Supercross season is approaching and that means it’s once again time for KTM to release its new Factory Edition 450 and 250 models. Even though it’s not yet 2016 according to the calendar, these models are dubbed 2016 1/2 models, and are upscale, limited edition versions of the motocross bikes. The original concept behind the Factory  Editions was to allow KTM’s factory riders to race specially made bikes without violating the production rule, which stipulates that the frame, engine cases and major components must be available to the public. By offering these limited edition bikes, KTM first sidestepped that rule when Ryan Dungey came on board. Every year since then, KTM has offered these bikes, even though some years the bikes don’t have any illegal parts. This is one of those years. The new Factory Editions don’t have any parts that would be deemed non production, but they’re still very high-end, special machines. Both the 250 and 450 will come with the WP AER 48 air fork. The fork is said to be 3.1 pound lighter than the WP 4CS fork that comes on the production models. The 250 will also come with an FMF Factory 4.1 titanium exhaust and the 450 will have an Akrapovic exhaust. Each of those systems is said to eliminate another 2 pounds, bringing the weight savings to  over 5 pounds. That means both KTM models will be the lightest bikes in their respective classes by large margins. The Factory Editions will also have a number of cosmetic features and graphics that resemble the factory race teams. In the case of the 250, that means it looks like the Troy Lee/Go-Pro bikes and the 450 will resemble the Red Bull bikes that Ryan Dungey, Marvin Musquin and Dean Wilson will ride.

2016 1/2 250 SX-Factory Edition $9399

2016 1/2 450 SX-F Factory Edition $10,299

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