For the past several years, KTM has been the leader in 85cc two-stroke research and
development. This forward-thinking
approach has earned them a sizable
chunk of the 85cc market. KTM
believes that the two-stroke is
worthy of the investment, and it’s
great to see that the technology from
their adult line of two-strokes has
trickled down to the 85cc, 65cc and
50cc mini cycles.
It is certain that KTM will continue
to forge ahead, evidenced by the fact
that they build a limited run of specialized 85SX motorcycles, dubbed
SXSs, that are eligible for the Stock
class. The 85SXS is chock-full of
aftermarket parts that vastly improve
horsepower over the SX version. It
also retails for $650 more ($5999)
than the base model. KTM sells the
85SXS in very small quantities, and
the waiting list is long, but don’t
be distraught if you can’t get your
hands on an 85SXS. The 85SX is
more than enough for Junior.
WHAT ARE THE UPSIDES?
The list of KTM 85SX positives is
extensive. It comes with award-winning disc brakes. The 43mm WP
forks are ballpark for faster riders.
KTM’s chromoly steel chassis is
forgiving. Who can argue against
the buttery-smooth hydraulic clutch?
And, if you’re interested in racing the
Supermini class, know that the KTM
85SX swingarm is long enough to
accept a 16-inch wheel.
WHAT ARE THE DOWNSIDES?
Price. The 2014 KTM 85SX is the
second-most expensive bike in the
class. It’s $1000 more than the
Kawasaki KX85 and $1359 more than
the Yamaha YZ85. Even the Honda
CRF150 four-stroke, not included in
this buyer’s guide because it’s not an
85cc two-stroke, is $359 cheaper than
the 85SX. To KTM’s way of thinking,
it’s the price the consumer must pay
if he wants the latest and greatest
WHAT ELSE DO YOU NEED
TO KNOW ABOUT THE 2014
Carburetor: Keihin PWK28
Bore x stroke: 47mm x 48.95mm
Horsepower: 25. 36
Seat height: 33. 66 inches
Fuel capacity: 1.32 gallons
Curb weight: 158 pounds
Retail price: $5349