KTM Superduke

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KTM 990 Superduke

KTM, the Austrian bike best known for its fabulous title winning machines, has its sights on becoming Europe’s motorcycle manufacturer. Although a leader in the off-road segment it has not up to now had a bike of any real note, the recent launch of the 990 Superduke.

Not in coming forward with intentions, they stated clearly at the launch in Fuerteventura, that they intend to the sports orientated street To do this they will bikes like the Superduke, by their excellent performance to ratio and top-notch handling.

it may seem somewhat boastful, are far from being the new kids on the KTM have been around 1953 when Messer’s and Trunkpolz first opened a factory in the Upper Austrian of Mattighofen, which had just inhabitants. Taking the first of each name and the village the brand name.

Two years they dipped a toe in the water of racing, but it was to be the world of rough that they were to with over ninety championship titles coming way over the years.

In 1964 competed in the International Six days for the first time and ten years Gennadij Moiseev won their Motocross World Championship for But, despite their success, which included an on an Austrian made bike a world championship, seventeen later they were They immediately reformed a later in 1992 as KTM Sportmotorcycle-AG new ownership and management.

The focus was solely on the off-road products and two later the new company had regained the MX500 Championship.

In 1998 opened a new very modern in the same Austrian town and by the of the new century were dominating sport. But in 2003 they the world of road racing for the time in the 125 GP class and a year had a win to their credit! When you that the firm has just employees working in the factory is no mean achievement when to the size and financial might of the

In fact in the year 2003/4 sold a staggering 78,815 — a rise of 9% over figures at a time when manufacturers are struggling. Therefore, the to street bikes looks the result of some good planning!

The Superduke was designed for KTM by Industrial design in Salzburg, Phillip Habsburg was in charge of the and overall development in-house. Rossegger took charge of the and Forster Martin, the fuel system for the factory.

In appearance the displays and aggressive stance looks like it is ready to on any bike of whatever genre. The KTM tangerine colour adds to look, but the black option is more subtle in its approach to the

The sharp lines will not to all and tend to polarise peoples into the love it or hate it but the same is true of many on the market these days. As most bikes, fashion that the bike has two brushed silencers exiting under the These are fed by a two-in-one exhaust feeding a three-way catalytic

Sit astride the rather tall and you realise the ergonomics have carefully worked out. hands immediately fall the new Renthal handlebars of super-strong, aluminium that been customized for the Superduke 990. legs slot into the of the plastic polyamide fuel which holds 15-litres of and also contains the fuel and pressure regulator. (The is cleverly secured in position it’s tipped upward by rams, for easy access to the when it needs servicing.)

The Superduke comes just a after KTM launched their twin cylinder motorcycle in the of the 950 Adventure, but while based on it, is all-new. They have the capacity of the LC8 engine used to it to form the heart of the 990 Superduke. As you expect there is marked gain that comes more than just an in cubic capacity to 999cc and fuel injection and engine systems.

It is one of the lightest and compact motors on the market, weighing in at or roughly one –third of the bikes 179kg dry weight. The weight can be reduced by a whopping 15kg by use of the mainly carbon fibre parts already on the parts at the factory. Needless to say these are not

The cylinders have been to deal with the larger which have very pistons running inside to help reduce the oscillating The head has been worked on to with the 48mm injector and the thicker header pipe on the side as well as a new camshafts. At the end the crankshaft has been changed and a new transmission has been developed for the street.

The Keihin electronic system was tailor-made especially for the KTM 990 . There are two throttle valves per in the flow-maximized intake ports. ensure the perfect mixture and optimum torque progression in riding situation. Lamba a catalytic converter and secondary air ensure that the bike all emissions standards across the with ease.

Claimed output is 88kw or 120 HP at with the maximum torque of coming at 7,000rpm.

