( 5) Is small, light or just getting off of a minicycle. WHO SHOULD BUY A KTM 250SX TWO-STROKE? According to the Motocross Action Multiphasic Inventory Quiz (MAMIQ), the KTM 250SX two-stroke is best suited to a rider who: (1) Likes a strong midrange hit—and doesn’t need any low-end whatsoever. This bike rewards a gun-and- run approach to the track. Go in hot and come out hard. ( 2) Gets good starts. If you are racing a 250 two-stroke against 250 four-strokes and 125 two-strokes, there is no way that anyone will ever beat you to the first turn. That’s where that 19 extra horsepower at 8000 rpm comes into play. ( 3) Is creative. As a rule of thumb, 125 two-strokes and 250 four-strokes have to race on the prescribed “good” line. Not so with a 250cc two-stroke. It is light enough to jam to the inside and blessed with quick and snappy power to make big cuts work. A 250 two-stroke can go places that a 125 or 250 four-stroke could never go—for fear of bogging or losing momentum. ( 4) Can hang on when the going gets tough. A 250 two-stroke feels fast, reacts fast and wears the rider out fast. Going fast on a 250 smoker is like riding an exercise riding a 125cc two-stroke. You pin it, keep it pegged and try not to shut off. You can’t trail ride, putt around the track or cruise on a 125. ( 4) Races on tracks with lots of tight turns—and stays away from big hills, long starts, sand, loam or smooth tracks.
KTM 125SX vs. KTM 250SX vs. KTM 250SXF
2013 KTM 250SX: When ridden to its
full potential the 250SX can set lap
times that neither the 125SX nor
250SXF can match. However, it hits
hard, pulls hard and is hard to ride
mistake-free. It is a thrill ride of the