the tempo becomes adagio. Then, in the meat of the
midrange, the arm of the metronome flies off and the
engine goes full-on prestissimo.
WHAT WE HATED
(1) Fork guards. We vastly prefer the old full-
coverage fork guards. No, they weren’t as attractive or
as light, but they extended fork-seal life by stopping rock
dings caused by roost from the rear of the front wheel.
( 2) Air-filter cage. Never stick the air filter into the
airbox without double-checking to make sure that the
filter’s back edge is sealed against the intake tract. KTM
should give it a distinct shape that instinctively slips into
place (with a notch to let you know it is secure).
( 3) Black frame guards. It’s kind of pointless to
paint the frame orange and then install black plastic
frame guards, especially when KTM has orange frame
guards in stock.
( 4) Forks. Although they aren’t perfect for everybody,
they are perfect for somebody. And, the WP bladder forks
couldn’t say that.
( 5) Shock. We kept the compression clicker on the
stock setting but slowed the rebound damping way
down. We ran a stiffer shock spring. We preferred a
2014 orange shock spring on our 2015 KTM 450SXF
instead of the white 2015 spring. Both springs were
rated at 5. 7 Nm, but the orange spring tested out at
5. 76, while the white spring was only a 5. 62. We
needed the added stiffness.
HISTORY OF THE