Saturday, November 19, 2011
2012 KTM 450 Rally: What it takes to do the Dakar
The KTM 450 Rally, which is fitted with a carburetted single-cylinder engine and which costs an eye-watering 25,000 euros (not including VAT), is probably one of the most amazing competition motorcycles you can buy.
Developed with inputs from Dakar Rally legends like Marc Coma and Cyril Despres, the 2012 KTM 450 Rally is built with single-minded focus – to win the Dakar. The bike is fitted with a chrome-molybdenum chassis, 48mm USD fork and fully adjustable monoshock from WP, five-speed gearbox, multi-disc hydraulically operated wet clutch, 300mm (front) and 250mm (rear) brake discs, 12-litre fuel tank that’s made of plastic, and 21-inch (front) and 18-inch (rear) wheels. Without fuel, the little KTM weighs about 145kg.
KTM have recently been testing the new 450 Rally in the South of France, with Despres and Coma, with the aim being an 11th consecutive victory at the Dakar in 2012. And for some strange reason, we don’t think anyone is going to be able to stop them from getting that race win next year.
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