Young riders interested in the world of dirt biking need to have a start-up bike that they can use to learn the ropes. Fortunately, KTM has an answer in the 85 SX 17-14.
The 85 SX 17-14 is the kind of start-up dirt bike that can train future champions as they fight for a place on the podium. You only need to look at one Henry Jacobi and his championship winning performance in the 2010 season as evidence of the bike’s overall capabilities. The 85 SX masters the toughest MX tracks with unperturbed ease. The grown-up KTM mini-crosser combines fully-fledged MX technology with perfect controllability, providing for a versatile bike that can challenge the competition with relative ease.
It’s a unique motorcycle built to last. Its 85cc engine comes packed with a six-speed transmission that always seem to have the right gear ratio available. Likewise, the frame, brakes, and suspension have all been integrated with the machine and makes that performance incredible and powerful.
The 85 SX’s lightweight and sturdy chassis is made up of a chrome-molybdenum steel frame with a bolted-on aluminum subframe. A 43 mm (1.69 in) fully-adjustable, upside-down fork from WP has been optimized and the WP PDS shock absorber has adjustable rebound and compression damping, making the bike capable of mastering even the toughest of MX courses without demanding too much of the rider.
For a bike that has proven to be championship-caliber, the KTM 85 SX 17-14 is the right choice for riders looking to break into the mini-motocross scene.
Find out more about the KTM 85 SX 17-14 after the jump.
The 85 SX’s sensational engine delivers its power over a wide rev range thanks to its intake membrane and intricate exhaust control. The six-speed transmission always has the right gear ratio available. No coincidence that the 85 SX is the king of holeshots in junior MX race series.
Frame Wheels and Suspension Components
The 85 SX’s lightweight and sturdy chassis consisting of a chrome-molybdenum steel frame with bolted-on aluminum subframe, 43 mm (1.69 in) fully-adjustable, upside-down fork from WP now with optimized tuning and WP PDS shock absorber featuring adjustable rebound and compression damping, masters even the toughest of MX courses without demanding too much of the rider.
Focusing on optimization of braking power and application, the front brake on the 85 SX has been equipped with a radially mounted, four-piston brake caliper from Formula. In conjunction with the wave brake disc, the performance of the brake system has been improved even further.
|Engine type||Single cylinder, 2-stroke|
|Carburetor||Keihin PWK 28|
|Control||Rotation speed dependent exhaust flap|
|Lubrication||Mixture lubrication 1:40|
|Gear ratios||11:29 14:28 16:26 19:26 21:25 20:21|
|Clutch||Wet multi-disc clutch, hydraulically operated|
|Ignition||Moric digital 2M1|
|Frame||Double grinded central double-cradle-type frame
|Handlebar||Renthal, Aluminium Ø 22 mm|
|Front suspension||WP Upside-Down Ø 43 mm|
|Rear suspension||WP-PDS mono shock|
|Suspension travel front/rear||270/300 mm|
|Front brake||Disc brake Ø 220 mm|
|Rear brake||Disc brake Ø 210 mm|
|Front/rear rims||1.40 x 17"; 1.60 x 14" Alu|
|Front/rear tires||70/100 x 17"; 90/100 x 14"|
|Chain||1/2 x 5/16"|
|Steering head angle||66°|
|Wheel base||1,290 mm ± 10 mm|
|Ground clearance||352 mm|
|Seat height||865 mm|
|Tank capacity||ca. 5 Liter|
|Weight (ready to race)||approx. 68 kg (without fuel)|
Motorcycle-USA----"Not for the beginners but the KTM 85 SX 17-14 is for the riders that are proving they are ready for the big leagues. There is undeniable control and comes with nothing but the best fully-fledged MX technology that you will be able to see as it helps you master the toughest tracks."