2018 KTM 65 SX Review

2018 KTM 65 SX
2018 KTM 65 SX
2018 KTM 65 SX
2018 KTM 65 SX

 

 

 

FAST HAS NO AGE LIMIT.

The KTM 65 SX is a fully-fledged piece of sports equipment for young pilots aged around 8- to 12-years-old. This year’s top student features a revolutionary WP AER 35 front fork, ultra cool graphics and sets the standard in terms of power, riding dynamics, equipment and craftsmanship. Like its larger counterparts, the KTM 65 SX is truly READY TO RACE for its young competitors.

 

 

2018 KTM 65 SX Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features

With its 2-stroke and 4-stroke machines, from the KTM 50 SX to the KTM 450 SX-F ultimate powerhouse, KTM offers high quality serial equipment in all of its motocross range. As developed for its factory racing teams, which have won numerous races and championships, including last year’s AMA 450 Supercross title with Ryan Dungey, as well as the FIM MX2 World Championship with Jeffrey Herlings, these KTM serial machines are renowned for being READY TO RACE right out of the crate.

For model year 2018 KTM introduces a brand new KTM 85 SX for junior riders that are cutting their teeth in the schoolboy ranks. With the serious competitor in mind, this machine has a new engine that is 0.69 kg lighter than the previous model, with improved power and rideability throughout the complete RPM range. In addition, the KTM 85 SX receives a lighter chassis with a revised chromium molybdenum steel frame as crafted by WP Performance Systems, as well as a lighter subframe. This READY TO RACE Mini, which joins the KTM 50 SX and KTM 65 SX in KTM’s line-up of premium junior equipment, is fitted with high-quality Formula brakes, WP AER 43 forks and a specifically developed WP Xplor progressive damping system (PDS) shock absorber, which provides excellent sensitivity and outstanding bottoming resistance with full adjustability.

In the adult range the KTM 125 SX and KTM 150 SX now feature new aluminum head stays, as well as a new CDI control unit for improved starting behaviors. As with all of KTM serial equipment, the 4-stroke range, including the KTM 250 SX-F, KTM 350 SX-F and KTM 450 SX-F, boasts high-quality, class-leading components from the all-important E-starter, to the WP suspension, traction control and map selection, and much more to compliment the super lightweight, yet powerful championship winning engines.

In addition, the complete model year 2018 SX range including both 2-stroke and 4-stroke machines feature revised suspension settings in the WP AER 48 forks, along with a factory-looking orange frame plus, brand new graphics to finish the look.

 

 

 

2018 KTM 65 SX Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits

CUTTING-EDGE 2-STROKE TECHNOLOGY

ENGINE
The 65 SX benefits from cutting-edge 2-stroke technology and an easy to shift 6-speed transmission with a hydraulic clutch. The cylinder, with its pressure controlled exhaust valve, provides class-leading power and plenty of torque.

 

CYLINDER
The high performance cylinder features the pressure controlled exhaust valve (PCEV) and provides an unrivaled performance within the highly competitive 65 cc class.

 

CLUTCH
An outstanding feature of the 65 SX is the hydraulic clutch made by Formula. It ensures an easy clutch action and well-defined modulation.

 

IMPROVED ERGONOMICS

BODYWORK
The bodywork is derived from the full-size SX models and provides perfect ergonomics, well thought-out contact points for the rider and maximum freedom of movement. In addition, smart design solutions for the new front and rear fenders are prime examples of an intelligent design, which guarantees maximum stability through a well thought-out structure and mounting.

 

FRAME
The modern frame produced by WP Performance Systems is made of lightweight, high strength chromoly steel profiles and combines maximum longitudinal stiffness with optimum torsional rigidity. It guarantees easy handling and precise cornering, but also outstanding stability. The subframe is made of lightweight aluminum, just like the full-sized SX models.

 

GRAPHICS
Derived from the full-size SX bikes, the graphic design makes the new 65 SX look even cooler. Its frame has a super rugged polymer coating in cheeky black.

 

HANDLEBAR
The classy anodized handlebar made of a high quality aluminum alloy is distinguished by the best ergonomics and the highest strength.

 

RADIATORS
An intelligent cooling circuit with integrated crankcase cooling and two radiators improves the heat dissipation and ensures a constant temperature balance for consistent, high performance.

 

CHASSIS

SWINGARM
The 65 SX is fitted with a lightweight cast aluminum swingarm. Conceived using the latest in calculation and simulation software, the design and wall thickness have been made for minimum weight at optimum stiffness and precisely defined flexibility. In addition it features a robust 2-compound chain guide similar to the full-size models.

 

FRONT SUSPENSION
The new 65 SX is the first model in its class fitted with a modern, fully adjustable air fork: the AER 35, made by WP Suspension. Beside a massive weight reduction of 1.6 lbs, the newly developed upside-down front forks with 35mm tube diameter and 215mm of travel ensure outstanding comfort, damping characteristics and directional stability. Another main benefit for junior riders is that the air spring fitted in the left fork leg can be adjusted perfectly and simply to the rider’s weight just with an air fork pump.

 

REAR SUSPENSION
On the rear wheel a WP shock absorber linked directly to the swingarm provides excellent damping performance and is fully adjustable in order set the damping perfectly to rider’s preferences and track conditions. The rear wheel travel is 270mm.

 

WHEELS
Like the big KTM factory racers, the KTM 65 SX has super lightweight, black anodized, aluminum rims providing highest strength and safety. The OEM knobby MAXXIS tires grip superbly on any surface.

 

BRAKES
The 65 KTM SX is fitted front and rear with massive 4-cylinder calipers that grip lightweight Wave brake discs of 198mm front and 160mm rear diameter. The hydraulic brake system is easy to control and ensures the best deceleration and the highest standard when it comes to feel and force.

 

 

 

2018 KTM 65 SX – Totalmotorcycle.com North American (USA, Canada) Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $ See Dealer for Pricing in USD
Canada MSRP Price: $ See Dealer for Pricing in  CDN

 

Engine

Design

1-cylinder, 2-stroke engine

 

Displacement

64.9 cm³

 

Bore

45 mm

 

Stroke

40.8 mm

 

Starter

Kickstarter

 

Transmission

6-speed

 

Primary drive

23:75

 

Secondary gear ratio

14:48

 

Clutch

Wet, multi-disc clutch, Formula hydraulics

 

EMS

AET digital

 

 

 

2018 KTM 65 SX – Totalmotorcycle.com European Specifications/Technical Details
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £3899 GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat)

Engine

Design

1-cylinder, 2-stroke engine

 

Displacement

64.9 cm³

 

Bore

45 mm

 

Stroke

40.8 mm

 

Starter

Kickstarter

 

Transmission

6-speed

 

Primary drive

23:75

 

Secondary gear ratio

14:48

 

Clutch

Wet, multi-disc clutch, Formula hydraulics

 

EMS

AET digital

 

 

 

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