2013 KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition First Look

December 7, 2012
Byron Wilson
Byron Wilson
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2013 KTM SX-F Factory Edition.
2013 KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition.

In the run-up to the 2012 Supercross and Motocross seasons, KTM released a special KTM Factory Edition 450 SX-F, giving its factory rider Ryan Dungey a more potent weapon for the racetrack. KTM pulls the same trick this year, announcing its 2013 KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition due out this Spring.

During the 2012 First Ride of the SX-F Factory Edition it was noted that AMA homologation rules required 400 examples of the upgraded motocrosser to be available for sale in the US in order for Dungey to use it in competition. KTM ups the ante by announcing 555 Factory Edition models will be produced.

Red Bull KTM and the Austrian Research and Development department got together to design the 2013 Factory Edition 450 and have come up with some changes and upgrades.

The 450cc fuel-injected four-stroke Single remains largely the same, but in order to help reduce weight KTM redesigned the engine cases and clutch cover and removed the kick starter boss. KTM PR states that removing the boss, on top of a slight weight reduction, will also “further reinforce the effectiveness of KTMs electric start system for racing.”

Upgrades to the chassis include orange anodized CNC-machined triple clamps and an orange powder-coated frame. The 2013 450 SX-F Factory Edition also comes with a Salle de Valle seat, Akrapovic titanium factory silencer, a gold Regina racing chain, black Excel rims, orange radiator and fork protectors, front brake disc guard and Red Bull KTM Factory Team graphics. Whew.

During Motorcycle USA’s first ride of the previous Factory Edition, testers were impressed with the upgrades and noticed a significant difference on the track compared to the stock version. Once we get our hands on the 2013 model, we’ll be sure to let you know whether KTM has hit the mark for a second year in a row.