Review KTM 890 SMT Specs 2024

KTM announced the return of the touring supermoto to North America with the new 890 SMT. Originally announced for other markets for 2023, the new SMT will arrive in dealerships in the United States and Canada in December as a 2024 model. Pricing remains to be announced.

Though bIlled as a mix between KTM’s adventure and street models, the SMT sets off in a different direction from crossover sport-touring models from competitors like the BMW F 900 XR or Yamaha Tracer 9 GT. But instead of combining an ADV with a naked bike or a sportbike, KTM leans more toward supermotos, hence the images of Pikes Peak winner Chris Fillmore performing burnouts and wheelies up Sardinian mountain roads. The SMT is marketed as a play bike that can tackle a hill climb, and then take you to the next hill to do it again.

2024 KTM 890 SMT

KTM has announced the reintroduction of the SMT line with the 2024 KTM 890 SMT. Last seen in the U.S. more than a decade with the KTM 990 Supermoto T, the platform blends the rowdy playfulness of a supermoto with the practicality of a sport-tourer.

2024 KTM 890 SMT

The 2024 KTM 890 SMT features an 889cc LC8c parallel-Twin with DOHC and dual balancer shafts, the same platform behind the KTM 890 Adventure R with a 20% increase in rotating mass over the KTM 790 platform. KTM calls the bike a “purposeful model” between its adventure and street product ranges. The new SMT has 46 mm dual Dell’Orto throttle bodies, throttle-by-wire, a 6-speed gearbox, and a PASC slip/assist clutch.

Related: 2021 KTM 890 Adventure R | Long-Term Ride Review

The three standard ride modes – Sport, Street, and Rain – can be expanded by an optional Track setting that permits the rider to toggle different amounts of throttle modes and traction control through 10 levels. The SMT also has cornering Motorcycle Traction Control (MTC). Demo Mode allows sampling of the full electronic rider aids suite for the first 1,500 km.

2024 KTM 890 SMT

From an ergonomic and aerodynamic standpoint, the 4.2-gallon tank has been slimmed and designed specifically for the KTM 890 SMT. The form of the tank slides the rider even farther into the bike with a wide contact patch but still compact enough for free and flowing movement, aided by the single-piece Supermoto-shaped 33.8-inch seat. The SMT offers six different handlebar positions within a 1.2-inch range, and the aerodynamics-optimized smoked windscreen is placed just above the double fender with a low splash guard on the fork legs.

2024 KTM 890 SMT
Chassis-wise, the KTM 890 SMT has a chromoly trellis frame with a tighter geometry and the engine as a stressed member. The WP Apex rear shock is angled farther to reduce the seat height and accommodate the longer swingarm, contributing to a forward riding position as well as reported straight-line stability. In the front is a 43mm inverted WP Apex open-cartridge fork. Suspension front and rear is fully adjustable and offers 7.1 inches of travel. The bike rides on 17-inch wheels shod with Michelin PowerGP tires. Stopping power comes from a 4-piston caliper grabbing a 320mm front disc and a 2-piston caliper and 260mm disc in the back. Cornering ABS with Supermoto mode is standard.
2024 KTM 890 SMT
The 5-inch multifunctional TFT display is made from optically bonded mineral glass and is scratch- and glare-resistant and comes with a USB connector, reworked intuitive graphics, and Turn-by-Turn+ navigation (KTMConnect app needed).

Optional add-ons include heated grips and the chance to add Motor Slip Regulation for better control in low grip situations and for fast downshifts. Quickshifter+ and cruise control are also optional and ready to go with a simple activation process.

The 2024 KTM 890 SMT will be available in December. Pricing has not yet been announced.

For more information, visit the KTM website.

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