The big KTM 990 SMT thread -- riders check in w/ photo!

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by Guy Jinbaiquerre, Feb 23, 2010.

  1. Multiducrider

    Multiducrider SC Adv rider

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    I just picked up my New 990 smt yesterday and had to take it out for quick 100 mile trip today! I have had 2 Multis, an 1150 bwm adventure, Duc ST2 and just sold a real nice F800gs. the SMT has the best of each one of those. It handles like the Multi with ohlins. It's as comfortable as the 1150gs Adv and seems light and easy to flick around like the F800. Now I can't wait for the weather to get warmer so I can head up to the NC mountains

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  2. zimm

    zimm KTM

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    Sweet. Hope that's not your house....
  3. dougpaw57

    dougpaw57 Adventurer

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    It's the only way he could afford all those different high-end motorcycles.
  4. Multiducrider

    Multiducrider SC Adv rider

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    Who needs a nice house when you like to ride and be outside! But you should check out my Shed in back with the bikes!
  5. dougpaw57

    dougpaw57 Adventurer

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    Hey, sounds great and I always love to see a shed full of bikes.
  6. Am.E

    Am.E Been here awhile

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    Way ahead of you. Searchtempest is usually the tool of choice. I'm trying to avoid taking a major trip to see a bike until I'm sure I'm ready to buy.

    Awesome. Was there another one where you bought that? :) That description just makes me want one more :D. If its also better than the multi for a person with a shorter inseam, then I think I'll have to double down on my search for a '11:)
  7. Multiducrider

    Multiducrider SC Adv rider

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    it seams more like my old style Multi as far as seat height. i couldn't find another 11 but i know there are 10s sitting in showrooms. I wanted the 11 becuase of the ABS.
  8. Am.E

    Am.E Been here awhile

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    Yup, me too. ABS is a requirement for my next street bike.

    Looks like I'm going to have to travel just to see a 2010 in person, much less find a 2011 to buy.

    Probably doesn't matter though. I'm short, and like so many great bikes, the SMT is probably just too tall for me. But until I find one to sit on and prove otherwise, I'm still holding out hope:)
  9. hornet_sv

    hornet_sv Adventurer

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    How short?

    I'm 5'9" and have no problems with the SMT.
  10. ultrachrome

    ultrachrome Poser

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    Inseam's really the issue. 32" is no problem.
  11. hornet_sv

    hornet_sv Adventurer

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    I just measured, I'm about 32" too. And no problems height wise. The only thing to remember is I need to slid my butt slightly over to one side of the seat to flat foot. But I can easily just use the ball of my foot, because the bike is so balanced it isn't an issue.
  12. ultrachrome

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    Agreed. I only ever put one foot down unless I'm trying to walk the bike. It's very easy to balance.
  13. WAP

    WAP Weekday Warrior

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    This. I'm 5'9 with a 31ish inseam. I had no problem balancing the bike at the dealership with a pillion on the back.
  14. Am.E

    Am.E Been here awhile

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    This gives me hope:) I'm not worried about balancing, but maneuvering. I'm generally with you on only putting one foot down, except that doesn't always work out too well fully loaded with camping gear....on a slope...in the gravel.....heh:) Ideally I'll be able to walk it back in a parking lot. Its hard to do if you can't get the ball of your foot down. At 5'4" with a 30" inseam, I'm not in the main mtc demographic, and a lot of really cool bikes are too big to maneuver practically.

    I'm going crazy over this bike, its the only bike I've actually wanted to buy in years, but I really just have to see it in person. If the bike and seat are narrow at the tank, its sounds like I can probably make it work, it should be close enough to lower just a bit. If not, eh...Unless I find one closer, I'll have to wait until I can make time to take a trip.
  15. Bikeaddict

    Bikeaddict Bikeless Due To Recession

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    One of the easiest and well balanced bikes out there! Light too! You won't have any problem (don't worry, I am not a KTM salesman)


  16. Am.E

    Am.E Been here awhile

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    Heh. Ok, this is ridiculous. Of course I want a bike I can't actually find. Curse you KTM!

    Here's an offer SMT owners: If you are riding anywhere in north-central NC or south central VA area, or near the blue ridge parkway in SW VA, I'll buy you lunch (incl. 1 free beer, but only one, 'cause you're riding) if you let me sit on your bike. That will give me the info I need to decide if it’s worth it to go across the country to get one.

    Takers?
  17. dougpaw57

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    Back on post #160 I gave a link to a dealer in WV that has one on eBay. If it's close enough, you could go there and try it out. I know it's a 2010 model, but the ergonomics are the same as a 2011 and you might decide you don't need ABS.
  18. Am.E

    Am.E Been here awhile

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    Yup, I checked out the link, thanks for the find. Its 5 hours from my house. There is also another 2010 in WV about 4 hours from my house. I'm hoping to make time here soon, but I won't be spending that kind of $$ unless it has ABS. (Not looking to debate the merits of ABS here. For me, its a requirement for my next bike. Everyone else should buy what they want).
  19. Tubulchain

    Tubulchain odaat, atgatt

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    Does this bike really need a slipper clutch and fuel injection work? I found it a bit weak out of corners unless down a gear. Also, the gearing is very tall huh?
  20. bigboyxl

    bigboyxl Been here awhile

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    Does anybody know if the OEM air filter from 990 Adventure will fit to our beloved 990 SM-T?