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Old 01-10-2013, 08:43 AM   #71
mantan
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Joined: Oct 2006
Location: Silly-Con Valley
Oddometer: 457
Quote:
Originally Posted by DeedsyDragon View Post
So I've been comparing the Hyperstrada to the SMT990 'cause they fit the same roles. I can't imagine why anyone would want the SMT instead of the Hyper, on paper at least.

The Duc is/has:
>cheaper
>MUCH longer service intervals
>more fuel efficient (projected)
>larger dealer network in the US
>standard centerstand and bellypan
>single side swingarm (convenience; looks are subjective)
>more comprehensive electronics package
>slipper clutch

The KTM is/has:
>lighter
>better suspension (from what I hear)
>larger fuel tank
>???
The Hyperstrada is actually lighter. Ducati lists 399lb dry/450 lb wet and that is including center stand, which is a must for a bike that will see some miles, esp. one with a chain drive.

The KTM SMT is listed as 434 lb "weight without fuel". With 16l fuel (Hyper's tank size) the KTM will already be slightly over, add 8 to 10 lb for the accessory center stand.

Looks are subjective but except for the beak, to me the HS looks better than the SMT.
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