2009 KTM 450 XC-W Web Test — Dirt Rider Magazine

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KTM 450 XC-W
KTM 450 XC-W

2009 KTM 450 XC-W Web Test – Rider Magazine

Our KTM 450 XCW was a favorite a lot of our riders, but more so with the riders like Scott Denison owns a KTM 300 XC two-…, but well to the 450.

If you parked a and 2009 KTM 450XCW side-by-side, you wouldn’t notice any difference but the and some small color to some parts. We’re with the look, since are many changes hidden that have made a difference.One year ago I would said, “Forget the 450 XCW. The 530 the same and has more and smoother Of course I would have said that the XCW feels and that the 450 XC was a better bet. But was then.

In the meantime, KTM redesigned the internals and the fork’s upper and tubes.KTM has managed to get the rear working very well, and for off-road. To accomplish that the shock has two separate pistons on the shaft. A large needle – like a much larger of a carburetor needle – is located in the body.

As the shock gets into the travel, the needle the shock shaft, and it closes off the bleed for the second piston. than relying on a linkage to leverage on the shock late in the the WP PDS system utilizes far more control over the oil flow.For the second PDS piston has a larger opening, and the shock needle is as well, and the end result is that the piston has less crossover to the early in the ….

It turns out that this is a thing.Up front there are internal changes, but the shape of the tubes and the manufacturer and material of the tubes is much closer to used by Kayaba and Showa. The in suspension compliance and control is

If you are used to a linkage bike you may the shock a little more and a bit hoppy feeling under but for most riders the feeling is from past models, and the period is profoundly shorter.A new caliper has maintained the stunning power at previous levels, but the and feel of the brake is vastly and that is a good thing. bikes stop like no bike. As always, the hydraulic works extremely well.

It that the hydraulic design any advantages of leverage over a system, but the friction of the inner wire against the cable is gone. In addition, hydraulic is instant since there is no flex. Add in the fact that a system self-adjusts, and you have a clutch. Another welcome is the material of the lever. We bent the and then carefully bent it and it showed no inclination to crack or

Naturally, the down side is the cylinder is much more than an ordinary clutch if it is broken or damaged.For 2009, the clutch is less vital, it is required less often. A cam has boosted the bottom and middle rpm so this engine is far more happier to gain rpm and blessed more meat to the power at all The need we felt for lower for tight trails in past is much less urgent, or superfluous.

After all, there are six spaced gears in that and they cover trail from survival slow to fast. On dry and somewhat slippery our bike indicated approximately 85 an hour.

A traction situation less wheelspin would push the bike through the a bit faster, but that felt fast for us.Somehow this of added performance and a “happier” character conspires with the to steal away the weight of the bike. Sure, it is the lightest in the test by anywhere from to 21 pounds, but it feels lighter it is.

The XC (with no kickstart system at all and a speed) is still over 10 lighter, but now the difference in weight is not so great. With this feel the XCW goes straighter in and remains composed at speed. It is in twisty, turny conditions you keep a little momentum and The chassis has good front traction, and the bike carves well on flat ground, and it in nicely for sand and mud.

It really wags the head to be a serious issue, but is busy that a steering damper is a but no required addition.Off-road accoutrements are minimal, but the KTM does come a tucked-away kickstand, flag-type frame and muffler guards and a speedo/odo. It has lighting capability, but no The only thing truly is a skid plate or other of engine case protection.

The frame rails actually do a job protecting the center cases, but the cover is vulnerable. The only chink in the off-road armor is the KTM – with no coolant catch – will get hot, boil and lose coolant while the machinery simply cycles the back in when the engine far as rider position goes, the KTM is and easy to move around on, and if you to make changes, the handlebar is adjustable, and both KTM and the aftermarket taller and lower seats.

The do still have a seat according to most of our test Some riders felt the was a little wide when rode standing, but most quickly. Mileage and range are despite holding only a more than the BMW or Honda and part of the thanks goes to the not needing rpm to make good speed and a gear for every that helps the bike dinosaurs judiciously.

KTM didn’t much with the outer but lavished R-D dollars on the engine and It was money well-spent, and the bike is a more effective trail in 2009.

KTM could have had this by the throat except for one thing: the While the KTM has an advantage for faster and open riding, in tight the ‘Berg has an edge for most Nevertheless, as an all-around package the KTM has to offer, since it is not so narrowly and routine maintenance – like spring preload adjustments are easier. The KTM also suits riders more easily.

Add a reliability record and strong and it is easy to see why orange has become the of off-road. MSRP: $8798.00

Weight (tank empty): 248 lb.

Weight (tank full): 276 lb.

Height: 37.8 inches

Height: 16.9

Ground 13.5

Street Legal N

Fuel capacity: 2.4 gal.

KTM 450 XC-W
KTM 450 XC-W


From the second I got on the I noticed that it was very The bike handles great in the and twisty trails and it is so light, it like I was riding my 200. The was pretty stiff on the trail and on the mx but it stayed straight (just you up a little). The bike turns good and stays predictable in the it goes were you want it

This bike had plenty of with the XC-W gearbox, for tight trails and a very 6th gear for when you need it. The pull is very smooth but one I noticed is the lever was in an awkward and it caused my hand to get tired The steering felt a little and a steering stabilizer would been nice for the high sections.

The best quality of this by far is its light and nimble feeling.

DeJongh: 6’0″/150 lb. /Expert all of our 450 testing the KTM was my favorite bike. so that I purposely left it the last bike of the day to avoid the other bikes feel than they are. I fit this bike and it fits me. So the annual Soboba Trail the tightest and most technical ride I do each year, the XCW was the choice.

Because I can’t of a stronger word, I’d say it was perfect for the While other struggled fuel capacity, I never hit The suspension and engine kept my from hitting reserve as Even I wouldn’t mind a seat height, but I just had to my tall seat from Engineering.

That seat is all I to make my day. In ’08 I touted the but in ’09 I say, who needs it?”

Kramer: 6’1″/225 lb. /B rider I all of the 450s, and the KTM is my favorite. It just everything that I want it to. It very agile. I even the KTM on the track with no problem. It has low-end grunt that you to go into low-speed sections and it on without clutching it a lot.

With this engine I really notice the wide-ratio First is not too low, and it pulls all the easy. It doesn’t have a big but there is always plenty of

On tricky sections I would to charge harder on the other

Billy Oulette: 5’10″/155 lb. national pro motocrosser I didn’t the Husaberg, but I thought the KTM smoked all the bikes. I have the ’06 450 XC, and it feels in general, and more front end The new bike stays straight on better, and it never really anything weird. The power tame with no hit, but it as hard as or harder than my XC and it does that while quieter. It feels more than my bike as well.

of these 450s are light, but one feels light. It would be my for a 450 off-road.

Rob Waite: 5’10″/160 lb. trail rider

KTM 450 XC-W
KTM 450 XC-W
KTM 450 XC-W


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