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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.

Anybody that has ever ridden a motocross bike understands the thrill of it all. Those that have taken it a step further and competed in motocross understand that there’s nothing like it.

That’s why, if you’re part of the latter and you want to race in the Junior World Championship, you need not look further than the KTM 125 SX . Designed with slim bodywork emphasized by a slim seat and spoiler lines, the 125 SX is the kind of bike that young riders can go to battle with.

What’s better, the free-revving and lively 125cc two-stroke engine has gained even more performance for the current season, something that seems highly improbable given the impressive credentials of its predecessor.

But the thing that makes the 150 SX such a special motocross bike is that KTM has built a completely new frame and a new, progressive linkage rear suspension. Apart from the new linkage rear suspension, there is the new cast aluminum swingarm, which has been designed for minimum weight and supplies optimum lateral stiffness and defined longitudinal flexibility. This is a major contribution to the 150 SX’s excellent tracking stability, playful handling, and extreme traction.

The further improved upside-down telescopic fork incorporating closed-cartridge technology now ensures even greater punch with a somewhat tauter setting. At the same time, the WP fork with 48 mm (1.89 in) outer tube diameter bolsters the playful handling of the 150 SX to levels that are championship worthy.

If somebody asked you what junior motocross bike you’d like to have on your side in the strongest of competitions, you won’t find anything better than the 150 SX.

Find out more about the KTM 150 SX after the jump.

Looking at the models that are included in the line-up of motocross bikes from KTM , you’d be remiss to wonder whether these guys are building one too many iterations.

That, of course, is the wrong way to look at things because if you’re a glass-half-full kind of guy, you know that more means, well, more choices. And that’s exactly what KTM has to offer.

One of the purest two-stroke bikes in the company’s line-up is the 250 SX . It offers a completely revamped frame made from high-quality chrome-molybdenum steel that’s both light and tough all at the same time. It is also characterized by a particularly balanced geometry that combines playful handling with razor-sharp precision. Just like the entire range of KTM bikes, the 250 SX is also now equipped with an elaborate linkage rear suspension system that raises the bar even higher for 250cc machines.

Apart from the new linkage rear suspension, the 250 SX also comes with a new cast aluminum swingarm, designed for minimum weight distribution while supplying optimum lateral stiffness and defined longitudinal flexibility. The results of all this is a bike that provides excellent tracking stability, playful handling, and extreme traction.

Moreover, the technology of a two-stroke engine that has been fitted into the 250 SX comes with indisputable advantages, including a high power/displacement and low weight that’s unrivaled in its class. The 250 SX’s flow-optimized intake flange between the airbox and carburetor now ensures even better charging with fresh gas, making for a bike that performs and handles like the best of them.

Find out more about the KTM 250 SX after the jump.

We dare anyone to find us a bike that has a better resume than the KTM 250 SX-F . Really, when you look at three consecutive MX2 world championship titles, it’s very difficult to top that, especially when the aforementioned 250 SX-F has been improved compared to its predecessor.

The new 250 SX-F is now available with a revamped chassis and an electric starter that proves its worth in many situations, turning the bike with the smallest four-stroke in the KTM MX range into a certified, world-class, championship-caliber moto cross bike.

The 250 SX-F’s compact, state-of-the-art DOHC four-stroke engine has been derived directly from the Marvin Musquin’s world championship bike, which means that it’s bigger and better than ever before. The 2012 model year of the 250 SX-F also comes with a new electric starter that excels with an extremely wide usable rev range and powerful performance from the bottom end up to beyond the nominal engine speed.

The 250 SX-F also has a new technology in the form of a Keihin engine management system with electronic fuel injection and electronic throttle valve control, ensuring spontaneous responsiveness and maximum performance from the engine.

As far as handling is concerned, the 250 SX-F’s state-of-the-art frame is made from high-quality chrome-molybdenum steel, a material that’s both lightweight and extremely durable, providing balanced geometry that combines playful handling with razor-sharp precision. The 250 SX-F’s linkage rear suspension bolsters playful handling and extreme traction while a lightweight aluminum swing arm has been designed for optimum lateral stiffness while the linkage of the now more tautly-set WP shock absorber via a lever system provides high progressiveness and wide adjustment ranges.

There’s plenty to love about the KTM 250 SX-F. The fact that it has a history of championship success only makes this bike that much more attractive to young and up-and-coming riders.

Find out more about the KTM 250 SX-F after the jump.

Once upon a time, we had dreams of being world-class motocross riders and if fate hadn’t lead us in another direction, we’d be achieving those dreams with a high-caliber motocross bike that has earned the distinction of the best in the market today, the KTM 350 SX-F .

The initial idea behind this bike was to line up at the MX1 World Championship with something that features reduced displacement, but also comes with all the advantages of a lighter bike. The final result was the birth of the 350 SX-F and foundations of a world title run in its first season. For the 2012 model, the 350 SX-F comes back bigger, better, and a whole lot meaner than ever before.

The 350 SX-F’s title-winning, state-of-the-art DOHC four-stroke engine features an electronic fuel injection and a balancer shaft that excels with an extremely wide usable rev range, highly efficient rideability, and performance capabilities that practically match that of its big brother, the 450.

Adding to its already impressive engine credentials, the 350 also features a cylinder head with two overhead camshafts, four titanium valves that are actuated by extremely lightweight, and carbon-coated cam levers. The 350 SX-F’s state-of-the-art frame is made from high-quality chrome-molybdenum stew, a material that’s not only extremely light but is also torsion-resistant, a critical combination that makes for excellent ride ability and world-class performance.

Find out more about the KTM 350 SX-F after the jump.

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.

Enduro bikes are incredibly versatile, offering an impressive mix of ultra-easy handling, minimal weight, and low costs. That’s why when you’re looking for an ideal enduro to compete in E1 class racing, the KTM 125 EXC is a certainl fit for your budget.

