You may already be familiar with KTM’s Dakar Rally Replica Models based on the machines ridden by KTM Factory Riders Toby Price, Matthias Walkner, and Sam Sunderland. If you’re not familiar with the bike, KTM says this bike “is designed to excel in multi-stage cross-country rallies, to satisfy even the toughest demands of the rally racer and to win.”
Revised engine and gearbox
This year’s 2021 version utilizes a 450cc SOHC fuel-injected engine wrapped by a competition based chassis as well as other spec equipment. Some of that equipment includes “a refined WP XACT PRO closed cartridge suspension with sophisticated Cone Valve technology and purposeful aerodynamics and ergonomics crafted for peerless handling across a wide breadth of terrain.”
The 2021 KTM 450 Rally Replica has a “honed engine package and a new gearbox with a revised shift mechanism.” KTM uses Pankl Racing Systems materials to help lighten things up and improve reliability.
The bike’s gearbox changes are the result of recommendations made by all three KTM factory Dakar riders. The result is a bike with a broader gear spread using the same ratios used in the Dakar.
KTM Factory Racing Team
Stefan Huber, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Rally Team Leader said:
The work goes on! We’re proud of the 2021 KTM 450 RALLY REPLICA. With this model we have already set the bar very high in giving the customers a product so close to what we prepare and take to rallies across the world. Of course, we always make new discoveries, and this means the 2021 bike is a significant upgrade. The gearbox construction and configuration will make a difference to the riders who want to push the KTM 450 RALLY REPLICA. It is crucial for us to be able to transfer what we learn directly into the hands of KTM riders. We’re here to win races but making a better product is very important and satisfying. I personally look forward to seeing this incredible machine in racing action at the upcoming 2021 Dakar Rally!”
If you want a 2021 KTM 450 Rally Replica machine, you’ll need to be fast. And, you’ll need €25,900 (~$29,800/£23,375). KTM will produce only 85 Rally Replica machines worldwide. The bikes will be available starting in September. You can also choose an optional service and support package for an additional cost. How much the service will cost is not stated. This service is available to a limited number of Dakar riders on KTM Rally Replica models.
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