Other manufacturers have built very good single-track-ready dual-sport bikes, but KTM just keeps on crushing it with the EXC-F line, particularly the 500. What brought the EXC-F back to the top? Was it the improved throttle response and power? Or the more than 10-pound drop in dry weight? The improved suspension? The high-quality components? Yes, it was all of this. Every pound dropped informs this bike's every move. Why, it even makes it easier to pick up. The KTM 500 EXC-F isn't just the best dual-sport bike ever made; it's one of the finest enduro bikes in the world.

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Cycle World's Best Dual-Sport/Enduro of 2017: KTM 500 EXCJeff Allen