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Old 6th December 2018, 07:42 AM
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No point in going overboard, there are lads riding around on sportsbikes who can't even get to within 60% of their performance capability on the roads and would be much more comfortable and relaxed on something with less power that was softer for bumps and could be driven to within say, 90% of it's overall capacity quite easily, and thus be ultimately quicker and safer while having way more criac bouncing off the limiter and tearin' around on a spin - but,..

Unfortunately, for some it's more a consideration of static/coffee shop/look at me strutting around like a rooster who's guilty by association with having the same 200mph motogp logos & other visually arresting connotations, where the 'ego' takes over and ultimately makes up their mind for them, as they try to matthew léblanc out some geriatric (who 'gets' it) that just left them sitting on the col dé montagne
The power of delusion is strong! Sure it was very few I ever came across that my dopey looking semi supermoto 990 that struggles past 190kmh couldn’t go faster than (on any sort of twisty/backroad). And I was having a lot more fun swinging out of it and sailing over bumps than they were bouncing around in 2nd gear in a sweat
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Old 6th December 2018, 08:19 AM
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For those fans of the 990SM/SMR, are they much better than the SMT? Weight looks the same and the SMR and SMT both around 115bhp, 97nm...

As far as swapping the GS, I dunno, Will have to throw a leg over a 1090, seems quite big and broad in comparison but won't write it off till ive tried it. As far as doing it all though, nothing does long distance two up like my GS and I'd be hard pushed keeping my missus in the saddle for a 7 hour+ day on anything else.

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Old 6th December 2018, 08:24 AM
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For those fans of the 990SM/SMR, are they much better than the SMT? Weight looks the same and the SMR and SMT both around 115bhp, 97nm...

Will have to throw a leg over a 1090, seems quite big and broad in comparison but won't write it off till ive tried it. As far as doing it all though, nothing does long distance two up like my GS and I'd be hard pushed keeping my missus in the saddle for a 7 hour+ day on anything else.
The SMT is basically the later model SMR (2012 onwards) with a bigger fuel tank and fairing so almost the same bike. The 09-11 SMR had forged wheels, some carbon bits, Brembo M4 calipers (sharper by far with no ABS) and slightly fancier forks. The 990SM has longer travel suspension than both and is a bit softer. It's slightly better at managing really bad surfaces but not quite as good in the faster stuff when you load it up. Nothing that would make a huge difference for how you would generally use them though.
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Old 6th December 2018, 09:22 AM
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And I have an ABS SMR. Although it looks very pretty, the tank range isn't great so unless you find an original SMR, with the fancy bits enticing you, I'd probably go for an SMT over it. The later, 13 SMT is the prettiest of the SMT range with the orange frame and that.
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Old 6th December 2018, 09:32 AM
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Ktm 790
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Old 6th December 2018, 10:40 AM
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Old 6th December 2018, 02:10 PM
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Congratulations on the move!

The Kawasaki Z1000SX is very popular over there. That'd be the bike I'd go for, if I were upgrading the ZRX.
For shame there is no such thing as an upgrade from a ZRX
Certainly not in looks :)

I did have a go on a well sorted ( suspension and full system )one of those in the twisties of north carolina ( Deals Gap ) I must say it was a impressive thing but a bit heavy for the tight stuff.

I didn't push it to hard ( not my bike) but it was certainly quite the masheen
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Old 6th December 2018, 02:49 PM
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Originally Posted by batman_oh View Post
The SMT is basically the later model SMR (2012 onwards) with a bigger fuel tank and fairing so almost the same bike. The 09-11 SMR had forged wheels, some carbon bits, Brembo M4 calipers (sharper by far with no ABS) and slightly fancier forks. The 990SM has longer travel suspension than both and is a bit softer. It's slightly better at managing really bad surfaces but not quite as good in the faster stuff when you load it up. Nothing that would make a huge difference for how you would generally use them though.
Fully ajustable suspension will let ya put it where you need it too.
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Old 6th December 2018, 03:05 PM
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I love them Suzuki blackbirds myself, savage for wheelies and making yang wans foam at the gash!
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