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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“I’d just feather the hydraulic clutch a little
in the tight corners and off I’d go like a
rocket even in gears taller than I thought I
could get away with,” was our test rider’s
conclusion. “I really noticed the motor’s
abundant torque when coming out of the left-
hand corner before the whoops. I could just sit
back on the quad and pull the front end up to
wheelie through the short choppy sand whoops.”
Hunter Miller during the Industry Race.
KTM’s figures claim 52 hp on the stock
505; and after a day in the saddle, we think
they’re not exaggerating.
“In fact,” our
test rider added, “the potent bottom end makes
it feels like more than that, and that’s saying
something for a stock machine! Considering
I have $2k into my Suzuki motor for it to put
out 55 hp, 52 for a stock machine is pretty
Like the power output, the suspension components
and set up on this machine are just incredible
for a stock bike. Until now the general
consensus has been that the only stock ATV even
considerable to race on a pro/am level with
showroom-stock shocks was the LTR450. Note the
words until now.
The KTM SX series is in
a whole different league when it comes to the
concept of what’s possible with a stock
“I never touched my
suspension settings on the test unit, and it
really surprised me as to how well it worked.
The first time I attempted the step down triple
on the National track (Saturday morning) I came
up a little short, and the only thing that was
going through my mind was how bad the impact
upon landing was going to jar me. However, to my
surprise and relief, the rear shock soaked it up
just like you would expect from a good
Even in the rough
(and we mean rough) conditions at Red Bud, the
stock suspension layout (and settings) felt good
enough to blast through sections riddled with
braking and acceleration bumps.
it bounced a little bit in the chop, but let’s
remember these are stock shocks and factory
settings,” our test rider exclaimed. “I was
really amazed with how the suspension worked
right out of the box.”
We didn’t take it
easy either, our test riders were told to try
and ride the wheels off this thing in an effort
to ascertain its true strengths and limitations.
“I hit everything hard and fast to see
if the bike would slow me down, but it didn’t.
If anything, it made me push even harder to see
what it was really capable of.”
contains a set of sand whoops that is easily 100
yards long and onboard the KTM 505SX we were
able to get the front end up and skim the entire
length of the section, a feat that only highly
modified ATVs were capable of duplicating.
“Each lap I went through that section a
little faster, and it just kept getting
smoother. The quad steers really well, too, for
a stock machine.”