2011 KTM 990 SMT: practical supermoto gets ABS

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We didn’t plan on covering the 2011 KTM 990 SMT. Who cares about the addition of ABS? But what can we say? We’re suckers for a stair wheelie.

The bike shown in these action shots is identical to the previous model in all but the addition of the ABS brakes. The 114bhp, 72lb/ft, 999cc v-twin is retained, as are the half fairing and the detachable soft panniers. The idea here is to create a practical motorcycle that rides like a supermoto. Don’t get too terribly excited thinking this is an orange alternative to a Ducati Multistrada 1200 though, reports from Europe, where KTM is actually a real business capable of putting test machines in the hands of the press, indicate that the tank range struggles to reach 150 miles.

KTM’s pretty proud of its new ABS system, claiming it accounts for only 1kg of the KTM 990 SMT’s 197kg weight. As you’d expect from a company that primarily makes dirt bikes, the ABS is defeatable with the flick of a switch.

  • Johndo

    With those large luggage, I might consider this over the Tiger 800…will try to get a road test on this one.

  • triple j

    I don’t know about that range statement. In town sure, but who cares, there are gas stations everywhere. On the highway or twisties I’ve had no problem getting 175 miles to a tank on my SMT.

  • Johndo

    175 miles aint bad :) Still wish they werent so expensive though. But after a road test, Ill know if Im willing to put out that much cash or not.

  • http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=305107 stickfigure

    “As you’d expect from a company that primarily makes dirt bikes, the ABS is defeatable with the flick of a switch.”

    Well, that would make it significantly more dirt-friendly than my 07 990Adv. The one *glaring* defect of my bike is the ABS switch:

    You must be stopped, you must hold down a button for about 4 seconds. And the ABS turns back on any time you stop the engine – even if you stall it. Turning ABS back on is even more asinine – you must turn the engine off and on (fortunately, this you can do while still rolling).

    Basically, the ABS system is a HUGE PAIN IN THE ASS if you go back and forth between dirt and pavement – like most dualsport rides…

  • http://kanai.net/weblog/ gkanai

    Are those hard bags in the KTM photos factory OEM? Would love to know more about those.