2024 KTM 450 XC-F Guide

2024 KTM 450 XC-F
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2024 KTM 450 XC-F: THE KING OF XC.

Introducing the 2024 KTM 450 XC-F…

The 2024 KTM 450 XC-F rolls into the pits already armed with the learnings of past championships, blistering with an arsenal of fresh weaponry like all-new Close Cartridge spring forks and dedicated cross-country settings. Being the leading 4-Stroke in the Cross Country division for years, the KTM 450 XC-F once again brings its undeniable READY TO RACE spirit to the starting line with a relentless assault on the podium. With its proven track record, sledgehammer-like power, and insane handling, it can only mean one thing – it’s time to extend the trophy room.

The 2024 KTM XC and XC-F range enter the cross-country battle zone like seasoned veterans. With countless podiums and championships under the belt, the KTM XC range lines up with unmatched READY TO RACE credentials. For 2024, it brings new weaponry to the front, with an all-new fork package aimed at delivering the goods.

ENGINEERED FOR SPEED
The entire 2024 KTM XC and XC-F range benefits from an all-new WP XACT Closed Cartridge fork upfront, with a bulletproof WP XACT shock at the rear.

The 48 mm WP XACT Closed Cartridge fork provides faster and more consistent damping characteristics, while the fork protection rings have been updated to provide increased protection against dirt intrusion. A new hydro stop in the last 68 mmm of the stroke also ensures plenty of “give” left in reserve when hitting the tough stuff.

On the rear, the WP XACT rear shock provides advanced damping characteristics for unsurpassed traction and energy absorption. It also features less overall length and less weight compared to the previous generation while keeping the suspension travel unchanged with 300 mm.

Both ends are also easily adjustable by way of hand clickers, making setup in the pits as easy as CLICK, CLICK, CLICK.

 

 

2024 KTM 450 XC-F Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features

THE 2024 KTM XC RANGE IS FOCUSED ON ONE GOAL – WINNING!

The KTM XC and XC-F range enters the 2024 model year with a line-up of READY TO RACE machines representing the ultimate in Cross Country excellence, complete with all-new suspension.

With almost a decade’s worth of back-to-back championships, KTM is no stranger to winning premier cross-country racing titles. For 2024, the KTM XC and XC-F range is set to continue that trend with a line-up of precision machines built to deliver trophies.

At the top of the range, the KTM 450 XC-F dominates the 4-stroke stable, with the equally impressive KTM 350 XC-F and KTM 250 XC-F rounding off the line-up. These are flanked by three 2-stroke models, namely the KTM 125 XC, KTM 250 XC, and the new open-class contender, the KTM 300 XC.

All 2024 XC and XC-F models benefit from Electronic Fuel Injection, along with a map select switch as standard, while the 4-stroke XC-F range gets additional Traction Control, Launch Control, and Quickshifter features.

The biggest improvement to the 2024 KTM XC and XC-F range comes by way of the suspension.

Upfront, an all-new WP XACT Closed Cartridge fork provides faster and more consistent damping characteristics, thanks to a new mid-valve piston concept that optimizes the oil flow within the cartridge. This setup avoids unwanted foaming of oil which can lead to an unwanted change of damping characteristics and less consistent damping behavior.

This is further improved with a new hydro stop in the last 68 mm of the stroke which aids in maintaining maximum reserves in extreme riding situations. Revised fork protection rings also provide increased protection against dirt intrusion for improved reliability. The new WP XACT Closed Cartridge fork retains its 48 mm of diameter, while the total length is now 940 mm, and the total stroke has now 300mm travel.

On the rear, the WP XACT rear shock provides advanced damping characteristics for unsurpassed traction and energy absorption. It also features less overall length and less weight compared to the previous generation while keeping the suspension travel unchanged with 300 mm.

From an adjustability standpoint, both ends feature easy-to-use hand clickers that allow riders to change settings on the fly without needing any special tools.

The 2024 KTM cross-country range of motorcycles is a confidence-inspiring line-up catering to riders at any level. With dramatically improved handling characteristics, easy suspension adjustment, and the very latest in dirt bike technology, the 2024 KTM XC and XC-F range sets the standard when it comes to competitive cross-country racing.

The all-new 2024 KTM XC and XC-F range will be available at authorized KTM dealers from April 2023 onwards.

 

 

 

2024 KTM 450 XC-F Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits

Before The Flag

CLICK INTO ACTION

Easy Suspension Adjustment

The 2024 KTM XC and XC-F range boasts totally tool-free suspension setup at both ends. Thanks to an all-new WP XACT Close Cartridge spring fork and revised shock absorber, dialing in your cross-country machine is as easy as twisting the throttle. On the rear, a hand-adjustable dual compression control allows riders to adjust high- and low-speed settings in a matter of seconds. On the front end, the forks are also easily adjusted thanks to hand adjustable clickers on the bottom of the fork shoe and fork top cap.

 

BREATHE EASY

AIRBOX

The airbox is designed with precisely positioned inlet ducts aimed at preventing air deformation ensuring maximum airflow and maximum filter protection. The air filter is easily accessed, without tools, by removing the left side panel. Easy maintenance is guaranteed by the Twin Air filter and filter cage design that features a simple fail proof mounting system for secure and accurate filter installation.

 

LESS FOCUS ON THE TOOL, MORE FOCUS ON THE TRACK

Serviceability

The 2024 KTM XC and XC-F range is engineered and designed to provide riders with easy-to-access service parts, as well as suspension adjustability. This allows faster track-side and off-season maintenance, as well as making Cross Country more accessible for novice riders without pit crews.

