In this episode I compare the KTM EXC 300 Six Days Europe 2016 vs Husqvarna TE300 2017. Although this comparison is very casual, I was not pushing the motorbikes in this part as I wanted to get a feel for the tyre grip, bike power and orientation using my GPS. I wanted to see how it works.
The KTM on the left is fit with Tubliss 2nd generation and the Husqvarna runs Mousses. Both motorbike have brand new tyres MITAS 120/90-18 EF-07 SUPER LIGHT - Single Green Line and MITAS 90/90-21 C-19 SUPER LIGHT - Single Green Line. By comparison the grip on the KTM was better because I ran the tyre pressure at 0.7 bars in the rear and 1 bar in the front. The Husqvarna was also good, but the Mousses felt a little less grippy. Although this short clip does not show, on the next day when I rode the KTM on the X-Cross, I went through similar tracks where I had gone with the Husqvarna and I could tell the difference. An example is here on min 3:11 https://youtu.be/uTGFKY0dsIU?t=3m11s which repeats 3 times. Take a look and you will see how the Tubliss just grips because it uses more of its knobs due to the lower tyre pressure. Do not get me wrong the Husqvarna and its Mousses are still good, but riding the motorbikes back to back showed me the that Tubliss is better. Before I installed the Tubliss system on the KTM I was riding Mousses, but since the change I have stayed with Tubliss.
The Husqvarna TE300 2017 is fit with Lectron Carb and THIS ROCKS in the mid and high range, but somehow felt too lean in the lows, by comparison to the carb KTM. YES as you can see the KTM Carb seized and when overflew the needle inside got stuck, meaning the race was over as the flue was overflowing constantly. I had to go back and get the Husqvarna TE300.
Here I summarise in bullet points the MAIN pros and cons for each motorbike, starting with KTM:
Great traction (tyres and Tubliss);
A ‘hear’ better lower end power;
Excellent suspension (the front end can be too sketchy sometimes);
Smooth power from 2-6th gear (although in this video I only went up to 5th);
Good Brakes; and
*Easy to manoeuvre.
CARB overflew and ended the race;
Has a wide gear ratio and to have power I had to be in the upper range of the revs and always in anticipation of what is next. A hill round the corner can easily catch you unprepared. Although this applies to both KTM and Husqvarna;
Taller than the Husqvarna and in tide and uphill stops this does make a HUGE difference in that it is harder to manoeuvre.
Husqvarna TE300 2017
Felt lighter than the KTM, maybe because it had a lowered seat;
Super clean run in the mid-range and highs, simply ‘WOWWW’ lots of power, similar to rolling on the throttle on a motocross CRF 450R, it just lifts the front wheel; This is likely to vary if the bike runs its stock Carb and not jetted accordingly.
Excellent brakes, a ‘hair’ better than the KTM;
Less jumpy and more stable suspension due to the Linkage, (KTM has PDS-Progressive Damping System);
Felt like a tank and super strong, the feel to it was like ‘Yes I can do it’, by comparison, the KTM can sometimes give a feel of ‘I will hesitate whether or not to throw you on your back’ This may by due to the KTM being taller.
The Lectron Carb felt too lean in the low-end range;
A wide gear ratio which if not on the pipe, on steep hill climbs, can catch you short, and you drop the RPM; and
The Mousses felt to sketchy at times by comparison to Tubliss but still times better than normal inner tubes.
In conclusion both motorbikes KTM EXC 300 and Husqvarna TE300 are GREAT, whichever you get, you can be certain that you have a true Enduro ‘Weapon’ but what you will need to have more of is Practise. No matter how good the motorbike is, if you do not have enough practice, you are the one that undercuts the bike not the other way around.
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