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Old 07-05-2011, 03:27 PM   #31
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I'm pretty sure you can power wheelie an SMT in second as well.
2nd that


However I do have a bad gauge cluster after riding in heavy ran... Its still got 13months of warranty so I will just wait till the winter to get it fixed.
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Old 07-06-2011, 09:10 PM   #32
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To be sure the KTM is good enough to be fun and gets the job done. Its undoubtedly more visceral than any four cylinder and more spunky than the German twins. My displeasure with the KTM more a matter of principle - its no where near as good as it could or should be and that just pains me.
As far as an LC8 getting the job done: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=703582

I guess I bought a KTM for different reasons.
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Old 07-07-2011, 10:10 AM   #33
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The motor sucks? Have you ridden one? It is friggin' awesome! I've never heard of someone saying the KTM 990 motor sucks. Adventure, Superduke, SM, SMT...the 990 LC8 is great in all, just tuned differently for each application..
I've ridden one (for a short stint only) and I agree with BikePilot. :) The motor was perfectly adept at moving the bike around, and made more than enough power.

However, it also felt far more "tractory" than I expected. It didn't have the refinement in feel, sound, or power delivery that I would have expected; my perception is probably skewed, coming from relatively high-tech Japanese twins and fours, and Ducati twins, but nonetheless... At some level, it felt and sounded like a farm implement to me, on some level...

Not saying I wouldn't love to own one, though. The total package is quite the bike, and I would buy 4 before I would even consider the "alternative" BMW GS.
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Old 07-07-2011, 11:23 AM   #34
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I'm trying to decide between a Tiger 1050 and the 990 SMT.

I've yet to ride the SMT but the Tiger was powerful enough, I think... Though I'm assuming not quite as 'hooligan' as the SMT, which would be really fun for commuting. I'd save a lot of money buying a used Tiger, with the only crucial upgrade needed being the suspension. Tiger has a lower cost of ownership with better fuel mileage and less maintenance. I'd have money left over to buy full luggage, suspension and still be under what a new SMT costs. But In the end I don't wanna be looking at my Tiger wishing I had bought the 'more fun' KTM :\
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Old 07-07-2011, 11:44 AM   #35
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I'm trying to decide between a Tiger 1050 and the 990 SMT.

I've yet to ride the SMT but the Tiger was powerful enough, I think... Though I'm assuming not quite as 'hooligan' as the SMT, which would be really fun for commuting. I'd save a lot of money buying a used Tiger, with the only crucial upgrade needed being the suspension. Tiger has a lower cost of ownership with better fuel mileage and less maintenance. I'd have money left over to buy full luggage, suspension and still be under what a new SMT costs. But In the end I don't wanna be looking at my Tiger wishing I had bought the 'more fun' KTM :\
That's the situation I was in if you also include the MTS1200. The 1050 is a great bike though and I almost got it. It was definitely the smart choice from a cost standpoint and the motor is fantastic...but I ended up with the SMT. No good reason other than I wanted it.
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Old 07-07-2011, 01:29 PM   #36
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That's the situation I was in if you also include the MTS1200. The 1050 is a great bike though and I almost got it. It was definitely the smart choice from a cost standpoint and the motor is fantastic...but I ended up with the SMT. No good reason other than I wanted it.
I never got far enough to ride the 1050. I pretty much decided in the first 10 feet I rode the SMT for the first time.
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Old 07-08-2011, 08:44 AM   #37
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I'd have this by now if I could afford it.

http://losangeles.craigslist.org/sfv...469396783.html
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Old 07-08-2011, 08:48 AM   #38
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I'd have this by now if I could afford it.

http://losangeles.craigslist.org/sfv...469396783.html
That's a good deal!
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Old 07-08-2011, 08:58 AM   #39
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That is a good deal. Word on the street is that my local dealer has acquired a new left-over '09 and will be moving it for <$10.5k. http://www.motorcyclefactoryinc.com/...48&pov=2124644

(I'm sure that's before taxes, fees etc, but still probably under $11.5k OTD I'd guess).
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Old 08-23-2011, 04:26 PM   #40
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Ive got the Duc 1200S

Got about 3000 miles on it now. The motor is 150bhp awesome. I bought it for the grin factor and it hasn't failed yet. There are no tank issues with the 1200.

A fantastic road bike......however....if you are even thinking of off road I would give it a miss.
+1 here. I've got around 11000 miles on my 2010 MTS 1200s now with no tank issues. I do get an occasional electronic error message though. I do love the different modes for different roads and conditions however, with all those electronics there is bound to be problems sooner or later.
I ride my MTS mostly on the pavement, both tight Oregon twisties with no side bags and touring with bags and a trunk.
I think my Adventure or the SMT would be much better for any dirt than the MTS.
I have ridden the MTS as well as the Adventure for over 800 mile days before and no issues for me as far as comfort or vibrations on either bike.
I get between 38 and 50 mpg on the MTS depending on the conditions.

I'm thinking I also need the KTM SMT. I do love these type of bikes. I'm headed to Lake Tahoe for the KTM rally in Sept and I'm really hoping to ride one of the SMT's. I'll likely bring my MTS 1200 as well to get a good perspective of the bikes side by side.
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Old 10-21-2011, 02:15 PM   #41
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I'm in the same dilema. 2010 Multistrada base vs KTM SMT. I can get the SMT for $11,700 OTD. The multi I can get for $14k. The nearest KTM street dealer is 2.5 hours away. Ducati is only 20 mins away. That could be an issue warranty wise.

I'm a KTM fan- already have a 690 SMC. But the ducati has more power, and the cool dashboard.... I can' t decide.
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Old 10-22-2011, 05:48 AM   #42
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Ive got the Duc 1200S

There are no tank issues with the 1200.

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Old 10-22-2011, 05:55 AM   #43
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I got insurance quotes today- the winner for me is..... Ducati.

Ducati for 1 yr- $361
KTM - $499.

I'm military so I get a good price from USAA/Progessive. I think the Ducs' ABS helps with the insurance rates. Plus I'm going for dealer support locally.
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Old 10-23-2011, 10:29 AM   #44
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Bummer, the guy with the '10 multistrada backed out of the deal- he's keeping it. So now I'm looking a new one for $16k+ OTD, or a '10 KTM 990 SMT for $11,700 OTD. I'm leaning towards the KTM now
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Old 10-23-2011, 11:55 AM   #45
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I got insurance quotes today- the winner for me is..... Ducati.

Ducati for 1 yr- $361
KTM - $499.

I'm military so I get a good price from USAA/Progessive. I think the Ducs' ABS helps with the insurance rates. Plus I'm going for dealer support locally.
When I checked Progressive earlier this year, 2010 and 2011 SMTs have virtually the same rate despite the ABS. A little annoying given the Duc's significantly higher HP and questionable ABS performance (have they fixed that yet?).
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