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KTM 450 XC-F

KTM 450 XC-F 2021

Base Price: 140,999.00 ZAR*

** Manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP), the actual sale prices can vary.

When maximum attack is required, the only answer is the KTM 450 XC-F. The compact SOHC engine delivers explosive power in a smooth, usable delivery that suits both weekend riders and seasoned racers alike. More to the point, the KTM 450 XC-F shares 95% of its parts with the multiple championship winning KTM 450 SX-F motocross bike. So, are you READY TO RACE?
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When maximum attack is required, the only answer is the KTM 450 XC-F. The compact SOHC engine delivers explosive power in a smooth, usable delivery that suits both weekend riders and seasoned racers alike. More to the point, the KTM 450 XC-F shares 95% of its parts with the multiple championship winning KTM 450 SX-F motocross bike. So, are you READY TO RACE?

** Manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP), the actual sale prices can vary.

  1. Engine & Exhaust
  2. Chassis
  3. Ergonomics & Comfort
  4. Bodywork & Graphics
  5. Software & Electronics

01. Engine & Exhaust

Power and torque
Power and torque

Engine

Combining compact dimension with an immense power output, the KTM 450 XC-F´s fuel-injected SOHC engine is the most powerful and refined 450 cc on the market. Its class-leading power delivery is available throughout the entire rev range and with a reduced weight of only 29.2 kg, this engine is the most compact, lightest and most competitive powerplant out there.

Cylinder head

The KTM 450 XC-F engine is fitted with a compact SOHC cylinder head for optimal mass centralization while contributing to even better handling. The head configuration promises efficient power delivery and unrivalled performance as the gas flow through the ports is controlled by a single overhead camshaft. It features a durable axial fixation of the de-compressor shaft and an efficient, integrated engine breather system. The rocker arms and low-friction timing chain guides guarantee a consistent performance throughout the rpm range.

Crankshaft

The KTM 450 XC-F’s crankshaft utilizes a short connecting rod, which makes for an overall compact and lightweight engine with a snappy power delivery. A plain big (bottom) end bearing with two force-fitted bearing shells runs directly on the crank pin. The necessary oil feed for this bearing is ensured by the engine’s pressurized lubrication. This design is a decisive benefit in terms of the crankshaft service interval, which can be lengthened due to the plain bearing. So just pin it, all day long.

Crankcases and engine covers

The compact engine cases are manufactured using a high pressure die-cast production process which helps with weight reduction, while retaining strength and durability. The design allows for a very centralized shaft configuration, making the engine very short and compact, while contributing to an efficient centralization of mass. Additionally, the engine covers feature a smart surface structure which reduces wear caused by the rider's boots, keeping them looking as fresh as the day you bought it.

Transmission

The KTM 450 XC-F uses a lightweight 5-speed transmission with gear ratios that are perfectly matched to the power delivery of its large displacement engine. The 1st and 3rd gears are treated with a special surface coating for better reliability. An advanced ´No Dirt´ gear shift lever design prevents mud and sand from blocking the joint of the lever and guarantees trouble-free shifting. All 4-stroke engines are fitted with a gear position sensor, giving the option of different engine characteristics for each gear.

Engine management system

The state-of-the-art Keihin Engine Management System, with electronic fuel injection, features a 44 mm throttle body with separate systems for cold starting and idle adjustment. The throttle cable mount allows for easy access and a smooth routing of the cables. The ECU features selectable engine maps which are optimized to the exhaust, airbox and engine configuration, as well as regulating the unique traction control and launch control which are activated by the handlebar map-select switch. It also provides different maps for each gear, according to the information received from the gear sensor, ensuring maximum power as you shift through the gears.

Cylinder and piston

Inside the short 95 mm bore cylinder, is an extremely lightweight, box-in-box type piston made by König. In conjunction with the light but extremely durable piston pin, it is a major contributor to the engine's high performance, low vibrations and engine-speed. The compression ratio of 12.75:1 delivers exceptional engine performance and reduces the risk of engine knocking. Additionally, the top of the piston is optimized for a highly efficient combustion.

