2012 KTM 450 SX-F

When it comes to motocross bikes, KTM offers a full breadth of some of the most powerful bikes on the market, including the spectacular KTM 450 SX-F .

The 450 SX-F’s high-quality chassis allows advanced riders to convert the brutal power of the brand’s innovative DOHC four-stroke engine into controllable traction, even on the toughest MX tracks. Add that to a newly-developed clutch and a robust steel cage, and you have a motocross bike that’s truly the class of the field. Especially when you throw in the transmission-friendly back-damping that makes use of a spring washer for the first time instead of the customary conical springs, substantially reducing the operating force.

Adding to the bike’s unbridled versatility and all-around functionality is a new technology for the exhaust. In conjunction with the innovative HPRS (Header Pipe Resonator System) and large-diameter silencer, the 450 SX-F’s super-light titanium exhaust manifold ensures plenty of power at low noise levels.

In terms of its design, the 450 SX-F was built to compete, featuring a state-of-the-art frame that’s made from high-quality chrome-molybdenum steel. The bike’s bodywork is extremely slim, making for a dynamic ride that’s characterized by a particularly balanced geometry that combines easy handling with razor-sharp precision.

Handling and ride ability are always chief requirements for world-class motocross riders. On both those fronts, the KTM 450 SX-F is in a true class of its own, making it an ideal choice for riders looking to make a name for themselves in the motocross world.

Find out more about the KTM 450 SX-F after the jump.


KTM 450 SX-F

The 450 SX-F’s sensational, state-of-the-art four-stroke single-cylinder engine, featuring twin overhead camshafts and four valves actuated by means of cam levers, excels with an extremely wide usable rev range and immense torque coupled with unrivalled performance.


KTM 450 SX-F

The 450 SX-F’s state-of-the-art frame made from high-quality chrome-molybdenum steel is not only extremely light and torsion-resistant. It is also characterised by a particularly balanced geometry that combines easy handling with razor-sharp precision.


KTM 450 SX-F

The 450 SX-F’s bodywork with the very slim seat and spoiler lines, plus excellent contact points, perfects the bike’s ergonomics, making handling even simpler and more precise.

Electric Starter

KTM 450 SX-F

Years ago, KTM proved that an electric starter is very advantageous even in the tough sport of motocross. That’s why the 450 SX-F can also be started at the press of a button.


KTM 450 SX-F
DesignSingle-cylinder, 4-stroke, spark-ignition engine, liquid-cooled
Displacement449.3 cm³ (27.418 cu in)
Bore97 mm (3.82 in)
Stroke60.8 mm (2.394 in)
Starting aidElectric starter
Engine lubricationForced oil lubrication with 3 Eaton pumps
Primary gear ratio29:74
Final drive14:52
Cooling systemLiquid cooling system, continuous circulation of cooling liquid with water pump
ClutchWet multi-disc clutch / hydraulically operated
Ignition systemContactless, controlled, fully electronic ignition system with digital ignition timing adjustment
FrameCentral tube frame made of chrome molybdenum steel tubing
ForksWP Suspension Up Side Down 4860 MXMA CC
Shock absorberWP Suspension 5018 BAVP DCC
Suspension travel Front300 mm (11.81 in)
Suspension travel Rear330 mm (12.99 in)
Brake systemDisc brakes, brake calipers on floating bearings
Brake discs - diameter Front260 mm (10.24 in)
Brake discs - diameter Rear220 mm (8.66 in)
Chain5/8 x 1/4"
Steering head angle63.5°
Wheelbase1,495±10 mm (58.86±0.39 in)
Ground clearance unloaded371 mm (14.61 in)
Seat height unloaded992 mm (39.06 in)
Total fuel tank capacity approx.7.5 l (1.98 US gal)
Unleaded premium fuel (95 RON)
Weight without fuel, approx.107.8 kg (237.7 lb.)


Motorcycle-USA----"The calibration of the suspension is better than last year, but the bike still has a propensity to pitch more aggressively than some of the other bikes. It’s not that the suspension or handling is bad; it just didn’t impress us in the same way as the other bikes hence receiving low scores in the suspension, handling and ergonomics categories. "

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