Earlier this week, KTM and Husqvarna released the first look at their 2020 machines including cross-country and motocross models. Both manufacturers announced upgrades, refinements, updates, and more – all with the glamour shots to get consumers excited for the new year.

KTM 450 XC-F

For the KTM lineup, there are a few changes worth highlighting. Firstly, the SX generation models boast some serious engine upgrades. These refinements came after rigorous testing throughout the world, giving the new 2020 bikes enhanced performance and refined handling. The bikes will also come in a variety of colors with new sets of graphics, increasing the personalization of each KTM. Finally, all stock components for the KTMs were reevaluated and reworked, giving the newer bikes laser-precision handling and stability.

350 XC-F

With an emphasis on handling, aesthetics, and overall performance, Husqvarna’s new MY20 models have been completely upgraded. Technical changes were made to the new bikes to improve ergonomics and increase power, but that’s not all. After a year of testing and refinement, the new models will feature Husqvarna’s innovative and improved two-piece composite subframe, along with new, progressive suspension settings.

FX 450

KTM and Husqvarna were the first to release the specs for their 2020 models, and, if the other manufacturers are as innovative as them, it’s shaping up to be an exciting year for motorcyclists.

For more information, please see the respective press releases below.

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KTM Official Press Release:

After the race is before the race and when it comes to competing in the most prestigious championships around the world, this mantra is an important one to live by. KTM’s desire to win in AMA Supercross and the FIM Motocross World Championship continues to be demonstrated with outstanding performances in each series thanks to KTM’s focus on creating the sharpest weapons for the toughest battles. This READY TO RACE mindset and development in the most challenging arenas is translated directly into our serial production models.

Following on from last year’s ground-breaking introduction of a new KTM SX generation, for model year 2020 the 2-stroke KTM 125 SX, KTM 150 SX and KTM 250 SX, and the 4-stroke KTM 250 SX-F, KTM 350 SX-F and KTM 450 SX-F have received performance enhancing engine updates to ensure they remain at the fore and as battle-ready as ever. These detailed refinements, that have been developed with KTM´s test riders in Europe and the USA along with factory racers around the globe, complement the high-quality serial components that the KTM SX range already boasts.

250 XC TPI

New graphics and colors give the range a fresh look for the new season, while an E-starter and a map select switch with integrated traction control and launch control on 4-stroke machines, premium brakes supplied by Brembo, No-Dirt footpegs are fitted as standard to KTM’s class-leading line-up. High quality exhaust systems, plastics and seats join the reworked WP XACT suspension with the proven AER technology, which offers enhanced handling for model year 2020.

Designed by the very same engineers that are responsible for the bikes raced by the likes of Jeffrey Herlings, Antonio Cairoli and Cooper Webb, the KTM sportminicycle line-up continues to set the benchmark in out-of-the-crate performance for junior riders. For MY2020 the KTM 50 SX, KTM 65 SX and KTM 85 SX have a new look and feature the WP XACT suspension for precise handling and stability in the toughest motocross terrain.

450 SX-F

All of the junior models boast premium components such as high-quality Formula brakes, a high-strength steel frame, ergonomically designed bodywork and high-performance engines. For model year 2020 the KTM 65 SX has a reworked ignition curve for improved performance, while the carburetor has been optimized for better power delivery. Its bigger brother, the KTM 85 SX, has a new transmission drive shaft fixing for safer sprocket fixation. The KTM 85 SX also has a reworked muffler with improved packing wool, which saves weight.

In addition, the KTM SX-E 5 will join the sportminicycles as another competitive option for junior riders. Based on the KTM 50 SX with its high-end chassis, but powered by an electric motor, the KTM SX-E 5 is easy to ride, has zero emissions, low noise and requires minimal maintenance – giving riders more options for places to ride, whilst being easy to use. The height of the bike is also completely adjustable, and it is aimed at riders aged from 4 to 10 years old, making it an exciting new model in the KTM line-up. The KTM SX-E 5 will be launched this summer.

“To be the consistent performer at any level of racing, you have to continue to progress in development. The work never stops – whether that’s here in Mattighofen, or with our engineers in the USA. The KTM SX range model year 2020 has received a number of updates to complement last year’s groundbreaking new generation models, and we can see that our continued efforts in development are paying off – our athletes both in Supercross and Motocross have enjoyed some fantastic results so far this season. Utilizing the same R&D team as their bigger brothers, the KTM sportminicycle models remain at the very forefront of junior racing competition with detailed refinements for MY2020. In addition, we are excited for the highly anticipated launch of the all-new KTM SX-E 5 electric minicycle, which will arrive this summer,” said KTM´s Senior Product Manager Offroad, Joachim Sauer.

