all feel of the bike, but they don’t love
it like the CRF250.
Turn-in: A The planted feel allows
the front wheel to get into the corners
with grace and lean over with minimal effort.
Apex: A Whatever input you give
the bike at turn-in, it flows through
to the apex of the corner with nary
Corner exit: B The rear end tracks
well, but the rigidness of the subframe
and the input from the rear shock
make the bike feel busy when accelerating at corner exit.
Overall turning: B Only the
RM-Z250 and KX250F do it better.
Line selection: A+ Just point,
shoot and score.
Planted feel: A The front wheel is
glued to the ground.
Overall feel: B Everyone likes the
overall feel of the bike; however, the
CRF250 and its brother, the FC250,
Brakes: A+ Best brakes in the
Notes: This is a chassis that is comfortable for the masses. The bike is
superbly balanced from front to rear,
and the AER air forks can be tailored
for a wide variety of riders. We love
the front-end handling of the 250SXF,
but we don’t love the rear.
Forks: A These are the best air
forks on the market and can compete
with the best coil spring forks on the
Shock: C The shock feels harsher
than it is due to the stiff subframe.
You feel this on the exit of corners,
square-edge bumps and whoops.
Balance: A+ The 250SXF has the
best balance from front to rear of
all the bikes. With just a few minor
adjustments, this chassis comes alive.
It can drive into corners with precision and be extremely stable at speed.
Gearing: D The stock 14/51 gear-
ing works well at the Bonneville Salt
Flats but not on motocross tracks.
Change the 14 countershaft to a 13.
Maps: D We love the sophistication of the multi-switch, but only one
map works well out of the three, and
only KTM technicians are able to
re-map it for you.
Noise: B Not too loud; not too
Tires: A We love the Dunlop MX3S
tires, front and rear.
Price: D Are you willing to spend
$750 more on a new bike compared
to the Japanese competition? Every
dollar is worth it, but if it were in the
same price range as the competition,
the KTM would be the only bike sold.
Weight: A+ At 218 pounds, this
bike is the lightest in its class.
Rank in class: First place.