With so many unknowns over thousands of kilometers of racing, the Dakar Rally is the pinnacle of rally-raid and one of the most notoriously difficult events in the world; that’s why using the best equipment developed by the most successful team in rally history makes the KTM 450 RALLY REPLICA an outstanding choice for competitors to rely on.
The Dakar Rally is one of the few events where amateur riders can compete alongside the professionals, and while this gives the opportunity for emerging rally racing talent to showcase their abilities, the factory-developed KTM 450 RALLY REPLICA provides racers with similar equipment to their factory counterparts. From its KTM 450cc single overhead-camshaft (SOHC) engine to its purpose-built rider triangle for those long days in the saddle and a Pankl six-speed transmission, the KTM 450 RALLY REPLICA is developed with experience, exquisite engineering and intense durability testing — all approved and tested by factory riders such as this year’s Dakar Rally winner, Kevin Benavides.
Built on success, there are few differences between the replica machine and its sister model, the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s KTM 450 RALLY bike. The KTM 450 RALLY REPLICA, which is a serious machine for those racing in national and international rally competitions or adventure events, such as the KTM ADVENTURE RALLY, has also been the springboard of many rally careers. Mason Klein, who began competing at rally events in 2020, won the Rally2 class in the World Rally-Raid Championship (2022) before taking a stage win at this year’s Dakar Rally with a number of top 10 stage results aboard his KTM machine.
The KTM 450 RALLY REPLICA has been the motorcycle of choice for many successful competitors, such as Paolo Lucci and Brad Cox, both of whom are battling for the Dakar Rally2 category victory in 2023, and, like their racing peers, compete at several international rallies throughout the season. In a notorious race where just reaching the finish line is a huge achievement, it’s also important not to forget the brave warriors of Dakar: those riders who compete in the Original By Motul class (Malle Moto). In this category, racers compete without any mechanical assistance, and on average 70% of the entrants annually choose KTM machinery, which is testament to the solid reliability of the KTM 450 RALLY REPLICA and its incredible pedigree.
The KTM 450 RALLY REPLICA boasts state-of-the-art components that have been developed in the extremes of the desert and gnarliest of stony terrain. With minimal weight, comfortable ergonomics and rideability at the heart of the design, the WP XACT PRO COMPONENTS suspension offers a precise feel, consistent performance and all-important traction, and it is built to absorb high-speed hits and whatever the terrain throws at it. The 450cc powerplant is light yet durable with an optimized power delivery, thanks to its cutting-edge Keihin Management system and electronic control unit (ECU) maps that have been refined for the conditions of rally racing. The Pankl transmission is the same as used by the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing team, as is the exceptional chrome-moly steel frame.
“The KTM 450 RALLY REPLICA is an extension of our factory development program, and it has been the choice of countless riders on their quest to either just complete rally races such as the Dakar or reach results close to the professionals. The bike is READY TO RACE out of the crate and has all of the needed capabilities for high-level success. Many riders have relied on this motorcycle to help them achieve their rally goals, and it is developed in-line with our Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Dakar Rally winning machine. This model usually sells out fast, and it’s great to see so many of them battling at the rallies around the world,” said KTM Rally Technical Manager Stefan Huber.
2024 KTM 450 RALLY REPLICA Highlights
- Limited-edition READY TO RACE model with only 80 units up for grabs
- Unrivaled 450cc SOHC fuel-injected engine
- Race-spec chassis developed through competition
- 48-millimeter WP XACT PRO closed cartridge forks [Cone Valve]
- WP XACT PRO fully-adjustable shock
- Premium-quality Akrapovič exhaust system
- Purposely designed for multi-stage cross-country competition