Balancer shaft

The side-mounted balancer shaft does double duty also driving the water pump. Thanks to its perfect balance and low oscillating masses, engine vibration is kept to a minimum.

Clutch

The KTM 450 XC-F employs the KTM-developed DDS clutch (damped diaphragm steel) with a robust steel basket, extremely heat resistant clutch plates and new, nitrated steel liners reducing the wear. This clever design employs a diaphragm spring instead of the usual coil springs, making for considerably easier clutch action. A diaphragm spring also leaves sufficient space for a damping system to be integrated into the clutch hub. The goal is traction, but durability is as well. Light operation and telepathic amounts of control are standard with this hydraulic Brembo actuated clutch.

E-Starter

Like all KTM 4-stroke motorcycles, the KTM 450 SX-F is started at the push of a button - a priceless advantage when you’re on the clock.

Always optimal
Always optimal

Cooling

Maintaining the optimal engine temperature is crucial to ensuring consistent horsepower throughout the ride. The KTM 450 XC-F features radiators which are mounted close to the center of gravity and match the design of the shrouds perfectly, in order to achieve perfect ergonomics. By using CFD technology (Computational Fluid Dynamics) and a smart coolant circuit routing, the innovative system ensures optimum engine temperature for the highest performance, in all conditions. Above all, the delta distributor, integrated into the frame triangle, features a large center tube, making the coolant flow from the cylinder head to the radiators highly efficient. The radiators have special protectors that protect from flying rocks and debris while also acting as a brace to disperse energy around the radiators in the event of an impact.

Finely tuned
Finely tuned

Exhaust

When it comes to power delivery and performance, the exhaust on all 4-stroke models plays a key role and packs a punch that is hard to beat. It features a model specific header pipe with an advanced resonator called FDH (Flow Design Header), which is a small chamber around the pipe. The design allows the exhaust to be disassembled without removing the shock absorber and also provides better access to the shock. The aluminum sleeve, end cap and internal design of the silencer allows for slimmer ergonomics, making the bike feel narrower, without compromise to regulatory noise limits.

Power and torque
Power and torque

Engine

Combining compact dimension with an immense power output, the KTM 450 XC-F´s fuel-injected SOHC engine is the most powerful and refined 450 cc on the market. Its class-leading power delivery is available throughout the entire rev range and with a reduced weight of only 29.2 kg, this engine is the most compact, lightest and most competitive powerplant out there.

Power and torque

Cylinder head

The KTM 450 XC-F engine is fitted with a compact SOHC cylinder head for optimal mass centralization while contributing to even better handling. The head configuration promises efficient power delivery and unrivalled performance as the gas flow through the ports is controlled by a single overhead camshaft. It features a durable axial fixation of the de-compressor shaft and an efficient, integrated engine breather system. The rocker arms and low-friction timing chain guides guarantee a consistent performance throughout the rpm range.

Crankshaft

The KTM 450 XC-F’s crankshaft utilizes a short connecting rod, which makes for an overall compact and lightweight engine with a snappy power delivery. A plain big (bottom) end bearing with two force-fitted bearing shells runs directly on the crank pin. The necessary oil feed for this bearing is ensured by the engine’s pressurized lubrication. This design is a decisive benefit in terms of the crankshaft service interval, which can be lengthened due to the plain bearing. So just pin it, all day long.

Crankcases and engine covers

The compact engine cases are manufactured using a high pressure die-cast production process which helps with weight reduction, while retaining strength and durability. The design allows for a very centralized shaft configuration, making the engine very short and compact, while contributing to an efficient centralization of mass. Additionally, the engine covers feature a smart surface structure which reduces wear caused by the rider's boots, keeping them looking as fresh as the day you bought it.

