The KTM 150 SX is a lively package that is quite literally in a class of its own. With enough firepower to take on the 250 cc 4-Strokes, a lightweight chassis, and a compact engine producing class-leading torque and power, the KTM 150 SX provides an unparalleled motocross experience unlike anything before it.
The pure exhilaration that this engine delivers is what has kept it in continued production. As it shares many of its key components with the class-leading 125, the cylinder, cylinder head and piston unit can now also be fitted on a 125 cc engine base, converting it to a 150 SX without having to replace the crankshaft. Compact and powerful, this innovative 2-stroke engine is a lightweight powerhouse that just makes perfect sense.
At the heart of the 150 cc engine is a 58 mm bore cylinder. It features an innovative power valve unit with a sophisticated mechanism designed for the lateral support exhaust ports. The exhaust port layout enhances engine performance, while the precise machining of the upper contour of the exhaust port ensures accurate port timing. The two component cylinder head works in complete harmony with the cylinder to deliver outstanding performance across the entire rev range.
CRANK CASES & ENGINE COVERS
The KTM 150 SX boasts compact, lightweight engine cases which are manufactured using a high-pressure die-cast production process. This helps in reducing weight while retaining strength and durability. The design also allows for optimal shaft arrangements close to the center of gravity, resulting in better mass centralization and rideability. Most importantly, however, the engine covers feature a smart surface structure that reduces the wear caused by the rider’s boots, keeping them looking as fresh as the day the bike rolled off the production line.
The KTM 150 SX is fitted with a robust 6-speed transmission, which gives this little screamer all the legs it needs to bother the competition. Another highlight is the “no-dirt” gear shifter. Similar to the footpeg design, it prevents the build-up of dirt and ensures the next gear is always available, no matter what the conditions.
Getting the fuel to the cylinder comes courtesy of a MIKUNI TMX carburetor. The settings on the 38 mm flat slide carburetor perfectly suit the airbox and exhaust design, providing smooth, controllable power all the way through the rev range.
The crankshaft delivers a 54.5 mm stroke that produces optimal torque and revs, firing the KTM 150 SX forward at a rapid pace. It is also perfectly balanced with minimal vibration. The crankshaft is situated in the perfect position to centralize mass, contributing to better agility and handling.
Keeping things cool when the going gets heated, is a set of radiators ideally positioned for a lower center of gravity. By using computational fluid dynamics technology together with a clever coolant circuit routing, the innovative system ensures the optimum engine temperature for the highest performance, no matter what the conditions.
There’s more to it than ‘braaaap!’. The exhaust plays a key role in packing that signature 2-stroke punch. When it comes to power delivery and performance, the exhaust is developed specifically for the KTM 150 SX and plays a key role packing a punch. In addition, its special shape provides slimmer ergonomics while still operating safely within the noise limits for racing.
The KTM 150 SX makes use of a pin-point accurate hydro-formed chromium-molybdenum frame. These are robot welded to ensure the highest levels of consistent quality, stiffness, and responsive handling. And when paired with the WP PRO COMPONENT suspension, provides excellent agility and high-speed stability. For 2022, all KTM SX frames are powder-coated in full-factory orange and come with standard frame protectors. The subframe is made from lightweight aluminum and provides a great feeling for the rider, as well as easy movement across the seat.
The KTM SX range features a one-piece, gravity die-cast swingarm. This manufacturing process ensures exceptional strength at the lowest possible weight, and offers a wide range of adjustment for the rear wheel, allowing for a shorter wheelbase on tighter, twisty tracks, or a longer wheelbase for greater stability on longer straightaways. Additionally, the swingarm’s chain measurement markings are visible from above, meaning adjustments are easily made.
The full-size KTM SX machines make use of lightweight, CNC-machined hubs and high-end Excel rims, wrapped in the latest Dunlop Geomax-MX33 tires. The aluminum spoke nipples feature a design that conveniently reduces the frequency with which the spokes need to be tightened.
The KTM 150 SX makes use of lightweight 48 mm USD WP XACT front forks with AER technology. These air-sprung forks feature separate functions in each fork leg, with damping functions on the right side and the air spring on the left. The left leg features a two-chamber system with a capsuled air cartridge, preventing loss of air pressure. Essentially, this means that in the rare case of a leaking outer seal, the internal cartridge pressure maintains its standard position. The air spring is also easy to use and can be adjusted to any rider weight via a single air valve and an air pump which is supplied. The right fork leg integrates a damping cartridge to fit single damping leg requirements and can be adjusted to track conditions or rider preferences. Additionally, the fork top caps feature easy adjustment, with compression done from the top, and rebound from the bottom.
All KTM SX models make use of a WP XACT mono-shock, which has been developed to work with the entire frame and swingarm architecture, as well as the linkage system. This setup perfectly compliments the WP XACT fork, to provide balance and handling performance. It features high-quality machined and anodized components, is fully adjustable, including high and low-speed compression, and allows you to set the shock up precisely to suit any track and rider’s preferences.
High-quality, CNC-machined triple clamps have become a KTM trademark. With a precisely calculated stiffness and 22 mm offset, these have been developed to match the flex characteristics of the frame and fork, resulting in unbeatable handling and stability. An hour meter is fitted as standard on the upper triple clamp on all SX models, keeping the rider informed of the number of hours spent tearing up the track and when the next service is due.
The KTM SX range relies on the best in the business when it comes to slowing down. High-tech Brembo brakes take charge of the front and rear, ensuring maximum rider feel, less brake fade, and high-quality build quality. Combined with lightweight wavy discs, this race-proven system provides the highest level of braking efficiency, providing unrivaled stopping power.
Feeding the high-revving machine beneath, a lightweight, 7-litre polyethylene fuel tank ensures an uninterrupted flow of fuel at all times. The shape of the fuel tank also aids in the overall, slim ergonomics of the bike, without compromising on fuel capacity.
The airbox on the KTM 150 SX ensures optimal flow dynamics, and together with its intake snorkels, leads to maximum power and quick throttle response. Despite the obvious performance advantages, the design also offers maximum protection against soiling of the air filter. The large Twin-Air air filter is mounted on a cleverly designed stiff cage that minimizes incorrect installation. As found on previous models, filter maintenance is quick and easy and does not require tools – a standard, original feature from KTM.
All KTM SX models feature a seat that merges dynamic performance-oriented ergonomics, and grip, thanks to laterally spaced silicone strips. Seat removal is also an easy affair, thanks to one long, lateral screw, making it secure and easy to handle. For 2022, the seat receives a factory-inspired blue color.
All full-size KTM SX models are equipped with the high-strength NEKEN aluminum tapered handlebar. These are fixed in rubber damped mounts, which allow for two different positions and come standard with an ODI vulcanized grip on the right side and a comfortable ODI lock-on grip, which does not require any wire or glue, on the left.
Sophisticated self-cleaning ‘no-dirt’ footpegs prevent mud clogging up the pivot, even when digging in deep ruts. This means you maintain perfect grip at all times. One less thing to worry about then you’re leading a chasing pack.
In an ode to KTM’s illustrious past in the motocross realm, the KTM 2022 SX range receives a nostalgic makeover, merging distinctive Red Bull KTM Factory Racing colors with old-school inspired design. A new blue seat and orange frame complete this visually striking package.