So what the rest of the bike? The completely tubular space frame is in appearance to the 950 Adventure’s. However, its dimensions and tube dimensions specially designed for the needs of a high-performance street bike.

less than 10 kilograms, its chrome-moly construction offers high torsional rigidity should guarantee safety, at the highest road speeds. At the the swing-arm has a length of only 575 mm and is of tapered, extruded aluminium to be light and rigid in its construction. this are 48mm WP USD forks feature adjustable compression and damping, as well as a variable preload and give 135-mm of travel.

The 160-mm of suspension at the rear is again controlled by a Power unit. Directly to the swing arm, the WP mono-shock adjustable rebound damping and damping is adjustable for high and low

Any items not made in-house and in are top quality items and there has no cost cutting, which that the street price of is easily justified. KTM own WP, but they do not own who supply the superb braking At the rear is a Brembo single-piston, brake caliper with a 240 mm disc, while at the front are two 320 mm gripped by a four-piston fixed-calipers four individual pads per

These are mounted to super-light cast aluminium wheels specifically for the bike by Brembo. The 3.5 and 5.5 are shod with sticky Diablo tyres.

So on paper the Superduke has all the attributes to be the top dog in the ‘Streetfighter’ class that is the fastest growing market.

But can it in reality. The answer is a resounding Yes !

You the moment you fire it up and it instantly its zest for life straight at five senses that far more than an Adventure in clothes. The sound from the is superb and you will not need to the cans to get a sound as good as a when pottering through

KTM 990 Superduke

Snick silently into gear and feel the punch the motor and you just know you are to have fun. However, riding it for a while you begin to you have been making without fuss and drama and not to think about things. almost a case of the bike to your thoughts, rather your actions.

The gearbox is one of the on the market and it never clonks engaging first gear or a change. The new clutch is light in and complements it well. Likewise the injection is well matched to the power characteristics. Every twist of the throttle is immediately into forward thrust, that be on the open road or town.

The power is smooth and from just a whiff of and there are no steps or glitches, all of it is It is almost like there is a connection between the throttle and the wheel at times.

Despite its nature, it will provide a ride on the open road and top 140 mph providing you are hanging on tightly to with the wind pressure at speeds. Take it onto a set of bends such as the coastal and roads that abound on and you realise why the bike has been These are plenty of bikes can emulate it around town and on the road, but up the ante and the challenge and the really comes into its

Bends can be attacked with that nothing can challenge the ability to deal with Its quick-reacting chassis ensures of safety reserves in combination the superb braking provided by the The bike can be thrown into single bends or a series of

and it is always ultra-precise and agile.

you tweak the fully suspension the sports mode settings, the is almost uncatchable and will most sportsbikes as mere in its mirrors until the roads out again. Set up like this it some of its comfort for normal but as the changes take seconds, it is no This is actually a bike you could tour on and then you luggage at the destination and then the suspension before going out to

A tank bag is one of the options already by the factory.

Night time use is not a as the headlight is good enough to the way even in the inky blackness of the if not good enough to wake up cab drivers!

As an overall package it is to believe that this is the first attempt at a proper bike. It is very user in every department, has top notch and real world practicality, all up in a quality package. The only downside is it small range by the 15-litre tank and its lack of as standard.

Although, to be fair, you can purchase a alarm that just into the existing wiring as an extra. However, those points aside this is a that should tempt you from the real head-down bikes. After all 180+ mph may a rush that even bike cannot, but at a risk is becoming unacceptable on the road!

this is far more comfortable and a cheaper.

Its direct competitors are like the MV Brutale, the Ducati S4R Triumph Speed Triple, Raptor, Benelli TNT and the Buell and it leaves them all trailing in its gases on the road! However, it the name on the street compared to say MV, but is surely going to change in a short time!

So, is KTM’s about becoming the leading motorcycle manufacturer just an boast or a prophesy of things to Well, the history books the capability has always been and if the Superduke is anything to go by, I would say the option is the choice of the wise!

KTM 990 Superduke
KTM 990 Superduke
KTM 990 Superduke
KTM 990 Superduke
KTM 990 Superduke


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