2007 KTM Super Duke First Ride — Motorcycle USA

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KTM 690 Super Duke R
KTM 690 Super Duke R

2007 KTM Super Duke Ride

The winds of change are through KTM headquarters and the sound is similar to the howling exhaust from a 75-degree V-Twin a few rpm shy of redline.

KTM’s assault on motorcycle manufacturing supremacy is led into battle by a quartet of warriors including the dual-purpose 990 that’s back for another the all-new 950 Supermoto, a single-cylinder 690 and the undisputed commander of the Orange the striking 990 Super Duke.

If is any doubt as to the impact this is going to have on the sales know this before judgment: The Super Duke is fun to ride (And the rest of the is equally exciting, albeit for different reasons). When consumers realize this, innate desire to be different make for some interesting in the KTM sales curve.

After a day of the Super Duke and its siblings the tight and taxing Streets of circuit, it was clear that machine is more than a shot across the bow of any manufacturer a streetfighter in its line up. It’s the first salvo. A successful of duty in the U.S. would be as KTM attempts to move from the largest producer of motorcycles in to the largest.

As a company that 84,421 units sold the 2005-2006 model year a serious effort to sell KTM’s march towards the should raise alarms at a few centers of operations in Italy and

Just looking at the Super its razor sharp edges capable of inflicting a flesh with its pointed and geometrically styling. From tip to tail, the of the bike have an industrial, futuristic look that it be ridden hard, right and now.

If KTM can get a foothold in the American market, it take over as king of the manufacturers.

The majority of the hard including the trellis frame and fork tubes, are either of black materials or coated This accentuates the glimmer of emanating off the exhaust system and agreeably with the aluminum engine This dark and sinister is emphasized further with the five-spoke wheels and the satin-finish on the cover of the 4.8-gallon fuel front cowling and fenders.

the traditional orange version here looked good in the black and anthracite versions even better in person. the array of KTM hard equipment including light weight fiber Dymag wheels, and front fender, the Super can easily be transformed into one of the looking weapons around. You get the

The bike looks bad-… and has the stuff on paper, but does it the muscle to back it up on the battlefield?

aboard this burly and the first thing you notice is how the cockpit feels. The seat is but it is a stretch to touch the ground for my because of its 33.6-inch height. The hands are greeted by an ergonomically bar position and an unobstructed view of the ahead which combine to up an ideal perch to command bike from.

The controls are both clean and with no gimmicks or gadgets to or befuddle. At the center of it all is a tidy cluster that backlights in the dark. It includes a digital analog tach, tripmeters, gauge, clock and assorted lights. No sign of a fuel means it could be a little

The tapered moto-style bars vibration-dampened mirrors that provide a decent blur-free of the carnage left in the Super wake.

The 2007 KTM 990 Super will not be found on many starting grids in the United but if you happen to line up next to one you had be ready to rumble because it is at home on the track.

Fire up the 75-degree V-Twin LC8 powerplant and in the character people love Twins. Its exhaust note great despite being by its politically correct mufflers and eager to be uncorked from the it comes to life. The LC8 rumbles a modern high-performance Twin off and smoothes to a staccato purr the revs approach the top of the tach.

Its electronic fuel-injection system was smooth and responsive while corners at the Streets of Willow. In this latest version the strict Euro 3 emission as well. The digital speedo read between 120-130 mph at the end of the straightaway even if the drive out of the turn was less than

The Super Duke pulls off the bottom and builds in a linear as the tach sweeps quickly to its 10,000 rpm redline. Keep the in the 6,000-8,000 range, around the 74 lb-ft torque peak, and the is an abundance of power for pulling wheelies out of the corners, as demonstrated and over again by the more journalists and stunt riders on at this event.

Leaving black stripes on the during acceleration and shredding the hell out of the rear tire is a couple examples of the hooligan willingly exhibited by the Super If you don’t care to draw to yourself, this might not be the for you.

