A look at the changes and a
KTM owns the dual-sport world. Their 500EXC domi- nates the Western, plated, dirt-legal world, and to be
honest, KTM could have made the machine worse for 2014
and it still would have sold out. It’s that good. Fortunately,
instead, they’ve made some excellent improvements, both
in sound suppression, new mapping (that has removed the
lean pop down low) and overall trail rideability via the powerband, which is pretty miraculous considering that this
machine is road-legal.
Here’s a look at the changes and their goals, plus a
Stage One kit that keeps the machine totally street-legal
but makes it far more dirt-worthy.
The new muffler now has a non-removable screen (last
year you could remove it) at the muffler’s end piece. This
has helped reduce noise even further, richened the bottom
power and removed the lean pop. Now it won’t backfire on
decel. This is a drawback for those who want to open it up
for closed-course racing who will now have to purchase an
While the suspension and chassis remain unchanged for ’ 14, KTM fit up a new lower triple clamp and redesigned the front fender. The swingarm thickness has been modified for increased rigidity, and the chainguide mounts and guide were strengthened.
There are new tank shrouds, an airbox cover, a headlight and shell (with a 55-watt halogen bulb) to hold the blinkers.