A press release from KTM today confirms that the company are recalling specific frame numbers of the 2016 250 SX-F and 250 SX-F Factory Edition models.

Those of a matching frame number will have a complete crankshaft replacement at an authorised KTM dealer.

After KTM carried out market investigations they found that deviations in the manufacturing process of the connecting rod may result in early failure and fracturing of the conrod under certain load conditions.


The news comes just days after Husqvarna announced an almost identical recall. Our own 2016 Husky long-term tester was recently collected from us and then subsequently returned with no explanation.

Does this affect me?

This recall is valid for all markets so it’s worldwide, but it’s only for specific frame numbers on the models mentioned above. Customers of affected and already distributed motorcycles are being informed by a personal letter. DBR can confirm that letters have already started to arrive with customers.

The Austrian-based firm ask customers to immediately contact an authorised KTM dealer to arrange an appointment for replacement. In addition, customers can check online in the ‘Service’ area of the KTM website to determine if their motorcycle is affected by this recall.

What will it cost?

Replacement crankshaft work will be carried out at no cost to motorcycle owners, but must be performed by authorised KTM dealers only.

KTM extended warranty

In a separate announcement KTM are now offering an extended warranty (six months) for all 2017 SX models. You can read the press release below:

The warranty for all 2017 SX models is being extended to six months.

With the start of the 2017 generation, KTM is extending the factory warranty to six months for the direct derivatives of its worldwide most successful Motocross and Supercross motorcycles – the SX model family manufactured in Mattighofen. The entire range benefits from the latest state of development in the motorsport and series development areas and passes it directly on to current KTM Motocross model customers, with a considerably improved warranty and service, to the end that KTM offers ideal support to the worldwide huge number of KTM SX riders and even to riders in racing paddocks.

As the global leader in the offroad segment, KTM has always stood for outstanding competence in this area. Innumerable victories and world championship titles in the biggest and toughest offroad competitions have impressively proven our know-how. The best Motocross riders, such as recently two-time AMA 450 Supercross World Champion Ryan Dungey, rely on the bikes of the leading offroad world market leader.

The warranty extension applies to the following 2-stroke and 4-stroke Motocross models: 125 SX, 150 SX, 250 SX, 250 SX-F, 350 SX-F and 450 SX-F.