KTM (and by extension, Husqvarna) is changing things up. Ahead of the Rallye du Maroc, KTM took the wraps off an all-new 450 Rally. However, Team Orange isn’t telling us very much about it.
KTM broke news of the new bike in the middle of a press release announcing its 2022 rally raid team. Here’s what the company said:
The result of over two years’ development, and with the close cooperation of KTM Technologies, KTM’s R&D department, and KISKA along with KTM Motorsports, the all-new 2022 KTM 450 RALLY will make its first competitive outing in Morocco. With new bodywork, a new engine, a new frame, and many other upgrades and improvements over the current model, the state-of-the-art rally machine will continue to undergo testing and evaluation at the Rallye du Maroc, under the expert control of Sam Sunderland, Toby Price, and Kevin Benavides.
New engine, new frame new bodywork, many other upgrades? Tell us more!
Unfortunately, KTM does not tell us more. Photos seem to show a change to a beam-style frame, and that’s pretty much all the info we get.
The KTM factory team will use its observations at Rallye de Maroc to make final adjustments to the design before shipping the bike off to Dakar.
Husqvarna FR450 Rally
Husqvarna, too, gets an “all new” 450 rally machine, because it’s tied to KTM. No doubt there will be some tuning differences, to suit the preferences of Husky’s factory riders, but these bikes should be basically the same under the paint. Which leaves us asking: What about GasGas? Will it get the new bikes as well, for 2022? Or will the big brains at KTM have a good reason to keep GasGas on last year’s machinery? It seems that, for now, GasGas is going to serve as a development team for the Husqvarna and KTM squads, so don’t be shocked if Daniel Sanders, aka “Mini Mullet,” is on a slightly older machine next year.