KTM 625 SMC (2003-2007) Review

Published: 24 November 2006

"The pick of the bunch; combining the niceties of electric start with the harder race-spec SMC edge"

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"The pick of the bunch; combining the niceties of electric start with the harder race-spec SMC edge"

  • At a glance
  • 625cc  -  53 bhp
  • 41 mpg  -  78 miles range
  • Insurance group: 11 of 17
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  • High seat height (910mm)

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

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.

Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 5

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.

Engine 4 out of 5

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.

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

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.

Insurance, running costs & value 3 out of 5

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 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 3 out of 5

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.

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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2003
Year discontinued 2007
Original price -
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 11 of 17
Annual road tax £80
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 53 bhp
Max torque 38 ft-lb
Top speed 112 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 14.3 secs
Average fuel consumption 41 mpg
Tank range 78 miles
Specification
Engine size 625cc
Engine type 4v single, 5 gears
Frame type Tubular steel cradle
Fuel capacity 9 litres
Seat height 910mm
Bike weight 146kg
Front suspension Preload, compression, rebound
Rear suspension Preload, compression, rebound
Front brake Single 320mm disc
Rear brake 220mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 160/60 x 17

History & Versions

Model history

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

Other versions

None.

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