2012 KTM MotorcycleThe Europeans always get the unique motorcycles first, such as KTM’s Supermoto T (SM T), a machine built around a Supermoto platform, but designed for sport-touring comfort and a small degree of off-road riding.
But knowing there’s a market here in the states for such a machine, KTM began offering the SM T stateside last year, the bike immediately gaining notoriety from motorcycle journalists and riders alike.And for 2012, the Austrian brand again offers the SM T with the minimal upgrades, the most significant being the a new pre-load adjuster for the rear spring that’s operated by tool.The machine still offers the 75-degree. 999cc V-Twin that pumps out 115 horsepower at 9,000 rpm, the motor equipped with EFI which is fed through a 48mm Keihin throttle body.And the trellis-framed 2012 KTM SM T features much ground clearance – 7.7 inches – for any wandering off-road. As for suspension, the KTM SM T 990 features WP components – 48mm diameter forks providing 6.9-inches of travel and the single shock granting 7.3-inches of travel.The dual-channel ABS system developed by Bosh continues as standard equipment on the 990 SM T, but has the feature to be switched off depending on riding conditions. Stopping the Supermoto T are dual 305mm discs with four-piston Brembo calipers up front, and a 240mm rotor with two-piston caliper out back.The KTM 990 SM T provides a rider with upright ergonomics, and a smaller fairing for that provides some protection from the elements. And if a trip is planned, the 2012 KTM 990 SM T arrives stock with detachable soft saddlebags out back.The KTM 990 SMT is all about providing comfort, diversity and some off-road capability with the popular Supermoto styling.2012 KTM 990 SMT ABS Specs:Engine:
Type: 2-cylinder, 4-stroke, V 75°
Displacement: 999 cc
Bore/stroke: 101/62.4 mm
Power: 115hp @ 9000 rpm
Torque: 71.5 lb-ft @ 7000 rpm
Compression ratio: 11.5:1
Starter/battery: Electric starter/12V 11.2Ah
Transmission: 6 gears
Fuel system: Keihin EFI, throttle valve Ø 48 mm
Control: 4 V/DOHC
Lubrication : Pressure lubrication with 2 Eaton pumps
This week Teejay chats to Tyler Poppe. Tyler works on the TV show Mayans MC–and yet he doesn’t ride an American V-Twin. Wassup with that?? Also, Arthur finds out from friend Mike Cardillo about his thoughts on the full-size version of the Kawasaki KLX 140R F trail bike.