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2011 KTM 450 EXC Review — Old Boys Toys

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2011 KTM 450 EXC Review

This is Part 3 of my 2011 KTM 450 EXC review. In Part 1, Deciding on the KTM 450 EXC. I discussed my research and evaluation behind the decision to purchase the KTM 450 EXC. In Part 2, KTM 450 EXC Enhancements.

I talked about some mandatory and highly desirable changes to the bike to make into into a great off road motorcycle. In this last part, I’ll talk about my riding experiences with the KTM 450 EXC, both on and off road.

At about 15 engine hours and 300 miles, I’ve only begun to challenge the capabilities of the KTM 450 EXC. Despite that, here are my first riding impressions. I’ve also included some video reviews to provide more information on the capabilities of the KTM 450 EXC.

Off Road Riding

Although a dual sport motorcycle, the KTM 450 EXC really excels at off road riding. Compared to my previous dual sport, the Yamaha WR250R, the KTM 450 EXC feels very light and maneuverable. That’s because at a weight of 251 lbs (no fuel) it is considerably lighter than the WR250R at a dry weight of 278 lbs.

Even with its dual sport components, it is comparable in weight to pure off road bikes, such as the Yamaha WR450F.

Riding off road, the 450 EXC has a ton of power. Far more than my riding skills allow me to leverage. But, the power does come in handy grunting up steep hills.

Riding rutty trails on the 450 EXC is confidence inspiring since it holds a line very well, even through rocky areas. The suspension is probably what I notice the most. The bike just cruises over bumps.

I’ve heard that the suspension is a little plush for motocross tracks, but that’s not where I ride.


Overall, the KTM 450 EXC is far more capable than my riding skills. I’ll provide more updates as the 450 EXC and I get more experience with each other.

Want to see the 450 EXC in action? Check out the following video by motorcyclenewsdotcom.

Riding the KTM 450 EXC on the Street

Although most of my riding miles have been off road, I’ve also ridden the bike around town, and even out onto the highway. This is definitely not a bike you would buy if you plan a lot of street riding. But, that’s primarily because the knobby tires, which are very competent off road, probably won’t support a lot of lean angle on pavement. I suppose you could ride this bike on the street supermoto-style by putting on some street tires.

However, the race-bike maintenance schedule will have you burning through the service intervals rather quickly. Overall, I’d limit street riding to getting between trails or riding for gas and lunch will trail riding. If you want something more balanced between off road and on road, I’d suggest something like my Yamaha WR250R.

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