KTM LC4 640 Supermoto (1998 - 2006) review

Great machine that could unsettle the unwary or the undemanding

Ben Cope's picture
By Visordown on Tue, 29 Apr 2008 - 12:04

Details
Manufacturer:
KTM
Category:
Supermoto
Price:
£ 5395
Overall
3
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The orange peril isn't pretending to be friendly so you get a solid seat, vibey engine and zero mod cons. But you also get a very aggressive bike.
Top quality equipment and an exciting ride make this KTM an excellent ride
Low on sophistication, the LC4 will punish your posterior and make demands on your riding prowess - not for the inexperienced

"This is the real deal, a proper supermoto," KTM mounted Jim virtually sobbed. "It vibrates so much at high revs I can hardly see the mirrors let alone what's reflected in them, and I think the seat's broken my coccyx." It's worth pointing out that Jim is particularly brittle, but it shows the nature of the KTM. The orange peril isn't pretending to be friendly so you get a solid seat, vibey engine and zero mod cons. But you also get a very aggressive bike.

"It's a really strong motor," Jim went on, "and pulls hard from low down with a typical, precise enduro gearbox, but riding it for more than an hour? No thanks." And with that he rested his lid on the DRZ's softer seat in an 'I'm riding that one next' way.

Yeah, well, no one said they would be comfortable Jim, that's what you get with a supermoto. Fun to ride but lacking in creature comforts.

Read more: http://www.visordown.com/road-tests/funmoto-suzuki-dr-z400sm-vs-ktm-lc4-and-more/4588.html#ixzz0xd2W8TGM

"This is the real deal, a proper supermoto," KTM mounted Jim virtually sobbed. "It vibrates so much at high revs I can hardly see the mirrors let alone what's reflected in them, and I think the seat's broken my coccyx." It's worth pointing out that Jim is particularly brittle, but it shows the nature of the KTM. The orange peril isn't pretending to be friendly so you get a solid seat, vibey engine and zero mod cons. But you also get a very aggressive bike.

"It's a really strong motor," Jim went on, "and pulls hard from low down with a typical, precise enduro gearbox, but riding it for more than an hour? No thanks." And with that he rested his lid on the DRZ's softer seat in an 'I'm riding that one next' way.

Yeah, well, no one said they would be comfortable Jim, that's what you get with a supermoto. Fun to ride but lacking in creature comforts.

Read more: http://www.visordown.com/road-tests/funmoto-suzuki-dr-z400sm-vs-ktm-lc4-and-more/4588.html#ixzz0xd2W8TGM

Seats 0
Suspension Front WP-USD 48 MA
Suspension Rear WP - Monoshock
Wheels Front 3.5 x 17
Wheels Rear 5.0 x 17
Tyres Front 120/70-17
Tyres Rear 160/60-17
Brakes Front Brembo 4-piston floating caliper, 320 mm disc
Brakes Rear Brembo 1-piston floating caliper, 220 mm disc
Chassis chromium-molybdenum, power-coated
Seats 0
Suspension Front WP-USD 48 MA
Suspension Rear WP - Monoshock
Wheels Front 3.5 x 17
Wheels Rear 5.0 x 17
Tyres Front 120/70-17
Tyres Rear 160/60-17
Brakes Front Brembo 4-piston floating caliper, 320 mm disc
Brakes Rear Brembo 1-piston floating caliper, 220 mm disc
Chassis chromium-molybdenum, power-coated
Cubic Capacity (cc) 625
Valves 4
Max Power (bhp) 54
Max Power Peak (rpm) 7000
Torque (ft/lb) 44
Torque Peak (rpm) 5500
Bore (mm) 101
Stroke (mm) 78
Valve Gear OHC
Compression Ratio 11.7
Ignition Capacitor Discharge
Valves Per Cylinder 4
Cooling Liquid cooled
Stroke Type Four Stroke
Cubic Capacity (cc) 625
Valves 4
Max Power (bhp) 54
Max Power Peak (rpm) 7000
Torque (ft/lb) 44
Torque Peak (rpm) 5500
Bore (mm) 101
Stroke (mm) 78
Valve Gear OHC
Compression Ratio 11.7
Ignition Capacitor Discharge
Valves Per Cylinder 4
Cooling Liquid cooled
Stroke Type Four Stroke
Max Power 58.8
Max Power Revs 7200
Max Torque 44.1
Max Torque Revs 6200
Standing Quarter Mile - Terminal Speed MPH 99.07
Standing Quarter Mile - Time 13.19
Top Speed 108.5
Max Power 58.8
Max Power Revs 7200
Max Torque 44.1
Max Torque Revs 6200
Standing Quarter Mile - Terminal Speed MPH 99.07
Standing Quarter Mile - Time 13.19
Top Speed 108.5
Score Breakdown
Overall
3

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