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Seriously considering a SM for my next bike.. Perhaps this spring

While I suppose I can respect brand loyalty to a point.. Not interested at all in it here...

I am looking for serious opinions from people who know more about SM than I do... (my exp is .. watched a few races, read some reviews... looked at them in dealers and show.. and rode an SM610 on a 11 mile demo ride in Ohio)

In any case.. The bike would mainly be used for city transport, perhaps trailed out to the gap a time or 3 (i have always ridden down and back on unlikely bikes.. never used a trailer.. but honestly i think riding one of thse 800 miles in a day.. might just be more than my old ass can handle)... and maybe a few track days (contemplating selling my dedicated track bike.. which I used.. what 3x in 2 years now..)

So here are the leading contenders...

Ready for opinions from the experts

KTM 690 SMC

Husqvarna SM 610

(SM 610 already has one ding.. I'd have to look up the damn spelling and double check myself everytime I wrote that out )



Looks like the SMC is a bit quicker.. and better all around.. Costs a bit more but that's not really a deciding factor.. I also understand it's a bit more durable..

What else do I need to know before I make a decision?

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On the bright side.. I don't think I could make a bad decision here.. I would be happy with either..

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Looks like the SMC is a bit quicker.. and better all around.. Costs a bit more but that's not really a deciding factor.. I also understand it's a bit more durable..
pretty much answered your own question right there
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pretty much answered your own question right there
and I am leaning that way.. but being a first bike of this type.. and not really knowing as much as I feel I should about the topic.. Looking for outside opinions..

Sometimes the best things about a bike are hard to measure..

On paper my 996 was a dog... compared to my gsxr1000.. or my aprilia.. but.. in the seat.. it was honestly the best bike I have ever owned...

I know that's hard to define.. but..in any case.. I'd like some opinions from people who own and ride both of the bikes..

I don't think either has changed very much from last year.. right? (i know of some cosmetics on the KTM.. but other than that.. ?)
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The SMC would be my choice if money wasn't a problem.
If you want to start with a cheap and super reliable bike, get a DRZ and enjoy modding it.
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check out the manufacturer sections on supermoto junkie
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never been there... Will do.

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I had a 610, great bike for the money. Ive very seriously considered getting another.

But KTM FTMFW.
Finding one can be tricky. KTM didn't bring a whole lot over to this side of the pond. Most dealers only got 1 SMC, if they even got any at all.

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Love my husky but The 690 SMC is one of the best looking street supermotos out. I would rock one!

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Brand new cost no object? ktm.

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Brand new cost no object? ktm.
cost is always AN object... just not THE object... know what i mean?
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you can get a used sm for a pretty good price. I'm glad I bought used. Fun to ride but ultimately decided it wasn't for me.

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I had a 610, great bike for the money. Ive very seriously considered getting another.

But KTM FTMFW.
Finding one can be tricky. KTM didn't bring a whole lot over to this side of the pond. Most dealers only got 1 SMC, if they even got any at all.
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We don't have a 690 at this time....would a 990 Duke work for you?

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I would say an 08-09 Aprilia SXV 550 (these newer models have all the issues worked out), but it's really not a good commuter bike according to some. Ask JPKll about his, he loves it.

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I would say an 08-09 Aprilia SXV 550 (these newer models have all the issues worked out), but it's really not a good commuter bike according to some. Ask JPKll about his, he loves it.
Yeah, it may not be a popular opinion but my SXV has been tits since day one. 1680 miles and never a single problem. Never had the cam covers off, never adjusted the valves, etc. I don't think there are many singles that can boast that. Put gas in, change the oil (engine and GB) and off you go. Nothing, IMHO, can quite compare to the sound. I commute on mine in the summer about 15 miles each way (if I go directly to work otherwise it turns into a 30 mile joy ride) on surface streets. Highway work should be kept to a bare minimum. My biggest complaint would be the small f'in gas tank (which was increased in size in 08 to 12l). I need to fill up every other day in the summer. You can get an 08 from AF1 ready to ship (fully setup and de-restricted) for under 8K. I don't believe any 09 are in the country yet mostly because of the stock of 08s on hand. Not a very hot seller due to the less than stellar introduction with the 06 and early 07 models. I am seriously considering a second one for the wife. It would more than likely be a 450 though.
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The only way a sm anything is a good choice would be as a second bike IMO.
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It really seems like the incidences of the Apes doing grenade imitations has gone down. Its a sweet looking, kick-ass sounding bike.
I'd like to ride one and see how it feels compared to a big thumpers. Big single torque is ALOT of fun.

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I've had a major boner for the KTM for a while now... though Aprilia is pretty sick too. *drool*
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A sm anything is a good choice!
Fixed it for you man. I know typing can be hard and I'm here to help.

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It really seems like the incidences of the Apes doing grenade imitations has gone down. Its a sweet looking, kick-ass sounding bike.
I'd like to ride one and see how it feels compared to a big thumpers. Big single torque is ALOT of fun.
I think JPKII promised us you and I a chance to ride his bike. You remeber that conversation right Rob.

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The only way a sm anything is a good choice would be as a second bike IMO.
Shit!
Cuz I'm looking at it for a fourth or fifth bike

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1680 miles and never a single problem.
1680 whole miles and no problems? what a shining tribute to reliability

I could pour sand in my motor and it would run that long.


just bustin' your chops Joe!
god knows I'd love to have an SXV someday!
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I think JPKII promised us you and I a chance to ride his bike. You remeber that conversation right Rob.
I remember it very distinctly, as a matter of fact.

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Anytime... You guys probably will not like the suspension compared to what you are used to though. It could use a fair amount of work.

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1680 whole miles and no problems? what a shining tribute to reliability

I could pour sand in my motor and it would run that long.


just bustin' your chops Joe!
god knows I'd love to have an SXV someday!

Shit, that's like 5 times what most apes have lasted!!!
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I remember it very distinctly, as a matter of fact.
Well hell on that note you promised me a turn on your girl too
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On my KTM, yes. My girl, no.

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On my KTM, yes. My girl, no.
hah shit.. with a few possible exceptions (and obviously my wife ) I'd let most people take a ride on my ex's before my bikes

trying to quickly come up with how many people have dropped one of my bikes.. I can think of 3... but.. I feel like there is more than that...


If it sets your mind at ease... I have never dropped anyone elses bikes ever...
my own? plenty of times... anyone elses? not a once

So... She's a "single" eh? ... Nice
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hah shit.. with a few possible exceptions (and obviously my wife ) I'd let most people take a ride on my ex's before my bikes

trying to quickly come up with how many people have dropped one of my bikes.. I can think of 3... but.. I feel like there is more than that...


If it sets your mind at ease... I have never dropped anyone elses bikes ever...
my own? plenty of times... anyone elses? not a once
the Orange Beast is indestructible. I've tried. No worries.

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the Orange Beast is indestructible. I've tried. No worries.
Damn dude.. that's harsh.. Keep that shit up and she's gonna leave ya!

who'm I kidding.. everyone knows girls respect a bit of abuse... shows em you know how to handle em
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