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KTM 990 Supermoto T

BMW K1300GT, Honda VFR800, Hayabusa, KTM 990SMT — KTM 990 T

He’s still got that on his back

KTM 990 Supermoto T

In stark to the VFR, the SMT; new, wild, grunty and shot-through a sense of mischief, the KTM is a revelation

riders started fitting road wheels to motocross we all thought the world had gone And now, as I look at a bike morphed over time the original hooligan’s tool a machine billed as a sensible bike, I’m not sure to make of it all.

But just as the of supermoto now makes sense, at on the right racetrack, so the SMT doesn’t long to work its magic. A than obvious derivative of the 950 only a European firm as as KTM could have thought of something so single-mindedly mental a versatile tool.

Wipe away your and ignore the fact the SMT has the word in its name. What we’re with here is a high-spec bike with enough protection to feel as relaxed as is likely to be considered safe a 130bhp motorcycle.

Keeping up anyone with a healthy for their licence is never a on the KTM. Even on the long and motorway stint between and Calais on the way home after two of tiring riding, wine and cheese eating, sitting at our agreed cruising speed on balancing fuel economy the potential for boredom the KTM is never other than very With plenty of legroom for the of limb and an unexpected absence of the V-twin vibration through the and handlebars, the small fuel is always depleted long you are.

Fuel economy is something of a on the KTM, the SMT returning an average of 34mpg on a mixed run. But from its fairly steep price of £9595 and some cheap-looking plastics, these are the downsides any of us could come up after three days’ When it comes to considering the plus points, it’s a longer chat.

Get off the motorway and the thing most of us want to do is to get a few corners. While the BMW feels it’s almost welded to the and both the Honda and Suzuki up to a point, the KTM takes things to new level, injecting as much fun the ride as it does unleaded those thumping twin

What you get with the KTM that of the other bikes can quite is a properly split personality; Jekyll and Hyde, the SMT is more than bipolar, with a set broader than the BMW’s panniers.

The twisting D940 was our route from the grime and of Calais. This writhing, road varies constantly, every type of corner and In places it’s grippy and cambered; in others it’s shiny and demands concentration and in equal measure.

A cracker,

On anything other than the care needs to be exercised, the power of the Hayabusa requiring a throttle hand, the sheer of the BMW tempering enthusiasm and the VFR well, caffeine would probably be a idea.

KTM 990 Supermoto T
KTM 990 Supermoto T

From the tall, upright position of the SMT, planning next … on yet another Citroën Berlingo, on any type of you care to mention, the KTM makes it so Generous leverage from the bars allied to quality WP that somehow manages to softness in the first part of its with enough support down to encourage late and hard acceleration, means only those with and absolute self-control will be to behave themselves on this

I’m not one of these people. it into corners on the brakes and out the other side is pretty unavoidable for someone with a age of fifteen.

For most other the sheer compliance and versatility of bike means that you’re riding in town, up B-roads or taking the missus out for a cruise, the KTM will be whatever you it to be.

There’s a feeling of simplicity to the KTM I hard to dislike, too. The won’t tell you how much you’ve got left or what average mpg is (it’s probably too Nor will it tell you what you’re in or what the ambient air is.

But let’s face it, if you don’t if you’re in the right gear and the weather’s like, maybe time you considered swapping two for four.

If you’re after a that will have a go at anywhere, anytime, you need to a test ride on this offering from those Austrians. It may be expensive but it’s pretty damn special. The T really is the jack-of-all-trades bike we it would be.

That in itself is a remarkable That it’s also of most of them is little of astonishing.

KTM 990 SMT Specifications

KTM 990 Supermoto T
KTM 990 Supermoto T
KTM 990 Supermoto T
KTM 990 Supermoto T


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