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Old 06-04-2011, 09:03 AM   #61
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Gee Whiz. Rider magazine tested the Triumph Tiger 800 and it came in at 480 lbs. wet. I'm impressed with the SMT, now.
Ya, it's pretty light. I have Leo cans so lost some weight there, but I also have crash bars and a skid plate which added some back.
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Old 06-05-2011, 05:27 AM   #62
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I sat on a white SMT yesterday at the stealer. Damn. I want one. $14k price tag.

They had a SMR out front with Leo Vince cans on it too. Keys in it so I had to fire it up. DAMN.
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Old 06-05-2011, 06:33 AM   #63
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What size is the alternator? I'm guessing the SMT puts out a bit more juice than the 950's?
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Old 06-05-2011, 02:29 PM   #64
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What size is the alternator? I'm guessing the SMT puts out a bit more juice than the 950's?
Manual says 450 Watt
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Old 06-07-2011, 10:07 AM   #65
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FAMSA make a tank bag specifically for the SMT -


I wanted to add a few comments about tank bags. I just received my Bags Connection Enduro (http://www.twistedthrottle.com/trade...view/4266/341/) from Twisted Throttle. I went with it because is saved me $60 over the price of the Famsa for what appears to be the same bag. I wanted to let everyone who may not know that the base that stays attached to the bike has the same cut-out for the tank that the Famsa has. Which makes fuel stops easier.
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Old 06-07-2011, 12:58 PM   #66
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Kinda wish there was a cleaner way to vent the fuel tank. BTW, is it plastic?
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Old 06-07-2011, 01:20 PM   #67
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Kinda wish there was a cleaner way to vent the fuel tank. BTW, is it plastic?
Unfortunately, yes.
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Old 06-11-2011, 10:48 AM   #68
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my first test ride on SMT

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I took a test ride on a 990 SMT today at the KTM shop located in Fürth Germany. What can I say about this bike? Holly shit is what I say! I'll type up something when I get back to the house on pros and cons.


After drinking some Orange Cool at via a fire hose. Ohhh Daddy like'eee!!!


Ok updated. I spent 45min running up and down the streets of Furth today with a KTM 990SMT. I'm looking at getting a bike that has ABS and one that can handle the euro style roads.
The bike feels good when seated, legs feel neutral with not much bend in the knees. I think I would be able to put some serious hours in the saddle with it. Good ergos and a good size cockpit for my 6' height. Handle bars were spot on for me, not to high or low. Heike the young lady who fired up the bike and gave me a walk around told me to one finger the front brakes the first few stops and I saw very quickly why she told me this.

Holy slow down Batman. I would have gone over the bars if I had the ABS off. I tried locking up the rear with the ABS on and it would not skid. Nice! I was to much a puss to try and lock up the front brake, I'll take it at face value when they say they are some of the best on the market. I believe them now!

Acceleration was a hoot! It was a little congested on the back streets where I was riding but I was still able to get up to 60mph in less than half a block before the agreement I had signed stating that dumping the bike would cost me $1600 bucks right off the bat; kept nagging me in the back of my mind. So I was staying on the safe side of riding hence no front wheel came off the ground during the test ride. Well it did for maybe 5 yards before I shit myself and settled back down;)

Slow speed turns are no problem standing or seated. I was able to turn the bike around with only using half the street. The bike seems nimble in the corners and I was once again staying on the side of safety as the road was moist from a mist that has been falling all day. It took a bit getting used to the fixed fairing but once I forced myself to look where I wanted to go and block out the peripheral sight of the front end not turning with the handle bars; I got very comfortable with the turns.

Some things that I took notice of while riding which were considered a Con are:

The throttle is very snatchy in first gear. It must be a KTM thing because my 450exc did the same thing. I talked to the tech at the shop and he agreed with me and said with a little time on the bike, muscle memory takes over and you tend not to get twitchy with the throttle. I'm sure there must be some after market MOD that could be done to smooth this out. Not a deal breaker but noted.
Noticed a high freq vibration coming thru the seat. I was only able to get the bike up to 4 gear and don't know how bad it is in 6th gear at speed. Once again Aftermarket seat or maybe a MOD I have not read about may take that away. I was using a stock seat but they had a gel seat on a display bike in the shop which did feel much more plush and may take care of the vibration.
The bike only has a Reserve light for when you are down to a Gal. of gas. (No fuel gauge) It does have dual trip meter's so its as simple as remembering to reset the trip meter after a fill up to track remaining fuel. Or you can ride with Ruckedup who always has a extra Gal of gas in his Ruck:0

The customer service was spot on. They had me ready for a test ride in less than 5 min. Very friendly staff and very professional. These guys also offer 8 day trips into Morocco and Tunisia during the winter months. They support the riders with the vehicle below. I'm looking at taking one of these myself if work and time line up.



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Old 06-11-2011, 12:23 PM   #69
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Nice ride report, but why no photos of Heike??
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Old 06-11-2011, 12:41 PM   #70
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Nice ride report, but why no photos of Heike??
I should have taken a photo of her poster. Very impressive.
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Old 06-11-2011, 01:12 PM   #71
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I want a SMT as well......since they first came out. Waiting is a bitch.......
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Old 06-20-2011, 07:48 PM   #72
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Quite recently mounted a set of Nomada Pro panniers. Just had a trip of 100k which felt great, I barely noticed them, they were unloaded...

Looks pretty good I think, even if this is a bad picture.

Price 700 Euro all together , not bad. The quality seems to be really good.

Take note of the center stand, KTM touring screen is now fitted, looking for a Garmin GPS, then I'm all set. JC exhausts should arrive next week as well =)
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Old 06-22-2011, 11:38 AM   #73
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I want a SMT as well......since they first came out. Waiting is a bitch.......
Gonna demo one tomorrow. I'll report back my impressions.
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Old 06-22-2011, 12:45 PM   #74
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Make to sure to grab a fist full of brakes and let us know how the ABS works
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Old 06-22-2011, 12:48 PM   #75
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I test drove a SMT last week and the brakes would not lock up. I was on damp roads
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