2006 KTM 950 Supermoto — First Ride & Review — Motorcyclist Online

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KTM 950 Supermoto

KTM continues its dramatic move dirt to pavement with a 950 Supermoto machine. Alan gets an early taste

One of THE riveting displays at last Intermot show was KTM’s. The adrenaline was due primarily to the four and highly trick street the company displayed: The Super 990 sport rod, which we more than a year ago 2003), the RC8 superbike, a wild-looking RC8 called the Venom and, a Supermoto version of the big-selling and popular 950 Adventure.

With the Duke entering production now not yet for the U.S.), and the Venom and RC8 being until 2007, the Supermotoized the 950 Supermoto—will slot in between. As the one of the four to be derived from an production model, this one a sure bet to enter production in rode the prototype at the company’s RD center right after and I can tell you this is a unique and entertaining motorcycle, one that has no competitors; it’s beyond such as the Suzuki V-Strom, hard-nosed than the Ducati and more focused than the Aprilia Tuono or Ducati S4R It can even do business in the dirt!

The man responsible is KTM chief Stefan himself an enthusiastic dirt This is my kind of streetbike, combines the feel of an off-roader sportbike performance, says the entrepreneur behind KTM’s emergence as a coming force in motorcycling. Pierer tasked 990 Super Duke project Philipp Habsburg to head the team.

When we began [on it], the original idea was to a Supermoto V-twin by simply a 950 Adventure and fitting it with wheels and a smaller fuel he admits. But after just a months we realized this the right direction, because the geometry was wrong with the wheels, and at anything over 75 mph it was unstable. And besides, Habsburg It was so ugly we broke it up into and started all over again!

The new direction resulted in the prototype I which retains a modified of the Adventure frame, but fitted a shorter swingarm and the smaller wheels of the 990 Super Duke. else is new to deliver a stable-handling living up to designer Gerald Supermotard styling.

The Supermoto’s and engine are lifted directly the 950 Adventure, though the shorter comes from the Super 990. For now, 950 KTM twins use but it will need fuel to pass European Union regulations in ’07.

The Supermoto’s frame and engine are directly from the 950 Adventure, the sh

Despite being warned of consequences if I failed to return it in one I rode it hard enough to what serious fun it will be. ideally suited to both and unpaved back roads, but it has a side, too. Its high lets you see over traffic and ahead, making it a brilliant for city work—especially with its clutch, low footrests and zestful yet engine.

Steering geometry and dimensions remain oriented toward dirt than with a rangy 1510mm and kicked-out 25.4-degree rake, 110mm of trail. The whole sits just low enough to let a throw a leg over the seat at That seat is surprisingly and comfortable.

KTM 950 Supermoto
KTM 950 Supermoto

The one-piece handlebar looks but is high enough to deliver an stance that’s quite for corner-carving your way through the roads of the Salzkammergut mountains. The bar plenty of leverage for controlling too, and the Pirelli Skorpion dual-purpose tires are ideally to the bike.

Up front, the Supermoto twin 305mm discs radial calipers and master These stop the bike with good initial but without the sense of impending lockup. Riders who want to the machine into corners appreciate the stout 240mm disc and two-piston caliper.

The 942cc engine pulls easily, almost right off There’s no rev counter on the minimalist but the V-twin feeds power and progressively until about through the powerband—I’m guessing the mark. That’s when the KTM takes off, and there’s a of extra acceleration up to what the sheet says is the 7000-rpm torque mark (where 66 are on tap) and beyond.

The 950 Supermoto has a wide torque and it’ll take almost any you choose, though in practice end up short-shifting through the six-speed closely spaced ratios, quite a buzz as you keep gears at it—a figurative that is, because unlike the Super Dukes I’ve riding for the past couple of there’s no trace of undue through the seat and footrests.

And the best way to ride this easy-handling funbike. Doing it in sporting style, is KTM’s and the 950 Supermoto is a real-world sport unlike any other. With the threat to conventional sportbikes by speed cameras and rocketing costs, I foresee this Supermoto becoming KTM’s streetbike right from the day it production.

It will also be a paradigm for a new of sporting motorcycles because manufacturers will try to copy it. need to if they want to pace with KTM—on the as well as in the dirt. —Alan


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