• 2019 KTM 450 Rally Replica

    Luciano Benavides - 2019 Silk Way Rally
  • Laia Sanz - 2019 Silk Way Rally
  • Sam Sunderland - 2019 Silk Way Rally
  • Laia Sanz - KTM 450 Rally
  • Luciano Benavides - KTM 450 Rally
  • Sam Sunderland - KTM 450 Rally

This Is For Serious Dakar, Rally Raid, And Cross-Country Rally Riders

For almost two decades, KTM has been a fixture at the top of the field in the Paris-to-Dakar Rally, and the 450 Rally Factory Replica is meant to pay homage to the bike that carried Sam Sunderland to victory in the 2019 Silk Way Rally. That’s right sports fans, the actual factory rally bike just dominated a race that traverses the Gobi Desert and crosses the borders of Russia, Mongolia, and China, and this is the public model made in its image. It’s not a machine for the casual off-road rider, but rather, it’s built with would-be rally racers in mind, and toward that end, the “Rally FR” doesn’t waste any weight on superfluous equipment.

  • 2019 KTM 450 Rally Replica
  • Year:
    2019
  • Make:
  • Engine:
    single cylinder
  • Displacement:
    449 cc
  • Price:
    30500
  • Price:

2019 KTM 450 Rally Replica Design

2019 KTM 450 Rally Replica
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2019 KTM 450 Rally Replica
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Engineers worked with feedback from the racers to come up with the overall design, starting with the narrow build that leaves plenty of room for body English.

The Rally FR shows a strong off-road connection right out of the gate in the laced wheels, bash plate, high-mount front mudguard and long fork-tube guards that protect the swept area of the forks from grit and grime that might damage the fork seals. Since the front fender is mounted to the tripletree, its mass is transferred from the unsprung weight at the front axle to the sprung weight that’s carried by the front forks in a bid to maximize front-end traction on rough terrain. A clear, rally-style screen punches a hole in the wind for the instrumentation, and if you’re seated, your lower torso as well, though all bets are off when you operate from a standing position.

The engineers worked with feedback from the racers to come up with the overall design, starting with the narrow build that leaves plenty of room for body English on both axes; just the thing for technical work. Since the fuel tank isn’t mounted in the usual area, the upper-forward cowling was trimmed down quite a bit and the seat extended almost all the way to the steering head to further expand the rider’s triangle.

Vents in the cowling draw cooling air through the radiator and smoothly reintegrate it with the slipstream in order to maximize cooling, even at slower speeds. As for lighting, a trio of vertical-stack headlights lead the way with a compact taillight/brakelight out back, but nothing in the way of turn signals or a plateholder/taglight to weigh the rear end down.

2019 KTM 450 Rally Replica Chassis

2019 KTM 450 Rally Replica
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2019 KTM 450 Rally Replica
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2019 KTM 450 Rally Replica
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Low center of gravity and chassis geometry emphasize stability and rough-terrain capability.

A newly-designed frame has chrome-molybdenum steel members in a Trellis format to provide the main structure. It sets a steering-head angle of 27.5 degrees from the vertical for a bit of stability, and uses the engine as a stressed unit that completes the circuit and eliminates a chunk of frame from the downtube/cradle area. They say the proof is in the pudding, and in this case, the pudding in question is the WP XACT PRO suspension components that manage both ends of the bike with 48 mm, cone-valve forks for 12 inches of travel up front opposite a coil-over monoshock that buffers the cast-aluminum swingarm and delivers 11.8 inches of travel in the rear.

The subframe that mounts the saddle and completes the rearward fling control serves another purpose; it’s closed in to double as the fuel tank, and it’s this detail that allows for the narrow build up front. Laced wheels – ever the favorite of off-road riders – round out the rolling chassis with knobbies that are treaded for rough, rocky terrain, and soft surfaces such as desert sand.

A single 300 mm disc and twin-pot caliper slows the front wheel with a 240 mm disc and single-piston anchor out back, both in a wave-cut and vented layout that is self cleaning and efficient at radiating the heat generated by braking.

Frame: Chrome-moly tubular space frame, powder-coated
Suspension Travel, Front/ Rear: 12 inches (305 / 11.8 inches (300 mm)
Front Brake: 300 mm disc
Rear Brake: 240 mm disc
Steering Head Angle: 62.5°

2019 KTM 450 Rally Replica Drivetrain

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2019 KTM 450 Rally Replica
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The factory kept controls to the essentials with a mixed bag of old-school, cable-type throttle control and a modern hydraulic clutch actuator.

It’s a mid-displacement KTM mill, so of course, its a single cylinder “thumper” engine. A single over-head cam times a quartet of valves in the reworked head that includes a pair of titanium poppets for the intake.

