2024 KTM 450 SX-F Technical Information

Features and specifications of KTM’s 2024 standard-model 450cc motocrosser.

KTM’s 450 SX-F finished on the final spot of the podium in last year’s Dirt Rider 450 Motocross Shootout after receiving a top to bottom overhaul. For 2024, the Austrian manufacturer gave its flagship motocross bike some revisions to fine-tune the overall platform with updated suspension settings aimed at improving bike balance and comfort. Prior to testing the 450 SX-F at Fox Raceway, we threw it up on a Works Connection bike stand to grab some static photos and detail shots, which are listed below with captions. Check them out to get a closer look at KTM’s standard-model 450cc motocross bike for 2024.

Following a year of massive changes to its standard-model full-size motocross bike lineup in 2023, KTM gave its flagship model and the others revised suspension settings.Jeff Allen
KTM’s fuel-injected liquid-cooled SOHC four-stroke 450cc single-cylinder engine is known to be one of the most powerful in the class, and that rings true once again in 2024.Jeff Allen
The 2024 KTM 450 SX-F produces 56.4 hp and 34.6 lb.-ft. lb.-ft. of torque at the rear wheel on the Dirt Rider dyno.Jeff Allen
Keeping it clean while still including plenty of electronic features, KTM positions the engine start and stop button on the right side of the Neken handlebar, while the engine map, traction control (TC), launch control, and quickshift (QS) buttons are on the left.Jeff Allen
KTM’s owner’s manual specifies what characteristics the two engine maps provide and how to activate launch control, but the Austrian manufacturer includes this sticker on the frame just as a reminder.Jeff Allen
Although it went away from air forks on its cross-country racers, KTM continues to use pneumatic front suspension on the SX and SX-F motocross bikes. In the case of the full-size models, it’s a WP Xact 48mm closed-cartridge air fork.Jeff Allen
WP’s Xact 5750 shock is employed at the rear. Stock damping settings are 15 clicks for low-speed compression, 1.5 turns for high-speed compression, and 15 clicks for rebound.Jeff Allen
Shock spring rate is 45 Nm.Jeff Allen
Stock fork leg height is at the second line, but some test riders prefer to set them at the third line to put more weight on the front end in an effort to get the front suspension to ride lower in the stroke (being that air forks have a tendency to ride higher in the stroke than their coil-spring counterparts).Jeff Allen
It’s important to keep a close eye on spokes of any new bike, but this applies even more so to KTM, Husqvarna, and GasGas dirt bikes. Their spokes come loose very quickly when new, especially by the rim lock.Jeff Allen
Brembo brakes are a staple on KTM’s dirt bikes.Jeff Allen
In terms of appearance differences from last year, there’s more purple in the radiator shroud graphics than before, and an orange rear fender and white fork guards.Jeff Allen
The 2024 KTM 450 SX-F hits our automotive scales at 240 pounds wet.Jeff Allen

2024 KTM 450 SX-F Specs

MSRP: $11,099
Engine: SOHC, liquid-cooled single-cylinder; 4 valves/cyl.
Displacement: 450cc
Bore x Stroke: 95.0 x 63.4mm
Compression Ratio: 13.1:1
Transmission/Final Drive: 5-speed/chain
Dirt Rider Measured Horsepower: 56.4 hp @ 9,600 rpm
Dirt Rider Measured Torque: 34.6 lb.-ft. @ 7,500 rpm
Fuel System: EFI w/ 44mm throttle body
Clutch: Wet, multiplate Damped Diaphragm Steel (DDS); hydraulic actuation
Frame: Central double-cradle chromoly steel
Front Suspension: WP Xact 48mm fork, air pressure, compression damping, and rebound damping adjustable; 12.2 in. travel
Rear Suspension: WP Xact shock, spring preload, high/low-speed compression damping, and rebound damping adjustable; 11.8 in. travel
Front Brake: Brembo 2-piston caliper, 260mm disc
Rear Brake: Brembo 1-piston caliper, 220mm disc
Tires, Front/Rear: Dunlop Geomax MX33; 80/100-21 / 120/90-19
Rake/Trail: 26.1°/NA
Wheelbase: 58.7 in.
Ground Clearance: 13.5 in.
Dirt Rider Measured Seat Height: 37.8 in.
Fuel Capacity: 1.9 gal.
Dirt Rider Measured Wet Weight: 240 lb.
Availability: Now
Contact: ktm.com