Kim Hedegaard wanted to improve the powerband without
changing its characteristics. Given that the mighty KTM
engine is one of the best in the class, Kim had to tread
lightly. He enlisted Pro Circuit to install a high-compression
piston, flow the head and use a thinner base gasket. The
engine required straight VP Racing U4.4 fuel.
The Pro Circuit triple clamps aren’t just for looks. They are
the same offset as stock, but are specially built to hold the
49mm Showa A-kit forks. The clamp has a built-in mount for
the GET traction control device, but lacks proper
mounting for the KTM front fender. Fortunately, Nihilo
Concepts makes a bracket to mate clamp to fender.
time, Kim has traveled to the U.S.
a handful of times to race moto-
cross in SoCal and hang out with
his buddy. That’s how the MXA
wrecking crew met the man we
call “Denmark Dungey.”
Kim Hedegaard earned the
alliterative nickname for several
reasons. (1) Hedegaard doesn’t
exactly roll off the tongue.
“Denmark Dungey” is much
easier to say. ( 2) Kim is a dyed-in-the-wool KTM rider. He bleeds
orange. How do we know?
Hedegaard has purchased a
limited-edition KTM 450SXF
Factory Edition every year since
they began hitting the market
in 2012. ( 3) Kim resembles Ryan
Dungey. Sure, the multi-time
champ is 20 years his junior, but
Hedegaard has a similar build and
riding style, and he has the habit
of dressing in the same Fox gear
as Ryan Dungey.
The moment that KTM unveiled
the 2014 450SXF Factory Edition
III, Kim Hedegaard was on the
phone to Dennis Stapleton. Kim
had the money ready to send
to Dennis to buy him the most
expensive production motocross bike on the market. To
Hedegaard, an entrepreneur with
a tractor service and construction
outfit, money was no object.
He desired, nay demanded,
the latest and greatest. If Ryan
Dungey was spinning laps on
the Factory Edition III, then his
Danish doppelganger wanted
the same opportunity.
There’s a big difference
between Dungey’s factory-tuned
KTM 450SXF-FE and the 699
Factory Edition bikes that are
on showroom floors. Kim knew
that $9899 would get him the
latest technology from KTM,
including WP 4CS forks, updated
frame geometry, increased shock
stroke, an Akrapovic exhaust, 1.3-
pound weight savings, Red Bull
graphics, and an orange frame.
But, it wouldn’t get him Roger
DeCoster’s key to the race shop.
Kim, undaunted, set aside a bushel
basket full of Euros to get his
450SXF-FE as close to Dungey’s
million-dollar bike as possible.
MXA’s Dennis Stapleton likes to
build project bikes. He does them
for lots of people and companies,
so when Kim asked Stapleton to
build him the ultimate 2014 KTM
Factory Replica III, Dennis was
honored and enthusiastic. We
don’t know how you say “money
is no object” in Danish, but
Denmark Dungey had no upper
limit. When Dennis was done with
Kim Hedegaard’s bike, it was
outfitted with a Showa A-kit
suspension, Pro Circuit engine
mods, a Mettec complete titanium
bolt kit, Pro Circuit triple clamps,
Think Technologies lightweight