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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With a little more
time on the machine, we would likely have
fiddled with the caster settings to speed up the
steering a tad to match the specific needs of
the track on race day (an option simply not
present on most ATVs). If the need arises to
dial in the front-end feel from track to track
or as conditions change, it is confidence
inspiring to know the KTM can deliver.
The rear end of the SX is a linkage-less
design which works really well if set-up
correctly. We had absolutely no complaints
with the rear suspension other than our test
rider’s desire to speed up the rebound slightly
to reduce the shock from packing up in the
abundant breaking and acceleration bumps.
“But, once again for stock settings it
performed above and beyond what I ever expected.
The first 3 or 4 laps found me casing and over
shooting several of the jumps while trying to
learn the track layout. The rear shock soaked up
each shortcoming and the suspension only reached
the limits of its travel a couple of times when
I flat landed a few of the bigger jumps.”
Even in stock trim, the quad corners extremely
well in the tight confines of the smaller track
thanks to a punchy power band and suspension
every bit as focused on the task at hand as the
board the KTM inspires a feeling somewhere just
between the wide, race-ready stance of the
Suzuki LTR450 and the more nimble Honda TRX450R.
“The first time I sat on the machine I felt
comfortable. I had the KTM mechanics roll the
handlebars back just a little just to get me
farther back in the saddle. Other than that I
didn’t feel like I needed to touch a thing. The
stem height felt right and even the bend of the
stock bars was good! I am really picky about my
handlebars, really picky.”
seat is easy to move around on and the pattern
of the seat cover is such that even the most
aggressive riders won’t feel like they’re being
swept off the rear of the quad.
Hunter Miller on board the 419 machine.
KTM has hit a home run
with their new 450 and 505 SX models. These
quads are truly capable of being competitive at
the national level in bone stock form, a trait
that many other power sports have enjoyed for
some time now.
“I would imagine that
these machines could simply dominate on the
local level as well. The usable torque
that the KTM produces is incredible for a stock
machine, and the motor doesn’t overpower its
You add a
steering damper to the KTM, and you’ve got
yourself a true race bike as in nothing else
required to go compete.”
We came away
extremely impressed with the KTM SX from the
ample motor packages to the race-ready
suspension--from its rigid (without jarring)
frame design to its modern angled good looks.
Truly this is the closest race-ready quad in
stock trim that we have encountered to date.
The Results Page
So, with all of
our well-deserved praise, how did the ATVSource
test crew on board a bone stock KTM 505 SX fair
Industry Class of the Red Bud National?
Chase Cunningham, who was busy wrapping up his
GNC 25+ championship, wasn’t able to compete in
the Industry Class, so our alternate rider
Hunter Miller had a chance to compete against 15
riders at the gate and proceeded to duke it out.
In the end, when the dust settled, the KTM
carried our rider to a solid 6th place finish.
Very excellent results considering this was
Hunter’s first ride on the KTM. If words
aren’t enough to convince you that KTM means
business, the results page surely will.
For more information on these and KTM’s other
ATV efforts, head over to: