March 1, and the second half doesn’t show up until the
Supercross season is over.
( 11) What about Honda? KTM is not cheating. There
is nothing stopping Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki or Suzuki
from using the same loophole. But with the Japanese
manufacturers’ strict adherence to their four-year
production schedules, it would take Honda 20 years to
produce five CRF450 Factory Editions of any value.
( 12) Assembly line. For 2016 KTM will send 650
Factory Edition Vs to the USA and Canada, but other
countries around the world will get a shot at the 2016
( 13) Stalking horse. Every Factory Edition has been
the prototype for next year’s production bike—and the
same holds true for the 2016 450SXF Factory Edition V. It
is the 2017 KTM. However, there will be changes made
based on what KTM’s R&D department learns over the
next few months. Last year’s 2016 production 450SXF was
significantly improved over the 2015 Factory Edition IV.
( 14) Weight. The 2016 450SXF Factory Edition hits the
scales at 224.5 pounds. That is 15. 5 pounds lighter than an
RM-Z450, 13. 5 pounds lighter than a YZ450F, 8. 5 pounds
lighter than a CRF450, 6. 5 pounds lighter than a KX450F
and 1.5 pounds lighter than a KX250F or RM-Z250.
( 15) The diet. KTM lost 3. 5 pounds by spec’ing WP
air forks and an Akrapovic muffler on the 2016 450SXF
Factory Edition. The weight would be lower, but the
Factory Edition gets a heavier ribbed seat cover, stick-on
(instead of in-mold) graphics and a front disc guard.
( 16) Frame color. The 2016 Factory Edition frame is
orange; the 2016 production 450SXF frames were black.
( 17) Akrapovic slip-on. Although we like the idea of
the Akrapovic pipe as an add-on, when you think about it,
most American riders have their favorite exhaust systems,
and it isn’t Akrapovic. Thus, an Akrapovic exhaust isn’t
really value added. And, we are suspicious that KTM just
spec’ed a slip-on muffler because they can’t get the stock
exhaust off the KTM chassis, either.
( 18) Almost gone. Back in 2011 KTM’s management
had plans to drop the 450SXF from their model line. They
had drunk the 350cc Kool-Aid and were going to commit
everything they had to that formula. Thankfully, Roger
DeCoster told the KTM executives point-blank that if they
didn’t have a 450SXF in their model line they would never
get a top-flight AMA Pro to ride for their team. Without
DeCoster’s persuasion, there would never have been a
Ryan Dungey at KTM.
( 19) Shock spring. MXA has whined incessantly
about the rear-shock spring rate on the 2016 KTM 450SXF
production bike. It is too stiff for anyone under 190
pounds. We were surprised to find the same 48 N/m
shock spring on the Factory Edition V. We are pretty sure
that the stout spring will be replaced on the 2017 model.
( 20) Cold-weather trick. There is a trick to starting
the Factory Edition V when the weather is cold. First,
press the starter button, but not enough to start the
bike, just enough to get the fuel pump clicking over.
This activates the LiFeP04 (lithium-iron phosphate) battery. Iron-phosphate batteries get stronger as they get
warmer. Wait 20 seconds and repeat the same procedure.
Depending on how cold it is, you may need to do this
three times. Then, reach under the throttle body and push
the yellow dial up. This is the cold-start button. And while
most cold- and hot-start buttons are pulled out to engage
them, the Factory Edition’s is pushed in. Now, push the
starter button again. Don’t overdo it. Just hold it down for
a few seconds and—voila—the bike will start. You will not
need to do this trick after the first time the bike starts,
but the colder the morning, the harder the bike will be
to start the first time. ❏
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