Walk-Around: Tech Brief on the 2018 KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition 11

We chat with KTM North America's R&D Manager Casey Lytle to learn more about the latest generation 450 SX-F.

For tech specs and more on the new machine, check here - First Look: 2018 KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition

Credit: Michael Lindsay
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11 comments
  • twotwosix

    12/7/2017 10:19 AM

    I get the feeling Casey wasn't the most comfortable on camera here lol, but I really do like hearing from him and place a high value on his input. I wish he would put himself out there a little more so we could hear from him. Maybe be on a podcast or other interviews etc. Ryan Morias too.

  • Jay Moto

    12/6/2017 11:15 AM

    Hey tk2stroke, maybe if you're paying for access to this site, then you can be a little more critical. However, you're not so ML512 and the rest at Vital MX don't owe you dick......you dick. ML512, I'm sure you knew before posting this vid that it probably wasn't the best but don't sweat it dude. Time constraints are a bit@h on everyone. I for one appreciate all of Vital's content.

  • SidewayzMike

    12/6/2017 9:35 AM

    They forgot to mention they got rid of side number plates. New bike only caters to riders with number 1

  • tk2stroke

    12/5/2017 10:23 PM

    This was brutal to watch and quite frankly embarrassing to be posted on Vital. This video should have never seen the light of day and should have been shelved. Next time, find a more technical authority who can provide a concise overview. This is even worse than watching a Pingree video.

  • Danny Hart

    12/8/2017 9:44 AM

    Nasty bastard!

  • ML512

    12/6/2017 6:49 AM

    Not everyone has camera time and as stated in the video, Casey is the head of R&D for KTM North America. No, he's not much of a media personality and hasn't really been in front of the camera for these types of situations, but he's the guy I wanted to chat with as he's the one that makes the R&D decisions in the US relating to this bike. Is it fluid? No, but it's free content and I apologize that this free bit of content has ruined your day.

  • tk2stroke

    12/6/2017 7:47 AM

    Everything you publish on Vital is a reflection on your standards and impacts your credibility. You titled is as a “Tech brief” and it’s editorial content and therefore should meet a standard.

    My feedback is only meant to be honest and constructive. I was looking forward to learning about the new bike, only to be disappointed on how poorly it was produced and delivered.

    Accept my feedback or not, it’s your call but you should respect your readers and not take the approach you did. Thanks

  • ML512

    12/6/2017 7:57 AM

    Your feedback came across as a straight dig and that's how I took it. I apologize if my response comes off as harsh, no it's not the best piece I've placed on the site but I have no problems publishing it. As I stated originally, Casey is the guy behind US R&D but he's not a face of the brand. He's paid to make the bikes better and not to be outstanding on camera. I wanted to give the end viewer a different voice to hear from then our usual media contact at KTM and in person I find Casey quite knowledgable/interesting to bounce bike feedback off of.

  • tk2stroke

    12/6/2017 9:44 AM

    I will admit the feedback was harsh and I didn't take any satisfaction, I just felt It was warranted in this particular case. VitalMx is not just a small blog and has real influence in the industry and hope the standard of content will improve. I've been in your shoes (Former online publisher with 15mil monthly pageviews) and understand your plight well. Cheers

  • Zesiger 112

    12/5/2017 5:45 PM

    Uhhhh ummmm uhhhhhhh, this guy is developing this bike and has to think about what they have done to it. It's like listening to the guy at the local dealership.

    Silence is better, it means you are composing your thoughts. uhh and um show you don't know what you are talking about.

  • mx317

    12/5/2017 6:36 PM

    I think he knows what he's talking about.

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