The 125 EXC boasts many qualities that enduro riders want on their bikes. The 125 EXC’s new bodywork comes with a slim seat and spoiler lines, plus excellent contact points, making for an ideal ergonomic set-up and allowing for better overall handling. Meanwhile, the longer rear fender protects the rider and the redesigned kickstarter makes it easier to start the engine. A completely revamped frame made from high-quality chrome-molybdenum steel is characterized by even greater lateral stiffness.

The 125 EXC also boasts of a free-revving and lively 125cc two-stroke engine, considered the most powerful of its type in the market today. On top of that, the 125 EXC’s completely revamped chassis comes with a new frame, ensuring that the lightest and most flexible enduro on the market retains the kind of characteristics that have made it into a true favorite.

The redesigned airbox on the 125 EXC and the flow-optimized intake flange between the airbox and the carburetor ensure better charging with fresh gas, resulting in even freer revving and more power in all rev ranges for the liquid-cooled, two-stroke machine. Likewise, the 125 EXC is equipped with the latest WP upside-down fork with wider adjustment ranges and a new setting. The sensitive responsiveness and outstanding damping of the open-cartridge fork with 48 mm (1.89 in) outer tubes are a perfect complement for the 125 EXC’s playful handling and precision.

Find out more about the KTM 125 EXC after the jump.

Dirtbikes need not be built on the most expensive of materials. After all, it’s main purpose is to get down and dirty, right?

In essence, that’s what the Kawasaki KLX 140L provides you; a fun and exciting bike that allows kids and adults alike to enjoy the thrills of off-road riding. More specifically, the KLX 140L will appeal greatly to taller riders because it incorporates all of the virtues of the standard 140, including an engine that provides a steady flow of power that new and seasoned riders will enjoy. The 140L model is equipped with a more performance-oriented, reservoir-equipped shock, because it’s popular with a larger, more experienced crowd. The main difference between the 140L and the 140 is that the former features taller wheels - 19" on the front and 16" on the back - as compared to the specs - 17"/14" - of the 140.

Other unique features of the KLX 140L include an internal LED to remind riders when the ignition is on and prevent dead batteries. The KLX 140L also features a powerful 144cc engine that’s both easy to manage via a manual clutch and a five-speed, close ratio transmission. It is also powerful enough to let younger and beginning riders get the hang of shifting and clutch use without having to worry about any sophisticated machinery. The bike’s progressive nature also means half-clutch can be used at extremely low speeds.

The KLX 140L is a bike that’s been built for use at a quicker pace. That’s why it features a rear shock with a piggyback reservoir fully adjustable spring preload, 4-way compression damping and 22-way rebound damping. It also has a 33mm telescopic fork assembly with spring rates and damping settings specific to the 140L, making for a seamless and easy-to-handle bike that kids and adults will come to enjoy.

Find out more about the Kawasaki KLX 140L after the jump.

The 2012 Suzuki DR-Z125 is a motocross bike that upstart riders can get into without having to worry about the complicated mechanisms of some of the more powerful models in the market.

It’s not enough to have a bike that offers good looks, especially for novices looking to learn the ropes; you need one that has matching performance and handling credentials, two characteristics that Suzuki pays full attention to.

Aggressive bodywork, complete with a two-tone seat cover, a rear fender, graphics, and number plates, makes the DR-Z125 a complete, stylistic replica of the championship-winning RM-Z machines.

The DR-Z125 offers a compact 124cc 4-stroke, SOHC, single-cylinder, air-cooled engine that has been designed for ease-of operation and low maintenance, perfect for upstart riders looking to break into the world of motocross. The engine also has a digital-type CDI ignition system with timing set to enhance the engine’s low-rpm power characteristics while a five-speed transmission with a link-type gearshift system offers precise operation and positive feel for complete control of the bike.

In addition to its sublime powertrain, the DR-Z125 also comes with precise and agile handling characteristics, featuring a long-travel, oil damped front fork and a link-type rear suspension that provides a smooth, compliant ride. A lightweight and durable steel frame and swingarm, as well as equally lightweight aluminum rims reduce the bike’s weight while providing agile handling and improved suspension performance.

Find out more about the Suzuki DR-Z125 after the jump.

We’ve already established all the impressive qualities of the Suzuki DR-Z125, but in the event that the bike’s a little on the small side compared to your, shall we say, "dimensions," Suzuki has a bigger version of the DR-Z125 called the DR-Z125L. The latter pretty much carries all the same features as that of the former with the only notable exception being that the DR-Z12L is bigger. Hence, that "L" designation at the back of its name.

The DR-Z125L was designed with aggressively styled bodywork, number plates, and graphics that were built and inspired to look exactly like the higher-spec, race winning Suzuki RM-Z competition models.

On top of that, the powertrain is also the same as that of its ’smaller’ counterpart - a compact 124cc 4-stroke, SOHC, single-cylinder, air-cooled engine that comes with a five-speed transmission with link-type gearshift system for precise operation and positive feel, a digital-type CDI ignition system with timing set to enhance the engine’s low-rpm power characteristics, and a MIKUNI VM20SS carburetor for smooth throttle response.

And then there’s the matter of the bike’s handling characteristics, which are impressive relative to its overall characteristics. A long-travel, oil damped front fork and a link-type rear suspension provide a smooth, compliant ride while lightweight aluminum rims offer reduced weight, providing agile handling and improved suspension performance.

From the top to bottom, nothing rides on dirt quite like the Suzuki DR-Z125. And if that doesn’t fit you, then you can opt for the DR-Z125L, which is pretty much the same thing, albeit in a slightly larger package.

Find out more about the Suzuki DR-Z125L after the jump.


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