First day out on the new 2014 KTM 250 SX-f didn’t really go as planned because my friend who I went riding with overshot a big tabletop pretty bad on my 150SX and went off to spend a few nights in the local hospital so I cut my ride short to go visit him. Luckily he is ok and once his bones heal will be back to 100%. My 150 is pretty beat up and now needs a little love though.
But it’s ok, I have the 2014 250 SX-F for a while. Man this bike is nice. It is a lot mellower than the 350sxf and also feels like a cheater bike after my 150sx. The smoothness of power is deceptive as I was clearing jumps with little to no effort which I had to really nail the corner before on my 150 to clear cleanly. The ergonomics are identical to my bike so I felt right at home straight away. We are always a little limited with where we can put GFX and how many stickers we can use on the production bikes so I modified and added a few more stickers which I had made for the factory race team to liven it up a bit.
What else? Brilliant brakes, super light hydraulic clutch and smooth clean power all the way through with a ridiculously long spread of power aided by the new 5 speed transmission. If I bought one I think I would switch to a new pipe pretty early to drop the weight a little because being a 4 stroke it does feel heavier than a 2 stroke. This would also make the power a little more agressive I guess although I loved how smooth it felt straight away. It’s way more planted around the corners than my 150 too, the front wheel just tracks like a dream, perhaps due to the improved suspension settings. I didn’t change the bike even a single click yet and it felt great.
The motor is smooth and powerful kicking out a whopping 43 horsepower.
More thoughts to follow..
Full rundown on the bike from MXA: