VIDEO: 2016 KTM 250 SX-F, Dirt Rider 250F Motocross Shootout

Last year the KTM and Husky tied, but this year the KTM and Husky have more personality differences between them, and the 2016 KTM 250 SX-F earned fifth overall (fourth runner up) in the 2016 Dirt Rider 250F MX Shootout.

2016 KTM 250 SX-F Shootout Fourth Runner Up

Last year the KTM and Husky tied, but this year the KTM and Husky have more personality differences between them, and the 2016 KTM 250 SX-F earned fifth overall (fourth runner up) in the 2016 Dirt Rider 250F MX Shootout. Interestingly, the riders who preferred white to orange at Glen Helen all picked orange over white at Milestone, and vice versa. The KTM’s parts list difference from the Husky is only the subframe and airbox, brake discs, hydraulic clutch components (KTM has Brembo, Husky has Magura), handlebar, rims, tires, seat cover, and of course plastic and frame color.

The KTM was outstanding in the high rpm power; it separated itself from the Husky in that the KTM had an abrupt and forceful hit in the upper mid going into the top end. Skilled riders could use the strong surge effectively, but it could also send the back end sideways in corners; the weaker bottom and strong, middle hit of the KTM made it the hardest engine to keep in the power.

The KTM’s WP fork and shock were plush and most riders felt well balanced. The novice and intermediate riders got along well with the suspension but the faster riders had complaints of both ends, especially the fork, riding too low in the stroke as well as being too soft in the second half of the stroke. The KTM was regarded as slightly softer than the Husky, which did give it more plushness under acceleration and helped the motor get great traction.

The KTM has a lightweight feel and also excellent stability. Both Austrian bikes (KTM and Husqvarna) feel very maneuverable and do what is asked, especially while the rider is standing on the pegs.

Like the Husqvarna, the KTM has electric start.

WHY IT SHOULD WIN

The KTM has power all day long and has a lightweight feeling. The suspension is amazingly plush yet the bike is still very stable.

WHY IT DIDN'T WIN

More so than the Husky the power and suspension are mismatched. The power is even more pro-oriented with a sharp hit, making the KTM the hardest bike to keep in the sweet spot of the power.