When it comes to winning Enduro races, only one name is trusted and that is KTM. The Austrian motorcycle maker has proved its metal on track time and again. The bikes from this orange factory sports a perfect amalgamation of top-notch performance and superb handling that is far superior to any of its competitors. The most powerful Enduro bike from this stable – 450 EXC has proven its strength in numerous off-road races and bagged many championship titles. Originally, launched in 2003, the 450 EXC sports a potent 4-stroke, single cylinder engine that produces enough power and speed to overtake every competitor. Over the year, KTM has continuously upgraded the bike to keep it in sync with futuristic technologies. The current version of 450 EXC launched in 2015 features an all new highly rigid chrome-molybdenum steel frame, that bestow easy handling, precise steering and excellent stability. New more stylish body graphics further accentuate its sporty appeal.
The EXC series by KTM is manufactured to rule the Enduro tracks. The 450 EXC sports a similar design language as its younger EXC siblings. For its next generation, KTM has equipped the new 450 EXC with a more rigid and agile chrome-molybdenum steel frame, that bestows the bike its compact size. The 2016 450 EXC sports new dynamic body graphics. The combination of white and black body graphics on orange body paint look very attractive. In the front, the bike gets a slim front cowl with a sleek single headlight mounted on it. Also, the new 450 EXC features a highly rigid and durable tapered Neken handlebars, made of high tensile strength aluminum alloy. The handlebar can be adjusted in four positions and features dual-tone grips that provide comfort and style. Also, the bike features body color hand guards that protect rider's hands and add on to its sporty styling. A minimalistic digital speedometer adorns the front cowl and displays information in an easy to read manner.
The race-proven dirt bike gets some of the best attributed to its name. Most powerful bike in the KTM Enduro series – the 450 EXC sports a potent 449.33cc 4-stroke, single cylinder engine. This advanced engine mated with a 6-speed manual transmission produces race-winning power and torque figures. Through KTM's custom tuning service, a rider can custom tune its bike to produce desired power or torque output. The new 450 EXC sports an engine management system (EMS) from Keihin. This system along with electronic fuel injection ensures maximum optimization of power and also delivers significant fuel efficiency of 25kmpl. This high-end technology allows the bike to reach a top speed of 202km/h, which is good enough to win any off-road race.
The Enduro bikes by KTM boasts of superb handling attributes that contribute to its excellent off-road capabilities. Similar to its younger siblings, the 450 EXC also sports compact dimensions, lightweight frame, fitting handlebar, upright seating position and well-placed foot rests. These elements bestow a nimble handling, balance, and stability on difficult off-road terrains. The new 450 EXC is based on lightweight, highly rigid chrome-molybdenum steel section tubes, which provide easy handling, precise steering, and excellent stability. KTM has ensured to keep 450 EXC's saddle height low at 970mm. The 450 EXC boasts of a cutting-edge suspension package that has been integrated to provide maximum traction and utmost comfort. The bike features high-end WP suspension, designed for Enduro use. The bike gets WP upside down forks at the front, which have a wide travel of 300 mm. At the rear, the bike is equipped with WP PDS monoshock, with a travel diameter of 335mm. Also, a ground clearance of 345mm and a wheelbase of 1482mm, further enhance its handling and contribute to a superb off-road performance.
KTM has not left any stone unturned to ensure its EXC bikes win ever Enduro race. The 450 EXC also boast of such high-end mechanism that makes it an undisputed winner on the track. For ensuring utmost safety, the bike gets high-end Brembo brakes, with 260 mm single disc at the front and 220 mm single disc at the rear. These brakes have been specifically designed to enduro race bikes, as with just a bit of pressure, these powerful brakes stops the bike in an instance. Along with this, the bike also sports Maxxis Enduro tyres. These tyres are ideal for dirt race, as they have ample tread in them, which ensures maximum traction, thereby increasing riding safety even at high speeds.
KTM is a cult name in the off-road scene, and the 450 EXC is one of the most hard core off-roader that money can currently buy. A dynamic design, potent engine, and robust suspension setup make this KTM bike one of the most dangerous competitors in motocross races.