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KTM 625 SMC (2003-2007)

Detail Value
Engine size 625 cc
Power 53 bhp
Top speed 112 mph
Insurance group 11 of 17
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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

The KTM 625 SMC sits between the no-compromise 660 SMC and the heavier, more road-oriented LC4s in KTM’s supermoto line-up. But it’s not there to make up the numbers. It’s probably the pick of the bunch – combining the niceties of electric start with the harder race-spec SMC edge. New bikes come restricted to 30bhp but it takes about 10 minutes to unleash the proper 50+bhp.


MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 0

The KTM 625 SMC's SOHC, liquid-cooled single is broadly the same lump that powers the 640 LC4, only minus the latter’s balancer shaft and with a lighter flywheel and 41mm carb. This translates into a vibey, revvy, ride – and one that misses out on some of the LC4’s torque. It comes restricted to a pathetic 30bhp, but almost every bike will have had the full fat 50+bhp unleashed by a dealer prior to sale.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 0

Brrrrrrr – that’s not cold, that’s vibration. And it’s enough to wobble loose nuts and bolts, not just your fillings. The KTM 625 SMC's four-piston Brembo brakes are superb, the fully-adjustable WP suspension way more than adequate and the simple chassis and wide bars conspire to murder every corner wide or acute. It’s not recommended for long journeys. Not with that seat and those vibes, uh-uh.


MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 0

Along with the top quality WP suspension and Brembo brakes, with the KTM 625 SMC you get high build quality, cheap-to-replace plastics with a quality look, a digital dash and, good grief, an ignition key. Not all supermotos are so well appointed. No pillion pegs, though.

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 0

KTM have been providing excellent off-roaders for years now. And the Austrian giant enjoys a well-regarded reputation for build quality. Regular oil and filter changes are part and parcel of the SMC experience. Big single-cylinder power pulses knacker chains, so keep an eye on yours.


MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 0

KTMs are dear to buy new; the problem is – the arse has completely fallen out of the supermoto market and used bikes are a dime a dozen. Maybe less. Find a KTM 625 SMC for sale.


Insurance group: 11 of 17

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Model History

2003: KTM 625 SMC launched, only minor changes since.
2007: KTM 625 SMC deleted.

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Top speed 112 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 14.3 secs
Max power 53 bhp
Max torque 38 ft-lb
Weight 146 kg
Seat height 910 mm
Fuel capacity 9 litres
Average fuel consumption 41 mpg
Tank range 78 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 11 of 17
Engine size 625 cc
Engine specification 4v single, 5 gears
Frame Tubular steel cradle
Front suspension adjustment Preload, compression, rebound
Rear suspension adjustment Preload, compression, rebound
Front brakes Single 320mm disc
Rear brake 220mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 160/60 x 17

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