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Wheels Up, Part II

  • Dealernews
  • Sep 08, 2020

 

Hard to believe it has been seven years since KTM last crafted a lightweight Supermoto powerhouse, however the Austrian OEM is bringing back the KTM 450 SMR for 2021. “It’s been far too long since that last 450-gunned Supermoto power-drift, so KTM decided a renewal of their pedigree in the segment was vastly overdue,” claims the announcement. “The KTM 450 SMR is a pure expression of the company’s philosophy: READY TO RACE direct from the dealership floor and with a standard setting of performance that will cause throttle hands to tremble.”

Starting with the latest generation 450cc 4-stroke, the powerplant cranks out 63hp with a weight a little over 27kg. A high-end conrod contributes to the longer, 100-hour service intervals. A PANKL Racing Systems 5-speed gearbox is combined with a SUTER slipper clutch to enhance rear wheel stability. The chromoly frame and light weight aluminum subframe tie it all together into a track-ready package. 

Of course whoa power is as important as go-power for a Supermoto racer, so the premium Brembo 4-piston radial caliper & master cylinder acetate a 310mm floating disc up front and  220mm disc out back. “Balance, belief and balls-out braking fun are definitely on the agenda with these specifications.” Stay tuned for the revised deliver dates. 

 

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