hydraulic clutch—a Belleville clutch at that.
The hubs are machined from billet. It is the
easiest-starting bike because it has an electric
starter. It delivers the best all-around handling
in the class. The fuel lines not only have easy-to-use quick-release fittings, but they have
inline, replaceable fuel filters. Changing the air
filter requires no tools. KTM specs high-tech
SKF fork seals. The graphics are in-mold so
they don’t wear out. It offers the best shifting in the class—even under a load. You can
adjust the compression and rebound on the
forks by hand—even with gloves on.
Why should it lose? The 4CS forks aren’t
up to snuff.
What skill level is the 450SXF best
suited for? Because the power delivery is so
broad, it has the ability to start out very manageable and gain thrust as the rpm increase.
This makes it a good bike for a wide variety of
racers, but because of its electric starter and
bulletproof design, the 2015 KTM 450SXF is
the best Vet Expert bike made.
The last word? Perhaps it is because KTM
specializes in building dirt bikes while the “Big
Four” specialize in side-by-sides, but KTM is on
the fast track to the top. The Austrian manufacturer doesn’t confine itself to the four-year
production cycle—and that shows in virtually
every part on the 2015 KTM 450SXF. As for
your part of the equation, all you need to do is
send out the forks for a re-valve.