KTM announced its 2017 1/2 Factory Editions today in Corona California. This has become a tradition that precedes each new Supercross season. The idea behind these models is to allow the race team to use the absolute latest technology without fear of violating the AMA production rule. The current rules state that the factory riders must use the same frame and engine cases as on the production bikes sold to the public. On three occasions in the past five years, the bikes that Ryan Dungey and his teammates rode would not have been legal if not for the last-minute release of the FEs. The side benefit is that the public also has a shot at these bikes, if they don’t mind paying a modest premium. They also get factory graphics and other upgrades.
This year, there’s nothing about the frame or motors of the 450SX-F and 250SX-F Factory Editions that’s different from the production 2017 models, beyond cosmetics. The bikes have a number of suspension changes and they still have a very factory look. They will be available in dealerships soon in limited number. Below is the official press release:
The 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION has led Ryan Dungey to a successful racing campaign for the last two seasons as he claimed back-to-back AMA Supercross Championships in 2015-’16 and the 2015 AMA Pro Motocross Championship. Additionally, as the lightest and best performing bike in its class, there’s no question why the 250 SX-F FACTORY EDITION is the bike of choice for the Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM team. The 2017 FACTORY EDITION models have been proven to be the most READY TO RACE machines in their class.
KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION
A compact SOHC engine effectively delivers explosive power to the ground, thanks to traction control, launch control and a two-position map switch. Updated WP AER 48 forks and rear shock elevate the 450 SX-F’s already-stellar handling, while a titanium Akrapovic muffler sheds weight. Top it all off with CNC-machined orange anodized triple clamps, D.I.D. DirtStar rims and Red Bull KTM Factory Racing replica graphics and you have a recipe for success at any level of racing
KTM 250 SX-F FACTORY EDITION
The combination of a powerful and torquey engine in a lightweight and agile chassis is the key to its success. A powerful – yet compact – DOHC engine, refined WP AER 48 forks, orange anodized triple clamps, an FMF titanium muffler, launch control and D.I.D. DirtStar rims make for a READY TO RACE machine that has no equal.