KTM Updates 450 SMR For 2022

KTM Updates 450 SMR For 2022

© 2021, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc. From a press release issued By KTM North America:

ON TRACK THIS FALL: THE 2022 KTM 450 SMR IS THE ULTIMATE SUPERMOTO RACER
 

MURRIETA, Calif. – KTM North America, Inc. is pleased to announce details for the 2022 KTM 450 SMR. Razor sharp on the asphalt and with newly-enhanced aesthetics to match, the KTM 450 SMR is the definitive Supermoto machine for hunting the checkered flag or shaving seconds off of your lap time… if you can catch it.

The 2022 KTM 450 SMR delivers KTM’s swift and powerful punch in the Supermoto world. A segment-benchmark for handling and power, this new machine gets even closer to the KTM racing family thanks to its special orange frame, blue seat and racing graphics.

 

A 2022-model KTM 450 SMR. Photo courtesy KTM North America.
A 2022-model KTM 450 SMR. Photo courtesy KTM North America.

 

The championship-winning engine from KTM’s motocross and supercross machines has been adjusted and modified for optimum Supermoto use. The motor weighs just 59.5 lbs (27 kg) but growls with torque and bites hard with on-demand horsepower. The power curve is fully exploited by the Pankl Racing System’s 5-speed gearbox that benefits from a sensor that permits specific engine maps for each gear. A 44 mm Keihin throttle body is key to the instantaneous, yet confidence-inspiring, throttle response coaxed from the KTM 450 SMR’s powerplant.

 

The right side of a 2022-model KTM 450 SMR. Photo courtesy KTM North America.
The right side of a 2022-model KTM 450 SMR. Photo courtesy KTM North America.

 

Unrivalled handling is delivered by the chromium molybdenum steel frame—fabricated by robotic laser-wielding for the utmost precision and quality—and the meld of perfect torsion and flex characteristics. The 16 mm offset geometry brings a natural and attack-ready character through the CNC-machined triple clamps with a three-way adjustable handlebar.

Supermoto is all about living on the limits of traction. To make the most of this thrilling ride, KTM has equipped the bike with a long list of premium parts. To that end, WP XACT suspension front and rear helps the 2022 KTM 450 SMR both stick and slide as the forces of physics drive through the Supermoto 16.5/17 ALPINA light, spoked tubeless wheels and Bridgestone racing slick tires. Ultimate braking performance is achieved with a premium Brembo 4-piston radial caliper and master cylinder setup with 310 mm disc on the front and a 220 mm disc on the rear.

 

The 2022-model KTM 450 SMR comes with WP suspension, Brembo braking hardware, and Bridgestone slicks. Photo courtesy KTM North America.
The 2022-model KTM 450 SMR comes with WP suspension, Brembo braking hardware, and Bridgestone slicks. Photo courtesy KTM North America.

 

For 2022, the KTM 450 SMR introduces a frame finished in racing orange coating, new blue seat cover and fresh colors in the graphics to further reinforce its close proximity to the race-winning machines of the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing stars.

2022 KTM 450 SMR – HIGHLIGHTS

Ultra-light chromoly steel frame with new finishing coated in racing orange

Upgraded aesthetics with racing graphics and factory blue seat

Advanced four-stroke 450 cc powerplant

WP Suspension XACT AER 48 mm forks and XACT rear shock

PANKL Racing Systems 5-speed gearbox and SUTER anti-hopper clutch

Brembo 4-piston radial caliper, 310 mm floating front disc and 220 mm rear

Supermoto 16.5/17 ALPINA light wheels and Bridgestone racing slick tires

The 2022 KTM 450 SMR will be available at authorized KTM dealers from October 2021 onwards. For more information, visit www.ktm.com.

 

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