I don't think the 990 smr is available in the us. We get the smt model, which is still a very good bike, but with a slight touring bias. I have a new 2011 dd 1200, and I looked at the ktm when shopping. I chose the dd mainly for its better looks, price: 9k vs 13.5k for the ktm, and the sweet sound of that engine. If you're willing to spend the extra coin, the ktm is probably better in some areas, especially handling. But I just didn't think it was worth 4k more.