You'd be forgiven for thinking the KTM 450 SMR couldn't possibly get any better. But we'll let that slide - just as you'll be doing when you throw a leg over this latest iteration of pure Supermoto perfection. With a frame that is specifically engineered for longitudinal rigidity, stability, and exceptional rider feedback and an engine that blows away the competition with unrelenting power delivery - not to mention the electronic wizardry to rival sports bikes - The KTM 450 SMR is a purpose-built racer with one simple goal - winning championships.
The 2024 KTM 450 SMR boasts one of the most manic 4-stroke powerplants in the pits, with its SOHC engine proving to be the perfect example of advanced engineering. The engine is positioned to lower the front sprocket, which together with the benefits of mass centralization and light engine weight, deliver anti-squat behavior of the chassis that is second to none. With massive peak power output and an overall engine weight of only (26.8 kg), you'll leave the competition with more than a little mud on the face.
Designed with weight reduction and performance in mind, the crankshaft in the KTM 450 SMR engine improves throttle response and contributes to the lightweight feel of the motorcycle. The perfect balance of rotating masses is achieved by balancing the weights of the crankshaft flywheel and the rotor, and thanks to the innovative counter balancer shaft, engine vibration is kept to an absolute minimum.
The KTM 450 SMR features a SUTER slipper clutch which prevents rear wheel instability and hopping when braking hard into the apex of a turn, for maximum control and perfect Supermoto-style drifting. The Brembo hydraulic system guarantees perfect clutch modulation.
Developed by Keihin, the EMS is specifically designed to be small, light, and lightning-fast at processing data. It integrates the launch control for perfect starts, selectable engine maps via the map select switch on the handlebar, traction control as well as the Quickshifter function. It is also combined with the gear position sensor, which optimizes power delivery for each gear, while a roll-over sensor (ROS) kills the engine in case of extreme crashes, adding another level of security to the KTM 450 SMR. The hourmeter also features an integrated EFI status LED and fuel level indicator, so you know when it's time to pull into the pits for a refuel.
The lightweight 5-speed transmission is produced by Pankl Racing Systems ensuring the highest level of durability and reliability. The design focuses on a weight-optimized shift shaft, reducing the operating force of gear changes, best suited to the transmission ratio (29:72). The gear shift lever also features an anti-dirt build-up design that keeps the lever tip in its original position - even in the toughest conditions.
No matter how twisty or technical the track is, you'll stay in control thanks to a frame design that has not only been engineered for optimal longitudinal rigidity but also positions rotating mass as close to the center of gravity as possible. Precise frame wall thicknesses deliver superior flex characteristics and offers an unmatched rider feel. The shock mounting also provides optimal anti-squat behavior to better drive out of corners.
The 2024 KTM 450 SMR is rock-solid at any speed thanks to a forged steering head connection and CNC milled triple clamps. Made from high-grade aluminum, the triple clamp features optimally tuned steering stem stiffness, perfect alignment of the fork tubes, and precise geometry of the fork clamps to ensure responsive and smooth fork action - not to mention unwavering stability when charging over rhythms, swapping sides through the chicane, firing down the straightaway, and onto the podium.
The light and compact WP XACT shock features a CFD optimized main piston to improve comfort, while differently sized flow holes allow the shims to open more easily and reduce the overall stress of oil flow and pressure on the shims for an all-round smoother function, while low-friction SKF linkage seals provide advanced damping characteristics for unsurpassed traction and energy absorption. Adjustability is also taken care of by a hand-adjustable dual compression control knob, that allows quick adjustment of high- and low-speed settings without tools. Rebound and preload adjusters are also easily set by hand.
When the tarmac suddenly becomes dirt track, you need to keep full forward momentum. Luckily, the KTM 450 SMR has superior traction control for that exact eventuality. Traction control is selected to an on or off position from the switch and functions by analyzing throttle input from the rider and the rate at which RPM increases in the engine. If the RPM increases too quickly, the EMS registers a loss of grip and reduces the amount of power to the rear wheel ensuring maximum traction.
Rocketing off the line and into the holeshot is made even easier with launch control. With the engine at idle, launch control is engaged by pressing the traction control and Quickshifter buttons simultaneously. This function limits the amount of power to the rear wheel for take-off, improving traction and preventing wheelspin under hard acceleration.
|Clutch||Suter slipper clutch, Brembo Hydraulics|
|Design||1-cylinder, 4-stroke engine|
|Tank Capacity (Approx.)||7.2 l|
|Front Brake Disc Diameter||310 mm|
|Rear Brake Disc Diameter||220 mm|
|Front Brake||Disc Brake|
|Rear Brake||Disc Brake|
|Frame Design||Central double-cradle-type 25CrMo4 steel|
|Front Suspension||WP XACT-USD, Ø 48 mm|
|Rear Suspension||WP XACT Monoshock with linkage|
|Ground Clearance||281 mm|
|Seat Height||898 mm|
|Suspension Travel (Front)||285 mm|
|Suspension Travel (Rear)||266 mm|
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Finance subject to status. Terms & Conditions apply. At the end of a PCP agreement there are 3 options: (I) Part exchange the vehicle, (ii) Pay the Optional Final Payment / Guaranteed Future Value to own the vehicle or (iii) Return the vehicle. Further charges may be made subject to the condition or mileage of the vehicle. Applicants must be 18 or over. Guarantee may be required. Santander Consumer Finance RH1 1SR.
*PCP available on Road registered models, with a guaranteed future value only.
|PRICE AFTER DISCOUNT||£13,999.00|
|Amount of Credit||£10,386.50|
|Monthly Payments of||£89.00|
|Optional Final Payment||£8,585.00|
|Total Amount Payable||£15,401.50|
|Total Charge for Credit||£1,402.50|
|Duration of Agreement||36 Months|
|Annual Contracted Mileage||4,000|
|Excess Mileage Charge||14.9p per mile|