Cornering is not a problem for apex-strafer. It’s mindlessly to snap through the turns to its wide bars and light (claimed to be about 400 lbs dry). ability to flick easily at the price of a bit of stability in particularly back-to-back transitions which tax any bike that isn’t set up for a rider’s weight and style.

really, the only concern its cornering potential was ground as its sidestand regularly augured in on corners. Some additional damping helped the problem but make it disappear. Keep in this is not a pure sportbike — it’s a streetfighter and foremost, so it doesn’t need to be flawless on the track.

Action like this fail to do to the wicked looking anthracite of the 990 Super Duke.

Toss the Duke into the slower turns and it dispatches them precision. The more curvy and the track the better it responds. The available from the wide and supermoto-esque riding position hurt in this scenario

KTM 690 Super Duke R
KTM 690 Super Duke R

And, for a bit of context, we recently put of the best … sportbikes the gauntlet in our 2006 Euro Comparo. and we devoted a day of testing and at Willow’s sister racetrack, Mile, just a few hundred away from the Streets. this background, I can say without that the Super Duke’s chassis and suspension performance are on

Taking a look at the Super chassis geometry gives a as to why it performs similar to the track-friendly Monster S4R. Its steering angle of 23.9 degrees is 0.1-degree sharper than while its 101mm of trail is 5mm more. And in wheelbase terms, the measures in at 56.6 inches to the Duc’s 56.7 inches.

The Duke’s 4-piston radial-mount calipers and 320mm floating discs inspire confidence and any braking duties required aggressive street riding.

The of the Super Duke chassis is a chromoly tube trellis weighing in at a scant 22 lbs. An rear subframe supports the passenger pegs, exhaust and electronics. Suspension is provided WP a fully adjustable 48mm fork soaking up bumps at the and a fully adjustable rear attached to the long aluminum keeping the 180/55ZR-17 inch tire wedged to the track on the

The 120/70-17 front tire to the rough Streets surface all leading the bike through its layout without error.

The Super Duke is capable of deep into turns to the powerful 4-piston radial-mount calipers and massive 320mm dual discs. The radial-pump cylinder provides a deft to the pads whether you’re to trail-brake deep or just off massive speed in a straight It makes no difference what strategy is chosen because the is more than non-commissioned will ever need for the mean streets of Anytown

It would be nice to offer up insight as to how well the Super behaves on the real-world streets of but if given the choice between the fuzz on Angeles Crest and laps all day at the race track I change a thing. You will to make that judgement for though I believe it will be There really is no better way how hard a performance machine like can be pushed than in a controlled

After logging some track miles on the 2007 Duke, it’s obvious new street strategy and subsequent for world domination is not to be taken Any motorcycle rider with a for being a hooligan and who likes to out in the crowd is going to be attracted to the Army’s fearless leader. back at KTM HQ, the reinforcements are being as you read this.

Along a sportier Super Duke the most anticipated machine on the is the RC8 Superbike, due to be released in Europe in 2008.

The KTM Riding Experience rig be heading your way soon. sure you take the opportunity to ride one of these new KTMs you’ll thank us later.

With an MSRP of $13,998 the 990 Duke has all the right stuff, its vicious V-Twin powerplant, braking system, real-world position and top-shelf suspension effectively bundled with that kill. In the end, soldier should be a force to be with in the battle for Streetfighter here in the U.S.

Furthermore, if interest is piqued but you’re not ready to enlist in the Orange then there is one more to consider: A test ride. The KTM Experience is going to be at a motorcycle near you starting in the Spring of For the first time, KTM USA will be test rides on its street so the public can have an opportunity to out what it has to offer before you put money on the line.

Let us know you think about the 2007 KTM 990 Duke in the MCUSA Forum. Here

KTM 690 Super Duke R
KTM 690 Super Duke R
KTM 690 Super Duke R
KTM 690 Super Duke R
KTM 690 Super Duke R
KTM 690 Super Duke R
KTM 690 Super Duke R

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