A Few Laps on the 2013 KTM 350 SX-F

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KTM 350 SX-F

A Few Laps on the 2013 KTM 350 SX-F

March 26, 2013 By db

The 2013 KTM 350 SX-F made the list of 10 things we wanted to try out in 2013 . Luckily enough, shortly after that list was released, I had the chance to spin 5-6 laps on a basically brand new 2013 KTM 350 SX-F.

Once upon a time I had a KTM 350 SX-F. I had jumped on the 350 bandwagon the first year it came out, mainly due to a general dislike of 450′s. It seems that, for the most part, 450′s just aren’t as fun to ride and are hard to bring back when you get out of shape. I had a run of reliability issues with my 2010 KTM 250 SX and my 2006 Yamaha YZ 250  and it was time to do something different.

Unfortunately the 2011 KTM 350 SX-F did not work out well for me.

For 2013 it appeared, from everything that I had read, that KTM made some big improvements to the 350 SX-F. 6 more horsepower than last year (close to 8 more than 2011), if I remember correctly a couple pounds lighter and a couple of years to work out a the kinks make the 2013 KTM 350 look like a much better option than it was in the past. Of course this left me wanting to ride one.

This was the second day of a trip to Alabama where I was riding a brand new 2013 RMZ 450. I didn’t feel super comfortable on the RMZ 450, I haven’t owned a 450 in 5 years and spent most of that time on two strokes. I’m not saying I went fast on the KTM, but I felt more comfortable right away, much more than on RMZ 450 I had spent the past two days riding.

I have had a lot of KTM’s in the past and road a KTM 350 SX-F for all of 2011 (when it worked that is) so this helped.

The KTM 350 SX-f was noticeably roomier than my RMZ 450 (working on this). The 350 also has a super light feel, lighter feeling than I remember my ’11 being,  is super easy to throw around and turns well. It has a very narrow feel.

KTM 350 SX-F

Lastly, on the track the handling characteristics feel more like what you would expect from a 250f than a 450.

8 Horsepower is very noticeable on the track. Not only does the 2013 offer some ability to roll the power on (vs. no ability to do so on my 2011) it pulls very hard all the way through the RPM range. The motor still works best when revved and this bike really pulls strong in the upper rev range.

Ok, you’ve probably read about the 2013 KTM 350 SX-f by now, you know it makes as much horsepower as most of the 450′s and more than some. Knowing that, it really proves how important torque numbers are. The reason I say this is that the 2013 KTM 350 SX-F is much stronger than the 2011, but doesn’t pull like a 450.

Coming out of corners and twisting the throttle just does not have the same effect that it does on a 450.

Out of respect for the owner I didn’t ride this bike like it was my own. I got a feel for it, ran it through the rpm’s a few times and can say it’s a great bike–feels light, handles well, and has a much improved motor. This bike would be perfect for smaller riders and guys just moving up from a 250f.

I got a decent feel  for the bike in the laps  I did, but would love to be able to spend more time on the 2013 KTM 350 SX-F.

KTM 350 SX-F
KTM 350 SX-F
KTM 350 SX-F

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