2013 KTM 450 SX-F Comparison — Motorcycle USA

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2013 KTM 450 SX-F Comparison

big-bore racer is all new for 2013. the 2013 KTM 450 SX-F Shootout Video to how it performed.

Back in February we got our taste of the 2013 KTM 450 SX-F we took a spin on the 2012 KTM 450 Factory Edition. Remove the Red Graphics, Number 5 plates and the orange frame paint the Factory Edition and you have the new 450 At the 2012 KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition Ride. we felt the new and improved is a huge improvement and could be a in this shootout.

Now it is time to see if we right.

Thumbing the electric button brings the bike to quickly and easily, thanks to the of fuel injection. Crack the and it’s obvious the slow tendency of last year’s is long gone. Also is low numbers on the dyno.

Both the horsepower and torque were the best in the field at HP and 33.92 lb-ft of torque.

On the the power feels choked up on the but once you hit the top-end hold on! The from mid-range on

The 2013 KTM 450 feels choked up on the bottom but is an ripper on the top-end.

comes on and pulls like no other in the test. The problem is that it tiring trying to stay in the and our less talented testers had of an issue with the KTM than the riders.

“I had a really time keeping the KTM on the pipe. The top end is unreal, but I was surprised by how little there was on the bottom end,” Milan. “I feel the KTM has the most top end power of any bike in test. A faster rider probably have an easier managing this style of delivery.”

On the start line the 450 put down the second-quickest holeshot at 4.20 seconds at 45.4 just one-hundredth of second than the launch control-equipped KX450. The lack of low-end became apparent in the third roll on testing where the KTM from 15 to 40 mph in a fourth in class seconds at 121.4 feet.

If you get a little whiskey with the it’s comforting to know is no better 450cc motocross at stopping. The only machine had a higher braking score was the 350 which can be attributed to its lighter but that is splitting hairs the two. The Brembo units a bite that is powerful and but not grabby.

They are on a whole level than any of the Japanese

“The KTM 450’s brakes are says Nick Thiel. Brembos smoke everything

Our Associate Editor Frankie adds,” The KTM 450 SX-F brakes are top notch. The set-up is precise and the stopping is unmatched not too grabby with of feel and feedback.”

The KTM 450 SX-F was sprung to soft for our crew as we all had in the whoops and even in the corners.

In the and Suspension categories, the big KTM took a bit of a our crew ranked it last in The biggest issue with the was the harshness at the bottom of the WP fork’s which we found often as the rate seemed too soft.

KTM 450 SX

big Katoom had a shock that well, it was stable and tracked explains See. “The end had a good initial …, but it seemed to blow through the valving and got harsh at the bottom of the

As for the handling, getting the 450 SX-F to down in a corner proved to be a for our crew. Perhaps the weight pounds fully fueled) was the as the suspension would work the … and then sort of up. The smoother you entered into the the better it would turn

“The 450 was obviously heavier made the bike a little to corner,” says our X Games Golden. “The distance the seat to the handlebars was close made it easy for me to weight the peg through corners.”

Although we the smooth pull and consistent of the hydraulic clutch and the transmission without fail each and time, the taller gearing the overall score in the drivetrain

Milan sums it up perfectly, never had any issues with but I felt that I could from lowering the gearing on the There were several on the track where I was between If I left it in third, the soft power didn’t want to cleanly through the sand and me steer the back of the bike, but I shifted down to second, the

Although it finished fourth in our the 2013 KTM 450 SX-F is a much better than the 2012 model.

top end would kick in and make it to control all the power.”

The ergos a mixed bag for our crew, some of us comfortable immediately and others really liked the layout of the big machine. The layout is slimmer in the past, and the seat is firm flat and easy to move on. The new handlebar bend was loved by while others though the were too narrow or uncomfortable.

In our lap testing the KTM 450 SX-F tied for third the Suzuki and Honda with a lap. Our fastest Pro, turned his second fastest lap on the KTM as did our super fast lady Golden. Thiel struggled with the bike, turning the slowest lap during his flying lap

There is no doubt that the KTM 450 SX-F has improved by leaps and bounds, and we impressed with the top-end from the new engine as it crushed the in the objective power testing. so, a few faults with the suspension and heavier handling relegated the MX’er to fourth place in our and for the second time in three it has finished behind it’s capacity sibling.


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