to say that everything—including the switch from Dunlop
MX52 tires to the competition-spec MX32 tread—has
Q: WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN
THE 2016 KTM 250SXF AND THE 2015-1/2
A: Even though the 2015-1/2 KTM 250SXF Factory
Edition is only six months old, KTM’s test crew found
several bugaboos worth changing for 2016. Below is the
list of updates made to a bike that was all new to begin
(1) 4CS forks. The WP 4CS forks were re-valved for a
softer and more progressive feel through the stroke. The
shim stack isn’t completely different from what came in
the Factory Edition, but MXA test riders complained that
the Factory Edition forks were rather stiff and harsh.
Thus, WP’s goal was to provide a plusher feel.
Q: FIRST AND FOREMOST, IS THE 2016
KTM 250SXF BETTER THAN THE 2015 250SXF?
A: Absolutely! In fact, the 2016 KTM 250SXF is
substantially better in every conceivable way. Whereas
the 2015 model was a warmed-over version of the
old design, the 2016 KTM 250SXF is all new. That’s
because KTM poured resources into making the
2015-1/2 Factory Edition 250SXF. As a result, KTM
addressed many of MXA’s complaints, creating a superior bike that overshadows any of its predecessors.
Q: IS THE 2016 KTM 250SXF BETTER
THAN THE 2015-1/2 KTM 250SXF FACTORY
A: You might think that the 2016 model is
essentially the same as the 2015-1/2 KTM 250SXF
Factory Edition, only devoid of the orange frame,
aftermarket hop-ups and Red Bull graphics; however,
although they are similar under the hood, the two
models are noticeably distinct. How can the 2016
model, separated by only a few months on the
production line from the Factory Edition, be so different? KTM used the Factory Edition as a stalking horse
to learn what they needed to do to make the 2016
model better. And better is what KTM is striving for.
There is no need to remind you that KTM is the only
Big Five manufacturer to invest in a 350cc four-stroke,
a Factory Edition program, electric starting and an
expansive line of two-strokes. It makes sense that the
2016 KTM 250SXF is different from the 2015-1/2, even
if the changes are subtle.
To answer the question, the 2016 model is ever-so-slightly better than the Factory Edition (FE). It all
comes down to the WP 4CS fork settings, which are
more forgiving and rider-friendly than what came
standard on the FE. Having said that, anyone with a
penchant for classic design would prefer the Factory
Edition’s look. With its orange powdercoated frame,
factory graphics, anodized parts and blue seat cover,
the bike looks race-ready. In truth, MXA would prefer
to see next year’s Factory Edition mimic the actual
KTM factory bikes a little more closely. We’d like to
see Cone Valve forks, a Trax shock and works Brembo
calipers as opposed to anodized foof. Yes, they would
cost even more, but there would be more “factory” in
the Factory Editions.
Q: WHAT CHANGES WERE MADE TO THE
2016 KTM 250SXF?
A: There’s no reason to delve into the major
changes between the 2016 KTM 250SXF and the
previous generation. Why? The list of updates would
run a mile long and be the same as the list we made
when the Factory Editions were introduced. Suffice it