Few motorcycles so brashly exclaim their good-time intentions as a venerable street-ified dirtbike, better known as the supermoto or motard. But if the prospect of turning that woods bike into a true track weapon seems a bit too daunting, KTM is here to help once again with the 2022 450 SMR race bike. It’s basically a follow-up and freshen-up of the 2021 model, which returned after a seven-year hiatus.
Power output is not specified by KTM but the 2021 iteration cranked out 63 ponies, and KTM says the liquid-cooled SOHC 450 single weighs in at just under 60 pounds, with the whole bike coming in at about 225 pounds dry. Other features include a PANKL 5-speed race-spec gear box with a SUTER “anti-hopper” clutch, which sounds something like a slipper clutch to us.
The frame is chrome-moly steel and the bike gets some sharper styling, new colors and graphics and neat-o metal surface finishes for ’22. A big 310mm floating front Brembo setup combines with a 220mm rear disc to slow down the 16.5 and 17-inch Alpina wheels. Bridgestone racing slicks come standard, as does ABS which can be turned off.
Keeping all that running gear glued to the pavement is a WP suspension system consisting of 48mm XACT AER forks and an XACT rear shock. KTM says the bike is closely based off its winning 450 XS-F race bike.
Price looks to be just over $11,000 to get your racing career underway. Don’t you dare try to add lights, mirrors and turn signals to it. Naughty!
Want to get some supermoto street fun in your life? Get the $11,990 690 SMC R instead, which is only a little bit heavier, comfier (sort of) more powerful and completely road legal.