Like all KTMs, the KTM 990 SM T was built for speed and adrenaline. Though, unlike its siblings the KTM 990 SM T has a slightly more serene character and can be described like an interesting combination between a tourer, a racer and a city bike.
As you’ve probably guessed, the 990 SM T is derived from the KTM 990 SM. In terms of powers the two bikes are identical as they are both powered by the same 75-degree, liquid cooled 999 cc engine which delivers a maximum output of 114 hp @ 9000 rpm and is paired with a six speed transmission.
In terms of suspensions, the SM T’s wheel travels is slightly shorter than the one from the standard SM, but despite this fact, the bike is still able to deal effortless with any type of terrain.
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The 2013 KTM 990 SM T unites a sporty, high-precision chassis with a state-of-the-art V2 engine, a frame-anchored fairing, great comfort and a sensitively regulating ABS system. The DOHC twin offers a choice between full-on power for vigorous throttle-twisting or refined power for making progress with ease. This arrangement has given rise to a unique combination of tourer, racer and city bike. In short: a long-distance Supermoto that combines sports talent with endurance, comfort and suitability for everyday use.
WIND SCREEN AND LARGE FUEL TANK
The frame-anchored fairing on the 990 SM T provides effective protection from the wind and weather and accommodates a clearly structured multi-function cockpit that supplies the rider with all essential information. The fuel tank with a capacity of 19 l ensures a long useful working range.
The 2013 KTM 990 SM T’s perfectly padded twin-level seat ensures suitable long-distance comfort for both rider and pillion, while also providing freedom of movement and crystal-clear feedback for a sportier pace.
Thanks to an integrated luggage mounting system, a rear bag and two panniers can be secured to the rear of the KTM 990 SM T - compact and grouped closely to the centre of gravity, but with enough stowage space for everything you could possibly need on your travels.
The gathered sitting position behind the tapered, perfectly angled, aluminium handlebar supports relaxed touring equally as well as hitting the gas with commitment.
FRAME AND SWINGARM
The 990 SM T’s tubular space frame made from thin-walled chrome-molybdenum steel tubing with a bolted-on, light alloy subframe only weighs 9.5 kg, yet it impresses with exemplary torsional stiffness. The 575 mm swingarm with conical profiles contributes plenty of mechanical grip.
Thanks to multiple setting options, the upside-down telescopic fork and the directly connected shock absorber from WP Suspension allow optimum adjustment of the chassis to suit the individual operational use of the versatile 990 SM T. For example, the spring preload at the rear can be adapted to the load situation in next to no time with the help of the new preload adjuster from the tool set - solo, two-up, with luggage; always en route with perfect vehicle balance.
More than adequate deceleration is ensured on the KTM 990 SM T by Brembo® brakes with the very finest components. At the front wheel, two radially-mounted four-piston brake callipers bite hard into 320 mm discs at the command of the radial master cylinder.
The disconnectable dual-circuit ABS system developed in cooperation with Bosch offers excellent protection against over-braking, while maintaining the full effect and perfect feedback of a genuine sports brake thanks to very fine sensors. Weighing no more than 1 kg, the ABS system therefore allows extremely sporty braking. And sets standards in the prevention of unintentional endos.
The 990 SM T’s water-cooled V-engine with 85 kW (114 hp) sets the benchmark for free-revving twins. Its intelligent design principle with multi-function balancer shaft makes it one of the lightest and most compact V2s in its class. The engine impresses with explosive, spontaneous throttle response.
Alongside the optimum combustion chamber design, the major factors behind the outstanding performance of the KTM 990 SM T’s V-twin with 75° cylinder angle are the state-of-the-art four-valve cylinder heads, each with flow-optimised ducts and two overhead camshafts.
CRANK DRIVE / PISTONS
Particularly lightweight pistons and connecting rods bestow the 2013 990 SM T’s V2 engine with reduced reciprocating weight and hence with decidedly spontaneous responsiveness, underlining its extremely sporty engine characteristics.
The electronic Keihin engine management system regulates the modern fuel injection system on the 990 SM T, focussing on optimum behaviour under partial load and spontaneous responsiveness. In this way, KTM engineers were able to harmonise raw power with optimum rideability.
2-cylinder, 4-stroke, spark-ignition engine, 75° V arrangement, liquid-cooled
85 kW (114 hp)
6-speed, claw shifted
Dry-sump lubrication with 2 rotor pumps
Primary gear ratio
Secondary gear ratio
Liquid cooling system, continuous circulation of cooling liquid with water pump
Wet multi-disc clutch / hydraulically operated
Contactless, controlled, fully electronic ignition system with digital ignition timing adjustment
Tubular space frame made from chrome molybdenum steel, powder-coated
Single-disc brake with two-piston brake caliper; fixed brake disc
Brake discs - diameter front
Brake discs - diameter rear
5/8 x 5/16” X‑Ring
Steering head angle
Ground clearance (unloaded)
Seat height (unloaded)
Total fuel tank capacity approx.
19 l Unleaded premium fuel (95 RON)
Weight without fuel approx.
Telegraph: "Swing a leg over the bike and first impressions convey snugness. The seat is exceptionally comfortable while the riding position is quite compact, certainly for taller riders, although shorter folk on the Portuguese press launch were pleased that reaching the ground was so easy. It’s not cramped at all and suits a wide range of builds."
MCN: "The KTM 990 SMT is a new take on the adventure bike theme that manages to combine all the mental fun of a supermoto with the comfort, practicality and ability to cover miles of an adventure bike. It’s being hailed as the current all-rounder King offering all things to all riders. Of more interest to more people is the fact that it’s bloody good fun and way faster than you’d think for a 115bhp V-twin."