Nothing hurts quite
like second place
Nothing hurts quite
like second place
The story behind the radically new 2016 SX range
The extreme physical demands of motocross are like no other - testing strength, endurance, reflexes and courage to the absolute limit. High speeds, unforgiving terrain and massive jumps provide the ultimate challenge and testing ground for both man and machine.
With this in mind, KTM stripped the 2015 bikes down and looked at them in finer detail than had ever been done before – determined to build the ultimate motocross bike.
Some of the greatest minds in MX - DeCoster, Everts, Dungey and Cairoli - all had direct input into the many 2016 model design innovations. All focused on one ambitious goal - to create the lightest, strongest and best performing range of motocross bikes ever.
In total 365 out of 378 parts have been redesigned to be lighter, stronger or more efficient on the 2016 SX fourstroke models compared to 2015.
It doesn’t matter how fast it is - if you can’t hold on to it!
Despite having 4 hp more than any previous 450, the 2016 KTM 450 SX-F is easier to ride and control than previous models. Drastically improved low-range power, a lower center of gravity, refined engine bracing and a new rubberized triple clamp design means it runs smoother, with better traction and less vibration than ever before
The lighter the bike, the easier it is to ‘man-handle’ at race speed.
The new SX-F range drops an unprecedented 4 kg in weight, moving the center of mass lower. A lighter engine design saves more than 1,1 kg, the frame is 980 g lighter than any competitor’s aluminum version plus a new 1 kg lighter battery saves some serious weight. Sleeker and smarter designed plastic panels add to the savings, as do the subframe and swingarm (each 250 g lighter). Every part that could be lightened was - even the spokes were shaved of a few grams each!
A good example of this is the new front number board - eliminating the need for a cable guide all together! New “ S “ shaped radiator fins that improve cooling by 10%, while their fin structure doubles as a radiator brace. Completely new bodywork provides better contact between rider and bike, for easier and more natural movement with better control.
In our quest to build the best performing motocross bike ever, we trimmed away every unnecessary part, material or surface and optimized everything else in fine detail. New one-piece side panels are free of irritating joins, so no chance of hooking boots or pants on it. A revolutionary new “ no-dirt “ self-cleaning footpeg and gear shifter design is stronger and lighter, and unlike other bikes, it won’t trap dirt in even the deepest ruts.
The game changing 2016 SX range is available from June 2015. Lighter, faster and better designed than any MX bike before it – the future of motocross is here.
Lighter, faster and better designed than any MX bikes before them
8 world titles in 10 World Championship MX seasons
1st GP victory in Namur Belgium in 2004
25000 autographs signed for fans over 3 days at Eicma trade show in 2014
45 cities visited in one season of racing, testing and preparation!
144 world championship ‘moto’ victories so far (having won 72 GPs)
2008 the last time anyone else won the MXGP title
100cc the headstart Tony gives his MXGP competition on his KTM 350 SX-F
17: age in rookie GP season (2006)
13 GP career wins to date (as of start of 2015 season)
3 podiums in debut AMA season (2009)
180 km per week of road cycling for fitness training
1200 laps per month on the practice track
20 countries visited in one race season
157.600km of travel completed in one season of racing
Ken De Dycker
4 different countries Ken has won national championships in - Luxembourg, Germany, Great Britain and Belgium
15 years since Ken’s MXGP debut in (GP of Holland, 2000)
35 practice laps on average per training day (4 times a week)
9 as race number
191cm: at nearly 6foot 3inches, Ken is one of the tallest riders on the MXGP circuit
3rd: Ken’s best MXGP championship overall placing (2008 & 2013 seasons)
8: years old, won first national championship (Dutch 65cc)
17 rounds in the 2013 GP season, of which Jeffrey won 15
4 days a week of MX practice
15: age at first career GP victory (Valkenswaard, The Netherlands 2010)
3 rounds to spare when Jeffrey clinched the 2013 MX2 title
73 MX2 races: exceptional success ratio of 43 wins, 57 podiums, 2 world titles
18: age when Jeffrey won his first MX2 world title
11 months per year: spent on the road chasing MX victory
4 hours per day: physical training in pre-season
2 junior world titles (2011 85cc and 2013 125cc)
14: age at first junior world championship title
2015: debut MX2 season
28 months old: when Pauls could ride a bicycle unassisted!