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I want an SMT

PostPosted: Sun Sep 20, 2015 12:52 pm
by urdrvideo
I want an SMT.... That is all.

Re: I want an SMT

PostPosted: Sun Sep 20, 2015 2:19 pm
by shadowman
Tried one with all the trick bits.

Felt like an over geared slightly softer and even taller version of the SD.

Seriously tempted before riding it but not even slightly tempted after the test ride.

Actually preferred the GS 1200 but ended up buying a ZZR1400 for touring.

Ride before you buy would be my advice.

Re: I want an SMT

PostPosted: Sun Sep 20, 2015 7:04 pm
by Danny_Gartside
A mate of mine had one and loved it...rode the wheels off it. Ended up trading it in for a 1190 adventure.

Re: I want an SMT

PostPosted: Mon Sep 21, 2015 12:44 am
by Silverbear
urdrvideo wrote:I want an SMT.... That is all.

Well then go and buy one and tell us how great it is.Cheers

Re: I want an SMT

PostPosted: Mon Sep 21, 2015 6:38 pm
by Danny_Gartside

Re: I want an SMT

PostPosted: Wed Oct 05, 2016 4:14 am
by soarsore
I was lucky to get a 2010 SMR with 7k here in Tucson. I flipping love it!
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Re: I want an SMT

PostPosted: Wed Oct 05, 2016 4:24 am
by SpeedyR
A friend of mine is selling one in Birmingham Alabama. I think he has it posted on ADV Rider. It's a good price with decent mileage in great condition.

Re: I want an SMT

PostPosted: Wed Oct 05, 2016 8:05 am
by Gimlet
urdrvideo wrote:I want an SMT.... That is all.

Mine's for sale:
http://www.motorcyclenews.com/bikes-for ... g/7674965/

Re: I want an SMT

PostPosted: Sat Mar 18, 2017 5:27 pm
by badvinny
I sold my 2007SD for the hopeful comfort of a 2010SMT, that went down as one of my worst bike decisions ever made! The thing felt like my dads bike, kind of a wallowy turd but almost a nice bike, sadly I realised I never should have let the SD go but it was gone.....
I ditched the SMT before I even got a 1000 miles on it for a 2010SMR, I am a happy hooligan again but my ass hurts, the seat is hard and uncomfortable but it will be dealt with soon, still shake my head when I think about the SMT?

Re: I want an SMT

PostPosted: Sat Mar 18, 2017 6:54 pm
by RichUK
Danny_Gartside wrote:Ended up trading it in for a 1190 adventure.


I'm seriously tempted by one of those as an upgrade on my Vstrom 650 (eventually, they are a bit expensive at the moment).
Might not ever sell my 990SD, it's a tall bike, like midway between a sports bike & a dirt bike, which suits me just fine.
Saying that I do like the looks of the new 1290 GT.

Re: I want an SMT

PostPosted: Thu Jun 07, 2018 11:19 am
by limeyduffa
I owned my 2006 SD from 2006 to 2012. It was pretty good. Traded in my SD and got an SMT in 2012 and really happy with it and still am. Main points about SMT frame over the SD frame.

The SMT is much more balanced and easier/safer to pop wheelies. Rollon in 1st and 2nd and on a good day 3rd !. The SD liked to track off the road when the front was up. I had a few near incidents of hitting parked cars and other riders on it (see COG paragraph below).

The SD was much more easier to corner than the SMT. When was SD rolled on into a corner, it would make the bike lean (pull the bike into the corner). I'm not sure the technical name of this effect, but I really loved it. The SMT is neutral with this effect, and therefore harder to corner (need more physical effort). Both bikes had/have forks lowered 6mm. Both similar tyres (same brand - Bridgestone).

I believe I rode faster through twisties on the SD than the SMT and must more comfortable on the SD at higher speeds.

SMT is much more comfortable.

I got sick of the SD's short range. Trips were a nightmare planning what fuel stops would be open.

SD 2006 much better quality build than the 2012. Indian influence ?

The SMT much better suited to our goat track bitumen roads here in Adelaide. There are roads here you have to slow down to 40km/h on tight suspension bikes. No problem on the SMT, even with the suspension strung up to sports configuration.

The SMT also looks liked a 250 trail bike, and the cops don't pick on me (even although it will drag nearly everything at the lights from 0 to 100 with the front wheel pouring for the sky in style :).

SMT is better accessorised. Panniers (it's *so* nice not to have a back pack sometimes). Wind screen to stop the bees stinging my neck. I got so over that every spring time (how do allergic riders cope ?). Bark busters to stop my hands freezing solid in winter. The SMT has hazard lights. Has come in handy sometimes.

The SD took so much weight off the back end of the bike when removing the EOM exhaust and fitting akras it moved the EOG forward and ruined the bike's handling (see wheelies above). I think the weight difference was something in the order of 20kg ??. Where as the different between EOM and after market weight on the SMT was 4kg (from my SD experience I was trying not to lose weight and selected a heavy after market can). To compensate for the SDs forward weight, I had to put my bum on the back of the SD's seat. With the SMT, I don't have this balance issue and sit normally on it.

The SMT has an under engineered cooling system (radiator is too small). Most of my issues with the SMT have been coolant, from leaking water pump cover to leaking hoses. This aspect of the bike isn't built for Australian conditions in my opinion.

The ABS on my 2012 SMT is bullsh*t. I hate it. On the SD, I could feel the road under heavy braking. The SMT numbs this effect as the ABS unit is under the seat and so the front brake plumbing is long (yes, brake lines fully serviced and purged).

The orange cluster on the SD is better than the SMTs small dark cluster.

Why can't both bikes have a helmet holder ?. $20k and they give you a piece of wire and a bottle opener ?

Piss poor support from KTM Australia for both bikes. They need to give themselves a fkn uppercut.

Cheers J

Re: I want an SMT

PostPosted: Fri Jun 08, 2018 12:38 am
by Silverbear
badvinny wrote:I sold my 2007SD for the hopeful comfort of a 2010SMT, that went down as one of my worst bike decisions ever made! The thing felt like my dads bike, kind of a wallowy turd but almost a nice bike, sadly I realised I never should have let the SD go but it was gone.....
I ditched the SMT before I even got a 1000 miles on it for a 2010SMR, I am a happy hooligan again but my ass hurts, the seat is hard and uncomfortable but it will be dealt with soon, still shake my head when I think about the SMT?

Apart from the smr being 4kg lighter, forged wheels and a little less body work up front,the rest of the specs are the same so it's interesting you found so much difference between the handling of the two.Were both suspensions setups the same.Maybe that ugly front screen spoiler affects the handling in a negative way.Cheers