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Aprilia Sport Bike

BIKE REVIEWS

KTM 990SMT: It’s So Easy!

by Tony D’Augusta

Have you ever ridden along and found a song suddenly looping through your subconscious? About 15 minutes into my ride on the KTM 990SMT I had the chorus of “It’s so easy, so easy, yeah, yeah, yeah, it’s so easy…” running in my head.

I truly feel sorry for anyone that walks past today’s “Sport-Touring” motorcycles dismissively. They have a level of performance, versatility and competency that is enviable. That same rider will likely be surprised when a “Sport-Tourer” goes blasting past their pure sport bike in comfort leaving black lines on the road at the next corner exit.

Everything about the SMT is relaxed even when the pace is high. The 48mm WP forks have 6.3” of travel and absorb pavement imperfections without drama letting blitz through the next section of road. Likewise the rear WP shock with 7.03” of travel and dual compression, rebound and preload adjustment soaks it all up in stride never putting a wheel wrong.

This bike is made for carving corners and to date I would have to say it’s probably one of the best at it.

The 990 Rotax twin power plant lays down power with strong controlled torque and smooth fueling. This motor bridges the gap between the new Multistrada’s 150 and 100 hp modes.

Then we come to the brakes. When I said the Streetfighter had the best brakes I meant it, until I rode the SMT. The brakes are nothing short of phenomenal.

Great feel with amazing power and one finger modulation, stunning.

KTM has also figured out that despite their dirtbike heritage people like to actually sit on the seats. My 950 Adventure was infamous for its seat. I am glad to report that KTM has addressed this issue in the form of a seat that is all day comfortable.

I notice the newer Adventures have also been graced with the revised seat.

At the end of the day I was ranking this bike with the Multistrada. With its quick connect semi-rigid bags, screen and comfortable seating this bike proves versatile in a rage from back road/track antics to sport-touring and everything in between.

This bike is simply one of the most entertaining motorcycles to ride ever. I now need to run it back- to-back with the Multistrada 1200 and see how it shakes out. At that point my decision may still not be clear, but it will be fun doing the research!

Pros:

Aprilia Sport Bike

Refined Power Useable

Great Chassis

OMG Good Brakes

Responsive Compliant Top Shelf Suspension

Comfortable Ergonomics.


Amazing Range of Function

Fun, Super Fun!

Cons:

Needs a slipper clutch for SuperMoto antics

Aprilia Sport Bike
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