One designed to master the E2 class and the other one the MX3 class, these KTMs have recently gotten under our radar and we were able to detect high-performance combined with lightness and extreme agility. The new KTM 450 XC-F and the 2009 KTM 505 XC-F go one step further in their evolution towards veritable mountain goats and that’s well worth getting a closer look at, especially now that competing on natural courses is greater fun and more challenging then ever before.
Having won more than 160 World Championship titles over the past 35 years, KTM feels the need to celebrate with the launch of a limited Champion’s Edition motorcycle series that involves the new 250 XC-FW, 450 XC-W, 450 EXC and 530 EXC models.
Standing out thanks to a fresh, new and racy look, the bikes are greater performers than their 2009 model year siblings and will start being available on June 1 at KTM dealerships across the country.
They don’t mention how many units of each model will be made so we can’t
figure how “limited” the bikes are so there might just be enough for everyone.
Press release after the break.
Most of KTM’s dirt bike fans have started on this bike or at least heard that it’s the best thing – built by the Austrian manufacturer – to start on if planning to hit the motocross tracks and even compete in a few races after gaining enough experience. Not to be compared with any of the 125 cc four-strokes is the 2009 KTM 105 SX, a machine that is light, maneuverable and which benefits of the all-important two-stroke engine performance to call it a blast around the track. Yes, it’s a 105 cc; you can start getting over it now…or get on riding.
In a dirt bike world now dominated by four-strokes, KTM not only adapts perfectly, but also offers a sweet remember of where it all began in the form of the 2009 KTM 125 SX. Highly competitive, this bike is all about lightness, chassis corner carving abilities and loads of torque obtained from a small in displacement and big in attitude two-stroke motor.
2009 sees the introduction of the all-new KTM 150 SX, apparently a "new" two-stroke dirt bike, but in fact an upgraded and renamed 144 SX. Like its inspiration model, the 150 SX brings the best of the 125 cc and 250 cc worlds in an incomparable product characterized by extreme ease of handling and serious two-stroke power to work with. It stands as the choice of middle, an uncompromising one, for dirt riders who know exactly what they request from a bike.
Some might say that two-stroke dirt bikes are dead and buried, but KTM says “Not Yet!” to that and offers a great model to back up their affirmation – the 2009 KTM 250 SX. This bike is keen on providing the demanding two-stroke crowd with loads of torque, defining a unique powerband as well as sound and smell, all contributing to the unmistakable riding experience.
KTM is keen on delivering the best of every product so, for that reason, they dig deeper in each of their bike’s possibility sack in order to find what can be improved, upgraded or simply lightened in an attempt to set each bike apart from its competitors. The 2009 KTM 250 SX-F is a very good example of what the Austrians can achieve with a quarter-liter engine and a race-derived chassis so it’s well worth checking out also because KTM claims it can even do better than two-stroke bikes in certain areas.
KTM worked their magic on the biggest 2009 SX-F model, the MX1-destined 450 and, like on all other racing bikes, it all stands in the details. The retuned engine is claimed to provide a healthier rush across the powerband while chassis and controls updates are aimed at improving handling as the rider is supposed to feel more at home on the new model than on the previous one.
KTM’s unmistakably diversified off-road competition lineup brings the 450 EXC and 530 EXC motorcycles in our attention for being both track and trail machines and for offering the possibility to be taken on the roads too. They’ll never perform like dual-sports bikes and, most likely, they’ll go in the back of trucks if there are even 15-20 miles in between riding spots, but once there it will be nothing to stop these blasts.
The Austrian manufacturer simply had to profit of the light and nimble chassis and address to more than one category of riders with it and so two different and strikingly similar models ended up being produced. Displacement is really the only difference though.
KTM’s latest 690 Enduro R model is also one that completes the Austrian motorcycle manufacturer’s “R” series and which apart from being based on the LC4 engine that makes people dream about this sport enduro motorcycle, it also gets the distinctive styling complete with the orange painted frame and everything.