KTM 990 SUPERMOTO-R Thread???

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by ktmMike, Jun 7, 2011.

  1. tomotosoup

    tomotosoup looney4bikes

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    Very Nice... and the SMR remains king of the looney's. Notice the bike on one wheel at the end of the video, oh yeah. :brow

    Hyper-Dorso-SMR Comparo
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  2. Tropical Bird

    Tropical Bird From the front line

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    That really is a magnificent looking bike!

    I have had a love/hate relationship with 990's for a few years now.

    A mate owns a SD, and another mate owns a SM-T.

    I have ridden a standard SM, and whilst it was probably the best handling bike I have ridden, the FI just gave me the shits.

    You would wind it on coming out of a corner, and it would kick and cough....almost dangerous...:eek1


    How is the FI? Have you done any mods to make it smoother?
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  3. tomotosoup

    tomotosoup looney4bikes

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    I'm blown away when I hear people talk about the FI on the 990''s. I read all kind of horror stories like yours. It's confusing because my bike's FI is spot on, quite seamless, I never really think about it. Once in a great while It will stumble during roll-on but usually I'm a gear to high out on the freeway commuting through traffic. When riding aggressively I can say its flawless.
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  4. esco1199

    esco1199 n00b

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    So I got about a month left here in Afghanistan and have been doing lots of research on motorcycles. Ive narrowed it down to three choices 990 SM-R, Hypermotard, and the new 1200 Dorsoduro. I havent rode any of them due to the fact im out here still. From my research I have heard nothing but good things about the 990. If anyone can share experiences with these bikes please fill me in.
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  5. tomotosoup

    tomotosoup looney4bikes

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    My recent post (about 2 back) with the youTube video pretty much hits the nail on the head. What he says rings true. I own the SMR, but I don't think I would be unhappy with any of these bikes. They all look very cool in there own way. It's really gonna come down to personal preferences.

    Anything I could nit-pic on the SMR would probably apply to all 3. They are overgrown dirt bikes on roids. I think any one with a dirt bike background can really appreciate these bikes a bit more. They are very familiar in that way. I did take a test ride on a Hyper, and I can say straight out I preferred the SMR, but I cant say I wouldn't have chosen the Dorso 12, because it didn't exist when I made my purchase.

    The short answer is Life with the SMR is good, but like all KTM's it's over-priced (imo).

    Hopefully I've confused you even more. Cheers and get home safe. :D
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  6. theturtleshead

    theturtleshead Tits on a fish

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    This bike is so damn good it can even make a hamfisted goon like me look like I know what I,m doing.With this level of brakes and handling you can take your time learning to plumb the depths of what this bike is capable of! I,m beginning to think there,s not much it cant do.
    Driving in Colombia is a test for any machine with good,bad or no road surface on each ride you take.Don,t even get me started on scooters,dogs,cattle,mules and morons.
    Sport bike stopping power and long travel Supermoto suspension will save your life ten times a day!
    My old 950ADV still is a stunning machine in this enviroment,but it didn,t stop when the old lady pulled out in front of me.The SMR would have saved me a broken leg!
    Al
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  7. tomotosoup

    tomotosoup looney4bikes

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    Would love to see some pics, put some up when ya have time. Sounds like an interesting place to say the least.
    Tomoto
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  8. fast4d

    fast4d Long timer

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    tomato soup, I saw your bike at newcombs last year. it certainly caught my attention. :evil then I saw it listed on CL. if I didn't have an SDR already I would have came knocking.

    you inspired me to go motohooligan.

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  9. tomotosoup

    tomotosoup looney4bikes

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    Yeah the Motobox is a killer mod hands-down. Real small audience for this bike and no luck on CL except for charity request. I guess we were meant to stay together!

    Went up to Newcombs last Sunday, finally opened to Wrightwood, but just a Sunday cruise thanks to massive CHP presence.

    Funny to see a pic of my bike... small world eh?

