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Newbie in Australia

Post by r0bb0mc » Mon Mar 26, 2012 6:50 am

Hello All,

I've recently sold my BMW F650GS (800) and last month I bought a 2012 White KTM990 SMT in Canberra, Aust. Used this forum a lot to get a good understanding on what I was getting myself in for. I recently just clocked up 5000Klm and I'm still getting accustomed to the raw nature of the KTM over the refined nature of the BMW.

The rear brake has already started doing the howling noise, scaring the crappers out of pedestrians and motorists within 50 meters.

I'm still playing with tyre pressures (for commuting type riding) at the moment. The salesman recommended 36 (F) 42 (R). I've been trying lower pressures but I'm interested to know what others are using.. I've still got the standard Continental Attack tyres on and I'm considering fitting Continental Trail attacks very soon because I do a lot of gravel\dirt road riding.

Overall, I'm pretty satisfied with the bikes ability to blast away the Klm's in comfort and fun. The BMW had the most uncomfortable seat and I could only last 30 mins before I had to stand up, I'm able to sit on the KTM for hours on end with no problems. I'm also amazed at how good it handles rough dirt roads, even with a 17" front. I love the whooshy sound of the front brakes and the roar of the exhuast during hard acceleration (seems to be the ONLY way to accelerate), amazing ;-) I was also Gob Smacked when I saw the toolkit that came with the bike..WOW!

I'm doing a 2800Klm trip in two weeks (brisbane and back), hoping mother nature is kind.

Thanks to all the members for previous posts, they provided very good, real world, information about the bike.

cheers,
Rob

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Re: Newbie in Australia

Post by Eunuch » Mon Mar 26, 2012 1:00 pm

Hi Rob and welcome.

Though not a KTM newbie the SMT is relatively new to me too and after playing with tyre pressures I can confirm the other threads you can find on here that the SMT likes things a bit lower. I replaced the work OEM tyres on my 3,200 mile second hander straight away and have been running 33 F/R wwhich for me is the sweet spot for sporty road riding on a mix of some pretty crappy pot holed back roads and faster A roads. Others seem to go down to 31/31 and all I can say is try lowering it slowly and ride the same roads in the same conditions to compare.

If you're going down dirt trails I aimagine you'll want to run slightly lower anyways.

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Re: Newbie in Australia

Post by broaders » Tue Mar 27, 2012 12:57 am

Hello Rob, I have had my SMT coming up on nearly two years now. Live in Melbourne and love the bike. You will see a number of threads on tyres and most do not rate the OEM Conti's the bike comes with. I am of the same opinion and changed them when the back tyre was worn around 7k. I have put on Michelin PR2. I run them at 32psi and have so much more confidence in these tyres compared to the Conti's, I never ride two up so I keep the pressure at 32. I also find they are lasting longer due to the dual compound harder on the bottom and softer on the wall for good grip on cornerng. I have to say I wont take the bike out in the rain if I can avoid it so cannot give feedback on the PR2s in really wet conditions. By all accounts the new PR3s are so much better in the wet conditions
I guess it comes down to personal preference and where and how you ride. One thing for sure you will have fun on this bike, only problems will be keeping the points off the license. "Enjoy Mate"

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Re: Newbie in Australia

Post by Eunuch » Tue Mar 27, 2012 8:58 am

I can vouch for the PR2's in the rain albeit from my experiences on a GS. Excellent wet tyre with plenty of grip and confidence inspiring that allows you to get a hustle on in the damp stuff if you so wish.

Enjoy mate, or as the British would say, have a spiffing day :D
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Re: Newbie in Australia

Post by ogden » Tue Mar 27, 2012 9:58 am

Eunuch wrote:Enjoy mate, or as the British would say, have a spiffing day :D
Do you live in the 1940s?
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Re: Newbie in Australia

Post by Eunuch » Tue Mar 27, 2012 10:25 am

ogden wrote:Do you live in the 1940s?
Only on Tuesdays.

Thought I'd welcome someone from the colonies in the appropriate fashion ;) .
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Re: Newbie in Australia

Post by ogden » Tue Mar 27, 2012 10:31 am

Eunuch wrote:
ogden wrote:Do you live in the 1940s?
Only on Tuesdays.

Thought I'd welcome someone from the colonies in the appropriate fashion ;) .
You don't welcome someone *from* the colonies [1], you clap them in irons and ship them *to* the colonies.

They'll think twice before stealing another loaf of bread, that's for sure.



[1] An exemption is made for temporary bar staff, obviously, so long as they can prove some form of ancestry.
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Re: Newbie in Australia

Post by Stormin » Tue Mar 27, 2012 4:18 pm

Can vouch for PR3's on 32psi front and rear riding solo.
Enjoy the bike mate,as they say here in this little province"it's some tool" :D

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Re: Newbie in Australia

Post by r0bb0mc » Wed Mar 28, 2012 1:44 am

Thanks guys, appreciated. I think I will try 32psi front and back as a baseline.

