Bike Test: 2013 KTM 125 — 250 SX Dirt Action Magazine

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KTM 125 SX


We spent some on-track time with two and they were so much fun we had to be to give them back


no doubt Australian motocross is in the of a two-… resurgence. The 250 is creeping the U19s class while are full grids of 125s at of junior motocross races.

the past few years, they been high on most priority list; all the interest has on four-… development. But it seems now are looking back into asking about how they go, jetting to run and the best mods to get little bit extra out of them.

KTM is one of a handful of manufacturers worldwide continue to produce two-… bikes — and probably the only one to any sort of development, even if a very small amount.

I had the to take the 2013 KTM 125 SX and 250 SX out on track at the KTM worldwide launch in Italy. I had a day and a half riding all the new four-strokes I got to the two-strokes and it was the first time I’d gone back to back current four-strokes to two-strokes. It was it did take a few laps to get back in the of riding the two strokes, getting the combo of throttle and clutch to the power in the sweet spot.

But once I did, man, were not only fun but impressive.

The 250 SX was up first. As soon I manoeuvred it off the and out of the tight lineup of bikes, I feel how light it was even I’d thrown a leg over it. I fired it up and out on the track with the familiar of a two-… engine tingling underneath me.

I stopped at the track put the bike in neutral and, letting it warm up, gave it a few revs. It blew some to start with then out to a crisp bark and I was good to go. A few in and the Città di Castello track hard left and straight up a

That’s where I remembered how power a 250 two-… had to unleash — so more brutal than any of the but, once you had the bike and pointed in a straight line, didn’t really matter.

is more grunt right the power delivery than riders will ever The 250 two-… required some and real throttle control to get the to the ground on the hard, slick exits. If you were to get too excited on the make no mistake: a 250 two-… reach up and bite you quicker an angry brown snake.

But with some respect and and you can stay just as smooth as on a even on hard pack.

As yes, but as fast? I’m not convinced. I have a chance to compare any lap between the 250 two-… and four-… — just a little tough at a — but there is no doubt the four-… can get down more efficiently and a bit earlier in a turn than the

The 250 SX handled very well; the weight saving of a two-… with the lighter feel of a engine makes a huge The 250SX is actually 6.6kg than the 250SXF. Combine it the lighter feeling of the two-… and it probably feels more 10 kilos lighter.

With updated in line with the KTM’s two-strokes feel — something they have other brands, which can slightly dated and take a longer to adapt to. It’s a with a modern feel and to ride. Though it doesn’t a proper home at the races any you can still be competitive on one at the right in the Lites class.


The 125 weighs in at a lightweight so you can really have your way this bike. I spent a lot of racing 125s, but it had been a since I’d ridden one for more a couple of laps and I think I’d how much fun they actually

KTM 125 SX

It’s all about keeping the in the small window of usable Gear shifts are key and the correct selection will make or you. I say a small window of power because, compared to that’s what it is.

However, on hilly, hard-pack track I had the 125 gears on the way up hills and had no problem everything on the track. For a 125, engine has a wide power it’s torquey enough to pulling up steep hills and it revs hard enough to a gear if you have to.

Spending time on one again made me you really require skills you learn if you’ve only four-strokes. I’m not saying you have to be a rider to get the most out of a 125 but you do need skills. Clutch and throttle will help you milk everything out of the small-capacity engine; it also allow you to get away carrying a higher gear in places, which is an advantage.

Coming straight off the 250F and it blew me away how light bike is. I’d never ridden a 125 to back with a four-… and are definite advantages to the lighter I could put this bike I wanted, whenever I wanted.

was no real need to set up lines too as you may have to on the heavier bikes. late is no problem because of the mass that needs to be The clutch is feather light as it’s hydraulic, you don’t to adjust it on the fly.

This is a great bike and it will you with an ear-to-ear grin you take your helmet If I had my way, every junior would have to spend at 12 months racing a 125 — there is so you can learn from riding And this is proof KTM hasn’t up on that theory, either.

New For 2013


KTM has bodywork in line with its range, showing its commitment to the


A new V-Force valve block improves response and power delivery.

KTM 125 SX
KTM 125 SX
KTM 125 SX
KTM 125 SX


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