Nov 13, 2010

Top 100 Motorcycles last10 year: 6 - KTM Super Duke 990

Top 100 Motorcycles last10 year: 6 - KTM Super Duke 990
6 - KTM Super Duke 990 year 2005


To call the KTM Super Duke's 999cc, DOHC V-twin a mere ‘motor’ is a bit like saying atomic warfare is bad for the flowers. Twisting the throttle unleashes such incredible accelerative forces on the KTM 990 Super Duke it’s possible to give yourself wrinkles over your body. The fuel economy is laughable, often 80 miles to reserve, but frankly you’ll be enjoying yourself too much to care.


Staggeringly responsive. You just need to glance at a corner on the KTM 990 Super Duke and BANG! you’re there. The WP suspension is spot-on, with plenty of feedback through the wide bars. The four-piston Brembo brakes are superb and never seem to lose their ferocious bite. Even the little nose fairing on the Super Duke works well over distances. Forget pillions, though, and bigger riders might struggle to fit the KTM Super Duke.


The KTM ‘Hard Parts’ catalogue is packed with extras for the KTM 990 Super Duke like Akrapovic race exhausts, crash bobbins, luggage and carbon-fibre bodywork.


KTM built their reputation on well-engineered, high-specification off-road machines and those enduring qualities shine through on the KTM 990 Super Duke. It will run and run.


Top speed        151mph
1/4-mile acceleration     11.4 secs
Power 120bhp
Torque             73ftlb
Weight             179kg
Seat height        820mm
Fuel capacity    17.5 litres
Average fuel consumption         34mpg
Tank range       130 miles
Insurance group            15
Engine size        999cc
Engine specification       8v V-twin, 6 gears
Frame Aluminium trellis
Front suspension adjustment     Preload, rebound compression
Rear suspension adjustment      Preload, rebound, compression
Front brakes     Twin 320mm discs
Rear brake       240mm disc
Front tyre size   120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size    180/55 x 17

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