sm-R or sm-T?

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sm-R or sm-T?

Post by princepodgy » Thu Sep 30, 2010 2:06 am

greetings everybody,
am in dilemma between choosing the sm-R or sm-T...
skewed towards the "R" but would like to:
- change the 15L for a 19L tank
- add a tall touring windscreen
- change to the lower gel seats
for my twice a year touring holiday.
looking forward to replies from this forum to differences between this 2 models to help me make a well informed and educated decision.
cheers.

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Re: sm-R or sm-T?

Post by Rangoonruns » Thu Oct 21, 2010 8:07 pm

Just get the smt, its more than capable and and the money you save not buying a 19l tank would get you akra's
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Re: sm-R or sm-T?

Post by CPB » Fri Oct 22, 2010 12:26 am

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Re: sm-R or sm-T?

Post by katum_smt » Fri Oct 22, 2010 7:22 am

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Must be orange - cos the orange ones are much faster
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Re: sm-R or sm-T?

Post by bfg » Fri Oct 22, 2010 10:03 am

Slightly biased forum of course but the T has to be the better choice - does hooning just as well as the SM, but has the added practicality for those longer rides...

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Re: sm-R or sm-T?

Post by Swen » Fri Oct 22, 2010 6:15 pm

The two are basically the same motorcycle, with the R you get lighter wheels and better brakes, with the T you get bags, comfy seat and a bigger gas tank. The R is a full on thrash around bike, the T is a thrash around bike with the ability to ride some distance in relative comfort.

The orange frame and white body work are sexy, I've always wanted a set of forged wheels and mono bloc calipers and I bought T, it just made sense. I can always add brakes and wheels.

Now if they only made a SMT-R!

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Re: sm-R or sm-T?

Post by Bruce990smt » Sun Oct 24, 2010 8:27 am

It's a difficult decision.
The R is definately sexier and the T is definately more practical. I've got a T and am very happy with it.
The T does the miles comfortably, is faster than my 950SM was ( in most situations ). I did read somewhere that the suspension on the R is a bit harsh on rough roads but that is probably able to be dialed in.

I think it really depends on how many miles you want to travel in one day and how fast you want to get there. The screen on the T definately makes the higher speeds and longer distances more comfortable. But the R really is sexier.

Either way you'll be happy !

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Re: sm-R or sm-T?

Post by Ultra54 » Tue Nov 02, 2010 12:42 am

The T is everything the R is minus the forged rims. On the other hand it comes with all the goodies you want. A side benefit of the T is that the travel is limited slightly which in turn results in less pitching under both accel and braking, more composed if you will. I may be alone in this thinking but who is going to take a bike with 17" sticky street tires anywhere that you need to worry about using near the travel either of these bikes needs. Where the T shines is on rough secondary pavement.
From Ash on Bikes:
You do indeed get supermoto agility but thanks to that reduction in wheel travel, it’s much more manageable. Still there’s a fair amount of dive when you brake, but it isn’t the ear-popping emergency descent of the SM, while the sheer quality of the suspension is sublime, one of the best of any recent road bike I’ve ridden in fact. The control at high speed over very bumpy roads is astonishing, while the ride quality and consequent comfort levels are better than most full-on touring bikes

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Re: sm-R or sm-T?

Post by jonty » Sat Dec 25, 2010 9:03 pm

SMT is a 3 bikes in one.

Supermoto, sports bike worrier and tourer.

SMR is more of a one trick pony.
If you are honest with yourself, do you need the R?

As to the wheels and brakes, unless you are racing, I doubt the slightly lighter forged wheels will be that noticable at real road speeds.

The SMT is a better bike than I am a rider.
I think the SMR would be too much for most mortals

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Re: sm-R or sm-T?

Post by weston » Sun Dec 26, 2010 3:40 am

Definitely the T.

They have the same motor, but the suspension on the T is actually luxurious and damned good in the twisties.

Bags and 2-up convenience are also obvious pluses to the T. There's no down side except OEM Conti tires.

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