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Old 12-28-2012, 12:54 PM   #719
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Originally Posted by Sparrowhawk View Post
KTM's 450 Rally has never been much more than a (extremely capable) quad/MX/rally parts bin bike and there is nothing even related to it available for sale.
Apart from the KTM 450 RR that is!

But I get your point, they are not exactly common (although I do know two people who own them, a Mr Lyndon Poskitt and Mr Craig Bounds )

There are certainly shifts in the market for KTM and at the end of the day they need to make money rather than pander to the needs of a relitively small Rally market.

Whilst the Dakar undoubtedly sells off road bikes (not just 450 RRs) it is only one (very expensive) race a year, the FIM World Cross Country Championship gets virtually no media coverage by comparison. Ultimately it is all about media value, you can bet that the bean counters at Mattighofen have done the sums comparing Dakar v MX v Moto3.

Let's wait and see what 2013 brings, looks like it could be an interesting year!
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