Sometimes inspiration is planned; other times it arrives as dictated by circumstance. We don’t quite know which scenario explains the
KTM Factory Editions. Either way, the limited-production motocross
bikes that we’ve come to expect each winter are a welcome addition
to KTM’s lineup. The strategy has been so successful that the original
450SX-F Factory Edition now has a partner: the 2015 1/2 KTM 250SX-
F FE. It’s the same pattern that we’ve seen with the 450SX-F every
year since Ryan Dungey joined KTM. It’s basically an early release of
next year’s model offered in quantities substantial enough to make the
factory’s Supercross bikes legal for the start of the racing season.
This year it’s a very big deal. The new 250SX-F FE, which will be the
basis for the 2016 production model, is a complete redesign, just as
the original 450 Factory Edition was back in 2012. If KTM didn’t produce at least 200 of them, Marvin Musquin’s bike would be deemed
a works bike and therefore banned from competition. Fortunately,
KTM has imported many more than the minimum number. The price is
almost $10,000, and dealers add on whatever markup they can.
Benny Breck puts the 2015 1/2
250SX-F through a workout.