Along with its high-performance enduros and motocrossers, KTM also has a pretty solid line of dirt bikes for kids—it’s not just the Japanese OEMs who are selling 50s to kids. For 2024, we see KTM has overhauled the SX Mini lineup, with new 50 and 65 models.
Traditionally, small-bore dirt bike lineups don’t see a lot of change year-over-year. At this point in the kids’ lives, most parents are more worried about making sure their kids are safe, and learning, instead of making them faster and faster. But KTM has indeed made a few very helpful changes to the SX Mini series this year, starting with the chassis.
Both the KTM 65 SX and 50 SX have the same updated steel frame and a new composite sub-frame that’s similar to KTM’s larger off-roaders. Along with the new frame comes adjustability; KTM even made the sub-frame adjustable, which is good news for parents of rapidly-growing kids. As your kid grows, or as your bike becomes a hand-me-down to younger kids, you can adjust it to fit them.
Several other parts can be tweaked to fit a wide variety of riders. KTM says the seat height can adjust from 634 mm to 683 mm on the 50 model. The 65 is slightly larger; on that bike, the seat moves from 730 mm to 760 mm.
The suspension is top-shelf for a mini-motocrosser. Both bikes get an upside-down front end from WP, a 35 mm XACT AER fork. In back, there’s a fully-adjustable WP XACT monoshock. Good stuff, if you want to set the bike up for kids of different size. KTM also says the handlebars and bodywork can be adapted to fit different riders.
The 50 gets a new engine for 2024, which puts out a bit more power, and the 65’s engine is overhauled. Both bikes get a new one-piece rad and updated ignition for 2024, and the 65 gets a new airbox too.
Along with both of these minis, there’s also an upgraded KTM 50 SX Factory Edition model. This one has a Red Bull KTM Factory Racing-inspired graphics kit, along with a grippy seat, iridium spark plug and an FMF exhaust.
These machines should be in Canada in November; ask your dealer for more details, including MSRP.