2012 KTM 450 XC-W — First Test — Dirt Rider Magazine

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KTM 450 XC-W
KTM 450 XC-W

2012 KTM 450 XC-W – First – Dirt Rider Magazine

KTM is not idly by or passively letting the slump and slow overall sales dampen its products. No, it is full-steam ahead on development and all-new bikes to the game, and the new 450 is a case in point. Last off-roader had few if any flawsit was honed and over its life since a new design back in 2008.

KTM really need to bring an bike, it just wanted to.

The like all the 2012 KTMs, is It looks a lot better in person photos are able to show. A lot of has to do with its stature appearing so sleek and slim compared to a off-road machine. And with being an off-road bike, it has a MX-esque poise and leanness to it.

a whopping eight pounds off the was a huge start (even in to EFI), but the company also at the size of things, like the and the frame. It carries a lot of cues the 350 SX-F and XC-F, but holds on to a lot of that was popular with the 450 and

Inside the engine KTM basically last year’s single-cam and the old bore and … configuration shrink-wrapped a new set of …-cast cases it. The Austrians went back to a oil compartment for the entire engine and for simplicity and dropped weight in the piston and in the balancing shafts, the of which is now just a set of gears.

The clutch is a unique machined-billet basket that now uses a diaphragm spring instead of springs. The ignition is beefed up to put out 196 up from 140, to meet the of the FI.The chassis is also redesigned. The engineers kept the PDS (no for simplicity, but now it utilizes a 7mm-longer and the mounting position is more located on the chassis.

The fork is the WP unit with new seals and aimed at being more with claimed improved life. A lot of attention was paid to the tract and the airbox boot. The no-tools access to the air filter but everything around it gets and lighter.But how does it ride? Did KTM a great bike?

Can a bike this, in a class that is with competition, really that much? Well, we warn you. If you don’t on buying one, don’t think about riding

And if you are easily upset, get jealous of bikes or can’t stand us KTMs, stop reading

Associate Editor Chris raced the box-stock XC-W at the round of the National Enduro proving the bike is ready to

To blow through the basics, FI and starting bring the engine to life and everyone noticed the was quieter than before. about the ’12 XC-W has a feel to it. Moving it around, the throttle, the way the motor picks up rpm and have much vibration for a bike. Even the pull of the is light and effortless. From the few feet you travel the steering has a feel.

Can you see where this is going?

The new houses a screen-type spark It is quieter and feels like it hurt power one bit.

not sure what KTM was comparing it to development, but it wasn’t any other four-…, MX bikes included. All we can is the orange engineers had a 300 two-… and “It must feel light all the time.” Because in we had this 450 XC-W out with a 250 XC and it feels the same, if not lighter, in situation. And it isn’t just in the feel of the bike.

The light comes through because of the character makeup of the bike.Start the power. It is super smooth, crisp and faultless, in a completely setup. No Mickey Mousing anything. It doesn’t need it.

The off the bottom and into the midrange, all of our test riders of a 400cc Plenty of torque to get it done, too much to get you in trouble with a flywheel feel to make the strokes of power less and more of a blur or blend of flowing out. It is so smooth and from such a low rpm, were stalling the bike they quit trying to up things with the throttle off.

Although the control and modulation of the are as good as anything, the lever required on the Brembo setup a little longer throw to disengage. Don’t worry, you get used to it.

This engine way too small in person to be a 450, let a 500 in bigger brother. Die-cast mark a stepping stone in KTM techniques from the sand-cast Age.

The motor also has a amount of compression braking, when coming down very high rpm, so the feeling is further explained. But think the 400cc power lives on any further than the because once the throttle opened up it’s all 450cc and of it. It revs fast up there, but not too as to waste power. It pulls as as any off-road 450 and will loft the wheel with just a if you let the motor pull into the

It is pretty much perfect for trail riding and racing all into a package that will be compared to going chassis only complements light feeling. It’s as if KTM the bike so it’s easier to around under you, but our six-foot-plus riders didn’t cramped. The triple clamp is and we felt the bar bend was a little than usual for a KTM.

The weight bias is onto the wheel, and that also the front end feel lighter; in it is like KTM has super-special bearings and inside the headset. When you ride it you fear the unstable will jump out and headshake but this never happens. in high-speed stuff, where a this light-feeling should scary, this XC-W to get on the back wheel and roost, the front light and stable.

KTM 450 XC-W

The PDS gets a little longer, has its in a tower above the frame’s spar and takes a more location on the chassis and swingarm. It was a

Then there is the suspension. the pure racing KTMs gone back to a linkage plenty of success, PDS remains on the Ws for and because it plain works. If within the 170- to 210-pound range, you won’t have any with anything in this setup on single-track riding.

plush and has that “…” one that doesn’t transfer the imperfections to the rider. But it is a good feeling because you can still what the bike and its tires are and it isn’t mushy or wallowy. as you use the … the suspension gets without getting harsh. The hits will bottom it, they should, but it is controlled and it nicely.

We left it alone for most of our but added a few clicks of rebound to the and just a bit of shock spring later on, and the turning only Minimal. Some riders feel the lower portion of the between the boots. And the seat great from the first on the bike, but we’ll bet it is mush in 20

We know these are easy to on, and about the only modification we throw right on is a good plate to protect the cases.

we weren’t expecting this out of this 450 XC-W. It is a much step forward than we was possible, and none of the off-road we loved in the previous XC-Ws lost in the progression forward. The of the four-strokes really have to be scared of.

Plus, as much as we at Rider love two-strokes, of their sacred territory, weight and light feel, is stomped on by this thumper.“Frankly, we expecting this much out of 450 XC-W. It is a much larger forward than we thought was


The 2012 KTM 450 XC-W everything juuuust right. off, it has the smoothest motor ever felt. And I’m not talking about roll-on, mid and top.

Which, yes, are all very smooth, but I’m talking about shutting off the With barely any engine-braking, bike has no jolt when the throttle. This makes on/off throttle transition and really lets you focus on line in the turn instead of unwanted bike movement.

KTM also nailed the FI for this the response is amazing, and it always you just the right amount of for any situation you find yourself the most amazing part of machine is how light it feels riding. This combination of chassis and suspension has made one of the lightest feeling off-road I have ever ridden and has put bike into some of “four-… that feels a two-…” class.

It has the light, feel of the two-…, yet has the power and feel of the four-…. So who has been us we couldn’t have the best of worlds?

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