Test KTM SUPERDUKE 990 Motors TV

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KTM SUPERDUKE 990 test

Intro: A handsome machine

For a first attempt it is a real masterstroke. In taking on the merciless road bike market- KTM- the Austrian all-terrain specialist- is just asking for trouble. The result is this. At first sight it is a bit of a knockout.

It doesn-t take long to realise that we are dealing with something quite attractive.

There are no standards- and no references by which to judge this bike that we can only try and class as a roadster. There is a certain feeling of satisfaction about this bike. If it-s not perfection- it is certainly exclusivity.

When you-re riding a Superduke- you obviously want to show it off. Where better than in the streets of Paris— Despite the cramped environment- it feels natural. It is comfortable and the large enduro-style handlebars sit naturally in your hands- making for a simple upright position.

With its 179kg of dry weight and its weak inertia- you feel at home on this bike.

Motorization: Virile and incorrect

On a little country road with a varied surface and gravel all around. After such a visual hit we didn-t necessarily expect such a powerful punch. The twin-cylinder V on the KTM comes from the 950 Adventure- the big rally-raid style machine. Bored out to 999cm3 it offers 10.2 mkg of torque at 7000RPM.

For those of you that aren-t keen on technical data- all you need to know is that each acceleration extends your arms by a few centimetres. It-s a controlled violence- which is both frightening and enjoyable at the same time. Unless you head for the motorway- which is hardly the Superduke-s forte- 5th and 6th gears have little use- and at least some of the 120bhp of the fullpower version will be reserved exclusively for racers.


The noise sums this V-twin engine up nicely- bewitching and aggressive.

On the road: Stops dead in its tracks

Add to that a good feeling of the accelerator. Despite the electronic injection- you can almost feel the contact between rubber and tarmac. It has to be said that the aluminium alloy radius arm- the mesh frame and the PDS suspension pass on every little crumb of information thrown up by the road.

KTM 990 Superduke

The final pleasant surprise comes under braking. With 2 320mm discs- tears of joy have a tendency to creep out from behind your visor.

Unfortunately it is not all good when it comes to this bike. So if you don-t want to hear- cover your ears now- we won-t be long.

The biggest fault is the 15 litre pot that passes for a fuel tank. After about 100km you-re down to the reserves. And even if that means there are 4 litres left- nobody likes to ride with the reserve light staring up from the dash.

Another problem is the turning radius. It is just too big. It is a shame as it makes riding difficult. The seat is too high for anyone under 1m80 and much too hard. The KTM enduro position is evident- with a feeling of almost standing up on the bike.

And as for the ridiculous horn and the Austrian designed kickstand.

Despite these imperfections and the complete absence of practical considerations- we have to put this bike into context. We have to admit it won us- drove us to obsession even. The KTM Superbike is a real feather in the cap for European manufacturers.

To sum up our three top points- it-s an aesthetic wonder- the engine is very forceful- and you take a hit to the stomach under braking. Just one final sucker punch- it comes in at 11990 euros.

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