KTM EXC450 (2010 - on) Review
- One of the best enduro bikes out there
- Exceptional suspension
- Build solidly with loads of kit
At a glance
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Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
Unless you’re enduro god David Knight who prefers the extra grunt of the 530, the KTM 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.
There's a great online community for KTMs at the KTM Owners Forum.
Watch Michael Guy try out the KTM 450 EXC in this video
Ride quality & brakesNext up: Engine
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.
EngineNext up: Reliability
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!
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
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.
We've only got the one KTM EXC 450 owner's review on the site, and it's a full five stars.
Value vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
Compared to a £2000 Yamaha 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.
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.
|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|
|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|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||38 mpg|
|Annual road tax||£73|
|Annual service cost||-|
10 of 17
How much to insure?
|Warranty term||One year unlimited mileage|
Top speed & performance
|Max power||50 bhp|
|Max torque||114 ft-lb|
|Top speed||93 mph|
|1/4 mile acceleration||-|
|Tank range||80 miles|
Model history & versions
- 2010: Bike introduced.
- 2017: Updated, EXC-F four-stroke introduced.
- 2020: Further update including launch of Six Days version.
Other KTM EXC review on MCN
Owners' reviews for the KTM EXC450 (2010 - on)
1 owner has reviewed their KTM EXC450 (2010 - on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.
Summary of owners' reviews
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Regardless what anyone say try one before you buy that's the easiest way . First ride and I know that will be my thing from the first moment , I was 2times quicker then on my older Kawasaki with more confident and quality time . Would anyone who want a best kit on the market
I could "complain" about the front shock being a bit to soft even after a reset great for endure but could be a bit to soft for hard mx jumpers
God Such A Power You Won`t Believe It But Still Control Able Not As Jerky As The 2T-s
Immortal Plastic / Ultra Reliable Engine
lot of value for a lot of money simple as that :)
KTM racing kit worth the money all day long :)