When it comes to the perfect mix between power and weight, there aren’t many motorcycles that are able to compete with success against the KTM 250 SX.
The motorcycle is powered by a 1-cylinder 2-stroke engine, water-cooled, with reed intake and exhaust control. The engine has a displacement of 249 cc and its power is sent to the rear wheel through a five speed gearbox.
The engine is mounted on a modern frame made of lightweight, high strength, chrome-molybdenum steel section tubes which is stiff enough to assure a good handling and precise steering. The frames bear a new colour for the 2013 model year.
Each wheel is fitted with Brembo brakes which are offered as standard equipment. They consist of front and rear lightweight wave discs (260 mm front and 220 mm rear) combined with strong brake calipers.
Hit the jump for more information on the 2013 KTM 250 SX.
It doesn’t always have to be a four-stroke. The KTM 250 SX 2013 has raised the bar to another level in its class and is now a formidable weapon to combat the competition thanks to its incredible power combined with extremely low weight. Simply unbeatable in terms of power-to-weight ratio.
The wheels are fitted with lightweight, CNC-machined hubs and high-end EXCEL rims, plus new, black-coated spokes with aluminium nipples, guaranteeing the highest levels of stability while keeping weight to a minimum. The Pirelli Scorpion tyres (MX Mid Soft 32) stand for excellent traction and good performance. For the benefit of greater ride stability on the KTM 250 SX 2013, the rear axle has been increased in diameter from 20 mm to 25 mm.
Brakes from Brembo are standard equipment on KTM motocross bikes and, together with lightweight wave brake discs, they are recognised as the measure of all things in terms of application and brake performance. At the rear wheel, the brake calliper carriers have been adapted to the larger axle diameter for MY 2013.
Not only visually does the completely revamped bodywork indicate that the 2013 model year represents a new SX generation. Above all, the ergonomics and function of the plastics have been designed in such a way that the whole chassis and engine package forms a perfect harmony with the rider down to the very last detail. The fuel tank and spoiler have been restyled along with the airbox cover and the front fender, including the start number plate. A particular highlight is the new front fender, which has no ribbing whatsoever on the inside, thereby preventing mud build-up. A pioneering structure and improved attachment of the fender to the triple clamp result in up to 50% greater lateral stiffness.
A new DDS clutch (Damped Diaphragm Steel) with a wear-free steel cage is fitted to the new KTM 250 SX engine, allowing use of thin steel discs for minimum overall width. The diaphragm spring, which preloads the package, not only reduces the operating force required to pull the clutch, but also provides space for integrated hub damping. The result: more traction and protection for the transmission. And with hydraulic clutch actuation from Brembo, the rider has everything under control right from the start.
The modern frame design of lightweight, high strength, chrome-molybdenum steel section tubes guarantees an ideal mix of longitudinal and torsional stiffness, resulting not only in easy handling and precise steering behaviour, but also in excellent ride stability. The engine braces to the cylinder head have also been optimised, along with their attachment to the frame. The frames bear a new colour for the 2013 model year and they are still the benchmark in terms of weight and stability.
The further improved 48 mm upside-down fork featuring closed-cartridge technology has been optimised with completely revamped settings for perfect harmony with the new frame and engine. The new oil is significantly more wear-resistant and guarantees more consistent damping throughout both the course of a race and the bike’s life cycle. A new lower triple clamp is 80 g lighter and, just like the upper triple clamp, CNC-machined from high quality aluminium, whereby the steering characteristics and hence the responsiveness of the fork have been noticeably improved.
|Design||1-cylinder 2-stroke engine, water-cooled, with reed intake and exhaust control|
|Transmission||5 gear, claw shifted|
|Clutch||Wet multi-disc clutch / hydraulically operated|
|Ignition system||Contactless, controlled, fully electronic ignition system with digital ignition timing adjustment, type Kokusan|
|Frame||Central tube frame made of chrome molybdenum steel tubing|
|Forks||WP Suspension Up Side Down 4860 MXMA CC|
|Shock absorber||WP Suspension 5018 BAVP DCC|
|Suspension travel Front||300 mm|
|Suspension travel Rear||330 mm|
|Brake system||Disc brakes, brake calipers on floating bearings|
|Brake discs - diameter Front||260 mm|
|Brake discs - diameter Rear||220 mm|
|Chain||5/8 x 1/4"|
|Steering head angle||63.5°|
|Wheel base||1,495±10 mm|
|Ground clearance (unloaded)||385 mm|
|Seat height (unloaded)||992 mm|
|Total fuel tank capacity approx.||7.5 lUnleaded premium fuel, mixed with 2-stroke engine oil (1:60)|
|Weight without fuel approx.||97 kg|