KTM EXC450 (2010-on) Review

Published: 19 March 2010

"Unless you're an enduro god, everything you could want in an enduro…"

KTM 450 EXC

"Unless you're an enduro god, everything you could want in an enduro…"

  • At a glance
  • 449cc  -  50 bhp
  • 38 mpg  -  80 miles range
  • High seat height (985mm)
  • £7,349

Overall Rating 5 out of 5

Unless you’re enduro god David Knight who prefers the extra grunt of the 530, the 450 EXC is everything you could want in an enduro bike. Light, more power than most of us know what to do with and it’s fitted with some of the best quality suspension fitted to any motorcycle.

Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5

It pushes through mud with a secure feeling that anything will move out of your way yet when the trail gets more nadgery the steep geometry means it will flick round rocks and over obstacles. The 250 is slightly lighter but the 450 is hardly lardy. Suspension can be adjusted to make even the biggest rocks feel like a small inconvenience rather than an obstacle.

Engine 5 out of 5

Stick it in third gear, ride the torque and the 450 will give you a relatively easy time off road, but use the power and it’s a lightning quick off road weapon that will delight anyone who enjoys being terrified ever so slightly. Just make sure you’re hanging on!

Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5

Build-quality would shame a Bentley, probably. The thing is so well made that every single part of the bike just works both visually and technically. It needs servicing after 15 hours, but make sure you do that and it’s unlikely to ever let you down.

Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5

Compared to a £2000 WR250 the KTM is poor value, but add up the price of the kit on the bike, work out that you’re getting one of the purest, most hardcore enduro bikes ever made and the price could almost be considered a bargain for something so racey, so pure and so beautiful to look at. Find a KTM EXC450 for sale.

Insurance group: 10 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 5 out of 5

WP upside down forks, fully-adjustable linkless rear suspension, Brembo brakes and master cylinder, wavy discs, Excel rims, fuel injection, Akrapovic pipe, the list goes on. In fact there’s not much this bike hasn’t got, just bolt-on hand guards and a sump guard and it’s ready to race. Compare and buy parts for the KTM EXC 450 in the MCN Shop. 

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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2010
Year discontinued -
New price £7,349
Warranty term One year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 10 of 17
Annual road tax £58
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 50 bhp
Max torque 114 ft-lb
Top speed 93 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 38 mpg
Tank range 80 miles
Specification
Engine size 449cc
Engine type 4v, OHC, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder four-stroke, 6 gears
Frame type Steel double cradle, aluminium rear subframe, 48mm WP upside down front forks
Fuel capacity 9.5 litres
Seat height 985mm
Bike weight 113kg
Front suspension Rebound, compression and preload adjustment
Rear suspension Rebound, compression and preload adjustment
Front brake Dual-piston Brembo calliper, 335mm wavy disc
Rear brake Dual-piston Brembo calliper, 335mm wavy disc
Front tyre size 90/90 x 21
Rear tyre size 140/80 x 18

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