2014 Open-Class Dual-Sport Smackdown: Beta 520 RS vs. KTM 500 EXC

KTM practically rewrote the book on off-road rear suspension with its Progressive Damping System (PDS), and the 500 EXC uses the linkage-less system to mount its fully adjustable WP shock. The KTM’s performance is nothing short of excellent, with 13.2 inches of travel, a plush feel and superior control in fast and/or rough terrain.