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Old 06-12-2011, 02:25 AM   #1
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Crossing an SMT with an Adventure

One of the inmates on our local forum did this;

To quote him,

Suspension Mostly, - 950 S long travel would do fine, Front and Back,
Knobblies - For sure, with 21 front wheel and 17 rear with a TKC
Front Fender - KTM 990 Low Fender with Brake lines
Exhaust system too low, - 950 S exhaust routed over side of engine - Slightly Modified with Air age Cans,
Colour Scheme, - Carbon Black
Side Stand - 950 S,
Bash Plate - 950 modified brackets to fit,
Handle Bars - 1200GS ADV with 800GS hand Guards,
Rear Subframe - Made it Black,
And a few small body panel changes.


AND VOILA !!!!!

A 116HP - 200Kg Beast,

Started with a 2010 990 SMT



And ended with,







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Old 06-12-2011, 04:24 AM   #2
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Phark, there's fun to be had there!
If possible though, an 18" spoked rear would balance it out a bit better?
Good stuff.
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Old 06-12-2011, 04:32 AM   #3
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That looks AWEsome!

But.....how dose it handle?
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Old 06-12-2011, 04:59 AM   #4
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I like the transformation. For me I would install a 19" front wheel. I like cruising dirt roads at a brisk pace.
Obviously, your setup has a different purpose. Why not go with a Super Enduro?
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Old 06-12-2011, 10:39 AM   #5
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Phark, there's fun to be had there!
If possible though, an 18" spoked rear would balance it out a bit better?
Good stuff.
Awesome looking ride! I love the conversion. Can't find any SE type's with the FI and 990 so, why not an SMT?
18" wheel won't shoe into the swinger, since it is two inches shorter than an ADV. I wonder if he is going to get knob burn on the front of that skid with the 21" front.
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Old 06-12-2011, 11:24 PM   #6
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Awesome looking ride! I love the conversion. Can't find any SE type's with the FI and 990 so, why not an SMT?
18" wheel won't shoe into the swinger, since it is two inches shorter than an ADV. I wonder if he is going to get knob burn on the front of that skid with the 21" front.
Can you fit the ADV swinger to that bike? That would give you access to 18" wheel and slightly longer wheel travel.
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Old 06-13-2011, 02:07 AM   #7
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Correct , the 18" rear wont fit cause the swing arm is shorter, we were a bit worried about the 17" rear on Gravel,

We took it out on gravel last week and it is solid as a Rock,
Unless you go wild with the throttle, That back wheel really lights up quickly.

The bike came from a Breaking Yard,
And we also had a 950S (Accident), so the logical thing for us was to marry the two. using all the parts we already had from both bikes, Into a Usable Beast and the result is amasing.

It looks more refined than the 950SE,
Already have a 19Litre fuel tank,
and turned out really usable no matter what your riding style.

I will post a trip report,

We ordered the SW-Motech Pannier Frames. Just waiting for them to arrive then we will take it on a longer trip.

Greetings from SA,
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Old 06-14-2011, 04:38 AM   #8
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17" alternative

That's a really cool idea! I think I would tend to, as others have mentioned, go the 19" front route and combine it with a 17" spoked rear 4" or 4.25" wide. That would give you access to the selection of tires made for the GS12/8 and would still let you put a 160 street oriented tire on when the need arises.

Now stick an RC8 engine in it and you have a Multistrada eatin', R1200GS spittin' out all road (deliberately not "Trail") burner!
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Old 06-14-2011, 11:46 AM   #9
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SMT chain guard for 990 ADV R

That SMT/990 ADV hybrid is beautiful!!
Almost bought an SMT last year but I ended up (happily) with an ADV R. No bad choices there...

I do have a related question for the forum...

I like the chain guard on the SMT much better (better leg protection?!) than the somewhat non-existent one on the ADV.

Looks like the SMT chain guard would fit on the ADV?!

What do you guys (and ladies) think?
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Old 06-15-2011, 12:36 PM   #10
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...needs two more gallons of gas.
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Old 06-16-2011, 07:55 AM   #11
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I like this as I'd like to have a Superenduro like bike with the 990 fi. I'd go with the 18" spoke rear as well. It'd be nice to have the preload handle on the rear shock again as well. I'd ditch the second brake disc on the front too.

I might have to keep an eye out for used SMTs now.
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Old 06-16-2011, 09:04 AM   #12
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Very good Sir.
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Old 06-17-2011, 01:59 PM   #13
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Tkc?

I was wondering if there were 17 knobbies out there. Can you get front and rears?
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Old 06-17-2011, 05:33 PM   #14
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First off, love the bike. The look is super cool. So I've looked at this thing for a couple of days now and I have to ask. Did anyone do a full suspension compression test on the front end of the bike? My 950 SM would not clear the oil tank/radiator with anything larger than a 19" front wheel and looking at the suspension trajectory of the front wheel in your pictures it doesn't look like your 21" front is going to clear the skid plate/radiator at all. Thoughts?
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Old 06-22-2011, 09:28 PM   #15
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Having ground the top front mount of my SM oil can with my 19" front tire, I can tell you that it is a good thing the tire is rotating away from it. The tire climbs its self off the oil can and leaves a nice little burn/scuff mark. A 21" wheel on the leading lug forks of the ADV might have the same clearance as a 19" on the under lug forks of an SM. How has this bike handled with the longer front suspension/wheel?
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