KTM updated their most popular 300cc enduro model, the 2024 KTM 300 XCW with major updates for the year 2024. New engine, new frame, and new suspension to mention few of the biggest upgrades, but what else changed?
In this hands on review, we’ll delve into the changes, upgrades and related news of the 2024 KTM 300 XCW, discussing its anticipated release date, major updates to 2023 model, cover technical details and talk about trail performance.
Join me as we uncover the enhancements that make this off-road machine a true game-changer for trail riders in 2023 and 2024. Let’s dive in!
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2024 KTM 300 XCW – Unveiling the Exciting Updates
The KTM 300 XCW has gone over a major overhaul for the 2024 model lineup. These new upgrades include all-new suspension components, a new frame and bodywork and several smaller changes.
I recently purchased the 2023 XCW 300 and here is a trail test for comparison. If you are interested in buying the 2024 model, be sure to read this review first.
Here is a technical comparison summary for the 2023 vs the 2024 KTM 300 XCW.
|Specification||2023 KTM 300 XCW||2024 KTM 300 XCW|
|MSRP||$11,099.00 (in US)||$11,449.00 (in US)|
|Engine Type||Single-cylinder, 2-stroke, liquid-cooled||Single-cylinder, 2-stroke, liquid-cooled|
|Engine Power||57 HP||49 HP|
|Displacement||293.2 cc||293.15 cm³|
|Bore/Stroke||72/72 mm||72/72 mm|
|Starter||Electric starter||Electric starter, no kickstart install option|
|Fuel System||Dell’Orto 39 mm throttle body, TPI||Vitesco Technologies EMS, TBI|
|Front Suspension||WP XPLOR-USD, Ø 48 mm||WP XACT-USD, Ø 48 mm|
|Rear Suspension||WP XPLOR, PDS||WP XPLOR, PDS|
|Front Brake||Disc brake with 2-piston caliper||Disc brake with 2-piston caliper|
|Rear Brake||Disc brake with 1-piston caliper||Disc brake with 1-piston caliper|
|Wheelbase||1,485 ± 10 mm||1,488 ± 10 mm|
|Ground Clearance||370 mm||373 mm|
|Seat Height||37.8in or 960 mm||37.9in or 963 mm|
|Tank Capacity (approx.)||9 liters or 2.38 gal||9 liters or 2.37 gal|
|Weight (without fuel)||228 lbs or 103.4 kg||231 lbs or 104.78 kg|
Enhanced Design: Upgrades in Plastics and Graphics
The 2024 KTM 300 XCW showcases exciting design upgrades, including redesigned plastics and graphics. With fresh aesthetics and a modern appeal, these enhancements add to the bike’s overall visual appeal, making it stand out on and off the trails.
The 2023 model was the first model to include the inject molded graphics embedded into the plastics and seems like the KTM 2024 XCW 300 is following suit.
Improved Performance: Engine Upgrades and Power Delivery
The 2024 KTM 300 XCW boasts impressive performance with a NEW engine. KTM went ahead and completely redesigned the engine.
In summary the new engine produces 49 HP, and 43.8Nm. This is less than the 2023 models with 57 horsepower.
This is by design, because the XC-W 300 is a popular hard enduro model designed for rough trails and technical single track. Both really need more fluent, stable torque and not maximum power.
2024 KTM XCW300 TBI System Upgrade
In the 2024 model year, one of the major differences in the KTM Enduro lineup is the introduction of TBI (Throttle Body Injection) in some models, replacing the previous TPI (Transfer Port Injection) system.
TPI, which was introduced by KTM in 2018, utilizes transfer ports to inject fuel into the combustion chamber. It offers precise fueling, improved throttle response, and better fuel efficiency. However, for the 2024 models, KTM has taken a step further by incorporating TBI in certain bikes.
TBI, also known as throttle body injection, is a fuel injection system that delivers fuel directly to the throttle body, where it mixes with incoming air before being delivered to the engine cylinders. This system offers several advantages over TPI, including improved atomization of fuel, enhanced low-end torque, and increased power delivery. TBI can provide more immediate throttle response and smoother power delivery across the rev range.
While TPI remains a reliable and efficient fueling system, the introduction of TBI in select 2024 KTM Enduro models signifies KTM’s commitment to continuous improvement and pushing the boundaries of performance. Riders can expect even better fueling precision, enhanced low-end performance, and improved overall power characteristics with the TBI-equipped models.
