Combo: The only thing holding back
the stock KTM 250SX is the cranky
WP suspension, but once Fox
Factory was done massaging them,
our 250SX could go anyhwere and
There can be no doubt that the MXA wrecking crew loves the 2014 KTM 250SX two-stroke— and we think that every two-stroke fan should
embrace what this bike represents. KTM’s engineers
could have sat on their hands and let the marketing
men determine what the Austrian factory should build
and sell, but they believed in two-strokes. And because
the KTM marketing men listened to the engineers, KTM
has proven beyond their wildest dreams that the offroad
motorcycle market is willing to seek out the best two-stroke technology.
The marriage of KTM’s engineering prowess and its
management’s willingness to invest dollars into R&D has
not just resulted in the best 250cc two-stroke ever made,
but two-stroke sales figures that stunned their Japanese
competitors. It is reported that KTM sells more two-strokes than most other brands sell four-strokes.
That is the kind of success a manufacturer deserves
when it goes out on a limb to build bikes that its
competitors have declared null and void.
KTM’s two-stroke program is the gem of the industry.
It includes 50cc, 65cc, 85cc, 125cc, 150cc, 200cc, 250cc
and 300cc displacements in both motocross and enduro
versions. And these aren’t leftover engines that haven’t
seen a new blueprint in a decade. Nope! KTM has spent
serious R&D dollars on its two-stroke engines, pioneered
new categories and constantly refined its effort.
Yet, as much as the MXA wrecking crew loves the
KTM 250SX two-stroke’s charms, we aren’t blind to its
faults. We aren’t geniuses, but we know what every
hardcore KTM 250SX owner knows—things could be
better. And that is where FMF and Fox Factory come
ENTER THE RHINESTONE COWBOY
As friends of three-time AMA National Champion Kent
Howerton, the MXA gang takes an interest in the riding
skills of Kent’s son, Derek. Derek has become a You Tube
sensation with his radical scrubs and high-rpm videos
on his personal KTM 250SX. With a few calls to Derek’s
sponsor, Fox Factory, we made arrangements to have an
exact replica of Derek’s bike built for us to test.
Silence isn’t golden: FMF offers eight different pipes for the
2014 KTM 250SX. The silencer that fit the shoe best was the
Titanium 2 for $179.99.
Bulging muscles: FMF’s Factory Fatty pipe looks great on the
KTM 250SX. Since the engine is built in-house by FMF, this
pipe was finely tuned to the power characteristics. Get
yourself a Factory Fatty for $249.99.