KTM have announced a 450 Rally Replica for 2019. The bike is based on the Dakar-winning machine that Matthias Walkner and the Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Racing Team took to the 17th consecutive victory early this year. Therefore the bike is the ultimate weapon for those racing in rally competition. The design of the bike is completely new from ground up and specifically developed for rally racing.
Thanks to a newly designed cylinder head and a new engine management system the 450cc SOHC fuel-injection engine provides increased power and extended durability. The transmission is improved and a new airbox offer more space for electrics and battery, hence also helping to centralize masses.
A new swingarm as well as reworked linkage and shock absorber, along with 48mm WP XACT PRO closed cartridge suspension mean improved traction when accelerating and increased bottoming reserves. Sophisticated aerodynamics are implemented in the new bodywork to increase rider comfort while improving the visibility past the innovative carbon tower, housing the bike’s navigational equipment. A new, softer seat, revised fuel tanks, and new Akrapovič exhaust, which also contribute to mass centralization and improved weight distribution, reiterate the design goal of a lightweight, agile, comfortable and stable bike.
– The all-new KTM 450 Rally Replica is based on our already-successful new factory machine that we began racing at the end of last year, which was specifically developed to win the Dakar. With the latest generation, our goal and focus was to develop a bike around the style of our current factory riders, who required something with more comfort, more agility and improved stability. We looked for an improvement in handling, a lower weight, as well as a bike that also meets the demands of the conditions and intensity that we now find at Dakar. The KTM 450 Rally Replica machine is almost identical to those raced by our athletes, and is available for customers to get the opportunity to own and ride a really premium, purpose-developed rally machine with high-quality components and maximum innovation. It’s been truly revised from the ground up, and we are looking forward to seeing these bikes being raced by our customers, states KTM Factory Rally Team Leader Stefan Huber.
The limited production run of 75 units has already been sold at a price of 26,000 euros (ex-VAT).