2018 KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition

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First Impressions: 2018 KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition

It's new, it's orange, it's a Factory Edition...but is it better?

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First Impressions: 2018 KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition

Every few years, KTM gives us a Factory Edition that's a bit more special then the rest. Check out our thoughts on the latest version, the 2018 450 SX-F Factory Edition.


Any questions about our opinions or thoughts on the bike? Hit us with a question in the comment section below.

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Interesting that the new recommended fork air pressures have been lowered. I always thought the recommended pressure for my 17 was too high. Thought I was just getting too old...

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Spot on details, I have to agree with JP that you have earned your position, so props to you. I remember when KTM was considered the Underdog, those day's are long gone....

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First, I have to get used to no more 70's hairdo. We all used to run our hair like yours used to be, if you MX'd, you needed to have the hair out the helmet. You rocked it.
You are so lucky to get the newest stuff 1st, but you have earned it. Your description is so good, so detailed, of the little nuances that make the differences, that you are to me the best out there right now. That is saying a lot. Great Job.
Now if you got to keep a bike for months and make adjustments and race it every week we could learn even more.
You have reaffirmed what most suspected, this bike is an evolution forward of a top performer.

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Product 2018 KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition
Model Year 2018
Engine Size 450cc
Engine Type Four-Stroke
Engine Displacement 449.9 ccm
Bore x Stroke 95/63.4 mm
Compression Ratio 12.75:1
Fuel System Keihin EFI
Ignition Keihin EMS 44 mm throttle body
Transmission Five-speed/Wet multi-disc DDS-clutch, Boyesen hydraulics
Final Drive 13:48
Suspension Front WP USD, AER 48 310 mm
Suspension Rear WP Monoshock with linkage 300 mm
Brakes Front Brembo Disc brake Ø 260 mm
Brakes Rear Brembo Disc brake 220 mm
Tires Front
Tires Rear
Overall Length
Overall Width
Overall Height
Seat Height 960 mm / 37.8 in
Wheelbase 1,485 ± 10 mm / 58.5 ± 0.4 in
Ground Clearance 370 mm / 14.6 in
Rake/Trail 26.1°
Fuel Capacity 7 liter / 1.85 gal
Curb Weight 220.6 lb
Price N/A
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