When it comes to off-road vehicles, KTM has reached a pinnacle of excellence. The machines from its Austrian stable have been proven as the ultimate winner on tracks. With the new generation of 350 SX-F, the success streak of KTM continues. The new 350 SX-F was crafted in collaboration with 10 times world motocross champion Stefan Everts. The new 350 SX-F sports an all new DOHC engine, that has been crafted to give the agility of a 250cc bike, and high power and torque of a 450cc. Featuring a new advanced motor and cylinder head, the engine's weight has been reduced to increase its power-to-weight ratio. Further, this engine is mated with a manual 5-speed transmission, which features wider gears and smooth transitioning. KTM has used new Chromoly steel frame in the new 350 SX-F that provides high rigidity and also delivers nimble handling by reducing the weight. Also, KTM has bestowed the 2015 350 SX-F with a new design. Though the design is fairly basic, however, the addition of new body graphics in white against an orange body paint looks stunning on the track.
For 350 SX-F's powertrain, KTM has not left any stone unturned to make it a premium off-road vehicle. As its pacemaker, the bike gets a 349.7cc DOHC engine, which has been retuned to pack more power and thrust. The improved engine features an intelligent electronic fuel injection system that contributes to both maximum power optimization and superb fuel efficiency. Mated to a 5-speed manual transmission, the bike delivers a significant power output of 58hp and reaches up to a top speed of 154kmph. The engine also sports a new cylinder head with DLC coating and high-flow ports which helps reducing friction and also increases efficiency. The bike delivers a significant fuel economy of 30kmpl. The new 350 SX-F delivers best of both worlds by delivering power on high rpms like its 250cc sister, but also adds on more torque and power, similar to its 450cc elder cousin. Therefore, the bike has the agility of a 250cc and a power of 450cc.
Similar to its previous generations, 2015 SX-F also sports race proven novelties that give the bike its winner tag. The best thing in the new SX-F is its weight reduction. By cutting down weight in the engine and also using a more light-weight frame, KTM has managed to reduce the SX-F’s weight, which now weighs merely 102kgs, this delivers nimble agility. Furthermore, the bike gets a tapered Renthal Fatbar 827 handlebar which can be adjusted in four positions, also, the wide profile, well-placed foot pegs bestow a natural riding position. To handle its suspension duties to the 'T', KTM has equipped the new SK-F with WP upside down forks at the front, which have a wide travel of 300 mm. At the rear, the bike is equipped with WP PDS monoshock, with a travel diameter of 300mm. The new forks improve stability and also enhance traction. Also, a ground clearance of 370mm and a wheelbase of 1485 further contribute to its off-road capabilities.
The Austrian motorcycle giant – KTM has always equipped its off-road bikes with an advanced braking system that allows the rider to just focus on the race, without worrying about stopping. Like its other SX-F cousins, the 350 SX-F also gets cutting-edge Brembo brakes that deliver fierce stopping power. The bike is equipped with 260 mm single disc at the front and 220 mm single disc at the rear. Also, the bike gets high-end Excel rims fitted with Dunlop GEOMAX MX32 tires. These tires have enough tread to offer sturdy grip and adequate traction on off-road tracks.
KTM has been developing hard core off-road bikes ever since its inception, and with a host of power and torque bundled in a light-weight architecture, the 350 SX-F is clearly a testament of the progress that this Austrian manufacturer has made.