How about a small introduction of yourself to the readers of Supermoto Central?
My Name's Michael Capuchino. I'm the Parts Manager at TJ's Cycle, the local KTM dealership here in Austin, TX.
How did you get into supermoto and what do you find so great about it?
I got into Supermoto after getting hired at the Husqvarna dealership. It was my first job in the motorcycle industry. After test riding the SM 610 I knew I had to have one. I immediately fell in love with how light the bike was and the handling.
When and how did the idea for this project originated? What was your inspiration?
I've been wanting to race motorcycles for the longest time so I started doing track days on the Husky. I met the previous owner of my KTM there, he and I both wanted faster bikes so he got an Aprilia and he sold me his KTM 690 SMC.
What’s was the base for your project?
2010 KTM 690 SMC.
Can you tell us in short how the build went? Did you have any big problems or did it all went smooth?
The build went really well, working at the KTM dealer definitely has its perks. I got a lot of help from the technicians here and got to see all the new aftermarket parts that became available for my bike. The only problem was money, there was so many parts I wanted but had to get them little by little.
What do you use your bike for? Do you ride it on the street or just take it to the track once in a while?
I currently race it in the CMRA Road Racing Series. I occasionally ride it on the street, only takes about 20 minutes to convert it back to a street legal motard.
Is this your first supermoto project or did you also build other supermoto bikes?
I had a 2008 Husqvarna SM 610 before this bike but didn't have anywhere near the time and money that I have into this 690.
Do you have any plans for another supermoto project in the future?
I've been so satisfied with this bike I don't see me getting a new bike anytime soon. But I will be adding Gold Marchesini wheels to the bike very soon.
Have you got any tips or advice for people that want to start a project like this?
The only advice I have is to spend your money wisely and to be patient. Most of these motards you see on here don't happen overnight.
- KTM Saxess Tubeless Wheels.
- Bridgestone 120 Front and 165 Rear Supermoto Slicks.
- Magura 190 Front Master Cylinder.
- Adler Slipper Clutch by Adige.
- KTM Powerparts Front And Rear Axle Sliders.
- WP Pro-Action Front Suspension.
- Ohlins Rear Suspension.
- Pro-Bolt Titanium Bolts For Triple Clamps.
- Motion Pro Fork Bleeders.
- Renthal Fatbar 672 Bend Handlebars.
- Renthal Fatbar Bar Par With Custom Installed DRC Lap Timer.
- Powermadd Hand Guards.
- GPR 4 Stabilizer.
- KTM Evo 2 Power-Up Kit w/ New Cam and Maps.
- K&N Air Filter.
- Shorai 1lbs Lithium Ion Battery.
- Full Akrapovic Titanium Exhaust System With Akrapovic Caron Fiber Heat Shields.
- Hammerhead Shifter And Shifter Bolt.
- D.I.D. Road Racing 520 Chain.
- Samco Orange Silicon Radiator Hoses.
- T.M. Designworks Chain Guide.
- KTM Supersprox Stealth Rear Sprocket.
- KTM Powerparts Spools.
- Brembo Front Rotor, Front And Read Calipers.
- Galfer Rear Floating Waved Rotor.
- Kouba Link -1 Inch. - KTM Grip Donuts.
- Core Moto Custom Front and Rear Brake Lines.
- KTM 85 SX Footpegs and Sliders.
- Chrome Powersport Graphx Kit From Ridepg.com
- STR Orange Rear Brake Lever Tip.
- KTM Powerparts Orange Valve Caps, Oil Filter Caps, Oil Filler Cap And Ignition Cap.
- Homemade Exhaust Slider.
- And Much More.