Six years ago the KTM’s 450 SX-F won its first and only MotoUSA 450 Motocross Shootout. Fast forward to 2016 and the KTM narrowly missed the top spot. In fact, if we could give the winning position to two bikes it would be the KTM 450 SX-F and YZ450F. Despite the runner-up finish, there’s no doubting the all-new 2016 KTM 450 SX-F is one wicked motocross bike.
First through fourth were all very close when the shootout scores were tallied, and the KTM just missed the overall victory. While the 2016 KTM 450 SX-F lands in the second position, it actually rated higher than its Yamaha rival in some important categories. The KTM 450 SX-F is the lightest 450 in production, handles awesome, churns out big power that is easy to use and sports electric start! It’s a winning combination, just not quite a shootout-winning one.
• Lightest bike in class
• Excellent power delivery
• Best WP 4CS fork yet
• Electric start!
• Big price tag
• A tad soft for very fast riders.
Off-road Editor | Articles | Enjoying single track in the mountains, hitting the motocross track or battling an EnduroCross track, if it’s on two wheels Boothy will have a smile on his face. Adam has served a mega ton of years in the off-road industry as a photographer, writer and popper of wheelies.