I think I bought the wrong Bike!

Well at least for my drivers license!

After about 1000 miles of driving, I’ve got the new (to me) KTM 690 SMC home and in the garage. I’ve ridden quite a few bikes but this thing is just an absolute hooligans bike. During the test ride I really didn’t get on it too much, it wasn’t mine and I didn’t really want to down someone else’s bike. Now that its home, I really don’t know if I will get back on my Ninja except for track days.


It’s just a bike that doesn’t give a shit about what people think, curbs, no problem. Dirt, please try a little harder next time, wooded paths, wheelies, stairs. Not to mention it it will turn faster than a angry dog on its owner. Talking about angry dogs, its always surprising when your dog bites you, similar to when you grab a handful of front brake and get that initial bite from those big Brembo brakes. Coming from a sports bike world, the suspension travel is a little odd! It feels squishy when hard on the brakes but still very controlled.

The HUGE thing is the absolute raw grunt of that 690 motor! Get a little throttle happy in first gear and it will lay you on your ass faster than a punch from Mike Tyson, you’ll get up wondering how did that happen. Second gear is a little more tame but not much, without any sort of problem, snap on the throttle and the front up comes up with ease. I find myself in stupid areas just cracking the throttle in first to bring the front end up a couple feet and drop it back down.

Overall, if you want something inexpensive (mines a 2008) but want to enjoy riding without breaking the sound barriers, look at a super moto. Honestly one of my favorite bikes I’ve ridden or owned, highly recommend it.


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