We came away most impressed with the FTI-tuned suspension, which worked well through chatter bumps and impacts from
massive jumps, but the handling and engine weren’t far behind.
The Rekluse Core Manual clutch provides better feel at the
clutch lever and is superior to the stock design in terms of
durability. The Boyesen water pump flows coolant more
efficiently through the white CV4 radiator hoses.
suspension. Since the two are related and Cal had been
building car shocks for several decades, his focus was on
That’s when FTI was born. Cal specializes in
suspension modifications, but he’s not a one-trick pony.
He offers complete service, such as engine rebuilds and
bike maintenance. Northrop was one of the biggest
helpers in our project KTM 350SXF. He re-valved the WP
suspension, re-valved the Honda HPSD steering stabilizer
(that was attached to Ride Engineering triple clamps),
disassembled the 350SXF, greased the bearings, installed
all of the aftermarket components, threw in the high-compression Wiseco piston, and sent out the valve cover,
ignition cover and frame to be powdercoated. Without
Cal Northrop, there wouldn’t have been a KTM 350SXF
for MXA to test.
THE FTI/CYCRA KTM 350SXF
WAS NOT A HIGH-STRUNG BIKE
THAT WAS BORED OUT UNTIL THE
CYLINDER WALLS WERE PAPER
The FTI/Cycra KTM 350SXF was not a high-strung bike
that was bored out until the cylinder walls were paper
thin. That wasn’t the intent. If you’re looking to blow
your life’s savings on an overbuilt KTM 350SXF, then you
might as well stop reading this test right now. Why? We
are well aware that money doesn’t grow on trees. We
also know that KTM has improved the 350SXF every year
since it was first introduced in 2011. This is a machine