KTM 990 SMT vs TIGER 800

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by Cramman, Jun 20, 2014.

  1. Cramman

    Cramman n00b

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    Hi everyone, first post but I’ve read loads of threads in the past, so thanks for all the advice already here. And, sorry if this is in the wrong place
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    I’m really stuck, I recently sold the sports bike and want something I can do a bit travelling on and at 6’2” with 35” legs the 600rr was never going to work.<o:p></o:p>
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    But, I’m really stuck between 2 bikes, quite different bikes really.<o:p></o:p>
    The KTM 990 SMT or the Triumph Tiger 800 (probably the XC).<o:p></o:p>
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    Anyone had both and can compare?<o:p></o:p>
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    KTM - I like the fun factor but dislike the low tank range and little things, lack of fuel gauge etc. It’s also expensive and probably costs a lot to run.<o:p></o:p>
    TIGER – I like the looks and things like the adjustable seat, fuel gauge, take range etc. Maybe it will be a little slow and I may find the limits of its cornering ability quickly. I’m not a fan of the looks of the 1050.<o:p></o:p>
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    Any thoughts please.<o:p></o:p>
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  2. warriorcole

    warriorcole n00b sch00b

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    In my opinion owning both brands recently, I like the crank and ride reliability of the Triumph. My KTM was pretty maintenance intensive and was not nearly as refined but major fun. I rode the XC and it was slow but can be vastly improved with a pipe and remap pretty cheaply or you can get the Arrow can outfitted at the dealer before purchase. I am sure you will find the tiger much more comfortable and will handle like stink with streety tires. Just my opinion.
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  3. Crab bait

    Crab bait Been here awhile

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    Definitely factor in time and cost of maintenance for the KTM. however factor in price of power and suspension upgrade for the tiger
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  4. Dubl-A

    Dubl-A SuckerDucker

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    Would you not still need to upgrade to some spokes to equal an XC as you listed. Bikes like the 990 and the XC LOVE some fire roads :thumb
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  5. srelegante

    srelegante srelegante

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    You have summed it up well. For livability-you will love the Tiger. For a kick in the pants-KTM!

    Ever consider a 955 Tiger? You are pretty tall.

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  6. Cramman

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    Cheers everyone.

    I'm still none the wiser. But, I'm going to book a test on the tiger and see how it goes.

    I was riding my dad's 1050 today. Maybe I need to look at the newer 1050. It is a good bike.
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