Start Strong

 

UNMATCHED PERFORMANCE

More Usable Power

The KTM 450 XC-F boasts one of the most manic 4-Stroke powerplants in the pits, with its SOHC engine proving to be the perfect example of advanced engineering. The engine is tilted 2° backward with a low sprocket position, which together with the benefits of mass centralization and reduced weight, makes the anti-squat behavior of the chassis second to none. With a massive peak power output and an overall engine weight of only 59 lb, you’ll leave the competition with more than a little mud on the face.

 

DROP THE CLUTCH

Launch Control & Quickshifter

Launch control, ENGAGED! Designed for the holeshot, the 2024 KTM 450 XC-F comes standard with launch control and a Quickshifter function, allowing for fast upshifts without using the clutch. Launch control is easily engaged by pressing the traction control and Quickshifter buttons simultaneously and works by limiting the amount of power to the rear wheel, improving traction, and preventing loss of control under hard acceleration. Meanwhile, the Quickshifter function means you can bang through from 2nd to 5th gear with your focus solely on the first corner.

 

TOTAL TRACTION

Selectable Maps + TC

The map select switch on the 2024 KTM 450 XC-F features a simpler design, allowing for easier functionality in switching between 2 engine maps. Map 1 provides a more linear power curve, while map 2 punches all-out with aggressive throttle and explosive power. Luckily, traction control is easy toggled to an on or off position from the same switch, ensuring maximum traction and a distinct advantage in wet or muddy conditions.

Calm Under Fire

 

 

CORNER ON RAILS

Absolute Control

No matter how gnarly the trail is, you’ll stay in control thanks to a rider-focussed frame design that has not only been engineered for longitudinal rigidity, but also repositions rotating mass closer to the center of gravity. Thick frame walls also improve reliability, flex characteristics and offer unmatched rider feel. The shock mounting also provides the perfect amount of anti-squat for better traction out of corners, while the footpeg mounting is positoned in such a way to reduce the risk of hooking up on roots or rocks. Additionally, forged brackets on the lower frame rails allow for easy removal and installation of the standard skid plate.

Ergonomics

The 2024 KTM XC and XC-F range features a specially-developed rider triangle, providing unmatched knee contact and gripping surfaces – especially when standing on the pegs. While the plastics work to expel mud buildup in wet, muddy conditions, the flat seat profile and high-grip orange seat cover providing exceptional rider movement and control. A handy grip pocket under the seat, just above the airbox, makes gripping the bike and lifting it much easier.

 

UNMATCHED PERFORMANCE

Go the distance

A 2.24 gallon polythene fuel tank incorporates a threaded filler cap and an integrated fuel pump. The fuel pump features an external fuel line which is specifically positioned to make it less exposed and susceptible to damage, while ensuring a steady, uninterrupted flow of fuel.

 

 

Hit The Big Stuff

HARNESSING GRAVITY

Mass Centralization

Ready to rip your arms out of the sockets? Together with the benefits of mass centralization and the anti-squat behavior of the chassis, the 2024 KTM 450 XC-F gets its power down perfectly when tearing out of corners.

 

UNFLAPPABLE FRONT END

WP XACT Fork

An all-new WP XACT Close Cartridge spring fork finds its way into the KTM XC and XC-F line-up for 2024. A new mid-valve piston concept optimizes the oil flow within the cartridge, providing fast and consistent damping characteristics. This also avoids unwanted foaming of oil which can lead to the unwanted changes in damping characteristics and less consistent damping behavior. The fork is also fully adjustable in rebound and compression, thanks to hand adjustable clickers on the bottom of the fork shoe and fork top cap.

 

ALL-OUT TRACTION

WP XACT Shock

Receiving an all-new design in 2023, the rear shock features less overall length and less weight compared to the previous generation but retains its 300 mm travel. A CFD-optimized main piston improves initial comfort, while finding the ideal settings is taken care of by a hand-adjustable dual compression control that allows for high- and low-speed adjustments. For 2024, updated suspension settings mean riders benefit form improved balance, comfort, and cornering agility.

 

 

Maintaining Momentum

UNOBTRUSIVE IMPACT

Ultimate rigidity

A hollow, die-cast aluminum swingarm is designed to offer optimal stiffness and reliability at the lowest possible weight. A 22 mm rear axle is also fitted to match the flex characteristics of the chassis. This, along with the chain guard and chain gliders result in improved durability and less chance of hooking on boots or external objects out on the trail, as well as reducing dirt build up around the swingarm and chain guard.

 

NOTHING TO HOLD YOU BACK

Ground clearance

CFD designed footrests offer a bigger contact area for better control of the bike while standing on the pegs, but also makes them less susceptible to hooking up on deep trail ruts, logs and rocks . This was achieved by a narrow frame mounting design, which also helps reduce overall weight.

 

FLAT OUT TO THE FINISH

Consistency

The compact and lightweight SOHC cylinder features a short profile with the camshaft located close to the center of gravity. Lightweight valves are actuated via a DLC coated rocker arm with optimized timing, specifically designed to deliver precise levels of torque and throttle response. The diameter of the intake valves is 40 mm, while on the exhaust it is 33 mm. The intake ports also allow higher flow coefficients, resulting in a more efficient and powerful engine, with the valve cover reducing the number of mounting screws, and a single oil spray jet guarantees efficient cooling while keeping the weight low.

 

 

 

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

 

Chassis
Weight (without fuel) 105.3kg
Tank capacity (approx.) 9.0l
Front brake disc diameter 260mm
Rear brake disc diameter 220mm
Front brake Disc brake
Rear brake Disc brake
Chain 520 X-Ring
Frame design 25CrMo4 steel central-tube frame
Front suspension WP XACT-USD, Ø 48 mm
Ground clearance 359mm
Rear suspension WP XACT Monoshock with linkage
Steering head angle 63.9°
Suspension travel (front) 300mm
Suspension travel (rear) 300mm

 

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