Application: All KTM SX Models (tested here on a '09 KTM 250SX-F)
What it is: The Gen2 Triple Clamp is the latest product to roll off the assembly line from RG3 Suspension. Made from high quality aerospace grade aluminum and hard anodized, the Gen2 Triple Clamp focuses on minimizing arm pump, reducing any vibration that may be felt in the handlebars, and also offering a less harsh feeling over square-edged bumps.
Hits: We must admit we were rather skeptical that we would actually notice any real differences in performance from the stock clamp to the RG3 clamp; however, with in a few laps, we could feel a noticeable difference in the handling and overall feel of the bike. While negotiating tight corners, the front end of our KTM 250SX-F felt very nimble, but not so much so that the front end wanted to push and take you down. And, thanks to the lighter feel up front, we were able to point the bike in any direction with relative ease and not worry about being sent into the no-man's-land. In the past, we have also experienced headshake issues with our pumpkin when going through the small breaking bumps down fast straight-aways. However, with the Gen2 Triple Clamp, the headshake was dramatically reduced and allowed for a much smoother and enjoyable ride.
Misses: Performance wise, the Gen2 Triple Clamp far exceeded any of our expectations, however, with the economy being as sluggish as it is these days, the $309.95 price tag is rather steep. And, though it wasn't a tremendous disappointment, it is worth noting that we did not notice a big reduction in vibration in the handlebars. However, we never noticed any issues with the vibration of the handlebars on our KTM to begin with.
Verdict: Though the 2009 KTM 250SX-F is one of the best handling bikes in its class, we were very impressed with the added improvements provided by the Gen2 Triple Clamp. Understandably, the price tag on the clamp may be a bit steep, however, if you're looking for something to improve the handling and reduce headshake and vibration in your handlebars, we highly recommend you pick yourself up the Gen2 Triple Clamp from RG3. If you have the money, the upgrade is well worth it.