2018 KTM 250SXF
REPORT CARD #1
Low-end: B- This is the 250SXF’s
weakest point of the powerband. But,
weak is an overstatement since the
rest of its powerband is so good.
Midrange: B We like the 250SXF’s
midrange power. With a flick to the
clutch, the midrange comes alive.
Top-end: A+ Top-end power is
where the KTM engine shows its
excellence. The power just keeps on
building and moving forward. We
Over-rev: A+ It is like the Energizer
Bunny—it just keeps going and going.
Torque: B The engine could use
a bit more torque, but we are not
going to complain about it, because
it’s better than some bikes that can’t
touch it on top.
Clutch: A+ If you’re a clutch abuser, the 250SXF’s hydraulic self-adjusting clutch was built for you.
Overall powerband: A This is
the best overall powerband in its
class, mainly because of its dominant.
top-end, over-rev and horsepower.
Overall usability: B This engine
suits fast riders best.
Notes: This is an engine that
favors faster, more experienced rid-
ers. Not because it is a bad engine
for slower riders, but because only
the faster riders will be able to effi-
ciently use its 43. 79 peak horsepower
at 14,000 rpm. The YZ250F, KX250F
and even the RM-Z250 have power-
bands that are easier to manage than
the 250SXF’s. The 250SXF is a race
engine. It you are a racer, no engine
in stock trim will beat it. Even if you
threw thousands of dollars at the
Japanese engines, they still would not
Ergonomics: B The feel of the
bars can throw the comfort off for
some riders. Most don’t care, or they
manage to get used to the feel. Other
than the bars, test riders like the over-