WHAT WE HATED
(1) Exhaust pipe. You can’t remove the stock
exhaust system without removing the shock from the
bike (and even then it is a wrestling match). Thankfully,
aftermarket pipes have separate mid-pipes that
eliminate this hassle.
( 2) Gearing. Gear it down to perk it up.
( 3) Seat foam. It is too soft when it breaks in. A
simple trick is to buy an aftermarket seat cover and put
it on over the stock seat cover to stiffen up the feel, but
don’t wait until the foam breaks down.
( 4) Weight. At 240 pounds it is 3 pounds lighter
than the 2012 KTM 450SXF. Although the switch to
fuel injection added about 5 pounds, KTM saved weight
with its single-overhead-cam engine and die-cast cases.
( 5) Front fender. I-beams are perfect for holding up
the roofs of warehouses, but does a front fender really
need to meet local building codes?
( 6) Torx bolts. We get tired of complaining about
KTM’s oddball mix of 13mm hex heads, Torx sprocket
bolts and wood screws. We’d like to see 12mm hex
heads instead of 13mm heads and Allen sprocket bolts
instead of Torx bolts.
( 7) Suspension. Everything on this bike is world class
except the suspension; it is third-world class.
HISTORY OF THE