Five just sounds faster than four.
( 4) Lifting. The real challenge of 2007 450SXF own-
ership is trying to figure out how to put the bike on the
stand after a race. There is no place to grab it, save for
the scalding-hot exhaust or flexy fender. We either lifted
it by the rear wheel or grabbed the muffler with a gloved
( 5) Front fender. MXA test riders always whined
about the need for a fender brace on KTM’s previous
front fender. No more. For 2007, KTM beefed up the
fender with a molded-in brace. Unfortunately, it doesn’t
work, and the front fender hits the tire when you land
( 6) Powerband. The 2007 KTM powerband is strange.
The KTM 450SXF is less than stellar from idle to the midrange. It kind of dogs it at low rpm, and then kicks like
an army mule higher in the powerband. Every test rider
wanted more bottom and a stronger transition into the
middle (although we were very thrilled with the top-end).
The problem? The stock head pipe is a massive unit.
The diameter is too large, and the overall length is too
short to encourage low-end thrust. The aftermarket pipe
builders will have a field day building smaller-diameter
and longer head pipes for the KTM 450SXF.
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