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MCN overall verdict rating is 5

With the KTM 950 Supermoto finally someone delivers on the supermoto promise, combining the agility, low-down woof and rugged can-do with mile-after-mile reliability, comfort and higher speeds of a top-quality road bike. It’s a big capacity V-twin bad boy that, finally, really can shake its tail at sportsbikes in the twisties.

 

Watch the KTM 990 Supermoto take on the Ducati Hypermotard and the BMW Megamoto

 

Engine

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

The KTM 950 Supermoto's DOHC, 75-degree V-twin is the same carb-fed motor that powers KTM’s own 950 Adventure giant traillie so perfectly. It’s smooth, hoikes easy wheelies and will rattle on to a top speed on the indecent side of 130mph. There’s stomp aplenty, making pulverising corners and overtakes like taking a sledgehammer to crack a nut. Updated to 990cc in 2007.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

The KTM 950 Supermoto's high-spec WP suspension is fully adjustable fore and aft, with the added benefit of high/low speed compression damping to let you fine tune the ride quality to the Nth degree. The motor’s smooth, the radial brakes faultless and the quality of cornering straight out of the top drawer.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

KTM’s ‘Hard Parts’ catalogue will help you dress your 950 Supermoto with everything from carbon wheels to carbon-fibre cans (if your pockets are deep enough). Somewhat surprisingly the clocks come without a rev counter.

KTM 950/990 Supermoto (2005-2013)

Detail Value
New price £8,045
Dealer used prices
£4,460 (2006) - £5,940 (2009)
Private used prices
£3,950 (2007) - £5,340 (2009)
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Engine size 942 cc
Power 96 bhp
Top speed 137 mph
Insurance group 15 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 5 rating is 4.5
Engine rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Ride & Handling rating is 5 rating is 4.5
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 3.5
Quality & Reliability rating is 5 rating is 4.5
Value rating is 5 rating is 4

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

The KTMm 950 Supermoto's componentry quality is excellent; WP suspension, Magura bars and Brembo brakes. Thanks to KTM’s long involvement in off-roading the motor’s super-reliable, replacement plastics are cheap and the finish isn’t dimmed by the rough and tumble of day-to-day riding in Britain.

Value

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4

New or used the KTM 950 Supermoto represents good value for money. KTM’s brand represents high quality and the market reflects that with slow-to-sink residuals. As a flexible, feel-good option there’s little to touch it, especially if you’re tired of cramped sportsbikes. Think of it as a BMW GS with balls and you’re almost there. Find a KTM 950 Supermoto for sale or KTM 990 Supermoto for sale.

Insurance

Insurance group: 15 of 17

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Model History

2005: KTM 950 Supermoto introduced.
2007: Updated with 990 engine.

Other Versions

2006: Tricked up R version introduced.

Specifications

Top speed 137 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 11.4 secs
Max power 96 bhp
Max torque 67 ft-lb
Weight 189 kg
Seat height 885 mm
Fuel capacity 16 litres
Average fuel consumption 42 mpg
Tank range 150 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 15 of 17
Engine size 942 cc
Engine specification 8v V-twin, 6 gears
Frame Chromoly trellis
Front suspension adjustment Preload, rebound, compression
Rear suspension adjustment Preload, rebound, high and low speed compression
Front brakes Twin 305mm discs
Rear brake 240mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 180/55 x 17

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4(9 reviews)

  • A big daft puppy!

    Anonymous

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    So glad I tried this bike! When I 1st got the bike a year ago it came with the standard front sprocket & I have to say I was underwhelmed given the reviews. However...dropped a tooth & bingo, what a transformation,it's now as eager to please as a big daft puppy & will chase around all day no matter what you throw at it. Having had a Fazer Thou beforehand I had some concerns about its ability to tour with any level of comfort so I hung onto the Fazer for a few months as I was off to Spain in the summer & the Fazer was a proven weapon for the job. Well one long weekend touring from SW Scotland down through Wales & back on the KTM saw the Fazer sold. Apart from the reduced fuel range 120-130 miles before the light came on as opposed to the Fazers 160 miles+ the Katoom was better in every way & I am a total KTM convert. I have now done around 5k on her with no issues at all. The only way this bike could possibly be bettered is with a bigger fuel tank & perhaps a bit of wind protection...enter the SMT but that's going to cost you another couple of thou & tbh my mate has one & it really is only down to the fuel range. The braking is obscene & stick on some JCE cans at a reasonable price (or get a 2nd hand one with Akro's already on & you have all the soundtrack you'll ever need. This machine will flatter your riding skills & you will find yourself pushing lean angles & corner speeds with ease. If you have the chance buy one, it's that simple.

    06 November 2013

  • awesome!

    revant

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    what a bike, wasn't sure coming from a K5 GSXR1000 but this is better, it just gives you confidence. I had a Buell SS last year and its like riding that on steroids. I added a screen which made a huge difference to plus 70 riding. off to france on it this august... If you're not sure, buy one, you won't be disappointed.

    26 February 2010

  • The mutts!

    tonkerwcc

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    This bike is mad mad mad. I ride it all over the UK and it is ok for about 150miles before you need to get off and walk. Mind you you will have re-fuelled by then. Took a 1200GS out for a test ride and only smiled when I got back on this mad machine. This bike makes you truely belive you are a biking god. Took me one day to get my elbow down and it stayed upright...with a push!

    18 February 2010

  • perfect allrounder?

    PaulDutch

    Average rating rating is 2

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    Hi,thinking of getting one,would they handle 2 up touring ok? and what mileage are the engines good for? if anyone knows....cheers...thanks...

    10 December 2009

  • Oh. My. God.

    HugoBurton

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Not had this bike long. Only had it on dry roads twice, instead of icy wet ones, but no matter what the road conditions, you can have plenty of fun with this. There's drive everywhere, all the time. It's comfy. It's so easy to ride. Gives you so much confidence. I came to this from an BMW F800S, so power increase is decent, though delivery is very different. Overall speeds the same, but how you get there is aworld apart!! I'm doing things on cold roads that I would never have dreamed of on the ex. Awesome bike. Love it. Want to make love to it!!! :)

    23 December 2008

  • The perfect all rounder

    AndyBacon

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Outrides sports bikes on the track and road, huge fun, confidence boosting, comfortable, mental, easy, perfect. Everyone should try one.

    13 April 2008

  • KTM 950SM

    k9five

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    All the good riding manners you could want and the engine is brill, comfy too. Lack of wind protection & the instrumentation could be better, (I'm being picky here) let the side down.

    25 August 2007

  • Average rating rating is 4.5

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    After years of sportsbikes and crunched up bones and wrists I found the most mental bike of them all, it encourages you to ride it like you stole it! The handling is brilliantly entertaining, brakes are awesome, even I can wheelie it. Easy to ride through town, watch the clutch though. Light controls make it a doddle. The best thing though is its not the same as any other bike on the road and surprises with every move and look. Downsides no rev counter and pricey servicing but service is excellent, warranty stipulates work MUST be done by KTM. Otherwise Love IT

    07 May 2007

  • KTM 950SM

    nickveiga

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Sublime.

    04 April 2007

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