Transmission

The KTM 450 XC-F uses a lightweight 5-speed transmission with gear ratios that are perfectly matched to the power delivery of its large displacement engine. The 1st and 3rd gears are treated with a special surface coating for better reliability. An advanced ´No Dirt´ gear shift lever design prevents mud and sand from blocking the joint of the lever and guarantees trouble-free shifting. All 4-stroke engines are fitted with a gear position sensor, giving the option of different engine characteristics for each gear.

Engine management system

The state-of-the-art Keihin Engine Management System, with electronic fuel injection, features a 44 mm throttle body with separate systems for cold starting and idle adjustment. The throttle cable mount allows for easy access and a smooth routing of the cables. The ECU features selectable engine maps which are optimized to the exhaust, airbox and engine configuration, as well as regulating the unique traction control and launch control which are activated by the handlebar map-select switch. It also provides different maps for each gear, according to the information received from the gear sensor, ensuring maximum power as you shift through the gears.

Cylinder and piston

Inside the short 95 mm bore cylinder, is an extremely lightweight, box-in-box type piston made by König. In conjunction with the light but extremely durable piston pin, it is a major contributor to the engine's high performance, low vibrations and engine-speed. The compression ratio of 12.75:1 delivers exceptional engine performance and reduces the risk of engine knocking. Additionally, the top of the piston is optimized for a highly efficient combustion.

Balancer shaft

The side-mounted balancer shaft does double duty also driving the water pump. Thanks to its perfect balance and low oscillating masses, engine vibration is kept to a minimum.

Clutch

The KTM 450 XC-F employs the KTM-developed DDS clutch (damped diaphragm steel) with a robust steel basket, extremely heat resistant clutch plates and new, nitrated steel liners reducing the wear. This clever design employs a diaphragm spring instead of the usual coil springs, making for considerably easier clutch action. A diaphragm spring also leaves sufficient space for a damping system to be integrated into the clutch hub. The goal is traction, but durability is as well. Light operation and telepathic amounts of control are standard with this hydraulic Brembo actuated clutch.

E-Starter

Like all KTM 4-stroke motorcycles, the KTM 450 SX-F is started at the push of a button - a priceless advantage when you’re on the clock.

Always optimal
Always optimal

Cooling

Maintaining the optimal engine temperature is crucial to ensuring consistent horsepower throughout the ride. The KTM 450 XC-F features radiators which are mounted close to the center of gravity and match the design of the shrouds perfectly, in order to achieve perfect ergonomics. By using CFD technology (Computational Fluid Dynamics) and a smart coolant circuit routing, the innovative system ensures optimum engine temperature for the highest performance, in all conditions. Above all, the delta distributor, integrated into the frame triangle, features a large center tube, making the coolant flow from the cylinder head to the radiators highly efficient. The radiators have special protectors that protect from flying rocks and debris while also acting as a brace to disperse energy around the radiators in the event of an impact.

Always optimal
Finely tuned
Finely tuned

Exhaust

When it comes to power delivery and performance, the exhaust on all 4-stroke models plays a key role and packs a punch that is hard to beat. It features a model specific header pipe with an advanced resonator called FDH (Flow Design Header), which is a small chamber around the pipe. The design allows the exhaust to be disassembled without removing the shock absorber and also provides better access to the shock. The aluminum sleeve, end cap and internal design of the silencer allows for slimmer ergonomics, making the bike feel narrower, without compromise to regulatory noise limits.

Finely tuned

02. Chassis

Optimal flex characteristics
Optimal flex characteristics

Frame

All XC models feature high-tech, lightweight chromoly steel frames. This includes hydro-formed elements produced by state-of-the-art robot welding. With its race-proven geometries and optimal stiffness, the frame provides great feedback for the rider, playful handling and remarkable stability. The laterally attached engine head stays (the connection between cylinder, head and frame) are made of aluminum, reducing vibration and further contributing to precise cornering. The bikes also feature lateral frame guards with a structured surface, improving grip, while also serving as a heat protector against the muffler on the right side. The subframe is made of extra-light and stable aluminum profiles, weighing less than 900 gr, providing great rear fender stability.

