KTM 450 Rally ReplicaThe numbers speak for themselves regarding KTM’s impressive performances at the Dakar Rally, which is coined the world’s toughest rally.
With the Spaniard Marc Coma at the controls of the KTM 450 Rally during this year’s Dakar, the Austrian motorcycle manufacturer was able to claim its 13th straight title. Coma earned four of them, his former teammate Cyril Despres five, Nani Roma one, Richard Sainct two and Fabrizio Meoni one.And the last four titles were taken on the KTM 450 Rally, a machine that is now available to order in a replica model.Following the 690cc era, which ended in 2010, KTM built the smaller-capacity 450 Rally in hopes of garnering more titles. And this is just what they did.The newest edition of the KTM 450 Rally features an all-new frame incorporating an ergonomic design, a slim body shape with a better seating position, completely re-worked rear suspension and a new overhead single cam 450cc fuel-injection engine, KTM reports.The bike also boasts a front and rear fuel-pump system with multiple tanks, which allows the rider to pick a fuel source to utilize the weight depending on the terrain, a carbon tower at the front of the bike that gives the rider better visibility of the front wheel and thus instilling extra confidence with improved vision along with many other refinements throughout the machine’s design to create the ultimate rally race bike, KTM says.And now, the KTM 450 Rally Replica can be ordered for 24,000 EURO (around $33,000). KTM reports that a service and support package is available at the Dakar Rally at an additional cost for all models of KTM rally bike. The bike is being built in limited production, KTM reports.KTM’s CEO Stefan Pierer about the all-new 450 Rally Replica: “The success this year in the Dakar rally has highlighted the experience and hard work of our KTM people, who worked closely with KISKA’s team on the new rally bike project, combined with feedback from all of our factory riders and heavy input from Marc Coma.“We now want to pass on the experience of such a successful time in this year’s Dakar to any rider who wishes to own this fantastic bike, and especially to those who are committed to making their rally dreams come true or realize their Dakar ambition. The racing service we offer for privateers is as fundamentally strong as the service we give to our factory riders and we are very proud of helping many riders achieve their goals in the rally.”
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