Do you have eyes on starting your rally raid racing career? If so, we suggest KTM’s updated privateer model, the 2019 KTM 450 Rally Replica. There is one slight problem, however…it’s already sold out.
Built off the same machine that took Matthias Walkner to the winner’s circle during the 2018 edition, the Rally Replica model is still built for racers only, but it keeps in mind those who are competing without the budget of a factory team.
For 2019, KTM says that it has redesigned the Rally Replica from the ground up, to provide an excellent racing platform for the company’s racing customers.
As such, the 2019 KTM 450 Rally Replica has a completely new chassis, which has improved mass centralization.
There is a bevy of other new pieces as well, like the swingarm, shock linkage and absorber, airbox, fuel tanks, and seat. All of these improvements have an eye on evenly distributing and centralizing the mass on the KTM 450 Rally Replica, including the bike’s new Akrapovic exhaust.
In the go-fast department, the forks are from WP Suspension, and are the WP XACT PRO 48mm forks, with closed cartridge cone calve suspension technology. Meanwhile, brakes are by Brembo, and they will be stopping the new 450cc single-cylinder engine that KTM is bringing to the 2019 model.
As such, the fuel-injected thumper is flaunting an increased power figure, thanks to the bike’s new cylinder head. This is mated to a new gearbox as well, which has been extensively tested in the toughest conditions, according to KTM.
KTM says that it plans on making 75 units of the Rally Replica available for the 2019 model year, but all of them are already spoken for. Such is the life of a rally raid privateer.