Taking lessons learned from its rally raid exploits over the past year, KTM’s made some big improvements for 2021. Its fiery 450cc engine is mated to a brand-new gearbox and revised shift mechanism. The gear ratios are based around the preferences of KTM’s Red Bull Factory riders – which means the Rally Replica has the same setup as a Dakar Rally champion. It also gets refined WP XACT PRO closed cartridge suspension, cone valve technology and improved aerodynamics.
Speaking about the new bike, Stefan Huber, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Rally Team Leader: “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!”
As you’d expect, it’s not cheap. You’ll need just over £23,500 to get your hands on one – but you could argue that’s a reasonable price to pay for one of 85 top specification rally race machines from the orange off-road specialists.
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If you’re planning to get involved in some desert race action, there’s also a service and support package available for the Dakar Rally. It’ll cost too, but it’s worth considering if you want your bike to be looked after by the best.
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