Imagine the ultimate Supermoto "play weapon", but also a bike that has a number of technical features and additions required for extensive touring capabilities:
KTM just announced the return of the SMT. The Supermoto Tourer will come in an 890 version for 2023, but once again promises to be the link between sportiness and comfort.
The bike has a new tank shape and a smoke windshield, located just above the twin fender, with mudguards covering the fork legs.
The new 890 SMT is powered by the 889cc LC8c twin with 105 hp and 100 Nm of maximum torque. The engine is shared with the Adventure, but the SMT has a new, smaller fuel tank (15.8 liters) which has led to more comfortable ergonomics.
The chassis of the 890 SMT is based on the chrome-molybdenum steel frame, which is characterized by a geometry that is slimmer and more forward-facing than the Adventure. This provides agility in mixed terrain and stability on tarmac roads, thanks in part to the more raked monoshock, which allows for a lower seat height and accommodates a longer swingarm. By adjusting the risers, the handlebars can be moved forward or back by 30 mm. The seat height is 860 mm.
The WP Apex suspension package consists of a 43mm open-cartridge upside-down fork that offers 180mm of travel, as well as the monoshock. Both elements are fully adjustable. KTM has decided to equip the newcomer, fitted with 17″ wheels, with Michelin PowerGP tyres: perfectly in line with the aggressive character of the 890 SMT.
The braking system relies on a pair of four-piston radial calipers operating on 320mm discs, while behind the 260mm disc is mated to a two-piston caliper. Those who like to ride at the limit can also opt for the Supermoto ABS mode, which deactivates the anti-lock braking system on the rear wheel.
Completely new, compared to the old generation, is the 5″ TFT display, made of scratch-resistant mineral glass. The whole thing is fully customizable. Three riding modes are standard: Rain, Street and Sport. Added to that is the optional Track mode, which allows the rider to select throttle response and traction control from 3 and 10 different levels respectively. The 6D inertia platform then manages traction control and ABS when cornering.
With the KTMConnect app you can manage your phone calls and music playlist directly via the buttons on the steering wheel.
Available KTM PowerParts accessories include heated grips and the option to install Engine Release Torque Control (MSR) software. Also available are Quickshifter+, cruise control and the electronic Track Pack and Tech Pack.
Can we hide our disappointment that there is no SMT version based on the 1290? Knowing KTM it will be introduced later down the line.