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KTM 450 EXC
One of the most aggressive off-road motorcycles on the
market today, the KTM 450-530 EXC-R manages to provide an incredible riding
experience and that is mostly due to the impressive four-stroke power that
its redesigned XC4 engine delivers. No matter the cylinder capacity chose
the EXC-R proves able to deal with anything that the trails might threaten
while leaving the competition well behind.
Directly and without a doubt competing with both EXC-R models is the Husqvarna TE450 and TE510. The recipe is the same as at KTM only that this time we’re talking about a more advanced piece of machinery thanks to a fuel-injected 449 (510)cc four-stroke, 4 valves, DOHC, liquid-cooled single, Brembo brakes and Marzoocchi /Sachs suspensions. Dry weight is approximately the same at both manufacturers and considering the fact that EXC-R’s carbureted four-stroke, 4 valves, SOHC, liquid-cooled single cylinder engine is slightly weaker than Husqvarna’s, we can easily determine the winner. But when swinging a leg over it, the KTM proves to even up things and remain competitive, no matter what.
In your run down the trails you will also find a much
appreciated motorcycle painted blue and white. The Yamaha WR450F is able to
deal with the steepest hills not helping to make you stand out as a true
challenger. It relies on a 449cc liquid-cooled DOHC four-stroke; 5 titanium
valves engine which, as well as the KTM, is carbureted.
If you take a look at the Kawasaki EXC-R and miss the
headlight you will definitely expect to find this same model on a motocross
track rather than underneath you on those nasty trails. Its power to amaze
people and especially riders is rather big thanks to the manufacturer’s
efforts to keep the bike as lightweight and nimble handling as possible.