Feel like having a crack at the Dakar rally? KTM may have just the thing for you. They’ll sell you a 450 Rally Factory Replica that’s been built for the purpose, but you’ll have to hurry – only 80 units are up for sale, and each one costs the equivalent of Rs 23 lakh, so you’ll also have to have a robust bank balance.
KTM has gone the whole hog with this bike, having collaborated with the Red Bull Racing Team to develop it, and the likes of Toby Price having weighed in as well. You can thus be sure that it’ll do exactly what it’s built for and more. KTM’s trusty 450cc SOHC, fuel-injected powerplant does duty, and the chassis has been thoroughly tuned to be rally spec. The 450 Rally Factory Replica has absolutely top of the line equipment – high grade WP with Xact Pro closed cartridge forks, Cone Valve tech, a PANKL Racing Systems gearbox (the same one as on the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing bikes) and a whole lot more.
The bike will be priced at 25,900 euros and will go on sale in Europe in September. For some extra cash, KTM will provide service support packages to a select few riders at the next Dakar. Maybe a polite email to KTM India will help you snag one of these, who knows?