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

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

  1. Bugnatr

    Bugnatr Two wheel road inspector

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    Find ever twisty road on your way home. You are going to have soooo much fun!!!
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  2. dino1

    dino1 Been here awhile

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    5868E146-4939-42AA-B110-C9F7666B595E.jpeg So far it’s good but needs a flatter seat and the zippers on the saddle bags blow. They may end up in the trash can when I get home.

    The bike turns in great and is nice and lite.
  3. num1husker

    num1husker Been here awhile

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    I went with the quick connect Givi PLR 750's and a set of GIVI cases this way I only have them on when I am traveling longer distances.
  4. MrNemobody

    MrNemobody Adventurer

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    If I remember well, the one of the 990 SMR is plug and play ;)
  5. Drop_Center

    Drop_Center Long timer

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    Anyone here had a 990 Duke to compare the handling to their SMT?
  6. MrNemobody

    MrNemobody Adventurer

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    990 Duke doesn't exist. It's 990 SUPER duke :D

    I had one, 2 years/23000 km

    What do you want to know?
  7. dtysdalx2

    dtysdalx2 PITA but useful

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    Saw a 2010 yesterday at a dealer for $6690.00. :hmmmmm
  8. pitbull

    pitbull Long timer

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    KTM ergo seat is reasonably priced and a little flatter, getting your sit bones off the frame a little better than the stock seat. It's not perfect by any means, but better than the the stock seat. I still throw an airhawk on for touring.
  9. crackerguy

    crackerguy Been here awhile

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    I upgraded my seat with the seat concepts kit, its not perfect but way better than stock for me.

    The zippers suck, mine failed when I put a bit too much stuff in them. Luggage repair place said the zippers couldn't be fixed for a reasonable cost, so I performed surgery on them and grafted the plastic backs on to some old cortech bags I had lying around. Still use the stock mounts and much sturdier now.

    I was going to buy a set of hard luggage but rarely take long trips lately so blew it off.
  10. Bugnatr

    Bugnatr Two wheel road inspector

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    Yesterdays traffic on the secret SMT test track. IMG_8950.JPG
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    That old 1150 may not win any acceleration awards but in the proper hands it can be a force to be reckon with in the mountain twisty stuff. Fun day.
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  11. dino1

    dino1 Been here awhile

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  12. dino1

    dino1 Been here awhile

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    7EA04FAD-9BB5-4490-9027-BF2E93F56CFA.jpeg Just north of Mountain View Arkansas
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  13. dino1

    dino1 Been here awhile

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    Bought this 2012 off eBay, think I got a good deal. Wish I could have set it up better for touring before driving it home 1500 miles.
  14. MrNemobody

    MrNemobody Adventurer

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    You have a handlebar, a seat and two wheels. What do you want more for touring?
  15. k1973

    k1973 Been here awhile

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  16. dino1

    dino1 Been here awhile

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    4DB6832C-60A0-42DA-AE38-651E257FB21B.jpeg I like abandon gas stations. Guess I don’t have a Super Moto Ass.
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  17. Bugnatr

    Bugnatr Two wheel road inspector

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    Ahh... the v twin buzz. I stand up a lot on the SMT. Seems natural on this bike.


    Next week I get to play on the eastern side of the Sierras down toward Bishop Ca. Roads made to order for the SMT.
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  18. Drop_Center

    Drop_Center Long timer

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    I always felt like my SMT would lean for days and the front was so planted it was just ridiculous. Being that it is so much longer and taller than the SD, would you say it's totally different or is the handling of that KTM-era bike that I liked?

    For reference, I had a 1290 SD and didn't like it at all, gave me none of the confidence I had on my SMT.
  19. Bugnatr

    Bugnatr Two wheel road inspector

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    Never thought I would rub a peg on the SMT with how tall it is.

    Turn 2 at Thunderhill raceway proved me wrong on the second lap. FUN
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  20. MrNemobody

    MrNemobody Adventurer

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    This is more a visual feeling than a reality. Also on the bike, the SD looks smaller, but, on the paper, the numbers are close :D

    Keep in mind, my answer behind is for a 2007-2013 SD, models 2005-2007 were different.

    To answer to your question, I drive my SMT like a Supermoto, leg out. I rub my peg, yeah, but, the feeling for go down with the bike isn't enough good to me, probably because of the position.

    If you think the front is planted on a SMT, you will hallucinate of the SD one. Because of the position, your weight is on it. And trust me, it changes everything.
    On a SD you can go down with the bike without even think of it. It's a lot more stable. The only parts where SMT wins is improvisation, because of lever arm.

    And the engine is more brutal, with a good map :D

    On the dark side, SD is less good for travel, roam, and really bad for luggage.

    Currenty I'm really happy to have my SMT, my actual use is more roadtriping. But I had my SD when I was 21-23yo, and the only real question is how I didn't killed myself with it :D

    found this on my FB, not my best, but just to illustrate what i said: you don't even have to knee down, just lean it...

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