The 2014 KTM 450SXF makes the most horsepower across the broadest range with the easiest-to-use low-to-mid transition. It has the best brakes, clutch, stability, shifting, starting, torque, gearbox and overall handling. And, even though it has electric starting and a battery, it isn’t the heaviest bike in the class. The biggest fly in the KTM 450SXF’s ointment is the suspension. It is average at best. HORSEPOWER? 56. 95 horsepower at 9400 rpm. DOWNSIDES Over the last three seasons, MXA has thought about giving the KTM 450SXF first place in the 450 shootout. But, we always pull back because of the suspension. Our major KTM complaint hasn’t changed, and, sadly, KTM has made very little progress toward fixing it in the last three years. We are disheartened by the recurring suspension woes of the Katoom. We want better suspension components, more low-to-mid power to get the bike into the meat of the powerband sooner and a true-to-life shock preload ring. THE WORD? The KTM 450SXF is the greatest four-fifths of a bike made. The one-fifth that holds us back from giving the bike with the best overall handling, best clutch, best brakes, best shifting, best airbox and broadest powerband the top spot on the podium is the stuff holding the bike up.