2008 KTM XC 450 Review

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2008 KTM XC 450 Review

Story by Fredmonsky, Photography by Brian Nov. 14, 2008

Competition in ATV today is fierce, particularly in the of the Grand National Cross tour.

Few manufacturers understand better than a relative to the ATV scene – orange-clad, Austrian-based Factory KTM GNCC racer McGill proved the company’s to Race’ slogan by finishing overall in this year’s on his KTM 525 XC. His teammate, Taylor Kiser, was behind with a sixth in the 2008 pro class.

Both riders accomplished feat in their first on a first-year machine designed for cross country racing.

as a multi-time two-wheeled GNCC holder, came very to a title during its ATV racing KTM invited us for a day-long test of its 450 and 525 XC at a recent KTM Ride Experience on the of Crow Canyon Action Sports in Uhrichsville, Ohio.

clicking the starter button, we the morning looking over the model KTM had provided us and the KTM Hard ‘photo shoot’ model KTM in its 18-wheeler to the Crow Canyon ride.

First, we spent some sitting on the machine analyzing its The most obvious difference compared to most other ATVs is the length of the hydraulic and front brake levers. The levers are a nod to the quad’s two-wheeled and cater to a more race style of riding in which the maintains one or two fingers on the levers at all

The wide foot pegs a kick-up to keep your from sliding off. The also seemed angled towards the front of the quad and a more aggressive riding

The peg angle seemed to push our forward more so than on quads and left us feeling as if we hunching over the Magura aluminum bars, which are lower than we prefer. But the location offered a lot of leg room and particularly with the wide and encouraged a mobile rider to their weight aggressively the quad.

Overall, the ergonomics provide a neutral, natural feeling enough opportunity for fine via the four-way adjustable handlebar

Austrian Engineering

The engine on the XC is borrowed from proven KTM bike models and modified for ATV levels. The engines in both are virtually identical, except for the – 89mm on the 450 and 95mm on the 525. engine features include cylinder heads, a curved for improved airflow and the elimination of an oil tank.

Air intake is directed through a air box and filter located beneath the and designed for two things – maximum protection and ease of maintenance. No are required for removing or replacing the air KTM opted to avoid the complexity of injection and funnels air and fuel a Keihin FCR MX-39 carburetor.


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