KTM 450 EXC (2010-on) Review


  • One of the best enduro bikes out there
  • Exceptional suspension
  • Build solidly with loads of kit

At a glance

Owners' reliability rating: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Power: 50 bhp
Seat height: Tall (38.8 in / 985 mm)
Weight: Low (249 lbs / 113 kg)


New £7,349
Used N/A

Overall rating

Next up: Ride & brakes
5 out of 5 (5/5)

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 & brakes

Next up: Engine
5 out of 5 (5/5)

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.

Getting muddy with the KTM 450 EXC

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.


Next up: Reliability
5 out of 5 (5/5)

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!

KTM 450 EXC jumping

In fact, the KTM 450 EXC is so easy and capable, one-legged Joacim Bovie is a huge fan too. Watch his video here.

Reliability & build quality

Next up: Value
5 out of 5 (5/5)

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.

Our KTM EXC 450 owner's review doesn't indicate anything too concerning from a reliability perspective.

KTM 450 EXC front wheel

Value vs rivals

Next up: Equipment
4 out of 5 (4/5)

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 racy, so pure and so beautiful to look at.

Used prices for the KTM 450 EXC are incredibly diverse given the huge age range of bikes on offer.

Mud on the KTM 450 EXC swingarm


5 out of 5 (5/5)

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.

KTM 450 EXC being washed before getting muddy again


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

Mpg, costs & insurance

Average fuel consumption 38 mpg
Annual road tax £84
Annual service cost -
New price £7,349
Used price -
Insurance group 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

Model history

  • 2010: Bike introduced.
  • 2017: Updated, EXC-F four-stroke introduced.
  • 2020: Further update including launch of Six Days version.

Other versions

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.

Review your KTM EXC450 (2010 - on)

Summary of owners' reviews

Overall rating: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Ride quality & brakes: 4 out of 5 (4/5)
Engine: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Reliability & build quality: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Value vs rivals: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Equipment: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
5 out of 5
28 January 2017 by Thomas

Year: 2016

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

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

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

Engine 5 out of 5

God Such A Power You Won`t Believe It But Still Control Able Not As Jerky As The 2T-s

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

Immortal Plastic / Ultra Reliable Engine

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

lot of value for a lot of money simple as that :)

Equipment 5 out of 5

KTM racing kit worth the money all day long :)

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