KTM LC4 640 Supermoto (1998 - 2006) review

Great machine that could unsettle the unwary or the undemanding
Details
Manufacturer:
KTM
Category:
Supermoto
Price:
£ 5395
Overall
3
Average: 3 (1 vote)
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

Seats0
Suspension FrontWP-USD 48 MA
Suspension RearWP - Monoshock
Wheels Front3.5 x 17
Wheels Rear5.0 x 17
Tyres Front120/70-17
Tyres Rear160/60-17
Brakes FrontBrembo 4-piston floating caliper, 320 mm disc
Brakes RearBrembo 1-piston floating caliper, 220 mm disc
Chassischromium-molybdenum, power-coated
Seats0
Suspension FrontWP-USD 48 MA
Suspension RearWP - Monoshock
Wheels Front3.5 x 17
Wheels Rear5.0 x 17
Tyres Front120/70-17
Tyres Rear160/60-17
Brakes FrontBrembo 4-piston floating caliper, 320 mm disc
Brakes RearBrembo 1-piston floating caliper, 220 mm disc
Chassischromium-molybdenum, power-coated
Cubic Capacity (cc)625
Valves4
Max Power (bhp)54
Max Power Peak (rpm)7000
Torque (ft/lb)44
Torque Peak (rpm)5500
Bore (mm)101
Stroke (mm)78
Valve GearOHC
Compression Ratio11.7
IgnitionCapacitor Discharge
Valves Per Cylinder4
CoolingLiquid cooled
Stroke TypeFour Stroke
Cubic Capacity (cc)625
Valves4
Max Power (bhp)54
Max Power Peak (rpm)7000
Torque (ft/lb)44
Torque Peak (rpm)5500
Bore (mm)101
Stroke (mm)78
Valve GearOHC
Compression Ratio11.7
IgnitionCapacitor Discharge
Valves Per Cylinder4
CoolingLiquid cooled
Stroke TypeFour Stroke
Max Power58.8
Max Power Revs7200
Max Torque44.1
Max Torque Revs6200
Standing Quarter Mile - Terminal Speed MPH99.07
Standing Quarter Mile - Time13.19
Top Speed108.5
Max Power58.8
Max Power Revs7200
Max Torque44.1
Max Torque Revs6200
Standing Quarter Mile - Terminal Speed MPH99.07
Standing Quarter Mile - Time13.19
Top Speed108.5
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