250 XC-F

To intensify any new KTM SX and KTM sportminicycle with either aesthetic individualization or performance upgrades, look no further than the KTM PowerParts range. Designed by the engineers in Mattighofen, Austria, these premium components can take any KTM SX to new heights.

In addition, adult and junior riders alike can stay READY TO RACE with the KTM PowerWear collection. High-quality riding gear, premium protection and casual clothing created by KTM and with partners are included in the KTM PowerWear line-up, ensuring KTM fans can state their stance whilst gearing up to ride to the limit.

Check out the new KTM SX model year 2020 at the local dealer soon or visit www.ktm.com.

65 SX

Husqvarna Motorcycles Official Press Release:

Husqvarna Motorcycles is pleased to announce the launch of the MY20 motocross range targeted at further improving the pioneering European manufacturer’s cutting-edge off-road line-up.

FC 350

Following on from the introduction of the revolutionary MY19 motocross models, Husqvarna Motorcycles engineers have continued to refine the handling, aesthetics and overall performance of the FC and TC models. Delivering functional improvements, the entire motocross range yet again offers state-of-the-art technologies with premium, high-end componentry.

Continuing to develop motorcycles that are more agile, more powerful and more ergonomically advanced, the MY20 range sees upgrades to the FC 250, FC 350, FC 450 4-strokes and TC 125 and TC 250 2-stroke machines, as well as to the TC 50. Notably, the entire motocross range features striking new graphics that offer a modern-day salute to the brand’s rich racing history.

The list of MY20 technical highlights includes a new additional interchangeable airbox cover for optimized airflow on all FC models. Focused on delivering optimum efficiency, all models enjoy progressive bodywork for optimized ergonomics together with chromoly steel frames that ensure precisely engineered flex characteristics and Husqvarna Motorcycles’ innovative 2-piece composite subframe.

FC 450

WP XACT suspension ensures accurate and responsive handling in all conditions thanks to progressive settings and the AER front fork technology. High-end components guarantee all models deliver class leading performance with CNC machined triple clamps on all full-size models, Magura hydraulic clutch system, ProTaper handlebars, Brembo brake calipers and high-performance discs as standard. All 4-stroke models are equipped with electric start as well as traction and launch control.

TECHNICAL HIGHLIGHTS MY20:

  • Additional interchangeable airbox cover on FC models for optimized airflow
  • Striking new graphics as a modern-day salute to Husqvarna’s racing heritage
  • Progressive bodywork for optimal ergonomics
  • Chromoly steel frame featuring precisely engineered flex characteristics
  • Innovative 2-piece composite subframe design
  • Progressive setting on the WP XACT forks with AER technology
  • WP XACT shock featuring progressive setting
  • CNC machined triple clamps on full-size models
  • Magura hydraulic clutch system offering perfect action in every condition
  • Brembo calipers & high-performance discs combining superior stopping power with great control
  • Traction & launch control with advanced settings [4-strokes]
  • Electric starter for easy starting when time is critical
  • Lightweight Li-ion 2.0 Ah battery
  • ProTaper handlebar
  • Progressive throttle mechanism & ODI grips offering easy grip mounting
  • Laser engraved D.I.D. wheels
  • Gearboxes produced by PANKL

TC50

Featuring the same level of quality and much of the same technology found in the successful full-size motocross models, Husqvarna Motorcycles’ minicycle range continues to offer up-and-coming youngsters of all skill levels a comprehensive line-up of premium quality bikes. Giving all new minicycles striking new graphics, for MY20 Husqvarna Motorcycles engineers also focused their attentions on the TC 50, fitting it with a new lightweight, cast aluminum swingarm.

Featuring the same level of quality and much of the same technology found in the successful full-size motocross models, Husqvarna Motorcycles’ minicycle range continues to offer up-and-coming youngsters of all skill levels a comprehensive line-up of premium quality bikes. Giving all new minicycles striking new graphics, for MY20 Husqvarna Motorcycles engineers also focused their attentions on the TC 50, fitting it with a new lightweight, cast aluminum swingarm.

FC 350

Husqvarna Motorcycles’ ACCESSORIES allow motocross riders to customize, protect and further improve the performance of all TC and FC models. As well as an extensive range of engine upgrade options for both 2-stroke and 4-stroke machines, the ACCESSORIES range covers graphics, wheels, suspension, brakes and much more.