ary damping piston. KTM disagrees, but over the years
its engineers have been steadily downplaying the effects
of the second piston. For 2009 the needle that activates
the second piston comes in much later in the stroke and
has been increased in diameter from 11.5mm to 14mm
(it was originally an 8mm needle when the system was
first introduced). Now the second piston comes into play
largely as an anti-bottoming device.
( 3) Shock. We had shock troubles. Even with the stiff
7. 2 shock spring, we had trouble getting the race sag
where we wanted it (110mm). This shock is not on the
same level as the Yamaha YZ450F rear suspension.
( 4) Tires. The very old-school Bridgestone M59/M70
tire combo is getting long in the teeth.
( 5) Front brake. Most MXA test riders preferred last
year’s incredibly powerful front brake. It is a better front
brake for the average rider, but we will miss the works-style power of the older model.
( 6) Graphics. What’s with the cartoons hidden in
the radiator-wing graphics? There is a freestyle ramp, a
30-second board and a bunch of juvenile graffiti mixed
into a jumbled motif. Next year, let’s try to go classy.
( 7) Four-speed tranny. No doubt, the four-speed is
easier to ride, but the five-speed would be easier to
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