KTM is perhaps one of the more popular brands of motorcycles when it comes to off-road and supermoto. For years, fans of the brand have been longing for KTM to bring back their most potent 450cc to the supermoto race track. Finally, for the 2021 model lineup, KTM's 450 SMR supermoto is back.
According to KTM, the new 450 SMR is the pure expression of the company’s philosophy: 'Ready to Race.' It can be brought straight from the showroom floor to the race track with its standard settings.
The 450 SMR’s powerplant is derived directly from the 450 SX-F motocross bike, which offers about 64 Ps of power coupled to a 5-speed speed transmission. It's equipped with a Suter slipper clutch optimized for supermoto racing. By comparison, a typical 600cc parallel twin motorcycle produces the same amount of power at nearly 200 kg. Whereas the new 450 SMR only tips the scales at less than 130 kilograms.
The new 450 SMR also boasts a reworked frame for robustness and includes a 900-gram subframe. The frame is cast with a 16 mm offset through the CNC-machined triple clamps with three-way amendable handlebar adjustment. A die-cast swingarm also adds to the bike’s lightness and can be tweaked to optimize feel for any given track.
Other features include a pair of 48mm WP XACT air-type front forks, rear XACT monoshock, Brembo 4-piston caliper front brake on a 310mm disc, fuel management system from Keihin, launch control, traction control, and a 7-liter tank.
Pricing and exact availability are yet to be announced by KTM as of this writing.