Swingarm

The cast aluminum design offers low weight and a perfect flex behavior. The single-component casting process eliminates any inconsistencies and inherent weak points created by welding. It’s better looking too.

Wheels

The KTM 450 XC-F is fitted with lightweight, CNC-machined hubs, high-end Giant rims and black spokes with lightweight aluminum nipples providing maximum stability at minimum weight. The latest Dunlop Geomax AT81 tires guarantee perfect traction and outstanding performance.

Front suspension

All XC models are fitted with the latest 48 mm diameter WP XACT upside-down forks, featuring a split air fork design with seperate functions for each leg. That means damping functions are on the right side, whereas the air spring is in the left. This left leg features a 2-chamber system with a capsuled air cartridge to prevent loss of air pressure. Should the outer seal start to leak, the internal cartridge pressure will keep the bike in position. The air spring is easy to adjust to any rider weight via a single air valve. Additionally, the fork can be adjusted to the track conditions and the rider's preferences with a twist of a dial (compression from the top, rebound from the bottom, 30 clicks each). New for this year, pressure peaks were reduced through extended oil and air bypasses. In combination with the new midvalve damping system, this fork is more comfortable and more sensitive than ever right off the dealer floor. But you can still hammer the hell out of it.

Rear suspension

The WP XACT shock absorber has been developed with the entire frame and swingarm architecture in mind, including the linkage system and the WP XACT front forks. It features machined and anodized components and is a valuable, high-end product compared to roughcast reservoirs. A new, confidence inspiring setting with low-friction linkage seals for improved damping characteristics perfectly matches the front-end set-up and its WP color scheme lets everyone know you have excellent taste in suspension.

Triple clamp

Top quality, CNC machined triple clamps have been a KTM trademark for years to ensure precise handling. The rubber damped handlebar fixation allows for two positions and an hourmeter is fitted in order to let the rider know it’s time for a service.

Stopping power
Stopping power

Brakes

These high-tech Brembo babies are combined with lightweight Wave brake discs. You couldn’t brake any harder, better, faster or stronger

Inspired design
Inspired design

Fuel tank

All models in the XC range are fitted with lightweight polyethylene tanks improving the ergonomics. The ¼‐turn bayonet filler cap makes for quick and easy closure. Manufactured using see‐through plastic, you will always be able to see how much fuel remains at a glance. It is fitted with an integrated fuel pump system and a fuel level sensor. Additionally, the fuel line features a 90° connector to the tank for better protection against damage.

Simple and effective
Simple and effective

Airbox

The airbox on the KTM 450 XC-F ensures optimal flow dynamics, and together with the intake snorkels, results in optimal power and throttle response. Despite the obvious performance enhancements, the design also offers maximum protection against soiling of the air filter. The large Twin-Air air filter is mounted on a cleverly designed stiff cage that minimizes incorrect installation. As found on previous models, filter maintenance is quick and easy and does not require tools - a standard, original feature from KTM.

Optimal flex characteristics
Optimal flex characteristics

Frame

All XC models feature high-tech, lightweight chromoly steel frames. This includes hydro-formed elements produced by state-of-the-art robot welding. With its race-proven geometries and optimal stiffness, the frame provides great feedback for the rider, playful handling and remarkable stability. The laterally attached engine head stays (the connection between cylinder, head and frame) are made of aluminum, reducing vibration and further contributing to precise cornering. The bikes also feature lateral frame guards with a structured surface, improving grip, while also serving as a heat protector against the muffler on the right side. The subframe is made of extra-light and stable aluminum profiles, weighing less than 900 gr, providing great rear fender stability.

Optimal flex characteristics

Swingarm

The cast aluminum design offers low weight and a perfect flex behavior. The single-component casting process eliminates any inconsistencies and inherent weak points created by welding. It’s better looking too.