Things are really tough over here in the new country, I really advise you and all the others to stay back there in old england. We'll tough it up over here and endure it the best we can. :lol:

cheers,
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Re: Newbie in Australia

Post by thegidds » Wed Mar 28, 2012 2:44 am

Hahaha. I'm with you Rob, just quietly toughing it out...

32 F & R for me on stock tyres, and feel a lot better than at delivery (36-42 as you say). Will play around a bit more up and down when I'm more used to the bike.

Welcome aboard by the way, enjoy the bike.

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Re: Newbie in Australia

Post by katum_smt » Fri Mar 30, 2012 9:28 am

Welcome Rob - "Miles of Smiles"

I use 2.2bar in the front and 2.4bar rear (dont know what that is in psi, isnt psi what they used BC :D )
I changed the OEM tyres early on as well
Last Saturday I removed the PR2 rear after 14000km and replaced with the PR3
The front PR2 that I fitted together with the rear is still going strong and is probably good for another 3000km
Ive been wanting to fit a set of semi knobblies to the SMT for a ride thru Namibia but the 17" size was always a problem until now
Continental has one that will fit 17" wheels
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Re: Newbie in Australia

Post by r0bb0mc » Tue Apr 03, 2012 12:38 am

I changed tyre pressures to 32\32 and the bike rides like it should. With the tyres at 36\42, it was oversteering badly and felt like it wanted to flop down on low speed corners. I wasn't sure if this was a characteristic of the bike or not, and I was starting to miss the sweet handling of my old F650GS (800twin). But, all good now. The front now feels very well planted around corners and there's no more wandering at slower speeds. I'm loving every moment on the white beast and will ride it Canberra-Brisbane-Canberra (the back way, 2700klm's) this long weekend. Can't wait :D

Thanks again guys.
(maybe you could throw some suggestions Rossi's way.. :lol: )

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Re: Newbie in Australia

Post by Stormin » Tue Apr 03, 2012 8:08 am

katum_smt wrote:Welcome Rob - "Miles of Smiles"

I use 2.2bar in the front and 2.4bar rear (dont know what that is in psi, isnt psi what they used BC
32/35psi -------- BC being British Colonies? :twisted: :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Re: Newbie in Australia

Post by Vrednie » Fri May 25, 2012 1:37 pm

ogden wrote:
You don't welcome someone *from* the colonies [1], you clap them in irons and ship them *to* the colonies.

They'll think twice before stealing another loaf of bread, that's for sure.


Just a general note to all the chavs on here, It's probably time to get some new material boys ;) It's never advisable to be disrespectful to criminals :lol:
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Re: Newbie in Australia

Post by Scutty » Fri May 25, 2012 2:02 pm

Last time I flew into Sydney immigration asked me if I had a criminal record

I didn't even know it was still an entry requirement
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Re: Newbie in Australia

Post by Vrednie » Fri May 25, 2012 2:03 pm

Your right! It is, but we get our records on file by default when were born :mrgreen:
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Re: Newbie in Australia

Post by r0bb0mc » Mon May 28, 2012 4:43 am

I've just clocked up 12,000klm on my SMT since late January. I'm really impressed with the PR3's that everyone else here has raved about. My next update to the bike will be a set of Akro's and then some hard panniers. I've attached a couple of pics of my ride on sunday Canberra - Albury - Tumbaumba - Tumut - Cooma - Canberra. I figured it would be my last chance to ride the Snowy Mountain Highway before winter. Excellent day. Didn't see another bike between Tumut and Cooma. cheers, Rob
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Re: Newbie in Australia

Post by ianf9494 » Mon May 28, 2012 5:01 am

Hi Robbo,

Being an ex Canberrian and having a son in Brisbane I have done the trip many times. If you have not done the Lyons road over the QLD border I suggest you do it is a great road, with little traffic just mind the single lane bridges. Have a good trip. Missing the hills and corners now we are in the West. Cheers Ian
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Re: Newbie in Australia

Post by Vrednie » Mon May 28, 2012 9:13 am

Nice photo's! I miss the cold weather!
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Re: Newbie in Australia

Post by r0bb0mc » Mon Jul 16, 2012 4:57 am

My 2012 White SMT just had its 15,000 Klm Service, by a KTM Dealer in Canberra, Aust. The bike has regained some of it's lost horses, which my back PR3 tyre isn't too happy about :-) I am looking for a better mechanic\workshop for all the next servicings (Sydney\Gong\Albury area). If anyone can recommend a good shop in the area, I'd appreciate it. Next will be a set of pipes, but I've been holding off until someone can convince me that spending $2K on set of Akros is a better option than $1200 (approx) for Leo Vince, FMF etc...

I'm planning on replacing chain\sprockets at 20K, and fitting a 16T front. I don't know about you guys, but 6th gear is a waste with stock gearing. It feels like I'm laboring the engine everytime I use 6th gear. Maybe if cruising on or above 160Klm, but at 130 - 140klm it's not good..

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