KTM wants to give power to the people—the little people. Team Orange just announced a new race-ready minibike, the KTM 50 SX Factory Edition, with performance updates and visual styling to match its counterparts in the high-horsepower race classes.
Who would want a hot-rodded 50 cc motocross bike? Kids who take their budding MX careers seriously, that’s who … or, uh, maybe their parents. Reality is, everyone’s looking for an edge, when competition heats up.
The idea with this little machine is, it’s basically a 50 with the factory team treatment. The press release actually says the bike “gives the perfect first taste of the performance, capabilities and possibilities that run through the entire KTM SX range.” The plan is to get kids hooked young?
As for the upgrades, KTM says the new 50 has “Advanced WP suspension,” although it doesn’t tell us exactly what the suspension is. The bike also has “high-end brakes,” but again, we’re not told what those brakes are.
To boost power and cut weight, KTM put an FMF exhaust (header and muffler) on the 50 SX Factory Edition. KTM also re-jetted the carb, and put a smaller rear sprocket on the 50. There’s also a new “Special clutch configuration.” The standard tires are swapped out for Dunlop Geomax MX 53 rubber.
That’s basically it, as far as performance upgrades go. KTM also cut weight and added some style with CNC-machined aluminum components, though, just like a bigger factory race bike. There’s a blue gripper seat, gray handlebar grips, and other fancy-pants trim that’s intended to give the bike a factory look.
At this point, the new bike seems slow to arrive on KTM’s official North American website, but no doubt the techies will upload more details, photos and pricing there soon enough.