KTM launches 2022 motocross and cross-country models

Photo: KTM

KTM launched its new 2022 motocross and cross-country machines this week with a few minor updates, but no major changes for next year.

The KTM 250 SX-F and 350 SX-F four-stroke machines have a new counterweight shaft bearing for 2022; KTM says this reduces friction (which should help the engine run more freely) and also increases durability. There is a new 50 tooth rear sprocket on the KTM 125 XC cross country machine. Other than that, the bikes are basically the same as the 2021 machines.

This is no surprise – with the coronavirus pandemic causing supply chain problems and creating unprecedented demand for mountain bikes, there probably wasn’t much to do for a major overhaul of series. While KTM is doing well in Supercross (Cody Webb won the title this year in the 450SX class, on a KTM), why play with a winning formula?

The new KTMs are slated to be in Canadian dealerships this week. See more details below.

KTM’s two-stroke 300 XC TPI returns for 2022. Fuel-injected two-stroke ahoy! Photo: KTM

Press release


CHAMBLY, QC. – KTM Canada Inc. is pleased to announce details of the 2022 KTM motocross and cross-country lineup, the most complete and technologically advanced machines available on the market. Offering models to suit all competitors, the updated KTM SX and XC lineup is poised to cut dirt and deliver championship-winning performance to riders around the world.

After decades of development, thanks to the close relationship between the racing paddock and KTM’s production line, the full range of KTM SX and XC 2022 is closer than ever to the award-winning factory machines of racers like Cooper Webb, Marvin Musquin, Taylor Robert and Kailub Russell. Designed on the racetrack and meeting demanding KTM performance standards in their updated 2022 livery, the new models are the gold standard for off-road competition around the world.

Designed for those who know the importance of a solid technical foundation, the KTM SX-F model line is the winner’s choice. The 2022 4-stroke range includes three models that build on KTM’s considerable success in the segment and feature the latest WP XACT suspension technology and advanced electronics solutions including traction control, launch control, variable mapping of the reliable motor and starters.

Don’t forget the children. The KTM 50 SX Mini is also returning. Photo: KTM

The purest definition of advanced motorcycle technology, the 2022 KTM 450 SX-F is an extremely compact package that produces an unmatched power-to-weight ratio with power brought to the ground in the most efficient way possible. Further proof of the success of this formula came this weekend at the final round of the AMA Supercross Championship in Salt Lake City, where Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Cooper Webb won his second career title in the 450SX class on board. of the KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION. As a stable partner of the championship-winning KTM 450 SX-F, the KTM 250 SX-F delivers unmatched outright speed in a class that pushes the limits of 250cc performance, while the KTM 350 SX- F ideally mixes 250 agility with 450- like engine growl. The KTM 250 SX-F and KTM 350 SX-F feature a new counterbalance shaft bearing for 2022 to reduce friction and increase durability.

Building on a legacy of top performance for both budding and experienced riders, the 2022 2-stroke range comprises three distinct models. The benchmark of the division, the KTM 125 SX occupies seven of the first 12 places in the 2020 EMX125 European Championship. In its updated 2022 version, the KTM 150 SX can fight with the powerful 250 4-stroke, while the KTM 250 SX is a 2-stroke power plant with the same feeling of lightness.

The KTM 450 SX F won the Supercross title this season, so why change the formula? Photo: KTM

Based on the same dominant rigs as the SX models, the 2022 KTM XC range takes the best of KTM motocross engineering and adds cross-country specific features such as large capacity tanks – to fuel long offroad circuits – a combination of 21 inch / 18 inch wheels with Dunlop Geomax AT81 tires, WP XACT suspension with XC settings and always handy side stand.

Often regarded as the most dominant force in off-road racing, the FMF KTM Factory Racing team have won many fierce championships aboard the KTM 450 XC-F, KTM 350 XC-F and KTM 250 XC-F motorcycles. These nimble yet powerful 4-strokes have been specially designed for the rigors of off-road competition, and the results speak for themselves.

The KTM 250 XC TPI and KTM 300 XC TPI 2-stroke models feature advanced fuel injection technology and electric start, accelerating these 2-stroke guns well ahead of the pack. The KTM 125 XC, introduced in the XC family last year, also features electric start, making it the ultimate entry point into cross-country competition.

KTM still builds a 350 four-stroke, unlike most OEMs. The 350 SX F basically works like a muscular 250, and that’s a desirable arrangement for many racers. Photo: KTM

All full-size 2022 KTM SX and XC models feature powder-coated frames in Racing Orange to further strengthen the connection with the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing All-Star Championship winning machines. The updated frame aligns perfectly with the new blue seat cover and fresh graphics colors to underline the close connection to KTM’s factory machines.

KTM’s 2022 SX lineup is complemented by a series of minicycles that share exactly the same racing-oriented development approach as KTM’s full-size motocross bikes. Junior riders who climb on any of the KTM 50 SX, KTM 65 SX and KTM 85 SX models can do so knowing they are getting top performance, top WP suspension, top of the line brakes and of minimal weight. . For the savvy rider, the wheels can start rolling with the 2022 KTM SX-E 5, the latest incarnation of a high-end electric mini-crosser that can grow with the young rider.

The 2022 KTM SX and XC models will be available at authorized KTM dealers from May 2021.


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