WHAT WE HATED
(1) Frame color. The frame is now powdercoated
black in a move that makes very few KTM owners or
buyers happy. Most KTM owners lusted after the orange
frames that the works bikes used for a decade. Now,
after one year, the orange RAL2009 powdercoating is
gone. Boo. We didn’t beg, plead and cajole for an orange
frame for a decade just to have it taken away so that the
black plastic frame guards would match.
( 2) Gas cap. It sticks. Take a body-building class; you’ll
need it at some point.
( 3) Forks. The faster MXA test riders thought that KTM
went too far in making its 4CS forks work better for the vast
majority of KTM owners, who tend to be older and more
sedate. They felt that the forks dove too much and were
prone to bottoming. As for the riders whom KTM designed
the damping for, they felt that the new forks were light
years better than last year’s forks.
( 4) Fork clickers. Although we love the ability to
change the compression and rebound stetting on the WP
forks without having to dig in the toolbox for a screwdriver,
the cog-shaped clicker needs to have longer cogs.
( 5) Brake pedal spring. Turn the brake pedal spring
around so that the tang that goes through the top of the
brake pedal is facing inward. We had the spring accidentally
pop off the brake pedal when the tang faced outwards. We
also crimp the tangs so the spring fits tighter. ❏
HISTORY OF THE