By: ATV Source
Video By: ATV Source
Photos By: ATV Source & Kinny Jones
2009 KTM 450 and 505
SX, Two Stellar "Ready To Race" ATVs
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power to the turf are motocross-specific 20x6-10
18x10-8 Maxxis Razr soft-comp tires
wrapped around Douglas Wheel Technology aluminum
rims with rear bead lock and 8-inch design
specifically for MX applications. Like the
brakes, these powder-coated wheels were designed
exclusively for KTM.
serrated pegs and stock heel guards provide
excellent stability with angled outside edges
are complimented by
standard bolt on nerf bars.
Just like with the XC, KTM is back with their
adjustable aluminum steering stem and handlebar
clamps (4 positions). An optional
Steering Stabilizer can be mounted on the bottom
of the steering stem (standard built in steering
stabilizer mount). The steering stem is also10mm
taller than XC model.
holds 2.7 gallons and is ergonomically designed
for racing (no reserve option) with a quick
release ¼ turn fuel cap.
For those who wonder, yes, the shootout
dominating KTM 450 XC and 525 XC models return
for 2009 (their second model year) with several
key updates as well. Among these includes a
thumb throttle turned forward 10° for improved
ergonomics, a redesigned seat cover for optimal
comfort and feel, and some slick suspension
upgrades. The Öhlins suspension receives 13
updates, including new valving and increased
shaft travel front and rear. The end result is
improved cornering and suspension action, a
.5-inch lower ride height. Changes result in
12mm more shaft travel up front at same extended
length as previous version. New rear components
result in 3mm more shaft travel. The overall front
wheel width of the XC series is 44 inches, the
SXs have been punched out to an impressive 49.8
MSRP on these beauties isn’t for the faint of
heart: $11,398 for the 450 SX, $11,698 for the
505 SX, $10,698 for the 450 XC and $10,998 for
the 525 XC.
We started this report by telling
you that we had a chance to flog these machines
at Red Bud and after drooling over the
tantalizing walk around, our test rider, Chase
Cunningham, a Media Allstars Team Rider and 2008
GNC 25+ champion, and a GNC A class (top 5)
front runner was set free to swing a leg over
the new KTM SXs and sling some roost. What did
he have to say?
We spent our saddle-time on board the 505cc
engine configuration SX and came away quite
thoroughly convinced that in bone stock trim,
this mill is simply stronger than any other
stock race-intended ATV circulating tracks
today. One test rider, who campaigns a highly
modified Suzuki LTR450, reports that there were
sections on the Red Bud National track where the
bone stock 505 was pulling every bit as hard as
his race-prepped machine. In fact, he went on to
conclude that there wasn’t a single section of
track where he didn’t feel confident in the
meaty power-band’s ability to attack and clear.
“If I wanted to lift the front end to skip
through deep sand whoops, the power was right
there,” he commented. “I only left 3rd
gear when I was going down the longest straight.
In the corners I just punched it and let the
ample bottom-end grunt rail me around the berms.”
Additionally, he reports having felt
confident enough to jump every jump on the track
by the 2nd lap on the machine, and attributes
this fact to the potent punch of the 505.
“The motor just shined on the technical
nature of the Red Bud Night Track which, due to
its tight technical nature, is more like an
outdoor supercross track than anything else.”
Indeed on even the fastest straights and
tightest corners, there was little reason to
leave 3rd gear. The KTM 505 is a machine
that lugs down low and builds steady revs right
across the middle of the gear until you enter
the top-end, which howls at the moon.