KTM 450 four stroke Rally Replica
KTM EXC-F 450 SIXDAY
KTM research and development replace motor rally untuk dua rally racer diorg dari 660cc ke 450cc sbb Dakar Rally new regularion... tk boleh lebih dari 450cc.. the outcome mmg giler osem. Baca article kat bawah nih... :) survey kat KTM website... motor rally tu Hybrid travel class dgn enduro... osem giler babi kan... babi pun tk boleh buat osem mcm nih!...
"The 2011 Dakar was nothing short of a triumph for KTM and a very strong response to the surprise rule change introduced without warning by the Dakar organizers in the middle of 2009, which restricted professional riders from competing on bikes exceeding 450 ccm. This was widely seen as an attempt to break the KTM stranglehold on the title and as a result, Despres and Coma competed in the 2010 on the KTM 690 rally bike fitted with restrictors to reduce the performance down to the equivalent of a 450 ccm machine. It didn’t make any difference to the outcome and Cyril Despres took his third title. KTM’s response to the rule change was to have their R&D department go into top gear to design a Dakar competitive 450 ccm rally bike. The new KTM 450 Rally Replica was therefore the result of intense work by the KTM R&D department, with valuable input by both Coma and Despres, including hundreds of hours of testing. The bike made its first appearance in the autumn of 2010 where Despres rode it to victory in the desert sands of the Rally of Morocco.
The overwhelming success of the two KTM riders and the 450 Rally bike also heralds a new era for KTM in rally sport. As soon as the final result was announced, there was a strong message from the company headquarters in Mattighofen, Austria that the production model of the new bike would begin immediately and that KTM would use the Dakar Rally as its major marketing platform as it launches into a much more aggressive era in the sport. KTM CEO Stefan Pierer said the company had not only developed the best rally bike on the market but also planned to introduce new and interesting packages for both rally teams and individual rally enthusiasts. He added that KTM wanted to see riders from as many countries as possible on the new KTM Rally Replica."
- Article from GREAT DAKAR FOR KTM, MARC COMA, CYRIL DESPRES AND THE KTM 450 RALLY BIKE