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The Mercury Cars Guide : May 29th 2010
Saturday, May 29, 2010 Classifieds 62 300 400 carsguide.com.au ---17 All things to all riders ALLROUNDER: The KTM 990 is a commuter, offroader, tourer and Sunday sprinter. T HIS is a true all-road motorcycle. KTM'S 990 Supermoto T will dice with the daily commuter traffic, sprint up your favourite Sunday B-road, get its shoes dirty on unpaved roads, gallop down the highway, carry a passenger in comfort and with the optional luggage fitted it will also do the big lap around the conti- nent. After all, the T in the name stands for for touring. The Austrian company has late- ly eschewed the ugly corporate orange for more approachable greys, whites and blacks, making them much more aesthetically pleasing as road bikes. Its sharp and angular styling is striking and modern, although some may find it difficult to love. If you can get past the styling, this is a very competent bike that comes standard with all the qual- ity fittings, such as Brembo bra- kes, Marchesini wheels, Neken handlebars and White Power sus- pension. However, only tall riders need apply as the seat is 855mm off the deck. Once on board you won't want to getoffforawhileasithasagelseat which is comfortable for a full day in the saddle. The cockpit accommodation is neutral with bars close enough to sit up straight, a long reach to the pegs and good protection from the massive plastic handguards. So good, in fact, you may not need bar warmers in winter. The mirrors are high and wide for excellent vibe-free rear vision, but they feature those horrid old- fashioned double-nut mounts which are a nightmare when they come loose. And they will. Pillions will enjoy the wide and flat seat, big grab handles and long peg reach. Luggage can be strapped on to the standard rear rack, or you can get optional soft or hard panniers that fit on to the permanently fitted, but discrete, side mounts on the muffler heat shields. The high riding position gives a commanding view of the traffic and thanks to its wide handlebars, 17-inch front wheel, short wheel- base and steep steering rake, it will manoeuvre around the tightest spaces. That same manoeuvrability ma- kes it ideal on a Sunday run with lightning quick change of direc- tion, yet it retains a high degree of highway stability. The engine is a lusty animal that pulls from way down low and keeps singing all the way to the top with plenty of torque in any gear to pull the extra weight of a pillion or luggage. In a technical corner-to-corner run, you won't need to change cogs, just work the torque curve, however if you do shift gears quickly, it has confident changes. I only snicked one false neutral between fourth and fifth. Some may find the initial throt- tle response a little snatchy, but it's not as bad as my BMW F800GS, a fairly similar style of bike. Out on the highway the KTM ticks over 4000rpm in sixth at 100km/h which is fine for rolling on power to pass. From 80km/h and above there is a bit of wind turbulence from the windscreen which could be im- proved if it could be adjusted for tilt. As a tourer, it could do with a centrestand as standard. If country dirt roads occasionally feature in your route planner, the KTM will take them in its stride with 195mm of clearance, plush, long-travel White Power fully ad- justable suspension, wide motocross-style bars that help with stability on loose gravel and a comfortable standing position for riders. However, don't push it too far down rocky roads as the cast iron oil tank in front is exposed and vulnerable to rocks. The Brembo brakes are almost too powerful. They have way too much initial bite that induces startling fork dive and rear lift from the long-travel suspension. Hit them too hard and you feel as if you are about to go over the bars. Use one or two fingers on the levers at all times. KTM's road bikes have been hampered in the past by poor resale value, build quality and instrumentation. It is great to see that improving and hopefully this will help im- prove resale value. The panels all seem to fit and the inside of the front cowl is now very tidy, although the cables are a bit of a mess. If there is a fuel gauge, I couldn't find it and that is a big mistake on a supposed tourer. Speaking of fuel, KTM needs to forget about its off-road roots and fit a decent filler cap that isn't attached by a breather hose. Those minor points aside, this is a great all-rounder that is perfectly suited to Australia's varied road conditions as well as riders' wide array of demands. MARK HINCHLIFFE small torque KTM 990 SMT Price: $20,995 ($22,972 ride away with 12 months rego at TeamMoto) Engine: 999cc, four-valve, fuel- injected V75 twin Power: 85kW @ 9000rpm Torque: 97Nm @ 7000rpm Fuel: Premium unleaded Transmission: Six-speed, wet multi-disc clutch Suspension: White Power upsidedown 48mm forks, WP mono shock Brakes: Brembo four-piston fixed calipers, 305mm discs (front); Brembo two-piston, floating calliper, 240mm disc (rear) Tyres: 120/70-17; 180/55-17 Seat height: 855mm Clearance: 195mm Fuel tank: 19-litre tank (3.7L reserve) Wales mows down speed record SPEED FREAK: Don Wales has taken out the title for reaching the fastest speed, 141km/h on a ride-on mower. DON Wales, grandson of world speed record-holder Sir Donald Campbell, mowed some grass, then mowed down the world record for the fastest ride-on mower at the weekend. The 49-year-old s Kawasaki- powered Countax ride-on mower hit 141.3km/h on a Wales beach surpassing the previous top speed of 130km/h reached by Bob Cleveland on a home-built lawnmower in 2006 at Bonneville Flats, US. To qualify for the record the mower had to make two passes and cut grass on the same day to show it was a working mower. The mower will now join the Beaulieu collection of land speed record machines, sitting next to the 1925 Bluebird of Donald Campbell s father, Sir Malcolm. Motor Cycles APRILIA PEGASO 1998 40,000ks, good cond, no reg, $4,800 neg. Ph 0417 337 274 0 APRILLIA 2006 Pegaso 650, 4,700 kms, $11,500. Ph 0409 970 423. 1 BASKERVILLE 6 MAY 9.30 srct.org.au - 0408 368 149 Discount for L & P platers Thanks to Kennedy Kinchrome 0 BMW F650GS 2007, black, LAMS, ABS, heated grips, top box, $8,300 ono. Ph 0439 862 342. 1 Draggin Jeans Rossi and Thomas Cook boots, leather jackets, jeans, vests, gloves, - ladies and mens. W/proof jean polar fleece lined. Oilskin jeans, jackets. Country Leather 108 Elizabeth St, Hbt 62315082 1 Ducati wanted 860/900 Darmah parts or bike, cond not important, may consider other models, ph/text 0439 999 334 0 Ducati 848 --- exc cond 19,000ks, full race exhaust, many extras. Please no tyre kickers. $24,900. 0438848000 0 HARLEY 1991 FATBOY $17,500 ono. Ph 0400 980 850. 0 HIGHLIGHTER ADS Make your ad stand out from the rest! Ask the operator for a price when next placing your car ad for Saturday. Ph 62 300 400. 1 HONDA CB 175 Early 70's, $300. 0407 986 121 0HONDA CRF 450, 2005 model, new valves, top end rebuild, good cond, heaps of extras $5,200 ono. Ph 0488 096 660 0 HONDA HORNET 900 2006 low ks, like new, $8,500 ono. Ph 0447 557 829. 0 Kawasaki KLX 140L 2009, excellent condition, $4,100 ono. 0408 120 753 0 Kawasaki KLX 110 2009 $2,900 ono excellent condition ph 0408 120 753 0 KAWASAKI ZX6R 2002 green and black, Yoshi pipe, 18,000ks, new batt needs tyres/ reg. $5,000 firm. 0409 566 920. 0 King Bike Trailers ATV Trailers $1,190 3 Bike Trailers $1,190 ATV Carriers from $984 Special prices --- all in stock King Trailer Industries 5 Florence St, Moonah Ph 6228 0317 Deal with the Manufacturer 1 KTM 250 SXF 2008 model, 40 hours since new, new tyres, good cond $5,500 ono. Ph 0408 130 027. 1KTM 625 2005, learners ap- proval, low klms, exc cond, $5,500 ono ph 0415 298 569. 0 KXF250---2004 Fully rebuilt, good condition $4,500 neg. Ph 0404 072 223 1 SOUTHERN DIRTBIKES 505 Main Rd Montrose Ph 6273 2871 Easy finance interest free or deferred payment available TAA 2044776-32 6230 0500 KX125 2002 Rebuild kit, Pro Circuit exhaust, service manual, gd cond $3,100 ono 6243 5386 or 0408 335696 0 RMZ 250 SUZUKI good cond, never raced, $4,900 ono. Ph 0418 568 922 0 SCOOTER 2008 --- TGB 50cc, 1 owner, as new, $2,000. Ph 0418 298 202 1 SRCT AGM 6pm Tue June 1 at RNH, 225 Campbell St 0 STMCA Practice Day 30 May cancelled Club Day 6th June Scrutineer- ing 7-8. Riders brief 8.45. Queries ph Dave 0400 813 212 0SUZUKI BOULEVARD 2006 1800cc, black, 9,000kms only, exc cond $12,500-0418 797179 0 SUZUKI GSXR1000K5 Akrapovic pipe, rack, 19,000ks, just serviced, $10,500. Ph 0408 313 658. 0 SUZUKI GSXR 750 2005 Anniversary Edition, 5,300 kms, Yoshi pipe, extras, immac $9,200 Ph 0408 594460 1 SUZUKI JR50 2007 As new $1,100. KTM50 Mini Adventure 2008 vgc $1,400 Ph 0428 515 290 0 SUZUKI RGV 250 1988 exc cond, $2,500 ono. Ph 0407 930 880 0 SUZUKI V-STROM 650 2006, excellent condition, April 2011 reg, 16,000 kms, $6,900 ono. Ph 0419 007 643. 0Suzuki '86 GSXR1100 70,000 original kms, $3,300. Phone 6266 4617 1 To Advertise Your Business Here Call 62 300 500 or email email@example.com 2 VESPA SCOOTER ET4 150cc, 2002, 4,300 km, red, carry box, exc cond, fun to ride, $4,200 neg. Ph 0438 596 116. 0 Yamaha PW50 A1, $850 firm. Ph 0419 478 497 YAMAHA R1 2008 black/gold, 1380k's, books, keys, manuals, warranty $13,500. 0417577703 0 Yamaha TDM850 '99 Good cond, new susp, hand protectors, heated grips, rack and bag, spare exhaust cover lock, 70,000 klms, $4,200 firm.. Ph 6261 5338 YAMAHA 04 YZ125 - 2 stroke, used rarely, exc cond, $3,000 ono. Ph 0419 396 019 0YAMAHA 200E AG BIKE 1999 current model, vgc, new back tyre, $1,800 ono. 6297 8135. 0 YAMAHA '95 XT600 low 70KS, goes well, must sell, $2,700. Ph 0406 125 988. 0 YZ 250 07 MODEL exc cond, $6,500 ono. Phone 0419 156 948. 0YZ125 2003 Full FMF exhaust, new UFO plastics, graphics, top end done 4 hrs since rebuild, exc cond $4,200 ono Ph 6243 5386 or 0408 335696 0 ATTENTION! THERE MAY BE MORE LIST- INGS IN CARSGUIDE EXTRA. PLEASE REFER INDEX SATURDAY'S CLASSIFIEDS.
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