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KTM Brings Traction Control To 2017 450 SX-F

Chaparral Motorsports
May 18, 2016

Hot off of back-to-back 450 class Supercross wins with Ryan Dungey, KTM recently released details on its 2017 450SX model. Much of the specs and technology carry over from last year's model but there is some exciting new features like traction control and the inclusion of the WP AER 48 Air spring fork that was first introduced on the 2016 Factory Edition models.

142818_KTM Mapswitch 4stroke SX-F MY2017 studioKTM's new push-button traction control is mounted on the left side handlebar and will allow riders to choose traction control and map settings based on riding conditions. The traction control system in addition to KTM's launch control and push-button start will help give riders a strategic electronic advantage over the competition.

New Suspension

142814_KTM Airfork AER 48 SX MY2017 studio

The dual function of the WP AER 48 air spring fork setup has been praised for its functionality and simplicity of adjusting the suspension to your liking. By separating the damping into right fork leg with compression and rebound adjustments incorporated into the top and bottom of the leg and then utilizing a air spring in the left fork leg with one only one valve to deal with riders can quickly and easily fine tune the front suspension. In addition to its tuneabilty the new fork setup also helps shave a tad more than three pounds over the precious 4CS assembly.

Here are all the highlights and new features of the 2017 450 SX:

2017 450 SX-F Highlights

  • 141635_KTM_450_SX-F_90de_left_MY2017_studioNEW WP AER 48 front fork with a sophisticated air spring design and separate damping for easy adjustment to any track condition, rider weight or skill level. The fork is now 3.1 pounds lighter than the 4CS unit it replaces.
  • NEW rear suspension settings and softer rear spring are perfectly matched to the WP AER 48 front fork.
  • NEW Handlebar map switch that also activates TRACTION CONTROL and Launch Control for enhanced traction for the start, middle and end of the race.
  • NEW top triple clamp supports the new flex characteristic of the WP AER 48 fork for better action and reduced friction.
  • NEW Handlebar clamps feature a separated lower clamp and bridge-type upper clamp for more torsional stiffness.
  • NEW 10mm longer rear brake pedal and less aggressive brake pads provide better modulation and control.
  • NEW Aluminum head stays are 60 grams lighter than the steel they replace.
  • A lightweight Chromoly steel frame provides high torsional rigidity with less longitudinal stiffness resulting in excellent handling and energy absorption.
  • KTM's "No Dirt" footpeg design keeps the pegs pivot from becoming clogged, ensuring the footpeg is always in the correct position.
  • Super lightweight Galfer Wave rotors, CNC machined hubs, high-end Excel rims and Dunlop GEOMAX MX3S tires.
  • Airbox and filter design provides maximum performance with fast "no tools" air filter changes.
  • "No Dirt" shift lever prevents dirt from fouling the lever joint to ensure proper shifting in any condition.

Chaparral Motorsports is an authorized KTM dealer.

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