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WE RIDE CYLINDER WORKS’ KTM 365SXF BIG BORE

It’s no secret that we were disappointed with the 2011 KTM 350SXF. It wasn?t bad; it just wasn?t what we expected. We knew we could embrace the 350cc design philosophy if it were executed properly, because the Austrian company’s basic idea is sound: produce a mid-size, Open-class engine and tuck it into a lightweight 250cc chassis. The ideal 350cc motocross bike should produce around 50 horsepower and weigh 222 pounds. The resulting power-to-weight ratio would make it the ultimate motocross weapon. It s…

MXA’S 2014 KTM 350SXF MOTOCROSS TEST: THE LITTLE BIKE THAT COULD…IN THE RIGHT HANDS

FIRST AND FOREMOST, IS THE 2014 KTM 350SXF BETTER THAN THE 2011, 2012 AND 2013 350SXFs? A: Yes and no, but mostly no. That doesn?t mean that it’s a step backwards; it’s more of a step sideways. Q: HAS THE KTM 350SXF BEEN A SALES FAILURE? A: Far from it. The 350SXF has been a box-office hit from the moment it was introduced in 2011. It is KTM’s best-selling engine size, and the sales figures have been spectacular. Q: IF THE BIKE SELLS SO WELL, WHY HASN?T MXA EMBRACED IT? A: The initial 2011 KTM 350SXF wa…

MXA’S 2014 KTM 250SXF MOTOCROSS TEST: IT ROMPS ON THE DYNO, BUT WHY DONT WE LIKE IT ON THE TRACK

FIRST AND FOREMOST, IS THE 2014 KTM 250SXF BETTER THAN THE 2013 KTM 250SXF? A: Yes, but we?re splitting hairs. The engine is unchanged, but the suspension, front brake and map settings were breathed on by KTM’s engineers. The 2014 KTM 250SXF is remarkably similar to the 2013 model, but the Austrians did make enough revisions to warrant the accolade of ?better.?   Q: WHAT APPROACH DID KTM TAKE WITH THE 250SXF? A: KTM has been?and always will be?a motorcycle manufacturer focused primarily on engine d…

WE RIDE KTM FACTORY SERVICES’ 350SXF: IT IS A FACTORY BUILT ENGINE FOR NON-FACTORY RACERS

Have you ever picked up the phone and called Team Honda to see if they would hop-up your CRF450? No? Well, don?t. They won?t touch your engine?and they won?t accept any future phone calls from you. The same holds true for Team Kawasaki, Team Suzuki and, most certainly, the nonexistent Team Yamaha. But, amazingly, there is one factory team that will hop-up your engine to full-race, high-tech, factory specs. And while KTM isn?t going to pull 2012 Mechanic of the Year Carlos Rivera off Ryan Dungey’s bike t…