KTM 65SX: $4899
At big amateur races like Loretta Lynn’s, it’s not uncommon for the start gate to be completely filled with KTMs.
It’s been that way for years, because the little orange bike
is fast, reliable and easily available. This year the KTM has
a new WP AER 35 fork and updated rear shock. The clutch
is hydraulic, the brakes are discs and the tires are Maxxis.
KTM 50SX: $3999
If you look at the picture of the 50SX without any size
references, it could easily be mistaken for a full-size
motorcycle. It has all the same features, like hydraulic disc
brakes and styling like that of the bike Ryan Dungey rides.
For 2017 it gets an air fork, more adjustments on the rear
shock and a new pipe. KTM recommends the 50 for riders
up to 4 feet, 3 inches tall.
HUSQVARNA TC50: $3999
Husqvarna just announced its new 50cc racer. This is a
serious racing motorcycle with the same three-shaft motor
that comes in the KTM 50SX. The fork is the WP AER 35
and the shock is a WP and mounted directly to the swingarm. Both brakes are hydraulic discs. Even though it’s
similar to the KTM, the little Husky has a different feel and
COBRA CX50SR & FWE: $4198/$5198
Last year a limited-edition Cobra, called the Factory
Works Edition, was introduced to instant success in the
mini racing world. Now the CX50SR gets many of the
same upgrades, while the new FWE is updated further
with a new cylinder, lighter wheels and a coated exhaust
system. All Cobras have the new Pro Taper Micro handlebar with a reduced diameter in the grip area.
KTM 50 SX MINI: $3499
This is the most humble gateway into KTM’s massive
offering of dirt bikes. The 50SX Mini is a milder version of
the 50SX aimed at riders around 4, 5 or 6 years old. It has
an automatic clutch that engages at low rpm, and 10-inch
wheels as opposed to the 12-inchers on the standard SX.
It has a coil-spring 35mm fork and hydraulic disc brakes. o
COBRA CX50P3 & CX50 JR: $3598/$3998
Cobra is a legitimate American motorcycle manufacturer,
and since 1993 it’s been the bike to beat in the 50cc racing world. Now there are four different CX50s for different
levels of riders. The JR and the P3 have 10-inch wheels
with a new frame for 2017. The big news is that the two
little bikes have been upgraded to the new Venom-series
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