The 2014 KTM 450SXF Factory Edition III graces the cover. You have to give KTM credit for being willing to release an all-new bike mid-season. Plus, it gives loyal KTM riders a chance to see some of the upgrades in store for the 2015 production bikes.
The most commonly asked question about the 2014 KTM 450SXF Factory Edition III is whether the suspension has been improved. We tell you the answer in no uncertain terms in this test.
It’s great when motorcycle racers get another brand to choose from in the 450 class—and even better when that bike is good enough on day one to win races. Yes Virginia, the 2014 Husqvarna FC450 is built on a KTM platform, but we’ll suffer through its borrowed electric starting, incredible Brembo brake, 56.9 horsepower engine, solid diaphragm clutch and perfect handling just for the chance to ride a Husky like in the old days.
The MXA wrecking crew got bored with SoCal’s monotonous 80 degree weather this winter (this has been one of the warmest California winters in years)—so, we headed for Wisconsin to go ice racing on a Yamaha YZ450F. We had a blast, even in the chilly blast of the coldest winter in years back East.
If you want answers to your technical questions, you can ask the guy next to you in the pits or you can ask the MXperts. Don’t worry, if we don’t know the answer we call the factory engineers for help.
How much does it pay to race the 2014 Supercross series. We’ll tell you right now that it doesn’t pay very well to race the 250 East/West class. But, last year Ryan Villopoto earned $151,540 in purse money, a $100,000 Feld Supercross bonus and $2 million more in Kawasaki bonuses.
We tested two two-stokes in this issues. Along with Derek Howerton’s KTM 250SX, we also built a modern, updated, full-race Honda CR250 smoker. We fixed all the flaws, including those caused by the fact that we started with a used 2006 Honda CR250 that we bought off Craigslist.
In an effort to bring clarity to the 2014 shootout world, MXA has produced a report card on all the major players in the 250 and 450 class. And, just like in geometry class, sometimes you don’t ace every test.
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