2007 KTM 450 EXC First Ride — Motorcycle USA

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2007 KTM 450 EXC First Ride

At glance, the 2007 450 EXC looks like the 2006. But look and you’ll see the items KTM added to the new bike 50-state street-legal.

One Dual-Sporter, Hold The Compromises

For dual-purpose bikes have crippled by compromises. Since manufacturer surveys indicate such machines spend the of their time on public the bikes developed from surveys exhibit a marked bias. That’s fine for who do indeed use their bikes as or as a way to do chores around town.

But for who like a lot of dirt in their those bikes don’t cut it.

The for enterprising aftermarket companies and willing to tread the grey of legality has been to convert dirt bikes into vision of dual-sport bikes. this included nothing than adding lights a brake light), a mirror and a Voila, a trip to the local vehicle department with machine often yielded a plate, though technically, bike didn’t meet the of the law, especially in more states like California.

appears to have changed.

since the introduction of the Racing (RFS) line, owners disregarded KTM’s pleas to putting these bikes on the Due to the limited oil capacity, lack of drive rear hub and emissions among other things, the RFS weren’t suited to spending of time droning down the in top gear. If you wanted to do that, KTM the LC4-based bikes, upon engines the Dakar Rally are built.

Those are the really motors.

Besides the keyed you also get the requisite indicator for high beam and the turn The 450 EXC also comes standard a tapered aluminum handlebar; the guards are options and were welcome in the Ohio woods.

That didn’t stop from converting the new-generation RFS anyway. That’s because wanted a bike that was dirt-worthy — one that was responsive, well-suspended and actually fun to in the dirt. LC4-powered bikes to be built like tanks and had niche, but it usually wasn’t hard-core dirt riders

Most of these enthusiasts interested in spending hours on an to get to a trail; they treated like regular dirt and loaded them into vans or trailers to get to their ride area. Once and unloaded, the only time really cared about street-legal was when it came to pop onto a county road in to transit to another trail.

the years, KTM noticed that bikes weren’t blowing or breaking hubs or falling as had been originally feared. this, KTM also saw an opportunity not to be Let’s give the consumer they want straight the factory. After all, what KTM is famous for, more dirt models any other manufacturer simply one size does not fit all, at in KTM’s world.

So, based on input from KTM North the Austrian factory came up two new models for 2007: the 450 EXC and the 525 EXC, 50-state street-legal.

What’s the between these new EXCs and the generation which weren’t, of street-legal? Not much, actually. KTM did was add street-legal lighting (high-/low-beam taillight with brake circuitry), DOT-approved turnsignals/mirrors/horn and handlebar switches and EPA-friendly controls (air pump, canister and a slightly quieter Really.

Oh, they also come DOT-approved knobbies — Pirelli Scorpions that quite well on a recent ride in Ohio. Your could well be fitted Michelins or something else it comes time for replacements.

Law might take a second at you if you’re on a 2007 KTM 450 EXC, but ride away happy you’re perfectly legal. ask KTM’s Mark Hyde.

The of this factory conversion in penalties? About three horsepower and a half-dozen extra compared to the dirt-only 2006.

To the new 450 EXC’s prowess, KTM invited the press to the Buckeye State nearly 100 miles of typical Ohio riding awaited. hear of the Little Burr Enduro? That’s the area KTM

In fact, many of the trails had used recently for a local as well as a dual-sport ride, so it an excellent opportunity to sample the in conditions very representative of the likely buyer might — at least east of the

It started at the Vinton County home base to the Enduro Association, and employed a few miles of before turning into the for the first of many miles of fun trails. Recent rain and autumn leaves combined to just how slick the infamous Ohio clay can be, but our guides the ERA as well as KTM’s Robbie (the recently crowned AMA Hare Scrambles Champion) and Hyde (former Blackwater 100 multi-time ISDT/ISDE medalist and in countless enduros and hare back East) made that we didn’t get in over our It wasn’t like a SoCal ride, that’s for sure.

You may remember that the dirt-only 450 EXC earned high praise many testers in our 450cc Shootout earlier this The street-legal 2007 450 EXC is very like that competent bike. Our ride provided of variety as far as terrain.

