KTM 990 Super Duke

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KTM 990 Duke RR

Words and Pictures by Jocke

I think I’m going to up – for two days now I’ve been to categorize the KTM Super Duke, but I I’ve been trying to whether it is a normal … with a touch of Super or if it’s a Super Moto a whopping engine. But let’s not on my dilemma too much and track how this story all started.

The was misty in the hills. No scratch It was an early morning, but it was at the very NEC and the event was the bike show. As KTM has got a huge stand and the “orangeness” is

Amongst their barking mad there’s something even barking mad than usual; the KTM 990 Duke. This bike has the KTM 950 Adventure’s V-twin engine, it out and put fuel injection on it. Then the grew a chassis that is for the road.

And now it dribbling and drooling and blood.

At the show I had a quick at the bike, took some snaps of it and headed off; I that riding that would be a very difficult to fulfill as I can’t remember the time we had a KTM for a test ride. On the hand, I have experienced generosity in the form of a very session at Mallory Park. I had the of riding the KTM 625 SMC Super Moto the track. This bike a very distinct impression. It very exact, very

I pointed in a direction and it complied It also felt a bit large, in words not as much as a motocross but a bit more … than My only real complaint as with all Super Motos so the lack of top end power. My mechanical squirms a bit when going the straight at full smiles.

The cylinder engine just muster enough power on a track or even the roads.

is where Nick steps the picture . This Nick is a bit of character, you see his hobby seems to around four distinct buy a bike, ride the bike, the bike, sell the bike. to this pattern, Nick has over a hundred bikes one-zero-zero), the bike he owned the was about 18 months.

So when I that one of the bikes in Nick’s was the KTM Super Duke I immediately sorry for him and I turned into form of Mr Hyde as I started him for a test ride. I never he’d actually budge, but I on “asking politely” at every I got. After several he started to soften up and I placed killing question: “Nick, this mean I can take the Duke out for a spin. ”. I never the answer: “Sure”.

Said and done!

We meet up and greeted by the mean orange of the Super Duke. This looks like it means When I look at it I can’t thinking that this consists of no more than frame and front brakes.

The is just stuff that has to be As little as possible; but still very good. I take a while to admire the details. some bikes, especially ones, the KTM lacks that prettiness in its parts. The KTM is sculpted like a race bike.

have a mechanical purpose than an aesthetic one, and something that speaks a lot to me. very much for Form function and the Super Duke is that. The only thing really bugs me is the design of the end. Or should I rather say the of the legal requirements of the tail. You all that stuff that enhance performance at all, as lights, indicators and a number

But I guess they have to be Luckily I won’t be looking at when riding the bike.

the whole, it strikes me that the is mounted very low in the frame and the front wheel has brakes wouldn’t be out of place on a bike 50kg more weight and more power. I’m now to ride it.

Fire the engine up and you’re with precise vibrations. Not ones you might find on certain American produced products, but exact and mechanical vibrations. I sense that the have put minimal effort silencing the nature of the engine. one is built with a purpose, and it feeling.

At this point expecting a race engine, but to my the engine settles into a idle and when I play the throttle it picks up with an kind of can we get going already. Not as mad as I thought. Climb aboard and the just disappears from you, crikey this one is Even the clocks almost from your view.

away in first gear the behaves like most mannered bike. No jerkiness, no just straight forward to control power. The gearbox is I expected; precise and exact but no to Japanese perfection.

I increase the and the revs, and again to my surprise the behaves in a very different I was expecting a moody-race-like V-Twin. I’m served with an which doesn’t really the mechanical fact of only two cylinders. The engine delivers power and revs happily.

Very nice. The vibrations are at all times, they tell me what the engine is doing, but not in a way takes my focus way from the More the opposite; The suspension information about the road, and the about what the engine is up to.

KTM 990 Duke RR

thing that I immediately is a total Deja Vu from the I rode at Mallory Park. The way the behaves is exactly the same. I tell in an instant that two bikes came from the shop. It feels very quite substantial, but very at the same time. The suspension very compliant and gives feedback.

I quickly realize I won’t have a faintest to test this bike to its on the road. I’d need a track and several hours to get to the limit. But back to the roads; The Duke tackles roundabouts ease and we both dream provoking the rear wheel a slide, but it’s not my bike so we nice.

Overtaking is a breeze the big engine, as are speeds in well of a ton. Pull away stand still with a bit of the bike calmly lifts the wheel up. There’s power if you it.

This engine really is a and it suits this bike to a

Having ridden many with Brembo brakes it’s no surprise to me that brakes are up there with the brakes I’ve ever on a standard bike. There’s special with the Brembos; put your fingers on the brake and the brakes immediately tells you worry — I’m we’ll slow down. I

They inspire so much that it’s a true to use them. I bet this might be one of the bikes to do stoppies on.

Sadly my ends too quickly and I’m pondering what exactly been riding. In some the Super Duke feels a normal bike that has stripped off its excess, such as On the other hand the Super feels very similar to the KTM Super Motos. I’ve trying to figure this out for a few now, and I think I’ll up.

The fact remains: This is a bike to ride. It handles you can take liberties you wouldn’t on a fully faired sports It’s got plenty of power to up with your friends on bikes.

The brakes are fantastic and the bike just begs to be enthusiastically. Sure I could about the vibrations on long and the lack of luggage and pillion — but if I did that, I would completely forgotten what bike is all about. You don’t buy bike to riding across or chauffeur you girlfriend around. No, no, you buy bike go out there hunting for Bike prey on your twisty roads.

And trust me, catching them be difficult. Considering this it really matter what the bike fits in.

A huge to Nick for letting me ride his In fact, his bike is for sale at M40. Why’s he selling you The reason he gave I need to some space in the garage.

your chance own a wonderfully bike.

KTM 990 Duke RR
KTM 990 Duke RR
KTM 990 Duke RR

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