Refined Suspension: Enhancing Ride Quality and Handling
When I bought the 2023 KTM XCW300, the first thing I did was to update the front fork suspension with the RaceTech Gold Valves. The 2023 models uses the Xplor front forks, and for many advanced riders they may be inadequate for faster trail riding.
With refined suspension, the 2024 KTM 300 XCW offers an improved ride quality and enhanced handling.
Front Suspension: WP XACT Closed Cartridge Fork
The 2024 models feature a brand-new 48 mm WP XACT Closed Cartridge spring fork with a redesigned mid-valve piston concept. This optimization of the oil flow within the cartridge ensures fast and consistent damping characteristics while preventing unwanted foaming of the fork oil that could affect the bike’s handling. The new fork also incorporates a hydro stop in the last 68 mm of the stroke, providing maximum compression reserve for tackling extreme obstacles such as steep drop-offs or jumps. Additionally, the updated fork protection rings offer increased protection against dirt intrusion.
The total fork length has been increased from 928 mm to 940 mm, and the stroke has been extended from 292 mm to 300 mm. These changes, along with new suspension settings derived from extensive research and development, contribute to enhanced handling, responsiveness, and control.
Adjustability is another notable feature of the new fork. Rebound and compression can be easily adjusted through hand-adjustable clickers located at the bottom of the fork leg and on top of the fork top cap. This allows riders to make on-the-fly adjustments without requiring any special tools, enabling quick fine-tuning between laps or during pit stops.
Rear Suspension: Hand Adjustable WP XPLOR PDS Shock
The Progressive Damping System (PDS) rear shock on the 2024 KTM Enduro models has also undergone significant updates. The shock design is more compact, resulting in decreased overall length from 415 mm to 402.7 mm, while the stroke has been reduced from 105 mm to 102.7 mm. These changes contribute to a weight reduction of approximately 380g.
The main piston of the WP XPLOR PDS shock has been redesigned to optimize oil flow and ensure consistent damping characteristics. The new bearing seals set a benchmark for maintenance and service intervals, providing improved longevity and reliability.
Similar to the front fork, the rear shock now features hand clickers for on-the-fly adjustments without the need for additional tools. Compression can be adjusted on top of the shock, while rebound adjustment is available at the bottom. Furthermore, preload adjustment allows riders to fine-tune the suspension to suit their weight and preference by tightening or loosening the rear shock spring accordingly.
These new suspension components on the 2024 KTM Enduro models offer improved control, increased comfort, and enhanced handling capabilities. The updates aim to provide riders with a more refined and enjoyable riding experience across various terrains, ensuring optimal performance in challenging off-road conditions.
2024 KTM 300 XCW Release Date
The 2024 KTM 300 XCW model is expected to hit the dealer floors in June 2023. You can already get them in major dealers and preorder yours with a reasonable delivery time.
Full List of Updates for the 2024 KTM 300 XCW
Here is a list of all the upgrades and changes KTM did for the 2024 enduro lineup:
- Chassis and Frame:
- Major updates to the hydro-formed, laser-cut, and robot-welded frame improve dynamics, stability, and anti-squat behavior.
- Repositioned rotating masses and forged steering head connection enhance rider feedback and energy absorption.
- Thicker frame walls contribute to improved reliability and rigidity in high-stress areas.
- New shock mount design enhances anti-squat behavior.
- Inwardly moved footrest mounts provide a slimmer profile and reduce the risk of hooking in deep ruts.
- Hard-wearing black powder-coating, improved grip texture on frame protectors, and a forged one-piece side stand are featured.
- Polyamide-Reinforced Aluminum Subframe:
- Weighing only 4 lb (1.815 kg), the 2-piece subframe offers weight savings and engineered rigidity.
- Lower subframe supports and frame mounts are made from cast aluminum for lightness and reliability.
- Upper subframe is made from injection-molded polyamide, providing specific flex characteristics.
- Integrated electronic components, including the Offroad Control Unit (OCU), are housed within the subframe.
- A new hollow, die-cast aluminum swingarm optimizes stiffness, reliability, and weight reduction.
- Improved casting process reduces weight by approximately 190g.
- New chain guard, chain sliders, and visible chain adjustment markings are introduced.
- Triple Clamps and Handlebars:
- Race-proven forged triple clamps feature a high-flex steering stem for enhanced shock absorption and flex.
- Topology-optimized bar mounts provide increased surface area grip.
- Black tapered NEKEN aluminum handlebars deliver optimal control.
