KTM 990 SM T
YEARS SOLD: 2010–2013 MSRP NEW: $13,998 (’10) to $13,999 (’13) BLUE BOOK RETAIL VALUE: $7985 (’10) to $10,260 (’13) BASIC SPECS: Based on KTM’S 990 SM platform, the SM T (T designation for “traveler”) expands on the liter-class supermoto concept with a few tweaks aimed at improved comfort and convenience. Its 75-degree, liquid-cooled V-twin is tuned for meaty midrange delivery, producing an inspiring spread of torque from 3,000 to 7,000 rpm with plenty of over-rev to 10,000 and offers a relaxed throbbing freeway cruise. The 48mm WP fork and rear damper were recalibrated for reduced saddle height while striking an ideal balance of bump compliance and sporting capability. Radial-mount Brembo Monoblock calipers provide superbike stopping performance that makes the most of the SM T’s sport radial tires on cast-alloy Marchesini wheels.
WHY IT’S DESIRABLE: The 990 SM T delivers supermoto back-road performance character with an added bonus of daily-use versatility. Its frame-mount mini fairing with short windscreen, hand guards, broad thick saddle, and generous legroom have won favor with rider and passenger alike. It features integrated bag mounts for accessory panniers along with a cast tail rack with grab handles and capability to carry a top case. The chassis won acclaim for its superb blend of ride quality and agile, surefooted handling nature.
THE COMPETITION: At the time KTM announced the 990 SM T, production of the Buell XB12XT Ulysses had just ceased, leaving the Ducati Multistrada 1200, Suzuki V-strom 1000, and Triumph Tiger 1050 as the closest peers in design if not price. Ultimately, KTM’S current 1290 Super Duke GT has filled the SM T niche.