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Cycle News 2020 Issue 12 March 24

Cycle News is a weekly magazine that covers all aspects of motorcycling including Supercross, Motocross and MotoGP as well as new motorcycles

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T he 2012 KTM Factory Edition started it all. Thanks to AMA Supercross homologation rules, KTM needed to have at least 400 mod- ern, fuel-injected 450-class weapons in the United States for sale by March so newly hired Ryan Dungey could race one. Creatively, KTM offered a limited run of new models in 2012 with the performance Dungey and his team manager Roger DeCoster expected of the Austrians when they came aboard. These "half-year" models have been showing up every year since with vary- ing degrees of updates and exclusivity. In a masterful stroke of marketing born out of necessity, KTM created a special- edition market in the motocross world while fueling some good-old-fashioned championships in the process. Some years we've had incredible updates to current year MX models in KTM's FEs—monumental shifts in the class. Other years' models have been less significant and more pedestrian in desirability. The original 2012 Factory Edition gave us an all-new single-cam engine and added fuel injection to the marquee and Red Bull freakin' graphics. VOLUME 57 ISSUE 12 MARCH 24, 2020 P53 Life's a blur when you're on the KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition. WE GIVE THE NEW KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION A RIDE THE ORIGINAL RULE BREAKER MAKER BY JESSE ZIEGLER PHOTOGRAPHY BY KIT PALMER

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