Forbidden Fruit: KTM 990 Super Duke versus KTM 950 Supermoto …

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Forbidden Fruit: KTM 990 Super versus KTM 950 Supermoto

When we that KTM would be bringing the 950 to the U.S. in 2006, we were to bring our readers more about this machine. The 950 has been available (and in Europe for a couple of years, but profile in the U.S. media has mostly overshadowed by rumors of the 990 Super Duke (also in the U.S.). Should American be excited about the pending of the 950 Supermoto, or feel shortchanged they won’t be getting the Duke? Our European contributor Tor rode both bikes to find out which is more

“This is really a motorcycle a capital ‘M’ for me” I think to myself my helmet after riding miles on the KTM 950 Supermoto. There are of dream bikes out there and I ridden most of them. But so, the 950SM rumbles the loudest on my Richter scale. However, the 990 Duke is faster on the highway and the sings in my head until it over.

But which shall I choose?

The 990 Duke was first born as a concept drawing in 2003. In 2003 KTM showed the first of the concept model. The next KTM decided that it should be exactly as it was.

By early the bike was on sale. The path concept to finished product is a one and the Austrians like to keep style youthful. But what on would you use a 100 hp V-twin in a supermoto

If you think, as I do, that you have the then you know what you use the 990 Super Duke for (although the may be more touring-friendly).

Both are distinctive in their youthful, KTM image- orange and proud of it. so, it is the 950 Supermoto that is most in that it has created its very own Just as the Ducati Monster was the of the street fighter revolution has brought us bikes such as the 990 Duke, the 950SM has started the ‘Hypermotard’ or ‘super-supermoto’ wave. of these expressions were by yours truly, the other from Ducati.) Ducati is, for the only manufacturer following example. However, we expect to follow next year.

If you thought that a 650cc was good fun, then the is all that and more. Yes please, me. The ultra-long wheel travel precision on poor road so that you can just concentrate on the riding. The 950SM takes to kerbs just as well as lanes where the cow muck is along the narrow road. The motor from the Adventure extra acceleration and top speed.

supermotard reaches 125mph where a single-cylinder bike start to struggle around A large, 100hp V-twin manages long trips comfortably, and accordingly KTM has top box and tank bag as accessories to the 950SM. In addition the rack on the back of the 950SM has a grab rail for the pillion.

It is that the 950SM begins to past the 990 Super Duke. is no place to attach a rack for a top box to the 990 Duke and there are no grab for your pillion. But maybe you particularly bothered about on a bike like this.

The fact of the matter is that the does widen your for touring whilst at the same being just as entertaining to

One thing the 950SM can’t is the cutting edge 118bhp engine sitting in the Super On the motorway, the Super Duke has of speed in reserve and striking The Super Duke’s fuel-injection is and it is not difficult to distinguish between two bikes when the fuelling is The 950SM has two Keihin 43mm and especially when coming off the you can spot the difference.

You get a good burbling from the exhaust and the transition when coming off the gas full throttle is not exactly It is again a sign of how good the fuel injection on the Super is.

One problem with the Super is that the fuel indicator measure the last quarter-gallon of the tank, essentially giving a capacity of just 3.75 This means that it take long for the fuel light to come on. Another irritating thing is that the indicator stays on for a while you fill up.

The author in action aboard the

The 950SM on the other hand has a bigger 4.6 gallon fuel In exchange for this, it weighs a more, uses double and has a more upright sitting that gives more resistance. With our fuel estimates we clocked up about 125 with the 990 (31mpg) and 150 miles on the 950 (33

Conclusions? The 990 Super Duke a larger tank.

Both have 48mm forks WP, but totally different wheel The 990 Super Duke is in its element on the roads, whilst the 950SM itself to gravel roads as with the help of a more tyre (Pirelli Scorpion) and the wheel travel. The 990 Super has a more sporty geometry, is smaller and 15lbs lighter.

The seat height is tall on bikes, and there is only difference between the two. In with the Ducati Monster and Tuono, the Super Duke is very high (a lofty In spite of this, you don’t get a unstable feeling once you are

Both bikes have a aluminium swing-arm that that all the horsepower is firmly on the tarmac without the front necessarily having to wheelie up. If the arises, both bikes are for most things that you need from a bike. The systems are splendid on both of the and well suited to the different styles. On the 950SM you’re to lock the back wheel (in mode) and steer long the turn and thereafter accelerate out.

Therefore the 950SM has a 2-piston rear brake the Super Duke has a weaker caliper.

KTM has really splashed out on goodies on the front end of the 950- the can be a little hard to judge light application is required, but braking is where they shine. The 990′s 4-piston has sensitivity and strength in abundance. if the radial brakes on the 950SM are they aren’t as sensitive and are difficult to moderate, especially you only need a slight

When it comes to pure the 950SM has literally more enough. The 990 also has what it but with added sensitivity and raw strength. In short, they get a big plus for the brakes!

KTM 950 Supermoto
KTM 950 Supermoto
KTM 950 Supermoto


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