Wheels

The KTM 450 XC-F is fitted with lightweight, CNC-machined hubs, high-end Giant rims and black spokes with lightweight aluminum nipples providing maximum stability at minimum weight. The latest Dunlop Geomax AT81 tires guarantee perfect traction and outstanding performance.

Front suspension

All XC models are fitted with the latest 48 mm diameter WP XACT upside-down forks, featuring a split air fork design with seperate functions for each leg. That means damping functions are on the right side, whereas the air spring is in the left. This left leg features a 2-chamber system with a capsuled air cartridge to prevent loss of air pressure. Should the outer seal start to leak, the internal cartridge pressure will keep the bike in position. The air spring is easy to adjust to any rider weight via a single air valve. Additionally, the fork can be adjusted to the track conditions and the rider's preferences with a twist of a dial (compression from the top, rebound from the bottom, 30 clicks each). New for this year, pressure peaks were reduced through extended oil and air bypasses. In combination with the new midvalve damping system, this fork is more comfortable and more sensitive than ever right off the dealer floor. But you can still hammer the hell out of it.

Rear suspension

The WP XACT shock absorber has been developed with the entire frame and swingarm architecture in mind, including the linkage system and the WP XACT front forks. It features machined and anodized components and is a valuable, high-end product compared to roughcast reservoirs. A new, confidence inspiring setting with low-friction linkage seals for improved damping characteristics perfectly matches the front-end set-up and its WP color scheme lets everyone know you have excellent taste in suspension.

Triple clamp

Top quality, CNC machined triple clamps have been a KTM trademark for years to ensure precise handling. The rubber damped handlebar fixation allows for two positions and an hourmeter is fitted in order to let the rider know it’s time for a service.

Stopping power
Stopping power

Brakes

These high-tech Brembo babies are combined with lightweight Wave brake discs. You couldn’t brake any harder, better, faster or stronger

Stopping power
Inspired design
Inspired design

Fuel tank

All models in the XC range are fitted with lightweight polyethylene tanks improving the ergonomics. The ¼‐turn bayonet filler cap makes for quick and easy closure. Manufactured using see‐through plastic, you will always be able to see how much fuel remains at a glance. It is fitted with an integrated fuel pump system and a fuel level sensor. Additionally, the fuel line features a 90° connector to the tank for better protection against damage.

Inspired design
Simple and effective
Simple and effective

Airbox

The airbox on the KTM 450 XC-F ensures optimal flow dynamics, and together with the intake snorkels, results in optimal power and throttle response. Despite the obvious performance enhancements, the design also offers maximum protection against soiling of the air filter. The large Twin-Air air filter is mounted on a cleverly designed stiff cage that minimizes incorrect installation. As found on previous models, filter maintenance is quick and easy and does not require tools - a standard, original feature from KTM.

Simple and effective

03. Ergonomics & Comfort

Shaped for control
Shaped for control

Handlebar

All KTM XC models are equipped with the same high-strength aluminum tapered NEKEN handlebar. The handlebar allows for four different positions. The handlebars come standard with an ODI vulcanized grip on the right side and a comfortable ODI lock-on grip, which does not require any wire or glue, on the left. Additionally, the bike is fitted with a map-select switch on the handlebar for selecting alternative engine maps. The rider also has the option to activate TRACTION CONTROL from this switch; a unique feature which guarantees more efficient traction, especially in slippery conditions, and can be activated with the push of a button during riding.

Innovatively strong
Innovatively strong

Footpegs

Sophisticated ´No Dirt´ footpegs prevent clogging of the footpeg pivot, even when digging in deep ruts. Looking for a higher riding position? Then just mount the footpegs of the 2018 EXC models, which are 6mm higher than the SX versions.

Performance and comfort
Performance and comfort

Seat

Ergonomically perfect, the seat has a high foam volume, which offers great comfort and durability, while keeping the weight low.

