MXA BUILDS A MIDRANGE KTM 250SXF PROJECT BIKE
The KTM 250SXF has been MXA’s “250 Four-Stroke Shootout” winner for the last three years running. It is, in our eyes, a purpose-built race bike with no aspirations to be used on trails, woods or for play riding. It is a bike that is best in the hands of Intermediate- to Pro-level racers. The KTM 250SXF revs to an outstanding 14,000 rpm where it produces 43.79 ponies. Don’t let the high-rpm powerband make you think that its power is handicapped in the lower half of the curve. It isn’t, although prior to the 2016 model, the 250SXF engine was much weaker from low to mid. To keep a pre-2016 KTM 250SXF on the pipe, the clutch had to be fanned until the rpm climbed into its top-end sweet spot. The earlier KTM 250SXFs didn’t have engines that suited the average rider. But, in 2016, KTM fixed the power deficit, just as it fixed the atrocious WP 4CS forks of the same era.