2023 KTM 450 XCF-W Review


Allan Brown

by: Allan Brown


The 2023 KTM 450 XCF-W is a closed-course competition sleeper model. It’s easy to assume there is little difference from the previous 500 XCF-W, but that’s far from the truth. Gone are EPA requirements that KTM had to comply with to qualify for California green sticker regulations, which nearly turned the 500 XCF-W into a dual sport bike in terms of how choked up the engine had to be.Riding the 2023 KTM 450 XCF-W at Cahuilla Creek Motocross. (Mark Kariya/)The classification of closed-course competition motorcycle does not in any way mean this is a motocross bike. Instead, this is a purpose ...

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