It is a strange relationship between KTM and Husqvarna, with the prior owning the latter. Often times, this means that we see the orange bikes in blue and white clothing, with few changes separating the two offerings.
Such is the case with their pair of supermotos, with the 2022 KTM 450 SMR being almost identical to the 2022 Husqvarna FS 450 – save for a different color palette.
What are the real brass tacks differences? The Husqvarna has a composite subframe, while the KTM’s is made from aluminum. That’s it.
In case you needed a refresher then, the go-fast bits on the KTM 450 SMR would include the WP Suspension pieces, in the form of the WP WP XACT forks with AER technology, along with an WP XACT rear shock.
A single Brembo M50 caliper does the braking duty at the front, mated to a 310mm rotor. At the rear, there is a 220mm disc with a single-piston caliper.
Rounding out the components are CNC machined triple clamps, ProTaper handlebars, tubeless Alpina wheels (16.5″ front / 17″ rear), and Bridgestone tires.
Making things fast and loud is the 450cc single-cylinder thumper, which makes 63hp. There is a five-speed gearbox by Pankl, with a slipper clutch from Suter.
On the electronics side, there is a launch control function for perfect starts, and a basic traction control system so you don’t highside yourself to the moon.
KTM North America says that the 2022 KTM 450 SMR will be in dealers, starting in October 2021. If you want one, you should probably place your order now.
Source: KTM North America