You'd be forgiven for thinking the KTM 450 SMR couldn't possibly get any better. But we'll let that slide - just as you would be doing when you throw a leg over the latest iteration of pure READY TO RACE perfection. With a frame that is specifically engineered for longitudinal rigidity, stability, and exceptional rider feedback and an engine that blows away the competition with unrelenting power delivery - not to mention the electronic wizardry to rival sports bikes - The KTM 450 SMR is a purpose-built racer with one simple goal - winning championships.
The 2023 KTM 450 SMR boasts one of the most manic 4-stroke powerplants in the paddock, with its SOHC engine proving to be the perfect example of advanced engineering. For 2023, the engine is tilted 2° backward with a lower front sprocket position, which together with the benefits of mass centralization and reduced engine weight, the anti-squat behavior of the chassis is second to none. With a peak power output of over 63 HP and an overall engine weight of only 26.8 kg, you'll leave the competition with more than a little mud on the face.
No matter how twisty or technical the track is, you'll stay in complete control thanks to an all-new frame design that has not only been engineered for longitudinal rigidity but also repositions rotating mass closer to the center of gravity. Precise frame wall thicknesses deliver superior flex characteristics and offers an unmatched rider feel. A new shock mounting also provides improved anti-squat behavior to better traction out of corners, while the footpeg mounting position has moved inwards for less risk of hooking up.
The KTM 450 SMR is equipped with a tapered handlebar made of high-strength aluminum by NEKEN. The proprietary KTM bend delivers optimal control and unintended rider impacts are absorbed by the newly designed KTM branded handlebar pad, which features the same design patterns as seen on the frame protectors and tank spoilers - now that's a touch of class.
The 2023 KTM 450 SMR features an improved rider triangle, providing improved knee contact - especially when standing on the pegs - with improved gripping surfaces all around. In terms of graphics, the 2023 KTM 450 SMR takes its cues from the early 1990s, featuring a little sliver of purple between the contrasting orange graphics.