KTM has a new emphasis on American racing, and the 2011 350 SX-F motocross bike is at the heart of it. The factory Red Bull KTM team will be running this smaller-displacement machine exclusively in the stadiums of AMA Supercross where Andrew Short and Mike Alessi will try to give the unproven machine its first SX victory. Racing legend Roger DeCoster has been recruited to run the operation as Team Manager and oversee the progression of the bike. One of the things that Andrew Short has commented on is the bike’s engine. The 350 can be competitive with 450 equipment, but the power delivery is much different. Short has been looking for extra bottom end in order to have better drive toward obstacles on the tight Supercross layouts.
With the opening fireworks for Anaheim 1 lighting off tomorrow night, here’s a quick look at the most anticipated machine of the year. Check out our Red Bull KTM SX Team Preview for more information and the 2011 AMA Supercross Anaheim 1 Preview to get ramped up for this weekend. Also, Short is one of our top Fantasy SX riders. Be sure to read the 2011 Fantasy SX Anaheim 1 Preview to make wise decisions.
Red Bull KTM 350 SX-F Parts List:
Engine: 350cc, Pankl rods and pistons
Exhaust: Akrapovic full system
Intake: Twin Air filters and filter cage
Clutch: Brembo hydraulic control, Hinson internal components
Front Suspension: RG3-tuned WP 52mm MXMA 5200 fork
Rear Suspension: RG3-tuned WP Trax shock
Triple Clamps: XTRIG
Wheels: Kite hubs, D.I.D. rims
Final Drive: Renthal sprockets, D.I.D. chain
Brakes: Stock Brembo calipers and rotors
Controls: Renthal handlebars and grips
Bodywork: Stock, Acerbis handguards, fork guards, FLU Designs graphics
KTM Power Parts: Radiator grills, oil filler plug, oil filter cover
As with all factory bikes, the 350 searches for lighter weight and better handling. Because it gives up some displacement, Short has worked hard with Roger DeCoster and the team to find more bottom-end power.