Photos: KTM 450 Rally in action

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The KTM 450 Rally might only have debuted to the world at the EICMA motorcycle show this morning, but it’s already got a race win under its belt. Riding KTM’s new Dakar racer, Cyril Despres (above) finished first in the seven-day Rallye du Maroc last month while Marc Coma, also riding a 450, finished third. The 2011 Dakar rally kicks off on January 1.

Photos: Rossignol, A.

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This video shows Despres practicing aboard the 450 at his private test track in the Pyrenees.

  • Pete

    Cyril’s jump at about 25 seconds in gives a great illustration of high speed vs. low speed damping. The fork nearly bottoms out on the rise prior to the jump then only compresses about half way on the landing. It’s the exact kind of thing I try to tune my mountain bike forks to do every weekend and can never quite get right.

  • specialist

    Aaaw I want a private test track!

    And a tricked out new Ktm.

    And a modicum of dirt skill.