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    After selling my 2013 250SXF and taking a break from riding, I wanted to get back into riding with trying the all-new 150SX. 
    I got screwed on the purchase sadly, the dealer did give me some incentives in the form of some discounts on parts. However, I wanted to keep the bike stock as possible. 
    Initially, the bike seemed pretty good because the tracks I was riding at were pretty smooth. However, the more I went to tracks with more bumps, the more I realized the 4CS stock can't deal with them. I tried a few mods to the 4CS including springs and re-valving but wasn't happy with the results. I decided to spend the money on TBT racing's KYB update and it led me down a rabbit hole of not being very happy. He didn't quite understand what my problems were and even though he came to the track to see me ride, it was difficult to figure it out. Eventually we got a setting that at least worked enough, but I was over-all very disappointed in the forks, but the shock was fine and I kept riding. 
    The first problem happened right before I got the forks modified. The throttle got stuck open and threw me off the bike. It was a horrible crash, it got stuck going up a jump face and I over-jumped by a fair margin, but the throttle stayed pinned and the bike literally threw me off the bike on the ground upon landing. The bike kept a wheelie for a few seconds and fell to its side with the throttle pinned, destroying the tail and side plastics. I broke my tailbone in the process and had severe tissue damage that lasted for months. I went over the bike very carefully, looking for leaks, but it was all new and had not been touched by me. I didn't see anything wrong and once I healed up I went back riding again. On my first ride back, same thing happened again, the throttle would take off all of a sudden, even though the throttle tube was physically closed. I was lucky to have my hand on the clutch the 2nd time it took off and we tore the bike down after that. I lubricated everything and again, couldn't find a lick of issues. It took me 2 years to heal from the tail bone break and I still have lingering sensitivity in that area. 
    Since then however, I was scared to jump the bike or ride it full throttle. Even though the issue never came back, I was too scared to ride the bike and instead of riding, it sat around the garage. The suspension was too harsh for our bumpy winter tracks and the motor was so fast, it was very difficult to ride. So I decided to sell the bike and buy a 250SXF instead and lost a few grand in the process. However, the first day on the 250SXF, I felt at home and that pretty much ended me riding 2 strokes for the time being. 
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    KTM has completely re-designed the already phenomenal 250SXF and made it even better in both engine and chassis performance. The big difference between the 2015 and 2016 models comes down to the shorter, lighter engine which means the over-all bike feels a lot lighter to ride. It's amazing to think they shaved another 8lb off a bike that was already the lightest in its class. A lot of the issues with the older bike are resolved with this new chassis. The peg position is easier to get to when you're riding up on the tank. The position of the stock bar is a lot better and more comfortable. The seat is flatter and firmer as well, made with grippier material. The engine is a screamer, it blows the doors off the old model with an aftermarket exhaust and fuel mapping. I would bet it's around 45hp with those mods alone and has no problem revving to the moon and generates more power in the mid range as well. Not a single part has been left untouched and it's a much better/easier bike to ride.

    Of course, the suspension stock sucks, but its not expensive to fix. I went with TBT racing and the KYB upgrade kit for the forks and shock was easy to get working with a re-shim. I like the feel of spring forks, so that's why I went with the 2016 instead of the 2017 model.  With the mods it works, it's just a wonderful bike. 
    Over-all, this is the best KTM dirt bike I've owned in every way. Yes it has a few issues. One of them being the exhaust sticking out from the side a bit more than the old models, so it will melt your pants without a cover. The carbon fiber cover isn't expensive either, but it's just one more thing to deal with sadly. Since this bike has come out, KTM hasn't made as many changes to the 250 platform, outside of stiffening the frame making it even worse for slower riders like myself. 
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