The majority of sportsbikes have to be focused and uncompromising to perform at their best. Cramped riding positions and stiff suspension are just two issues that can reduce their everyday practicality. But KTM's 990SMT (T for Travel and not Touring) has all the best bits of a sportsbike, without many of the drawbacks. It's not a perfect machine, but it's a hell of a lot more real world and easier to live with than any 600 or 1000cc sportsbike.
The KTM is one of my all-time favourite motorcycles. I just love the way it can inspire and stimulate, and now with its small screen and pannier option I can also enjoy even more comfort and convenience.
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