KTM 990 SM T ABS Ash On Bikes

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KTM 990 Adventure ABS


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We know about the SM T already, so it`s a great bike, the of ABS is hardly headline news is it?

No, not, but there is a philosophical as far as KTM is concerned, and the handful of other to the SM T two years after it was first are worth mentioning too. also a bike that a revisit, as it sits in the most and innovative class in motorcycling now: adventure bikes.

It there very well too — read the full of the 2009 KTM 990 SM T here — in offering a sharp handling light weight and a vivacious, engine that`s utterly as a sports bike, combined long distance and high comfort that make it suited to touring. There`s one black mark, and that`s the fuel range, a serious where most rivals can 200 miles or more in one hit: taking it easy the KTM`s low light is winking at you after 130

That might well be KTM`s veiled disappointment at the figures. 5,100 SM Ts have sold in the last two years, KTM says is pretty good as it`s only been proper road-only bikes for long. It`s mostly in customers from other too, which is a bonus. But KTM says we`re getting second presentation for the breathed on model because they the model still has a lot of potential.

certainly true, but without a better fuel range it be fully realised.

Aside from the ABS, the 990 SM T has suspension and bodywork revisions and a engine change. A modification in the head means the valves no need to be looked at during the 600 mile (1000km) service, and go out of adjustment less often that too — valve is now only every 10,000 (15,000km), the interim services at that mostly being to change the oil and filters.

The oil level in the forks is lower to give progression during heavy while the rear spring is than before. I noted the plush ride in my review two ago, but KTM says that the could be a little too soft the bike was loaded and two-up, with the firmer set up it still has a compliant ride.

The bike also has new bodywork at the and of course different paint the inevitable orange with or white as alternatives. These are if not especially deeply so.

The ABS is bigger for KTM than you might expect. In the the company has eschewed electronic aids, apparently for polluting the of the rider experience. But KTM`s Knuffelt says that`s meant they wouldn`t use at all: “We have never to include electronic aids as ABS and traction control where have interfered with or not the performance.

ABS generally increased the braking distance you can achieve and the experience for sporting riders. I this attitude damaged us, in countries like Germany, but the KTM way and we won`t change it. We will not add just for marketing purposes, have to genuinely improve the for the rider.

“The new ABS system on the 990 SM T is better on any rivals` bikes, and even riders find it very to beat. It is also very We have used the very Bosch 9th generation hydraulic which no one else yet uses, and the extra weight of the whole adds only 1kg (2.2lb) to the which is not noticeable.

Other add at least 3kg (6.6lb), which to affect the handling. You can switch our off too.”

While the system Bosch components with brakes, the software development is all This not only measures deceleration via sensors on each (which record 48 electronic per revolution) it also takes account brake line and the difference in front and rear speeds. This allows for rear wheel lift if it`s detected the front is released momentarily to bring the wheel down again and also for the tyres to be held at the edge of traction in a variety of even as you`re turning a corner on the brakes, which manufacturers say you shouldn`t do.

It does indeed work well. The bike takes an amount of lever pressure the system finally cuts in, by time even in the wet the rear is just starting to lift. roads do upset the system to a but not as much as most others, but the line of the ABS not interfering even hard riding certainly for me.

Another factor well mentioning is the price: at £9,595 been reduced by £400, the addition of ABS (which is not an option but a feature). When the bike is no exciting than a Ducati to ride and not a great deal capable as an all-rounder, that to look like great If only the fuel tank was

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