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        The KTM 450 SMR is Team Orange’s latest wheelie machine

        Fancy sliding this around the track?
        by Matthew Galang Sep 8, 2021
        PHOTO: KTM
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        Team Orange has its hands in several racing disciplines, one of which is Supermoto. KTM’s entry for the track-based segment is the 450 SMR: the current benchmark for both handling and power in its class.

        For 2022, the 450 SMR receives a special orange frame, a blue seat, and new racing graphics that are in line with KTM’s factory racing machines. While the 450 SMR packs the same championship-winning engine as its motocross and supercross counterparts, this bike is much more than just a dirt bike with sportbike tires.

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        The engine has been tuned for optimal supermoto use, with a potent 63hp output despite the 450cc four-stroke single-cylinder mill’s 27kg weight. A Pankl Racing Systems five-speed gearbox transmits power to the rear, plus the added capability of a sensor that permits specific engine maps for each gear. A 44mm Keihin throttle lets riders make the most out of the powerplant with sensitive and confidence-inspiring response.

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        A special chromium molybdenum steel frame fabricated by robotic laser welding has a blend of ideal torsion and flex characteristics for sharper handling. Adding to the handling equation are a 48mm WP Apex XACT AER front fork, XACT rear shock, and CNC-machined triple clamp with adjustable handlebar.

        Lightweight spoked tubeless Alpina wheels are shod with slick Bridgestone rubber, reducing unsprung weight and maximizing grip respectively. Braking comes courtesy of a Brembo radial-mount caliper setup with a 310mm floating disc up front and a 220mm floating disc out back.

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        This new and improved track toy will be globally available in KTM dealerships starting sometime this September, with pricing yet to be disclosed.

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