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KTM 450RR comes to the US to prepare for Baja?
Is The Rally Bike Here?
It is hard to believe that the bike that KTM conquered Dakar with doesn’t exist. Well that is not exactly true, they did debut it to the public last year and of course have hauled it all around the world testing and racing. But from a technical point, KTM basically won’t even acknowledge the bike. I have asked multiple times for any photos and detail specs on the model and none exist for public viewing. Apparently one of the reasons they are so secretive is that they are concerned about Beta attempting to copy it.
Now comes word that one of these bikes is actually in the States now. It is not the exact rally version, but a slimmed down model that the factory is thinking would make a good choice for competing in the 2011 SCORE Baja 1000.
So the bike is here and waiting for someone to start testing it. Again, as usual there is no acknowledgement from KTM that it even exists, but my source is pretty good on this one. The big question is what KTM’s Baja plans may be. After another dismal display at the San Felipe 250, where the bike only lasted 48 miles, it is going to take some serious redoubling of effort to be a Baja contender.
As for the bike, what we know is this; It is more or less a 690 style bottom end with a twin cam 450 top end. It uses a trellis steel frame and is distinctive for having the swingarm mount outboard of the frame. Also interesting is the fact that the bike appears to have a carburetor instead of fuel injection. The bike is the same spec as has the ones that have been built for the Spanish “Baja” series and is said to weigh in at about 270 pounds. That might be a little heavy for Baja competition, but for now it might be the ticket for just getting to end of a Mexican race.