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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.