MX TEST: KTM 450SX-F
It’s still a lot of motorcycle, but you can ride it well
below the peak power and still go very, very fast.
Traction control, we discovered, isn’t all that useful if
you’re the type of rider who already rides at low rpm.
Down there, you already have a kind of rider-generated
traction control. If you tend to rev the bike, the TC mode
is more noticeable, but then you’re probably a more
aggressive rider who doesn’t really want it. As far as the
two maps available on the handlebar switch go, there’s
only a slightly later hit with map two. The possibilities
are endless with this type of technology, and we would
like to see KTM offer a more substantial difference.
Heck, for some tracks, we would love a button that
turns the bike into a 350.
We still have a deep-seated distrust of air
forks, but the WP AER
48 is winning us over.