I own a 2015 KTM 350 SX-F, and this was my first time ever riding the KTM 250 and 450. I have always been a little afraid of the power of a 450, and that’s why I purchased the 350 when I stepped up from a 250F. The 450 has a lot more power than the 350, but it is not as light and nimble; yet it did give me the confidence to jump the larger jumps on the track that I didn’t try on the 250 and 350. Still, I felt slower in the turns because of how big and heavy it felt underneath me.
The 250 feels super light and was awesome in the turns, but coming out of them it felt underpowered and I had to shift a lot, plus I did not feel comfortable jumping a few large tabletops out of tight turns because I couldn’t get the bike to soar over them without revving the motor to its limit.
Then I hopped on the 350, and I felt right at home. The 350 just feels so right for me and my skill level. It’s easy to ride, corners amazingly, and has the power when I need it. I trust this bike more than I trust the 250 or the 450. I also felt that my fastest laps were done on the 350. I would say that the 350 outperforms the other two by a long shot for me.
—STEVE CABALLERO 5’3”, 160 LB., VET NOVICE
Personal Ranking: 1. 350, 2. 450, 3. 250 Actual Lap Times: 2:22 (350), 2:25 (450), 2:27 (250)