2021 KTM 450 SMR Supermoto First Ride Review Photo Gallery

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After a seven-year absence, KTM returns to the North American competition supermoto segment with its 2021 450 SMR.
After a seven-year absence, KTM returns to the North American competition supermoto segment with its 2021 450 SMR. (Jeff Allen/)In typical KTM fashion, the 2021 450 SMR gets all of the powertrain and frame improvements that grace the 2021 450 SX-F motocross bike.
In typical KTM fashion, the 2021 450 SMR gets all of the powertrain and frame improvements that grace the 2021 450 SX-F motocross bike. (Jeff Allen/)You’ll be hard pressed to ride a more maneuverable sport-oriented road motorcycle compared to the 232-pound 450 SMR.
You’ll be hard pressed to ride a more maneuverable sport-oriented road motorcycle compared to the 232-pound 450 SMR. (Jeff Allen/)The SMR is powered by KTM’s 449cc single that’s good for nearly 55 ponies at the tire. The engine is water-cooled and fuel injected. Plus it benefits from electric start.
The SMR is powered by KTM’s 449cc single that’s good for nearly 55 ponies at the tire. The engine is water-cooled and fuel injected. Plus it benefits from electric start. (Jeff Allen/)Refined suspension action is one area of improvement versus the ‘18 Husqvarna FS 450. Both suspension components offer a wide range of spring preload and damping adjustment.
Refined suspension action is one area of improvement versus the ‘18 Husqvarna FS 450. Both suspension components offer a wide range of spring preload and damping adjustment. (Jeff Allen/)The 450 SMR’s body panels make for a motorcycle that fits well and is easier to control. The 1.8-gallon fuel tank is good for a few hours of track riding fun.
The 450 SMR’s body panels make for a motorcycle that fits well and is easier to control. The 1.8-gallon fuel tank is good for a few hours of track riding fun. (Jeff Allen/)The 449cc engine feels more snappy than we remember. Top-end power is stronger and power tapers off more smoothly as the engine nears redline.
The 449cc engine feels more snappy than we remember. Top-end power is stronger and power tapers off more smoothly as the engine nears redline. (Jeff Allen/)The 450 SMR employs the same frame and swingarm as the motocross bike. Taller final drive gearing lets the SMR run at speeds of around 90 mph in top gear.
The 450 SMR employs the same frame and swingarm as the motocross bike. Taller final drive gearing lets the SMR run at speeds of around 90 mph in top gear. (Jeff Allen/)The updated chassis complements the rigidity balance of the Bridgestone Battlax supermoto tires making for a motorcycle with exceptionally high level of grip.
The updated chassis complements the rigidity balance of the Bridgestone Battlax supermoto tires making for a motorcycle with exceptionally high level of grip. (Jeff Allen/)A refined chassis with subtly improved suspension action is one of the improvements of the 2021 KTM 450 SMR.
A refined chassis with subtly improved suspension action is one of the improvements of the 2021 KTM 450 SMR. (Jeff Allen/)A streetbike-sized front disc brakes does a fine job of shedding speed. The brake pad material has more bite than before with consistent, fade-free performance lap after lap.
A streetbike-sized front disc brakes does a fine job of shedding speed. The brake pad material has more bite than before with consistent, fade-free performance lap after lap. (Jeff Allen/)The 2021 450 SMR ($11,299) is a purpose-built competition-specification 450cc class supermoto. It swaps moto hardware for an asphalt setup.
The 2021 450 SMR ($11,299) is a purpose-built competition-specification 450cc class supermoto. It swaps moto hardware for an asphalt setup. (Jeff Allen/)Supermoto riders who would rather spend their time riding rather than working on their homemade garage creation will appreciate the work KTM engineers did building a properly prepped and functional supermoto.
Supermoto riders who would rather spend their time riding rather than working on their homemade garage creation will appreciate the work KTM engineers did building a properly prepped and functional supermoto. (Jeff Allen/)
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