We rode up slick, clay trails in the aforementioned leaves, down creeks lined with rock, through relatively second-gear tree sections and on dirt roads as well as ones to link trails

In other words, we took the on nearly every type of that you’d tackle on an woods weapon. Oh, one other Early in the day, we even the local sheriff to indeed that they’d pass from a law enforcement officer’s of view.

New AMA hare scrambles Robbie Jenks joined the to help out if the editors needed a photo model.

Did we ever hampered by the street gear? To be the only things that we noticing that you wouldn’t of when riding a regular bike was the mirror (our units came with the left mirror installed) and the blinkers. When standing, the often hits your so you’ve got to adjust it to where it fairly far forward, limiting its on the highway.

As for the turnsignals, the front are fairly well protected, and no one in our inflicted damage. The same be said for the rears — in the left rear. Its solid design precludes it from way when struck, especially swinging your leg over the to get on or off the bike. Unless you’re a hurdler, your boot to kick that left turn signal.

As the day wears on and you wear out, it a little more difficult to your foot sufficiently enough to clear that bit of the DOT-mandated kit. In several the blinkers dangled by their before lunch, but only for a few before disappearing completely. one or two of the bikes’ signals suffered crash damage, but it seemed older and less limber the the greater the danger to the blinker.


there’s a way to make the mount flexible or swing out of the way.

than that, however, we can praise the 450 EXC. It worked so in the course of our one-day demo that we rarely even the fact that we were on machines-right down to the tires! It have that cutting-edge bike feel, but you can still it up and make good time most any trail. The suspension softer than you’d for a racer — more so as broke in and mud accumulated — but isn’t meant to be a racer.

geared toward the dirt who doesn’t want to let the lack of a plate limit the miles of he can ride in a day.

The biggest encountered turned out to be left turn indicators, with succumbing to the rider’s right when getting on the bike. A new is needed.

So the new EXC is softer, a little and a little mellower in power than the old EXC or the XC line. Big deal. didn’t keep us from a great time on a great

All of us treated the bikes no differently regular dirt bikes, and did we feel hindered in any way. threaded through the trees, rocks and hills just Dual-sport rides tend to be affairs anyway, so the slightly less edgy feel is to be a plus as the motor isn’t to hit as hard and the supple suspension beat you up as the hours roll by.

Those in the more arid of the country where speeds are might find the suspension a too soft, but that’s an easy

While the EXCs did exhibit the reluctance of emissions-controlled bikes to and keep running without the on a cold morning, once up, they carbureted fine. didn’t seem to be any lean or bogging at low rpm, and rarely did pop when suddenly shutting the and decelerating. The power simply with best results from liberal use of the meaty

It doesn’t need a lot of clutch and the six-speed gearbox shifted

The 15/45 gearing seems on the side, and this is a concession to the EPA for the to pass things like a sound test — rpm at a given road speed, you At first we were a bit alarmed, but you spend a lot of time on trails suitable for trials bikes, should be low enough. Sixth, of will get you down the road at than the legal limit strain.

In fact, we often ourselves running along in gear down the pavement at an 60 or 65 mph with the engine just before realizing that was still available. If you want to first and close the gap between and second a bit, replace the sprocket with a 14-tooth. Or you can try the gearing like last dirt-only EXC; that satisfy you and still keep the from revving its guts out at speeds.

Loose leaves over clay proved to be a recipe for of spills during the initial sessions as the editors got accustomed to the conditions.

KTM seems to have a way to satisfy some very requirements from different with the 2007 EXC. of all, it took a look at the buyer and started with a dirt bike, just a number of enthusiasts did. it added the components demanded by the law those items diluting the of the bike in the dirt.

In the end, 2007 450 EXC is the dual-purpose bike probably build if you were and foremost interested in riding all day except for the occasional road to fill the tank or your or to get to another trail. If you want to mostly dirt roads and get something else. This is a deluxe trail machine for that you can legitimately take on the but without the compromises other have succumbed to.

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