2019 Special Edition 450 Shootout – Dirt Bike Magazine

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KTM versus Honda versus Husqvarna. Three pro replicas are offered to the public this year: The Honda Works Edition, the Husqvarna Rockstar Edition and the KTM Factory Edition. All are hard to find and pricey. Still, we managed to get them all together this week. We know that these three bikes aren’t really duplicates of what Ken Roczen, Jason Anderson and Marvin Musquin ride. They don’t have works parts, they aren’t set up for Supercross and they aren’t assembled by the factory team. They’re still very special. All three of these bikes offer features and performance going way beyond sticker kits and numbers. We figured that was enough to justify a 450 shootout for special editions.This isn’t just a revisit of the 2019 450 MX shootout. Like all of our shootouts, that was executed with the somewhat nebulous average rider in mind. We used a cross-section of test riders of various ages and skill levels, crunched the data and declared a winner. That bike was the 2019 Kawasaki KX450, which was a bike that everyone could love. This time, we’re changing the rules. These three bikes aren’t average. They represent the very best that each company can produce on an assembly line, short of building a real works bike. They’re elite bikes for elite riders. Accordingly, we only invited only pro level test riders to be a part of the shootout. All three make more power than their alter egos. In the case of the Husky, the difference is barely perceptible. You get a little more with the KTM, and you get a lot more with the Honda. It’s a rocket! The KTM and Husky turn well and have reasonable straight-line stability. They are defined, however, by their lack of weight. They both weigh 222 pounds without fuel. That’s downright incredible. The Honda is around 16 pounds heavier, and it can’t escape that fact. Some riders report that the Honda steers lightly, but the flipside to that is that it’s more nervous at speed. In the original shootout,the KTM and Husky were called out for having harsh front suspension. That wasn’t necessarily the case here. With minor internal changes, increased air pressure and the new triple clamps, both the KTM and the Husky were much improved over the standard models. Most, but not all, of our pro experts rated the KTM and Husky fork higher than the Honda fork. The Honda’s valving and spring rate are the same as those of the standard model, but feel completely different because of the coatings.

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50 COMMENTS

  1. I’m 9 and have a crf110 but the foot peg broke so I’m thinking about getting a maico 700 will this be good? I heard it’s what fast people ride and I’m fast🙂

  2. Look: Husky
    Power: Honda
    Overall: KTM

    Three best 450's you can buy today as a consumer so just pick you favorite color.

  3. KTMs are def nice bikes and top of the line but there is now way every video, every review, and every rider says it the best for them. I think KTM is slipping all these magazines a little side cash.

  4. You testers are all the same..most of what you say doesn’t effect 90 percent of 450 riders..they’re all great bikes …period..

  5. Honda Works Edition, stock painted triple clamps 😂😂 most investment in components, must be expensive paint that replicates Billet alloy 🤪Really Honda.
    Funny I follow a pro who loved Honda’s he has had non stop issues with both 250 and WE Ed overheating and bad enough tried a 18 Factory Ed Husky, next week went an bought 19 Factory Ed, rode Hangtown last weekend, loves the bike, even he says the Honda WE while most powerful or felt most powerful was harder and more fatiguing to ride in motos, on the Husky the power to the ground is more efficient and less tiring so he could put in faster lap times. WE if ridden to pro level shouldn’t the over heating, so much for Honda reliability pretty common on stock 250/450 by decent riders. It’s great see though someone else follow KTM again with something a bit more special, market clearly wants it.

  6. The same old bullshit every shoot…. KTM KTM KTM KTM KTM… . OK I understand money are first thing for everybody but for just one time, could you do a really shoot without ktm's book of test?

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