SPORT QUAD ALMANAC
In 2008, Polaris held stock in KTM
and influenced the Austrian motorcycle company to enter the ATV market.
KTM produced four models between
2008 and 2010, aiming at the very
highest segment of the sport market.
KTM’s philosophy was to cut the aftermarket out of the picture by offering
quads with every accessory in the
book. Unfortunately, that drove the
price up in a period when the economy couldn’t handle it. A few years
later, Polaris ended its relationship
with KTM, and these quads disappeared into history.
WHY IT’S SO GOOD
KTM had two motocross versions
(450 and 505) and two cross-country
versions (450 and 525). None were
fuel injected. The last of the 450
MXers was an incredible machine
with suspension that still hasn’t been
surpassed for racing. But, it was
the 525 cross-country that we liked
best. It had a SOHC engine that was
sweet and incredibly powerful. It had
reverse, Fox suspension, a hydraulic
clutch and was bulletproof. There’s
nothing quite like it on today’s market.
HOW IT CAN BE BETTER
KTM fully achieved its goal of making a quad that came out of the dealership with every modification you
could ever want. The suspension was
the best available, and the power was
without peer. If you find a used KTM
that’s modified, ask for the stock parts.
There are very few used KTMs
available. The MX versions didn’t
sell well because the price was over
$11,000. The XCs were less expensive,
and that should be reflected on the
Some riders believe that the KTM was
the highest-quality sport quad ever
made. The Austrian company priced
itself out of the market.