The 2014 KTM 125 SX has all it needs to reward you with a thrilling riding experience. The motorcycle is built using top-notch components so it is reliable to the core.
Power comes from a 1 cylinder, 2 stroke, water-cooled engine with reed intake and exhaust control. The unit has been improved with a redesigned reed valve housing Boyesen performance reeds. The engine transfers its power to the rear wheel through a six speed transmission with multidisc clutch.
The bike’s stopping power is assured by a set of high-tech Brembo disc brakes that are offered as standard equipment. It is also worthy of being mentioned that the 2014 model year comes with a newly developed handbrake armature with new remote reservoir, smaller brake piston diameter and new levers with optimised lever kinematics. Moreover the motorcycle is fitted with a new, lightweight, polyethylene, 7.5 litre fuel tank.
Hit the jump for more information on the 2014 KTM 125 SX.
In a class of its own
Top-quality, CNC-machined triple clamps have been something of a KTM trademark. Ensuring a precise handling, they perceptibly support the flex characteristics, and with it, the fork’s action.
The wheels feature CNC-machined hubs, high-end Excel rims and black coated spokes with lightweight aluminium nipples, allowing the highest levels of stability to be achieved while keeping weight to a minimum. The fitted Pirelli Scorpion MX Mid Soft 32 tyres excel with perfect traction and outstanding performance.
High-tech brakes from Brembo have always been standard equipment on KTM offroad bikes and, together with the lightweight wave brake discs, they are the measure of all things in terms of brake technology. A newly developed handbrake armature has been employed for the 2014 model year, with new remote reservoir, smaller brake piston diameter and new levers with optimised lever kinematics. As a result and thanks to optimised brake pads, performance and application of the front brake have been perceptibly improved again.
The engine on the 125 SX 2014 has been improved with a redesigned reed valve housing featuring Boyesen performance reeds and now boasts even better responsiveness. The carburettor setting has been adjusted and the piston grinding pattern optimised for greater durability.
The cast aluminium swingarm has been developed with state-of-the-art calculation and simulation software and constructed, in terms of design and wall thickness, for minimum weight with optimum stiffness and precisely defined flexibility. For the 2014 model year, our engineers have revised the chainguide and its attachment points to the swingarm for the benefit of higher functional reliability, while simultaneously reducing the weight.
High quality, CNC-machined triple clamps have long since been standard equipment at KTM. They ensure precise handling and provide a perceptible boost to the flexing characteristics and hence the responsiveness of the telescopic fork.
The modern frame design of the SX models, comprising lightweight, high strength, chrome-molybdenum steel section tubes, combines maximum longitudinal stiffness with optimum torsional stiffness. It guarantees easy handling and precise steering behaviour, as well as excellent ride stability.
Both the rear shock absorber and the 48 mm upside-down fork from WP Suspension guarantee ultimate damping and responsiveness. Thanks to optimised tuning, the telescopic fork excels with even higher reserves against bottoming out in MY 2014. Naturally, rebound and compression damping can be adapted individually to the track and rider in no time at all – while high and low-speed compression damping can also be adjusted on the rear shock absorber.
All SX models are equipped with the extremely sturdy, tapered Renthal Fatbar 827 handlebar that features an offset specially designed to meet the demands of motocross. In accordance with the proven KTM standard, the handlebar can be fixed in a choice of four positions. A large Renthal crash pad, still in classy black/silver for 2014, provides the rider with effective impact protection.
The ergonomically perfectly designed seat is equipped with an improved foam core for the 2014 model year, ensuring both greater comfort and higher stability.
All models in the SX range are equipped with a new, lightweight, polyethylene, 7.5 litre fuel tank, which has been revised in the area of the filler cap internal thread and can be closed even more easily and reliably with a new filler cap. The fuel pump system used on the four-stroke motocross models is the same as that used on the four-stroke enduro models, thereby allowing optional installation of larger tanks from the PowerParts range or from the enduro models.
A new, refined graphic design with clear lines underlines the high demands made of a modern, state-of-the-art offroad motorcycle.
KTM engineers have focussed on designing the bodywork ergonomically and functionally in such a way that the whole motorcycle is in perfect harmony with the rider down to the very last detail. The front fender is a perfect example of how moulded plastic components can gain maximum stability with a well thought out structure and well-conceived attachment.
At the same time, the design of the airbox guarantees optimum protection of the air filter from dirt plus maximum air throughput for the highest performance. Quick replacement of the twin-air filter - without tools and in a matter of seconds - has long since been an unrivalled KTM standard.
|Engine type||1-cylinder 2-stroke engine, water-cooled, with reed intake and exhaust control|
|Displacement||124.8 cm³ (7.616 cu in)|
|Bore||54 mm (2.13 in)|
|Stroke||54.5 mm (2.146 in)|
|Starting aid||Kick starter|
|Gearbox||6-gear, claw shifted|
|Clutch||Multidisc clutch in oil bath/hydraulically activated|
|Ignition||Contactless controlled fully electronic ignition with digital ignition adjustment, type Kokusan|
|Frame||Central tube frame made of chrome molybdenum steel tubing|
|Fork||WP Suspension Up Side Down 4860 MXMA CC|
|Shock absorber||WP Suspension 5018 BAVP DCC|
|Suspension travel Front||300 mm (11.81 in)|
|Suspension travel Rear||317 mm (12.48 in)|
|Brake system||Disc brakes, brake calipers on floating bearings|
|Brake discs - diameter Front||260 mm (10.24 in)|
|Brake discs - diameter Rear||220 mm (8.66 in)|
|Chain||5/8 x 1/4"|
|Steering head angle||63.5°|
|Wheelbase||1,480±10 mm (58.27±0.39 in)|
|Ground clearance unloaded||395 mm (15.55 in)|
|Seat height unloaded||992 mm (39.06 in)|
|Total fuel tank capacity, approx.||7.5 l (1.98 US gal) Super unleaded gasoline (98 octane), mixed with 2-stroke engine oil (1:40)|
|Weight without fuel, approx.||90.8 kg (200.2 lb.)|
The KTM 125 SX is certainly not a speed demon, but despite its diminutive engine it still has enough punch to offer a fun ride. The handling is top notch and you shouldn’t have any complains about the suspensions either. And as far as built quality is concerned, the KTM 125 SX is without a doubt one of the best built looking bikes in its class.