Fresh air passes through a newly designed airbox and a new 44 mm Keihin throttle body, all under the management of the ECU that comes complete with an individually-tailored map for each of the six gears. Bore and stroke mike out at 95 mm and 63.4 mm, respectively, to give the plant a 449.3 cc total displacement. Dual oil pumps force life-giving lubrication through the mill to supplement the engine water jacket in the removal of waste heat.

As for the controls, they’re a mixed bag with an old-school, cable-type throttle control and a modern hydraulic clutch actuator, and the factory seems to have kept to the essentials sans excessive electronic assistance/interference. It also seems like the manufacturer is keeping power figures close to their vest as well, as metrics are still scarce at this time.

Engine: single-cylinder, four-stroke engine
Displacement: 449.3 cc
Bore x Stroke: 95 mm x 63.4 mm
Lubrication: Forced oil lubrication with 2 oil pumps
Transmission: 6-speed
Cooling: Liquid cooled
Clutch: Wet multi-disc clutch, hydraulically actuated
Chain: 5/8 x 1/4"

2019 KTM 450 Rally Replica Pricing

2019 KTM 450 Rally Replica
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2019 KTM 450 Rally Replica
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This is a real rally bike, not a rally wanna-be poser so the $30.5k price tag shouldn't come as a shock.

The KTM 450 Rally Replica is limited edition for MY2019. The good news is that it only costs $30,500. This is a real rally bike, not a rally wanna-be poser, so if that’s your goal, you’ll appreciate what it is and not balk at the price.

Color: White
Price: $30,500

2019 KTM 450 Rally Replica Competitors

2015 - 2018 Kawasaki KLR 650
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2019 - 2020 Honda CRF450L
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2017 - 2019 Suzuki V-Strom 650 / V-Strom 650XT
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The exclusivity of the KTM makes it hard to find a competitor, but for the casual rider, there are alternatives.

The 450 Rally Replica is a limited-edition race-bike that relies on both its exclusivity and the recent success of its parent model in the Silk Road race to validate its U.S. price tag. The offset between displacement, electronics, and price is difficult to reconcile against the current market, but I can tell you what I felt is close enough for an honorable mention. Kawasaki has its own off-road experiences from which to draw, and so the KLR 650 is probably close in performance though it comes with the added benefit of being street legal, so there’s that.

Suzuki’s V-Strom 650 line comes to mind as well, and it brings the top-shelf ride-control features that the KTM lacks, but would require, at the very least, some new tires to be anywhere close to handling the kind of terrain as the 450 Rally. Honda probably has the best chance of matching KTM’s performance with its 2020 CRF450L that hits all the dirtbike high points, just without such a rally-tastic front end.

He Said

“Ya know, riding like the rally riders do is beyond me – oh to be 20 again – so it ain’t my cup o’ tea. But, I can certainly appreciate and respect what goes into it. Rally racing tests both rider and machine like nothing else, so it’s a heck of a machine, but you got to keep in mind that it’s not street legal, and is meant for folks who are serious about their globetrotting sports.”

She Said

My wife and fellow motorcycle writer, Allyn Hinton, says, “Yamaha has a WR450 Rally Replica. Yamalube Yamaha Rally Team rider Adrien Van Beveren won the motorcycle class at the Merzouga Rally 2019 on a WR450F Rally. These purpose-built bikes are awesome, and if you have any notions of rally-type riding, pay attention. This is the way to go when crossing all kinds of terrain in the roughest conditions. Grats to Sam Sunderland for the win, but I have to acknowledge Laia Sanz on the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing team for her finish in the race, as well.”

2019 KTM 450 Rally Replica Specifications

Engine & Drivetrain:
Engine: single-cylinder, four-stroke engine
Displacement: 449.3 cc
Bore x Stroke: 95 mm x 63.4 mm
Lubrication: Forced oil lubrication with 2 oil pumps
Transmission: 6-speed
Cooling: Liquid cooled
Clutch: Wet multi-disc clutch, hydraulically actuated
Chain: 5/8 x 1/4"
Chassis:
Frame: Chrome-moly tubular space frame, powder-coated
Suspension Travel, Front/ Rear: 12 inches (305 mm) / 11.8 inches (300 mm)
Front Brake: 300 mm disc
Rear Brake: 240 mm disc
Steering Head Angle: 62.5°
Dimensions & Capacities:
Seat Height: 38 inches (960 mm)
Dry Weight: 306.4 lbs (139 kg)
Details:
Color: White
Price: $30,500

Further Reading

Suzuki V-Strom 650 / 650XT

2017 - 2019 Suzuki V-Strom 650 / V-Strom 650XT
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See our review of the Suzuki V-Strom 650 / 650XT.

Kawasaki KLR 650

2015 - 2018 Kawasaki KLR 650
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See our review of the Kawasaki KLR650.

Honda CRF450L

2019 - 2020 Honda CRF450L
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See our review of the Honda CRF450L.

KTM

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