- Larger KTM-branded bar pad offers increased impact resistance and protection.
- Dual-sport models feature a new steering lock system clamping under the upper triple clamp.
- All-new 48 mm WP XACT Closed Cartridge spring fork improves oil flow and damping characteristics.
- Hydro stop in the last 68 mm of the stroke enhances compression reserve for extreme obstacles.
- Fork protection rings are updated for increased dirt protection.
- WP XPLOR PDS rear shock undergoes a compact redesign, reducing overall length and weight.
- New main piston optimizes oil flow and damping characteristics.
- Adjustable hand clickers for compression and rebound settings are introduced.
- Preload adjustment allows customization for rider weight and preference.
- Bodywork and Ergonomics:
- Refreshed rider triangle improves knee contact and overall handling.
- Added contact surfaces on bodywork enhance agility and confidence.
- Flat seat profile and orange high-grip seat cover provide exceptional control.
- Recessed grip pocket under the seat allows for secure bike lifting.
- Newly designed front fender with mud fins redirects dirt and mud away from the rider and radiators.
- The 2024 KTM EXC CTG takes inspiration from the early 1990s, incorporating purple as a highlight color in honor of KTM’s signature styling of that era.
- Orange continues to dominate the overall look, applied using in-mold technology for exceptional durability.
- The 2024 models feature a new transparent, polythene (XPE) fuel tank with threaded filler cap.
- The 4-stroke Enduro range includes an integrated fuel pump with an external fuel line, positioned to minimize exposure to damage.
- The one-piece fuel pump and filter improve fuel supply and allow the tank to be emptied further at low fuel levels.
- The 2024 airbox design ensures maximum airflow and filter protection through precisely positioned inlet ducts.
- The air filter is easily accessible without tools by removing the left side panel.
- The Twin Air filter and filter cage design provide a simple and secure mounting system for the filter.
- The airbox is sealed to prevent water intrusion, featuring a splash protector under the airbox for added defense against water and dirt splashes.
- Led Headlight:
- The 2024 KTM Enduro range introduces a new LED headlight unit with significantly improved lighting output, up to 300% brighter.
- The integrated headlight mask includes a triple clamp protector, safeguarding the lower triple clamp from roost and wear.
- The LED lighting unit features a quick-release system, allowing for easy repairs without replacing the entire headlight assembly.
- The enhanced visibility provided by the LED headlight is beneficial for riding in the dark or during twilight hours, providing an advantage in special stages and low-light conditions.
- Along with the benefit of an easy electric starting system, a lightweight Li-Ion 2.0 Ah battery is fitted to the 2024 KTM Enduro range. The Li-Ion battery weighs approximately 2.2 lb (1 kg) less than a conventional lead battery meaning the convenience of electric starting is delivered while keeping overall weight to a minimum.
- NOTE: RETROFITTING OF KICKSTARTER IS NO LONGER POSSIBLE ON ANY ENGINE CAPACITY.
- Offroad Control Unit
- An all-new and totally independent OCU replaces the use of electronic fuses and relays and can be found under the seat. In the event of any electrical component failure, the outputs are deactivated individually, with the error status of each unit indicated by a red or green LED light, making for quick and easy troubleshooting on the trail, and eliminating the need to carry additional fuses.
- Roll Over Sensor
- The inclusion of a Rollover Sensor (ROS) has been carried over from the KTM Motocross range and shuts the engine off in the event of an extreme crash. This adds another level of security to the new generation of KTM Enduro models providing a smaller and more compact unit compared to the previous generations.
- Map Switch
- A newly developed, optional Map Select Switch finds its way onto the 2024 KTM XC-W and XCF-W range, as is designed for quick, easy operation. On the 2-stroke XC-W range, the Map Select Switch allows riders to select between two engine maps, while on the 4-stroke KTM 450 XCF-W, it has multi-functionality, being used to toggle between engine maps, Traction Control, and Quickshifter options. Map 1 is the standard, more mellow map for linear, predictable power, while map 2 is an aggressive map for added throttle response and a more crispy explosive power output.
- Throttle Body Injection (TBI):
- The 2024 2-stroke KTM Enduro models feature an all-new electronically controlled Throttle Body Injection (TBI) system, building on the success and learnings of TPI technology introduced in 2018.
- Developed in collaboration with Keihin, a specifically tuned ECU and a 39 mm throttle body ensure optimal air-fuel mixture delivery, considering various factors such as water temperature, air temperature, ambient pressure, crankcase pressure, rpm, and throttle position.
