The 2013 KTM 85SXS includes all of these upgrades, plus a few other performance-enhancing perks. (1) Exhaust. KTM and FMF have joined forces to create a pipe and silencer combo that significantly boosts horsepower. By how much? Sources say that the FMF pipe/silencer pairing adds 1-1/2 horsepower to the package. That’s a significant advantage. ( 2) Ignition. The 85SXS comes with an ignition module that is critical to getting the most out of this powerplant. The module has advanced settings built into it. The timing has been changed, and the rev limiter has been set higher. ( 3) Billet parts. Like the 50SXS and 65SXS, the 85cc version is littered with orange-anodized billet parts. Yes, they increase the bling factor, but they also serve a purpose. The billet ignition cover (which is personalized by KTM when you purchase the bike), the clutch cover and case guard are designed to protect vital areas. ( 4) Holeshot device. There’s a reason every profes- sional racer uses a holeshot device. It works. While unnecessary for concrete starting pads, a holeshot device is a must-have for dirt starts. KTM equips the 85SXS with a very nice PowerParts starting button. ( 5) Graphics. If you’re going to spend an extra $650 on an 85SXS, you want to publicize the fact that you have one of the most sought-after mini bikes made. The sleek, in-mold graphics tell the world that you’re serious about racing—or at least that you’re serious about spending money. Q: CAN THE 2013 KTM 85SXS BE RACED IN THE STOCK CLASS? A: Heavens, yes! Why would KTM go to the trouble of building an extremely limited run of bikes and jump through all those bureaucratic hoops if the 85SXS wasn’t eligible for the Stock class? To meet the homologation requirements, KTM built several hundred of the bikes, many of which sold before they hit showroom floors. The 85SXS is a guaranteed seller because it gives a young rider a significant advantage in the mini wars. AMA rules allow for very few variations to a production motorcycle, but KTM found a way to skirt the issue. The KTM 85SXS can legally be raced in the Stock class with an aftermarket exhaust and advanced ignition. Ingenious. Q: HOW MUCH DOES THE 2013 KTM 85SXS RETAIL FOR? A: Most mini parents won’t think twice about plopping down cold hard cash for a 2013 KTM 85SXS; however, it is far and away the most expensive 85cc two-stroke on the market. It retails for $5999, or $650 more than a standard 2013 KTM 85SX ($5349). Of course, none of KTM’s 85cc offerings are cheap, especially compared to the competition. The next most expensive bike in the class, the Honda CRF150 four-stroke, retails for $4990; the Suzuki RM85 is $4149; the Kawasaki KX85 is $4049; and the Yamaha YZ85 is $3900. Unfortunately, these inexpensive bikes are outdated and desperately need updating. You get what you pay for. Q: CAN ANYONE BUILD HIS OWN KTM 85SXS?
2013 KTM 85SXS: Would you spend
an extra $650 on a bike equipped
with aftermarket trinkets, yet is
eligible for the Stock class? Mini
parents are speaking with their
wallets, because MXA’s test bike was
the very last one available. These
things sell like hotcakes.
2013 KTM 85SXS