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LET’S GET (SUPER) MOTORING

KTM’s big supermoto is guaranteed to raise a smile (or three).

UsedBikeGuide 2005-2007 KTM 950 SM

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In the early 2000s supermotos were one of those crazes that threatened to explode but in the end never really took off, despite all the hype surrounding it. Much like we are currently seeing with scrambler models, every manufacturer decided that they needed to hop on the bandwagon, but most failed to do it with any degree of success. The likes of the terrible Honda FMX650 Funmoto, limp Suzuki DR-Z400 and forgettable Yamaha XT660R came and went with little more than a whimper, but some supermotos had genuine staying power.

As it turned out, in the world of the road-going supermoto, bigger was most certainly better and leading the charge were KTM with their 950SM.

While it was labelled a big supermoto, the truth of the matter was that the SM was effectively KTM’s take on a sports tourer, and in this respect they were ahead of the game.

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In the early 2000s the bikebuying public’s attention was starting to be attracted to adventure bikes instead of traditional sports-tourers, as their upright riding position was better suited for covering miles while their handling was dramatically improving. KTM spotted this trend and decided to offer a bike with all the benefits of their adventure model, but with improved road holding thanks to the fact it would be armed with matching fat 17in wheels rather than odd-sized and skinny off-road ones. The result of this thinking was the 950SM – one of the most fun bikes ever built and now a brilliant used buy if you want to cover big miles but still arrive at your destination with a huge grin plastered all over your face.

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In this month's issue of Fast Bikes... - New Models for the new season, 2018 starts here! - 7 Naked middleweights shoot-out - Triumph Street Triple RS - Ducati Monster 821 - Suzuki GSX-S750 - Kawasaki Z900 - Yamaha MT-07 - KTM 690 Duke - WK 650NK - Blow & go 492BHP Turbo Gixer vs Kawasaki H2 plus: - KTM 950SM, Know your aid filters, turbos versus superchargers, TT treat: WK's Lightweight 650 , Battlefield Blitzing
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