2021 KTM 450 SMR MC Commute Review

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After a seven-year hiatus from KTM’s North American motorcycle lineup, the new and improved 2021 450 SMR ($11,299) returns the Austrian bike manufacturer to the 450cc supermoto class. Based off the ’21 450 SX-F motocross bike, the 450 SMR swaps its moto hardware for a purpose-built and competition-specification road setup.

Supermoto junkies rejoice as KTM imports its 450 SMR into the North American market for the 2021 model year.
Supermoto junkies rejoice as KTM imports its 450 SMR into the North American market for the 2021 model year. (Casey Davis/)

We have published extensive reports on the Orange Brigade’s latest race-ready weapon in the 2021 KTM 450 SMR Supermoto First Look Preview and 2021 KTM 450 SMR Supermoto First Ride Review articles. This review discusses what it’s like to operate behind the Neken handlebar at Southern California’s eight-turn, 0.5-mile Apex Raceway go-kart circuit. Tune in and see what it’s like to ride in this special-edition MC Commute.

Gear Box

Helmet: AGV AX9 Carbon

Suit: Alpinestars GP Plus V2

Gloves: Alpinestars SP Air

Boots: Alpinestars Supertech R Vented

2021 KTM 450 SMR Technical Specifications and Price

PRICE $11,299
ENGINE 449cc, SOHC, liquid-cooled single; 4-valve
BORE x STROKE 95.0 x 63.4mm
FUEL DELIVERY Fuel injection w/ 44mm throttle body
CLUTCH Wet, multiplate slipper clutch; hydraulic actuation
TRANSMISSION/FINAL DRIVE 5-speed/chain
FRAME Central double-cradle-type chromoly steel
FRONT SUSPENSION 48mm WP Xact inverted fork, three-way adjustable for spring preload, compression and rebound damping; 11.2 in. travel
REAR SUSPENSION WP Xact coil-spring shock, four-way adjustable for spring preload, low/high-speed compression and rebound damping; 10.5 in. travel
FRONT BRAKE Brembo radial-mounted 4-piston caliper, 310mm disc
REAR BRAKE Brembo 1-piston caliper, 220mm disc
WHEELS, FRONT/REAR Die-cast aluminum; 16.5 x 3.5 in. / 17 x 5.0 in.
TIRES Bridgestone Battlax Supermoto; 125/600-16.5 / 165/630-17
RAKE/TRAIL 26.1°/ TBD in.
WHEELBASE 58.5 in.
FUEL CAPACITY 1.8 gal.
CLAIMED CURB WEIGHT 232 lb.
AVAILABLE November 2020
CONTACT ktm.com
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