Shaped for control
Shaped for control

Handlebar

All KTM XC models are equipped with the same high-strength aluminum tapered NEKEN handlebar. The handlebar allows for four different positions. The handlebars come standard with an ODI vulcanized grip on the right side and a comfortable ODI lock-on grip, which does not require any wire or glue, on the left. Additionally, the bike is fitted with a map-select switch on the handlebar for selecting alternative engine maps. The rider also has the option to activate TRACTION CONTROL from this switch; a unique feature which guarantees more efficient traction, especially in slippery conditions, and can be activated with the push of a button during riding.

Shaped for control
Innovatively strong
Innovatively strong

Footpegs

Sophisticated ´No Dirt´ footpegs prevent clogging of the footpeg pivot, even when digging in deep ruts. Looking for a higher riding position? Then just mount the footpegs of the 2018 EXC models, which are 6mm higher than the SX versions.

Innovatively strong
Performance and comfort
Performance and comfort

Seat

Ergonomically perfect, the seat has a high foam volume, which offers great comfort and durability, while keeping the weight low.

Performance and comfort

04. Bodywork & Graphics

Stylish individuality
Stylish individuality

Decals

The durable in-mold graphics convey the READY TO RACE character of the KTM XC-F model line.

Stylish individuality
Stylish individuality

Decals

The durable in-mold graphics convey the READY TO RACE character of the KTM XC-F model line.

Stylish individuality

05. Software & Electronics

Supreme reliability
Supreme reliability

Battery & wiring harness

All engines are fitted with the proven electric starter, which is a major benefit for any offroad activity. It is powered by a super lightweight 2 Ah lithium-ion starter battery, which provides safe, reliable starting. The wiring harness has most of the electrical components carefully positioned into a common area below the seat, making them easily accessible and reliable.

TRACTION CONTROL

TRACTION CONTROL is a highly beneficial feature that guarantees more efficient traction and better control of the bike when accelerating on wet or slippery hard pack surfaces. It can be activated by the handlebar map switch during riding.

HANDLEBAR MAP SELECT SWITCH

With one touch of a button, the map switch gives the rider the chance to select between a standard map setting and a more aggressive map for loamy, high grip dirt conditions. This is particularly useful for changing track conditions or for a rider that is looking for more control as he begins to fatigue.

Supreme reliability
Supreme reliability

Battery & wiring harness

All engines are fitted with the proven electric starter, which is a major benefit for any offroad activity. It is powered by a super lightweight 2 Ah lithium-ion starter battery, which provides safe, reliable starting. The wiring harness has most of the electrical components carefully positioned into a common area below the seat, making them easily accessible and reliable.

Supreme reliability

TRACTION CONTROL

TRACTION CONTROL is a highly beneficial feature that guarantees more efficient traction and better control of the bike when accelerating on wet or slippery hard pack surfaces. It can be activated by the handlebar map switch during riding.

HANDLEBAR MAP SELECT SWITCH

With one touch of a button, the map switch gives the rider the chance to select between a standard map setting and a more aggressive map for loamy, high grip dirt conditions. This is particularly useful for changing track conditions or for a rider that is looking for more control as he begins to fatigue.

Technical Details

Engine

  • Transmission 5-speed
  • Starter Electric starter
  • Stroke 63.4 mm
  • Bore 95 mm
  • Clutch Wet, DDS multi-disc clutch, Brembo hydraulics
  • Displacement 449.9 cm³
  • EMS Keihin EMS
  • Design 1-cylinder, 4-stroke engine

Chassis

  • Weight (without fuel) 101 kg
  • Tank capacity (approx.) 8.5 l
  • Front brake disc diameter 260 mm
  • Rear brake disc diameter 220 mm
  • Front brake Disc brake
  • Rear brake Disc brake
  • Chain 5/8 x 1/4"
  • Frame design Central double-cradle-type 25CrMo4 steel
  • Front suspension WP XACT-USD, Ø 48 mm
  • Ground clearance 370 mm
  • Rear suspension WP XACT Monoshock with linkage
  • Seat height 950 mm
  • Steering head angle 63.9 °
  • Suspension travel (front) 310 mm
  • Suspension travel (rear) 300 mm