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KTM 250 SX F

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by Darren Smart. Pics by Paterson

KTM has ruled the MX1 and MX2 classes in the Motocross Championship over the few years and all of the data gained those wins has evolved the that we, the consumer get to race year.

For 2013 the KTM 350 and 250 SX-F get the benefit of the input from Decoster and Ryan Dungey so are serious advancements in chassis, swingarm, suspension and the engine.

The way to win 13 world championships in 13 years is to machinery that is not only but reliable so for 2013 the 250 and 350 SX-F a raft of changes that are for exactly that, and they an immediate effect once you punching out laps.

For 2013 are serious adavncements in chassis, and swingarm

The ergos are slimmer, the are more swept back, the package feels firmer and motors roll from to the rev limiter without a glitch. A check on the spec sheet that I am not as dumb as I look.

the chromoly chassis has been some extra rigidity the steering head, there is a new swingarm and the suspension has been up.

Changes to the motor include a new conrod, new head design larger everything and redesigned larger 44mm EFI system, airbox and intake boot, new CNC clutch all wrapped in all new … cases that save a of weight.

There is no kick with any of the 2013 SX-F and that may be a concern to some but I am pretty sure the hard motocrossers won’t give a

The ride – 250 SX-F and 350 SX-F

So with all these improvements at my what was the 2012 250 SX-F to ride? KTM claim that is an increase of five horsepower the old motor and I won’t argue, the is so user friendly it offers the to pull the power on very in the corner and hang on to each until the 14,000 rev limit…yeehaa!

The clutch and the six speed gearbox me to keep the 250 motor in the meat of the all of the way around the track and there several times that I was for the Brembo brakes because of the corners come up a little than I had anticipated.

This motor rips!

The feel of the 250 was definitely different to models with the ’bar/seat/footpeg giving what I consider a conventional riding position so it no time to get into the swing of out on the track.

The chassis offers feedback and I felt that the WP sat higher in the … when yet slid through the … minimal spiking or deflection on landings, square edged and g-outs.

The complete 250 motor

The suspension in particular sat higher in previous years and there was squat under acceleration any harsh or kick through the when hanging off the throttle bumps.

Tipping into and maintaining speed through is effortless thanks to the balance of the and suspension coupled with the power delivery and once hard acceleration coming out of the there isn’t any tendency for the to want to run wide.

Jumping off the 250 and straight onto the 350 a pretty fair indication as to how parts these models I mean, I could hardly the difference, they share the seat height at 922mm and about everything else but the 350 definitely offers extra between corners.

The 250 now shares the clutch as the 350 so that obviously the same but the 350 has, and only a five speed gearbox and a piddly extra 2kg than the

KTM 250 SX F

Sure, there is a little push from the larger CC going into corners but as I out laps on the 350 I found myself exactly the same lines as I was on the 250 the main difference being I was arriving at the next corner a quicker and it felt like I was less energy to get the same lap time wise.

The rpm limit on the motor is 13,400 rpm (up from and there were only a few on the track where revving it hard was necessary but on those little straights where just trying to get to the next as quick as possible I rarely gear, I just pulled the to the stopper and let it run through the revs and every time I had to hit the brakes redline, and again, I thanked my stars that the Brembos as well as they do.

One of the great things about a KTM launch is getting to talk to Rob between rides and when I got off the 350 I to Rob that the 350 motor felt a lot than the last model I and he said that the 2013 is basically a replica of Cairoli’s from the 2011/2012 seasons.

As a who follows the sport of motocross the dedication of a 16-year-old boy who just his dad’s Playboy collection I watched with interest evolution in the motocross world the last decade or so and to ride is the end result of all that hard and appreciate how far KTM has come is pretty

What I can say with all of the confidence I can and backed with over decades of racing motocross is KTM has absolutely nailed it with the KTM 250 and 350 SX-F. And to ram the point home my wanders back to a session I did before lunch when I was out on the turning laps on the 350 and wondering if was anyone else on the track is loving this bike as as I am when Ryan Marmont blasting by me on one of the other 350′s at warp speed and I was convinced there and then.

No Darren, you are not the only one out here the new KTMs.

I really would to give you an in depth rundown on the changes to both bikes but we have the room. Both the 250 and 350 get own updates, and there are plenty of that both bikes too.

Check out Cycle iPad edition of the November where you can read my full

Smarty’s view I guess if read to this point see I’m impressed with the 2013 250 and 350

Sure, the 350 has a little bit more than the 250 but I think making a between the two bikes will down to your mindset or on capacity, and possibly what top budget is (250 – $10,495, 350 –

There’s not a huge difference the two bikes, and it’s tough to say one of machine is substantially better another brand these as much of it comes down to a personal ‘feel’ of a bike than actual performance and

That said I think the 250 will surely be a class Lites racer, and the 350 SX-F well start to become the man’s open class

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