THE TRIALS & TRIBULATIONS
OF THE 2016 KTM 250SXF
What I’d really like is a new ay to express my love/ hate relationship with WP.
Of course, I am really only talking
about how much I hate WP, because
the only thing I love about WP is
the long litany of jokes that come at
their expense. I find humor important
when dealing with a company that
has tried to do me harm every year
for the past two decades. That I have
lived is testimony to the human will
to survive in the face of a company
that is to suspension what Josef
Stalin was to Russian farmers.
I have swapped, hopped, clicked
and kicked my way around hundreds
of laps on WP-equipped bikes with
the full knowledge that Lovely Louella
was standing by the side of the track
rooting me on—with my life insurance
policy in one hand and the phone
number of the pool boy in the other.
TABLES PLACE WP
PAR WITH RIDING
AS A BACKSEATER
WITH THE MEXICAN
VERSION OF THE
When it comes to taking risks,
some guys like to skydive, wrestle
gators or marry women who are 13
years younger. Not me. Strap me
on a KTM with stock WP forks and
shove me down Mt. Saint Helen.
Thrills and chills abound. The actuary
tables place WP suspension on par
with riding as a backseater with the
Mexican version of the Blue Angels
But wait; let’s analyze the contra-
dictory factors in what I’ve said.
First, the guys at WP aren’t trying
to kill me personally—they are just
inept at improving my odds of
making it through the whoops. If I
crash, it’s because I misjudged both
the conditions and my skill. But, how
was I to know that the WP forks
couldn’t absorb a Snickers wrapper
at more than 10 miles per hour?
By Jody Weisel
Don’t let its great looks get
the best of you. The only major
change on this year’s Factory
Edition KTM 250SXF is its 48mm
WP AER air forks.