- Newly designed injectors provide an improved spray of fuel for cleaner ignition and reduced fuel wastage.
- Reed Valve:
- The reed valve case has been updated with the addition of plastic flaps on the outside, improving the sealing of the entire intake tract.
- This design enhancement prevents over-fueling in extreme up- or downhill sections, eliminating bogging down or running rich.
- Electric Power Valve:
- With the introduction of electronic fuel injection (EFI), the power valve is controlled based on throttle position and engine RPMs.
- The auto-calibrating system eliminates the need for manual power valve adjustments, as the Engine Management System (EMS) automatically determines the ideal position.
- This results in linear and predictable power delivery across throttle inputs and allows for the incorporation of different engine maps throughout the 2-stroke range.
- The 2024 KTM XC-W range features a more compact exhaust header design, improving ground clearance and reducing the risk of damage from deep ruts or external objects.
- The lightweight aluminum silencer is coated in a premium black finish, combining functionality and style.
Frequently Asked Questions About the 2024 KTM 300 XCW
What Are the Changes In KTM 300 XCW 2024?
The 2024 KTM 300 XCW has undergone a complete refresh with various updates. Some of the notable changes include a redesigned chassis and frame for improved dynamics, updated suspension with an all-new front fork and rear shock, advanced Throttle Body Injection (TBI) technology, lightweight subframe, enhanced bodywork and ergonomics, improved LED headlight, and other performance-focused enhancements. Check full list on this post.
What is the Best Year for KTM 300?
The KTM 300 has seen continuous improvements and updates over the years, making it a highly capable and sought-after off-road motorcycle. I consider the best year for the KTM 300 to be years between 2021-2023. These models are widely available, highly modern and offer great performance.
How Much Horsepower Does a 2024 KTM 300 XCW Have?
The 2024 KTM 300 XCW engine produces 49 HP, and 43.8Nm of torque. This is less than the 2023 models with 57 horsepower.
What Are the Differences Between TPI and TBI in the 2024 KTM Enduro Models?
The 2024 2-stroke KTM Enduro models come with an all-new electronically controlled Throttle Body Injection (TBI) system, while the previous models featured Transfer Port Injection (TPI). TBI uses a 39mm throttle body and a specifically tuned ECU to deliver the correct air-fuel mixture based on various factors. It provides improved fuel efficiency, precise fuel delivery, and consistent performance.
What Improvements Have Been Made to the Suspension of the 2024 KTM Enduro Models?
The 2024 KTM Enduro models feature an all-new 48mm WP XACT Closed Cartridge front fork with optimized oil flow and adjustable clickers for easy customization. The WP XPLOR PDS rear shock has a more compact design, adjustable clickers, and improved damping characteristics. The suspension settings have been refined based on learnings from KTM and WP’s research and development.
In conclusion, the 2024 KTM 300 XCW represents a significant step forward in the evolution of off-road motorcycles. With a range of updates and improvements, KTM has once again demonstrated its commitment to pushing the boundaries of performance, technology, and innovation.
The changes in the 2024 model encompass various aspects of the motorcycle, including the chassis, suspension, bodywork, and engine components. The redesigned frame offers enhanced dynamics, stability, and rider feedback, while the new suspension system, featuring the WP XACT Closed Cartridge front fork and adjustable WP XPLOR PDS rear shock, ensures superior handling and improved off-road capabilities.
Additionally, the ergonomic improvements in the bodywork provide better knee contact and overall rider confidence, and the inclusion of a new LED headlight significantly enhances visibility during night rides. The Throttle Body Injection system in the 2-stroke models brings precise fueling and improved performance, and the updated exhaust design contributes to better ground clearance and durability.
Furthermore, the introduction of new technologies like the Li-Ion battery, Offroad Control Unit, Rollover Sensor, and Map Select Switch showcases KTM’s commitment to advancing the riding experience and prioritizing rider safety and convenience.
Overall, the 2024 KTM 300 XCW embodies KTM’s relentless pursuit of excellence in the off-road motorcycle segment. With its comprehensive updates, cutting-edge features, and race-proven performance, it continues to set new standards and deliver an exhilarating riding experience for enthusiasts and professionals alike. Whether tackling challenging trails, competing in races, or exploring new off-road adventures, the 2024 KTM 300 XCW is poised to exceed expectations and empower riders to conquer new limits.
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Last updated: July 6th 2023