Factory FMF KTM Off-Road 300SX
Photos by Trevor Hunter
It’s not often you get to see a factory off-road two-stroke in the pits these days, outside of an extreme enduro. As we rolled into beautiful Lake Havasu City, AZ, we were greeted with this more beautiful KTM 300SX prepared for Dante Oliveira by mechanic Bobby Dawson. This same bike was piloted by Ivan Ramirez at Red Bull Straight Rhythm, albeit a few changes were made to make it off-road race ready. It started life as a 2022 KTM 250SX, but a 300cc top-end was put on the bike to make it legal in the 251cc+ Open Pro class, plus the added displacement never hurts – especially on a track like Havasu.
Like his normal 450 XC-F factory bike, it features all the bits and pieces we’ve come to know on factory KTM’s like WP XACT Pro suspension components, KTM PowerParts triple clamps, works Brembo brakes, and more. In the end, Dante put it on top of the box, beating all of his usual competitors and had every fan cheering for the lone two-stroke. He claimed the only time he felt the bike was at a disadvantage was on corner entry where the lightweight two-stroke was skaty and danced a little compared to a heavier, planted four-stroke.
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