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Re: Newbie in Australia

Post by r0bb0mc » Tue Oct 09, 2012 1:34 am

I fitted the SC-Project cans the other week. I've been busy moving house, so sorry for taking so long with the pics.. I had tried to upload the other week but it wouldn't allow me to upload pic..?

The cans cost $871 AUD. Very easy to install onto the standard connector pipe but will require some work to modify strapping if you don't want to use the carrier brackets. Be warned, these pipes are loud...actually too loud for where I live. My plan is to fit the pipes only when I want to go out and create havoc. :-) The quality of pipes are very good and they look great.

Yesterday I took a Triumph Explorer 1200 for a demo ride through the mountains. I have been considering one of the bigger adv bikes and I'm keen on the new KTM 1190 Adventure. I clock up about 150klm on the Triumph and seriously thought about trading in my SMT. However, I jumped back onto my bike for a ride home and could not believe how light my bike felt. I now realise that the SMT is closer to the Speed Triple than it is to the Tiger800\Explorer1200 . Yet, I doubt there are many places these bikes could go that my SMT couldn't.

Now I'm praying that KTM release a 1190 SMT one day..

Sorry, no pic still. I'm getting "Sorry, the board attachement quota has been reached"

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Re: Newbie in Australia

Post by thegidds » Tue Oct 09, 2012 1:46 am

Thanks for the update & info Rob, much appreciated.

As you say they are extremely loud, I think I will skip the SC's and go with Wings as they have volume settings with the variable baffle sizes. A recent brush with the law has made me a bit nervous, as the copper had a good old look and listen to the exhausts at the time.

It's a shame as I think those SCs look superb.

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Re: Newbie in Australia

Post by Ktkeith » Tue Oct 09, 2012 10:30 pm

To upload pics you need to first upload to something like FLICKR go to download copy the code and paste it here between the img tags. Medium size seems to work well.

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Re: Newbie in Australia

Post by r0bb0mc » Tue Feb 10, 2015 6:52 am

Hi guys, just an update on my original post.

I've just clocked up 50,000 klm's on my SMT this week. My 3 yr lease for this bike ends this month and I've been looking at a replacement bike to lease for the next 3 yrs. My finalists were: (All 2015 models) BMW R1200R, Triumph 800 Tiger XR, Yamaha MT-09x Tracer, KTM 1050 Claytons Adventure, Honda VFR1200X Crosstourer, KTM 1190 Adventure and Suzuki DL1000 V-strom.

The final two were the Tiger XR and MT-09 Tracer. One is more of an adventure bike with boring adv bike looks and not a lot of hooligan factor but would be better than the SMT on gravel roads. The other is closer to the SMT style of bike but with no ground clearance and skinny little forks. I don't think either is a worthy replacement, because the SMT really has proven itself as a comfortable tourer and great fang bike.

So, I've decided to pay the residual owing to lease company and keep my SMT. Now I will impatiently wait for the 1290 SMT to be released :D

Meanwhile, I will be keeping an eye out in here for second hand SMT parts and accessories.

cheers, Rob

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Re: Newbie in Australia

Post by kevxtx » Tue Feb 10, 2015 11:02 am

That is some kms under your belt, I don't think the 1290 ADV will be to far away, it is very hard to replace the SMT, I don't know where I will go when my 1290SD is ready for replacement.

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Post by r0bb0mc » Tue Feb 10, 2015 11:26 am

Hi Kev. The spy pics of the 1290 SMT back in November got the old ticker racing ;) Although ground clearance didn't look too good. It looked more like a SD with bigger fuel tank, beefier rear subframe for panniers and higher bars. Would have been nice if they went a bit more mortard and gave it longer suspension travel travel.. I've got some trips lined up for my 990 this year which may see 70,000 Klm's clicking over at the end of year. I've found that on long trips 1,000 Klm's a day is my limit on this bike.
Also, thanks again for having a look at my fuel problem in brissy a couple of years back. I've been through a couple of sets of fuel filters and a fuel pump since. Rob

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Re: Newbie in Australia

Post by kevxtx » Wed Feb 11, 2015 11:03 am

Sounds like the 1290 ADV might be more suited for your long rides, my bum would not last 1000km days, 500 a would be my limit. I am hoping they bring s 1290 motard out I will be the first to put my name down for one if they did. :D

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Re: Newbie in Australia

Post by ogden » Wed Feb 11, 2015 11:15 am

r0bb0mc wrote:Hi guys, just an update on my original post.

I've just clocked up 50,000 klm's on my SMT this week. My 3 yr lease for this bike ends this month and I've been looking at a replacement bike to lease for the next 3 yrs.

