KTM 990 SM R Ash On Bikes

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KTM 990 SM R

KTM-s 990 SM T is one of the best bikes of the which bodes well for its the 990 SM R. After all, the R has the same and frame with firmer and better brakes, so it-s to be even better. Isn-t it?

not quite as simple as that. nothing wrong with the R at and as you-d rightly expect, huge fun and very accomplished, but perfect balance of ability, and practicality exhibited by the T has been in the R. In other words, it-s specialist, so it will suit riders better — I don-t think it will be many.

Click on image for In fact, I-m not entirely sure who the R really suit. KTM lauds the SM R as the production supermoto, but that-s the term supermoto rather If these are bikes based on with road running replacing the off-road equipment, it doesn-t fit the description.

It has something of the attitude of a supermoto and when you get on board it-s in the riding position too. The is significantly higher than the it-s also narrower and and thanks to the smaller fuel — 3.3 gallons (15 litres) of 4.2 gallons (19 litres) — it you more forward and aggressively the front wheel.

The wheels and are high competition spec Brembo Monobloc brake 10-spoke forged Marchesini fat 48mm inverted WP forks and a shock adjustable for high and low compression damping. Those save 1.5lb (0.7kg) at the 2lb (0.9kg) at the rear, very as the unsprung, rotating mass. wheel travel is the same as the T-s at while the rear is reduced to 180mm.

The engine meanwhile is identical, 114bhp in KTM-s inimitable, manner.

I rode the bike on similar twisty Portuguese as the SM T ride, and wasn-t as comfortable or physically. The bike-s fine for sprints but offers nothing the cosseting of the T, in addition to which the suspension jars on rough and the firmer, narrower seat the bumps further. Even the Dragon Supercorsa tyres a rougher ride, though of they-re supremely grippy.

It is stable and sharper steering lighter wheels certainly a difference), but in fact the T will ground rather than it when the going is rough British roads. ) as it soaks up bumps which kick the R out of

So onto the track, the already-famous new circuit, and the R switches to superiority the T. Even so, it still sways in corners and doesn-t offer like the feedback of a proper bike, and being tall not stable when braking hard. What it really is meaningful feedback — it more than the T in these but if these circumstances are what you then you-ll be riding a bike anyway.

Given the premise of what the bike is, it works extremely well, just that road are better off with the T and track are better off with something for that environment. The lack of in comparison with, say, a (which also costs detracts from the circuit even though the SM R is still a lot of The lack of straight line detracts from your sense of well-being: at anything 120mph (195kph) the bike to wander, and beyond that it can get worrying — relaxing grip on the bars helps in respect but it-s a big strain as then difficult to hold on, for taller riders.

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I-ve seen it written that the SM R would give bikes of a similar price a run for money on the track: this is anything from GSX-R to 600 to 1000 (all of which less anyway), would run around the SM R and be more satisfying at the time. Yet it is still fun — I enjoyed myself on it, if only for the of persuading an unsuitable bike a big road race circuit.

On tighter, smaller tracks the T fare much better, I-m still not convinced about leg-sticking-out business, especially on a this bike and fast. If it slide suddenly, at best twist an ankle, more you-ll pop a kneecap. Ouch.

this boils down to is the SM R is good, but what you gain in it over a T doesn-t compensate for you lose. It-s sharper and better controlled on smooth but fares worse on most roads, has a smaller fuel comfort is poorer and although a slightly better track if it-s a track bike after then you-d elsewhere anyway.

I-m not really who-ll buy it or what it-s but I do still quite like it it is a thrill when you ride it. But the SM T.

Price: £10,695

Available: End 2009

Contact: KTM Sportmotorcycle UK 01280 709511, www.ktm.co.uk

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