not the same
Except for the FMF exhaust and
sprinkling of orange anodized bits,
this bike is a sleeper. It has a works
engine and factory suspension.
At this stage, we let WP Factory
Services come to us. Why now?
Because we wanted them to interact
with regular racers to see what they
should be aiming for. In the end, we
were happy with our WP Factory
Services suspension—and we hope
that our experience aids WP in
making others happy.
WE WERE GETTING
CLOSER TO WHAT
WE WANTED. MORE
IMPORTANT, WE KNEW
THAT WE DIDN’T
WANT FORKS SET UP
FOR AMA NATIONAL
RIDERS, BUT INSTEAD
FORKS THAT WORKED
FOR THE KIND
OF PEOPLE WHO
ACTUALLY BUY KTMs.
The next step after the engine and
suspension was to troll through the
KTM PowerParts catalog and pick
the parts we wanted to accessorize
our 350SXF with. You can view the
massive catalog at your local KTM
dealer or online at www.ktm.com.
Since KTMs come so well spec’ed
from the assembly line, we really
didn’t go crazy. Instead, we limited
our picks to things we felt the bike
could use. Here is the list.
FMF exhaust. We added an FMF
Factory 4.1 exhaust system with a
MegaBomb head pipe. We have had
good luck with the pipe on KTMs.
Clutch slave cylinder guard.
KTM makes a CNC-machined guard
that protects the delicate hydraulic
clutch cylinder from thrown chain
Lithium-ion battery. It weighs
2 pounds less than the stock Yuasa
lead-acid battery. We couldn’t pass
up such an easy weight savings.
Throttle cable protector. This
aluminum clamshell clamps over the
throttle cable ferrules to protect them
in a crash and can even be used to
repair the ferrules if they are cracked
in a crash. This is a must-have.
Orange anodized parts. Okay,
we admit that we were dazzled
by some fluff, but we kept it down to
engine plugs, reservoir covers
Our original plan was to let
KTM, with its in-house performance
divisions, build us a full-race KTM