So, I've decided to pay the residual owing to lease company and keep my SMT. Now I will impatiently wait for the 1290 SMT to be released :D
I'm in pretty much the same boat. Mine's just had its third birthday and about to tick over 32k miles, so about 51k km. It's seen three winters, gets used every day and has three times the mileage of anything else on the used market, so the resale value is nine tenths of sod all. All my money's going on the race bike, so I can't really justify the cost of replacing it just yet, and there's nothing out that really ticks all the boxes anyway. So I'll hold out for a 1290 in a year or two, by which point my SMT will only be worth breaking for parts.

1000km is my limit too - I've one done it once - Zagreb to Strasbourg, give or take - and it damn near killed me. The SMT just isn't a great high speed cruiser. It's odd though - I can do back-to-back 500 mile (800km) days easily enough, it's only the extra hundred-odd miles that wipes me out.
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Re: Newbie in Australia

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Re: Newbie in Australia

Post by kevxtx » Fri May 08, 2015 10:37 am

Still going strong mate?

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Re: Newbie in Australia

Post by r0bb0mc » Fri May 08, 2015 10:43 am

It had a fuel pump problem that caused problems with throttle body sync?? KTM Australia replaced throttle bodies and I paid for fuel pump, it's run like a dream ever since.. Put the DNA stage 3 and pipes back on last week, loaded the #20 map. Good times :)

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Re: Newbie in Australia

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Re: Newbie in Australia

Post by r0bb0mc » Tue Jan 05, 2016 9:59 am

I've got my SMT on the market now but not expecting it to sell easily because it's now getting close to 70,000klm. No prob ;)
I've just fitted Pirelli Angel GT tyres after having PilotPower 3's for the last 20k klm's.
Can not believe the difference in feel, mostly from the front tyre. Maybe the GT's are great on the flat highways but not good in the mountains where I live. I was disappointed with the Angel ST front tyre and nothing has changed with the GT.
I know the tyres are for different applications but I expected the GT to be closer to a real sports tyre.
Others will disagree about the GT, but they should try the PP3 first... It seems to suit the SMT very well.

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Re: Newbie in Australia

Post by ogden » Tue Jan 05, 2016 10:10 am

Michelin tyres are generally pretty good. I'm running Pilot Power Supersports on mine at the moment - old trackday/race tyres from the R6. Worn down the edges, but plenty of meat down the middle, and wear better than they have any right to.

Next ones off the stack will be an old set of PR3s that came with some spare R6 wheels last year. I'm saving them for when I next go touring, as I don't think the Supersports will be up to the distance.
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Re: Newbie in Australia

Post by r0bb0mc » Tue Jan 05, 2016 10:37 am

Yeah Ogden, Agee about the michelins. I loved the PR4's up until the rear around 50% worn. It would spin easily on centre compound and grip if the tyre went into the side compound. The PP3 is much better because the centre compound is much softer, I can push it hard and it grips until it's cactus. I'm sure the supersport is a level above..
I can get both PR4 and PP3's to the edge of tyre easily but not so with the Angle ST and GT's. Disappointing..

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Re: Newbie in Australia

Post by ogden » Tue Jan 05, 2016 10:42 am

r0bb0mc wrote:The PP3 is much better because the centre compound is much softer, I can push it hard and it grips until it's cactus. I'm sure the supersport is a level above..
Almost disappointingly so - one of the most entertaining rides I had last year was a day out with Leo/bllx when I had a set of horrible old Pirelli Diablos, also off a set of spare R6 wheels). They didn't grip for shit in the wet, and I spent about half the day with the back of the bike pointing in the wrong direction. Hilariously good fun, and teaches more about bike control than perfect rubber ever will.

That said, the Supersports do let go - they're the ones I had on the R6 when I binned it last year, chasing a Moto2 bike round a still damp circuit on a Sunday morning. They're good, but they're not perfect. Metzeler Racetec RRs, on the other hand...
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Re: Newbie in Australia

Post by r0bb0mc » Fri Jan 15, 2016 7:56 pm

I must admit that after putting 3000klm on the Angel GT's over Xmas, they now feel much better. I'm sure it's only because I'm getting used to the feel but they really don't have that excellent feedback and feel of the PP3. We've had extremely hot weather here lately also and the roads around the snowy mountains and Alpine area of Victoria may have also helped make the GTs tyres and feel a lot better than before..

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Re: Newbie in Australia

Post by r0bb0mc » Sat Aug 06, 2016 12:52 pm

Managed 13,500 klm's with the Angel GT's, amazing. Rear tyre still giving good grip at the end, much better than the PR4 did at 8k+. The front tyre still had a lot of tread but not feeling too good. I'Ve replaced the GT's with a PilotPower 3 on the front and another Angel GT on the rear. So far, going great :). Seems to be a great combination.

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Re: Newbie in Australia

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Re: Newbie in Australia

Post by r0bb0mc » Mon Aug 15, 2016 10:19 am

80,000 klm's and still going strong. Love this bike.


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