KTM 950 SM Supermoto (2004 — 2008) review — Supermoto — Motorcycles — Visordown

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KTM 950 Supermoto

KTM 950 SM Supermoto (2004 —

Every once in a while a throws caution to the wind and something seemingly rather Sometimes it works, and sometimes In this case, KTM have a bike that (on paper at is bordering on a kind of madness.

The of madness however that might elevate the funky manufacturer to a higher level of

Having introduced its first Supermoto back in 1998 the 620LC4, KTM have plugged at the sector and enjoyed an impressive 42% annual growth in sales. The new takes the number of road Supermoto models into figures, while the Japanese been particularly slow to on and are only now beginning to join the with their first Confirmation though that the is both authentic and established.

Our at this world launch announced that with the of the first major capacity Supermoto has officially grown up. is naturally more method to madness than just such a beast into the place. Firstly, you can only go so far a single cylinder motor it becomes unmanageable or unreliable, not the desperate impracticality of those dirtbike-based weapons.

Secondly, the use of their big V-twin is the lure to attract newcomers will grow the market and KTM a brand synonymous with road bikes, rather simply mud-pluggers. They’re looking to attract current owners, off-roaders who crave a bike that they can to and duffers like myself who done sportsbikes to ….

at our launch destination, a sublime hilltop retreat overlooking Chianti vineyards, we were in no doubt as to the intentions and expectations of model. With an endless of bikes, technicians, hundreds of of challenging roller coaster roads and a go-kart circuit to on, this bike was going to get a testing with any shortcomings exposed — the obvious skin (for a 191kg lurking in the form of that and twisty go-kart track.

On inspection the quality of the 950SM’s and finish was impressive. Headed by the WP suspension, including a beefy set of USD forks, the list included 4-piston radially mounted brakes, a chrome moly frame and lightweight Brembo aluminium wheels. All very Add to this blend a wet weight of before fuel, a significantly 1510mm wheelbase and a 98bhp engine.

The package is, at the very least, purposeful. Once on board the Keihin carbed motor warming up below, the view the trendy low mounted mirrors a lack of rev counter, which to me is a disappointment.

Easing through the few miles of glorious Tuscan an abrupt mind-to-hand re-calibration was to temper the incredibly powerful accustomed as I am to the far less able fitted to my 950 Adventure long-term bike. The 950SM’s brakes are not but greedy lunges at the lever are unnecessary and result in ungainly The bite is perfectly progressive and at the lever is spot on, inspiring the levels of confidence for balls-out

On the standard suspension settings the can cope well with roads as well as sudden in surface without getting too Though not perfect, and understandably not as feeling as its smaller siblings, still very impressive. up the pace, however, and the experience better.

It’s a forgiving no doubt about that, as the bike in hard with, or precision results in the same (and unflappable) razor-tight We’d been pre-warned slippery corners on the planned routes, a familiar hazard of roads that had already a handful of press victims our arrival.

Visual detection of changes in requires full concentration, but we all caught out from time to moving between light and at a rate of knots. A mention for the excellent Pirelli Scorpion originally developed for the Ducati Their ability to hold a and punch the 950 rapidly out of corners is impressive.

Feedback is spot-on too and the tarmac denied decent of grip, a thankful reminder was offered in the form of a gentle though a steady right was needed to avoid disaster on

So far so good but with a WP technician on a change in the suspension settings was on the during the break for lunch. The few hours had been impressive and but I was sure an improvement was possible. The setting was dialled in before out for the afternoon route and the results instantly noted. A few clicks and there tightened up the chassis to raise the tempo still to a blistering pace through the twists and turns.

The feel was more natural and as less thought was needed to for hard cornering, and before the footpegs were regularly the surface of the relentless hairpins. hard like this for after mile with no dip in braking or engine performance confirmed the scratching credentials of bike, and served to encourage a stampede at a pace that shame many large sportsbikes. Even the competition seat failed to distract the overall experience, being enough to spend an entire day in the

It goes without saying with its stumpy geometry and great engine, the 950SM is as at on one wheel as two. It’s not to sample life on the back as merely accelerating in first pick up the front end at a manageable The trouble is that it becomes because it’s just so to go through the gears at an obscene — lunatics and traffic alike will be rubbing sweaty palms together in

I’d considered not bothering the go kart track as I initially it a pointless exercise as the giant would clearly be out of scale on a little track, but we arrived all of a and I was keen to find fault what had so far been an impeccable experience. After a couple of though, with only one opportunity per lap to engage third I found myself grinding the round every turn and violently on the throttle in an attempt to the damn thing, to no avail.

The dug in and charged out of every corner a wounded rhino with an occasional chirp from the Pirelli. This test was while I was left sweating and like an …, imagining the this tool could at a track day. I was genuinely

In the real world, and unlike the cylinder models, the 950SM is than a Sunday morning It’s got the legs and comfort to big miles. It even comes pillion grab rails. On the there’s not much in the way of wind or storage and the tank range that substantial, but never

In terms of grin factor, counts for a hell of a lot, bike is a winner and will lucky owners around the

The real downside to the whole will be its availability. Only a of hundred or so will reach our this year, with the batch arriving in June at a to undercut the Super Duke by a few quid. Get cracking if you want to be one of the few. the future is very indeed.

And very bright it.

For balls out riding the KTM rules. But it makes a cracking day to day bike to forward to the weekend on


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