160 to 195 pounds. The top clicker adjusts compression damping and is easily used while riding. Depending on the terrain, we’d go in (for
A great fuel tank (and translucent so
you can see the fuel level) hides the
integrated cooling system, smallish
cylinder and 36mm Keihin carburetor.
The starter system is compact, the
pegs are wide and the Brembo
hydraulic slave cylinder hides out
behind the countershaft sprocket.
Evan Kelly hammers our TE300 while doing some desert testing. The stock
springs were almost on the stiff side (Evan barely scares the 150-pound mark),
but he still felt like it was comfortable attacking ugly terrain.
The Bergie 300 has a lightweight plastic
skid plate that protects the bottom of
the case. Lurking under the Husaberg
clutch cover is a KTM system that