TRAIL BOSS BLOG
AUSTRIAN manufacturer KTM chose the annual EICMA Motorcycle Show in Milan, Italy, last week to unveil the latest weapon in its formidable off-road arsenal.
Dubbed the 350 SX-F Factory Racing, the all-new motocross bike is slated to go into production and be ‘ready to race’ in 2010.
Developed in conjunction with MX GP legend Stefan Everts, who is now KTM’s global MX race team boss, the new 350 slots between KTM’s current 250 and 450cc thumpers and is clearly aimed at shaking up the exisiting capacity classes in MX GP racing.
Boasting an all-new, high-output, fuel-injected four-stroke motor, another of the most obvious changes in the bike’s spec is the adoption of a linkage rear suspension system, in place of KTM’s traditional PDS rear end.
The new 350SX-F is set to be raced in the 2010 AMA MX Nationals by young gun Mike Alessi, with the factory claiming the new capacity offers the best of both worlds: near-450cc power in a lighter near-250cc chassis and handling package.
From where we stand, we just can’t wait for the ensuing KTM 350 EXC variant, which would have to make a sensational giant-killing machine in trail and enduro conditions – bring it on!
-- Clubby, www.trailzone.com.au