The 2022 KTM 450 SMR is the evolution of the Austrian brand’s superbike. It does not receive many changes compared to last year’s model, although it has an updated image thanks to a racing orange chassis finish that brings it closer to the competition. This addition perfectly matches the new blue seat cover and graphics on the bike.
We’re looking at a typical bike for lovers of supermotard (non-street legal motorcycles). Its engine, used by motocross machines (KTM 450 SX-F) has been reconfigured for its specific use in supermoto.
This engine weighs only 59.5 lbs (27.3 kg ) and produces a spectacular 63 horsepower. The power is always available thanks to the five-speed Pankl Racing Systems gearbox, which has a sensor that applies specific engine maps for each gear. The throttle body is a 44mm Keihin complemented with a Suter slipper clutch.
The 2022 KTM 450 SMR has a special chrome-molybdenum steel frame offering an exquisite combination of torsion and flexibility manufactured with robotic laser welding for maximum precision and quality. We must highlight the 16 mm offset, the machined triple clamps, and the three-way adjustable handlebar.
The KTM 450 SMR rides on WP XACT suspension, lightweight 16.5/17 Supermoto ALPINA tubeless spoked rims, Bridgestone slick tires, and Brembo brakes.
The 2022 KTM 450 SMR starts at $11,999 USD / $13,449 CAD.
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Price: $11,999 USD / $13,449 CAD
449.9 cc, 1-cylinder, liquid cooled, SOHC engine with 63 horsepower
When maximum power is needed, there is no alternative to the stunning engine of the KTM 450 SMR. It’s performance has been demonstrated in the world’s toughest competitions such as the AMA 450 Supercross World Championship and the MXGP World Championship. The SOHC power plant is the perfect example of the advanced engineering techniques offering a peak power at an overall weight of just 27.3 kg. Mass-centralisation is key in the engine design, enabling chassis engineers to position the engine closer to the centre of gravity for great handling and manoeuvrability.
The KTM 450 SMR is fitted with a lightweight, compact SOHC (single overhead camshaft) cylinder head. The design focusses on mass centralization, contributing to overall handling excellence. The overhead camshaft has a friction-optimized surface and valve timing that delivers impressive responsiveness. The four ultra-lightweight titanium valves (intake 40 mm, exhaust 33 mm) are activated via extremely rigid rocker arms. The rockers on intake side are DLC coated, allowing for impressive engine speeds up to 11,500 rpm. Low-friction chain guides further support the high RPM levels. The innovative head configuration guarantees the most efficient delivery of the unrivalled power, keeping a strong edge over the competition.
Crankcases and engine covers
The compact engine cases are manufactured using a high pressure die-cast production process that helps with weight reduction, while retaining strength and durability. The design allows for optimal shaft arrangements close to the center of gravity, resulting in better mass centralization and easier ride-ability. The engine covers feature a smart surface structure that reduces wear caused by the rider’s boots, keeping them looking as fresh as the day you bought it.
The KTM 450 SMR benefits from a lightweight high-tech frame made of chromium molybdenum steel sections that include hydro-formed elements welded together by state-of-the-art robots. For 2022, the KTM 450 SMR introduces a frame finishing coated in racing orange to further reinforce the proximity to the championship winning machines of the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing stars. The frame design guarantees a precisely defined stiffness in conjunction with an optimal geometry with the rider enjoying first-class feedback and ultra-responsive handling. The subframe is made from extremely lightweight and highly stable aluminum sections that provide optimum riding feeling.
The KTM 450 SMR is fitted with ultra light weight and strong black ALPINA spoked wheels, 16.5” front rim and 17” rear rim respectively. They are complemented by tubeless Bridgestone 125/600 R16,5 and 165/630 R17 slick tires for maximum grip, traction and agility.
The KTM 450 SMR model is fitted with the super-lightweight WP XACT fork with AER technology and feature updated settings for Supermoto use. It is a 48 mm USD air-sprung fork with a capsulated air spring on the left side and pressurized oil chamber for progressive and consistent damping on the right. In combination with the mid-valve damping system, the fork provides exceptional feedback and rider comfort. The setting is specifically made for Supermoto racing and can be easily adjusted via the single air pressure valve for the air spring, as well as through easy access click adjusters for compression and rebound damping. The air pump needed to adjust the fork’s air pressure is provided as standard.
The KTM 450 SMR’s one-piece swingarm, is manufactured using a gravity die-cast production process, for exceptional strength at the lowest possible weight. It offers a wide range of adjustment for the rear wheel, allowing for a shorter wheelbase on tighter twisty tracks, or a longer wheelbase for greater stability on longer track. The swingarm’s chain measurement markings are visible from above, making adjustment simpler and more accurate.
The KTM 450 SMR is equipped with high-strength aluminum tapered handlebar, made by NEKEN. The handlebar is fixed in rubber damped mountings, which allow for two different positions. The handlebars come standard with an ODI vulcanized grip on the right side and a comfortable ODI lock-on grip, which does not require any wire or glue, on the left.
Sophisticated ´no-dirt´ footpegs prevent clogging of the footpeg pivot. Looking for a higher riding position? Then just mount the footpegs of the 2019 EXC models, which are 6mm higher than that of the SMR version.