    Cheers :1drink
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  10. theturtleshead

    theturtleshead Tits on a fish

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    It,s not all Blow and Hookers you know:evil(just mostly)
    Heading out this weekend for a few photo ops
    Al
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  11. tomotosoup

    tomotosoup looney4bikes

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    Sounds like were gonna see some good pics. :eek1 Remember its appropriate for the site as long as there is a motorcycle in the picture, even if its barely visible way off in the background.
    Cheers
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  12. fixinbones

    fixinbones Tarmac Adventurer

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    I almost bought this bike a few weeks. The FI snatchiness made me shy away from the bike. Even the carbed 950 bikes needed aftermarket cans and carb mods to run smoothly. It's a shame as these bikes are great machines. Instead, I decided to get the GS and use my MS 1200 as my hooligan bike.
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  13. theturtleshead

    theturtleshead Tits on a fish

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    My 2005 carb model isn,t snatchy in the slightest infact I recon the carb models are about the finest thing about.
    As for the SMR after a day or so a little smoothness with the right hand completely did away with the snatchy sensation and this was on a crappy road with various recently removed mudslides in the rain.
    Sounds like a snap decision after an hours riding to ditch one of the worlds best truly fun motorcycles.
    Best of luck with the Big Mexican Woman
    Al
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  14. ktmMike

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    I can't understand how this fuel injection phenomenon
    can happen with a mass produced bike.
    Is there a difference in the individual bikes?
    Or is the difference in the perception of the riders?
    Mine is the only one I've ever ridden, so I can't say.

    I think I have seen at least half a dozen posts describing 990
    fuel injection as "snatchy" since I bought mine, and yet
    that thought NEVER ENTERED MY MIND from the very first ride.
    My initial evaluation was "perfection."
    I was extremely relieved while test riding it on a twisty West
    Virginia paved road, because I had just traveled over 450 miles
    to check it out. It felt like the most perfect bike I had ever ridden,
    so I bought it.

    Later, I felt the need for slight bit more control at on-off throttle
    ONLY on gravel and loose dirt roads, but I had already been through
    that sensation on my 690 SMC, so I knew exactly what to do about it:
    Order another cammed throttle from G2ergo.
    If my intention had been to ride it strictly on paved roads,
    I wouldn't have bothered.

    Mike





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  15. tomotosoup

    tomotosoup looney4bikes

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    Its all perception. We compare the throttle in hand to every throttle we own or have owned. Thats why you get extreme opposite opinions like, "Best ever" to, "So bad it almost killed me".

    For me the FI is "smooth as silk" and I draw this conclusion because my previous street ride was a 2005 CBR1000RR. Because compared to that bike's FI "it is."

    P.S. I loved my CBR, snatchy throttle and all. :wink:

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  16. _anatic

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    Nice pics Mike! Oh, an thanks a bunch:bluduh. Now there's another bike to lust after that I can't have (at least right now:D).
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  17. ktmMike

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    Thanx for sending the pics:thumb

    Now you can read all about the 990 SMR so you can decide whether you want to buy one later:lol3
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  18. Taz1200

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    Hey Mike,
    I just rode the 990 smr at americade and have to say that is the most fun I have had riding a bike. The demo guys lead a very spirited ride so I got to get on it and must say the handling and power was amazing. I went back 4 times to test ride.. Now I see why you love the KTM and it just made my BMW GSA feel so much heavier on the way home. I would not get rid of the BMW but just need to figure out a way to add the KTM. It would make next years ADV rally much more fun.
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  19. theturtleshead

    theturtleshead Tits on a fish

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    Right.
    Went out this afternoon for a spin that included a little town work,some winding dual carridgeway with a couple of contraflow thrown in for good luck.Then onto some classic Antioquia winding A road out towards the airport and Rio Negro.A beautiful sunny day with plenty of Sunday traffic!!!
    This is in Colombia by the way so add all the other usual fun stuff about riding in South America.
    So how did we get on with the injection,well just fine.Plenty of overtaking,waiting to overtake,Sunday drivers,bad surfaces.You know the usual bullshit involved in driving a bike.
    Now that my hand is in so to speak the fueling is as smooth as you,d like it to be.Just roll on from 2k onwards and it,s great no problem at all.I guess if you,re jerky with it it,ll be jerky with you!
    Remember if you crack that sucker open it,ll be wheelying straight off the throttle.That I guess for those of you who aren,t familiar with the Supermoto thang is the idea! It,s a fearsome bit of kit.
    Treat it with respect and you,ll be fine,Go at it like an English lover and surprise surprise you,ll get a jerky reaction!
    Al
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  20. ktmMike

    ktmMike rider

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    Hi George,
    Four times! You're hooked. Let me know when you buy it.



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