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Old 11-05-2008, 08:54 AM   #76
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KTM's Answer to the Tiger & Multistrada?

KTM showed a 990SM based touring edition with a screen and larger 19 L tank at Milan:

http://news.motorbiker.org/blogs.nsf...motorcycle.htm

http://www.ktm.com/990-Supermoto-T.100770.0.html
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Old 11-05-2008, 09:42 AM   #77
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Bike is now showing up on KTM's US web site under Supermoto models. Am I getting too hopeful here?
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Old 11-05-2008, 09:42 AM   #78
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I'm sure a lot of people are full of it when it come to saying they will buy this bike or that bike, but I think this one may be different. I won't be buying one (more than happy with the HP2 MM), but I'm definitely the target audience.

Before buying the HP2 Megamoto, I had tried the Super Duke and 950SM, and previously owned a 950 Adventure. I found the SD, the SM just too focused for my type of riding, loved the build quality, and high end components, but just needed something that bit more practical and everday real world usuable. The 950 SMT looks like just the bike, only 9 months too late for me.

The bike desrves to do well, as it will surely appeal to a wider audience who want to go further than just round the block on their bike, but aren't ready for a full on tourer just yet, or to give up on decent brakes and suspension.
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Old 11-05-2008, 10:02 AM   #79
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...but just needed something that bit more practical and everday real world usuable. ...
That's a bit surprising reason. In what ways is a MM more practical/useabe than a 950SM or SD?
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Old 11-05-2008, 10:47 AM   #80
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I don't see it on the US site. Can you link it?

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Bike is now showing up on KTM's US web site under Supermoto models. Am I getting too hopeful here?
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Old 11-05-2008, 11:42 AM   #81
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And that's not a problem of Aprilia UK, because you're describing the situation in Spain also.

Aprilia has a big problem in dealer back up and spares availability.
Mmm...strange, couple of my colleagues in Barcelona just swear by their Aprillia dealers - in fact they told me in Barcelona region they have 8 bike and 1 scooter only dealers. So is it network or spares delivery problem?

And (really interested, not trolling) - how's KTM doing over there (Spain)? I mean -really, if you need spare part (not consumables) for say 990 Superduke or 990 Adventure, how long it takes? I am truly trying to understand why for Gawd sake KTM is so poorly represented and supplied in Benelux and France for instance comparing to Aprillia?...totally puzzling. I really need them to improve here, so I can get myself 690 nothing against Aprillia thou
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Old 11-05-2008, 11:47 AM   #82
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So, you shouldn't be too surprised if KTM feels (at least a little bit) a) that most of you are full of shit- especially in a down economy with current dollar/euro values; or b) that we collectively just aren't siginificant enough in quantity to risk bringing them to the US.


Now more than ever would be the time to buy European, the Dollar is up almost 25% against the Euro since July
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Old 11-05-2008, 11:54 AM   #83
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...but just needed something that bit more practical and everday real world usuable. ...


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That's a bit surprising reason. In what ways is a MM more practical/useabe than a 950SM or SD?
The biggest single factor for me was the riding position, particularly on the SM. I felt I was sat too far forward, right over the front wheel (it is a supermoto after all), the Hypermotard felt the same. The SD990 was a bit better, but the fuelling was horrible on the one I tried.

But for me the MM ticked all the boxes, I like the shaft drive, the low weight, and for me the riding position is perfect. I've done over 600 miles in a day and got off the bike without an ache (slightly numb backside maybe ), and was still fine to ride the next day.

For a boxer, it's really light and feels it on the move, power and torque delivery is really linear, with great feedback. As a total package, it just doesn't feel as raw as the KTM's do. Some people like that they are so full on, but I was after a bike I could use long distance as well as day to day, and for me the MM just ticked the boxes better.
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Old 11-05-2008, 11:56 AM   #84
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I'm sure a lot of people are full of it when it come to saying they will buy this bike or that bike, but I think this one may be different.
I'll buy one someday... used. Considering the fact that SMs depreciate like a first generation Hyundai, there's absolutely no reason to buy new, for me. For others, who feel they "need" to have the latest/greatest things, I say go for it.
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Old 11-05-2008, 11:57 AM   #85
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Now more than ever would be the time to buy European, the Dollar is up almost 25% against the Euro since July
Maybe: it's gotten better recently but it's still historically low. I don't think we'll see the old ratios anytime soon; but (at least emotionally) anything less than parity is "down".
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Old 11-05-2008, 12:50 PM   #86
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how come this:

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belongs in here and this:



belongs to beasts?


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Old 11-05-2008, 01:20 PM   #87
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Maybe...

'Cause the Buell has Mud and Snow tires?
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Old 11-05-2008, 01:28 PM   #88
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'Cause the Buell has Mud and Snow tires?
oh, ok. i thought it was high fender and "crash pads".
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Old 11-05-2008, 02:15 PM   #89
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Bike is now showing up on KTM's US web site under Supermoto models. Am I getting too hopeful here?
Uhhhhhh, I hate to burst anyone's bubble, but the SD-R & the Adventure-R are the only 2009 models on the USA website. No 990 SM, SMR, or SMT. Not even the RC8, which we know will be here in February (which means March/April). Doesn't mean it won't show, but don't look for it to come to the US before May (if at all).
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Old 11-05-2008, 02:22 PM   #90
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Uhhhhhh, I hate to burst anyone's bubble, but the SD-R & the Adventure-R are the only 2009 models on the USA website. No 990 SM, SMR, or SMT. Not even the RC8, which we know will be here in February (which means March/April). Doesn't mean it won't show, but don't look for it to come to the US before May (if at all).
Too eager here, my mistake. Yes, I was on the KTM site, thought I had selected the US as location. Normally, not even the 990 Supermoto appears there so I assumed it was the US site. Sorry.
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