The KTM 300 XC TPI is the Austrian manufacturer’s flagship cross-country two-stroke dirt bike. Designed to tackle off-road racing competitions such as the Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) series and the World Off-Road Championship Series (WORCS), the 300 XC TPI is well-suited as a do-it-all two-stroke motorcycle that you can take to the trails or the track.
KTM’s slogan is “Ready To Race,” so for the introduction of its new XC TPI models, it invited us to race the 300 XC TPI at round 7 of the 2019 World Off-Road Championship Series (WORCS) at Grays Harbor ORV in McCleary, Washington, which proved to be a great way to shake down the new machine. Off-road editor Andrew Oldar commented on the fuel-injected two-stroke’s power delivery in our first ride review of the bike. “The 300 XC TPI engine’s plethora of low-end torque enables you to easily ride a gear high to maintain traction in slick areas. It has tons of midrange power as well, but signs off on the top-end, so short-shifting is the most effective way to ride it.”
The price tag of the 2020 KTM 300 XC TPI is a dollar short of five figures at $9,999. Two of the 300 XC TPI’s direct competitors in the 300cc two-stroke fuel-injected off-road dirt bike market are the Husqvarna TX 300i and TM EN 300 Fi.
The main change of KTM’s flagship cross-country two-stroke model for 2020 is listed in the name—TPI, which stands for transfer port injection. This technology makes premixing fuel and jetting carburetors a thing of the past for KTM’s two-stroke off-road motorcycles. Other changes for the new decade include a new exhaust system and revised settings of the WP Xact suspension components.