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MCN overall verdict rating is 5

If all of life were like a KTM Super Duke it would be a short, barely glimpsed blur of action-packed vignettes. There is surely nothing more frenetic on two-wheels than the KTM 990 Super Duke short of sticking a nitrous kit, a jet turbine and a flame-thrower into the frame of a fold-up bicycle.

 

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Engine

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

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.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

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.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

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 Super Duke (2005-2013)

Detail Value
New price £8,945
Dealer used prices
£4,350 (2005) - £8,640 (2013)
Private used prices
£3,910 (2005) - £7,770 (2013)
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Engine size 999 cc
Power 120 bhp
Top speed 151 mph
Insurance group 15 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 5 rating is 5
Engine rating is 5 rating is 4.5
Ride & Handling rating is 5 rating is 4.5
Equipment rating is 5 rating is 4.5
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Value rating is 5 rating is 4.5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

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.

Value

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

Expensive when new, secondhand prices on the KTM 990 Super Duke reflect a large initial hit of depreciation that stabilises after a year or so, making a used Super Duke an excellent buy. Bear in mind that tthe KTM Super Duke is not a machine bought to tickle about on, so check it carefully for crash damage and knackered head bearings from landed wheelies. Find a KTM 990 SuperDuke for sale.

Insurance

Insurance group: 15 of 17

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Model History

2005: KTM 990 Super Duke model introduced.

Other Versions

None.

Specifications

Top speed 151 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 11.4 secs
Max power 120 bhp
Max torque 73 ft-lb
Weight 179 kg
Seat height 820 mm
Fuel capacity 17.5 litres
Average fuel consumption 34 mpg
Tank range 130 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 15 of 17
Engine size 999 cc
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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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4.5(25 reviews)

  • Wibble, wibble, fish

    Anonymous

    Average rating rating is 4

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    That's right you'll turn mad. The drive and shove out of corners is just addictive. You go hunting for more and more. It's like a little puppy, all excited wanting more and racing around everywhere. Jumping on its rear end is very easy but only if wanted, just keep forward and it stays down, just. Frisky is the word I've been hunting for, it's just so alive and fun. Build quality is very good. Regularly get mid 30s riding A and B roads rapidly. Servicing isn't cheap but the quality of the dealers I have found to be high. Tyre wear no different to my 1000s were, but I find more sensitive to manufacture. Think it down to the quality WP suspension making you really involved, never given a monkeys on other bikes. Corsas didn't like (but they were in last half of life), Vipers ok, Sportsmarts fab, currently on racetecs, super as long as weather dry. But back to the madness and the only disadvatage of the bike and that's the fuelling. It's so clean and smooth as long as you're accelerating but it hates being on constant throttle at low speed. You do get use to it but the riding experience far outweighs this disadvantage. Get one you'll love it

    23 November 2012

  • Superduke

    lukejr1

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I currently ride an R1 and before riding this I was conviced I would never get off a sports bike, however I was wrong... The power this thing produces down low is awsome, its not slow by any means but it'll keep you more on the right side of 100mph and youll have more fun doing it. The handling is genuinely quicker and better than the R1 and its more comfortable, I can't fault the bike whatsoever but the only niggle is that you NEED to invest in a steering damper (Not on the R version) I had more tank slappers in 2 hours on this than in my whole biking career put together.. On the whole dont think too much and just buy one, you wont regret it.

    24 October 2012

  • Keep both wheels down!!

    Anonymous

    Average rating rating is 5

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    I've rode alot of bikes, and had the SuperDuke 08 just over a year now and done 6000miles. I wanted to change it and tried everything but nothing gives me the same buzz!!!So i'm taking it to Lemans this year, We will see if my mates new speed 3R can keep up)))!!!

    23 March 2012

  • Bang for the Buck

    Stangbuster

    Average rating rating is 5

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    I have owned a few different bikes over the last 10 years and this is by far the most fun bike yet. It gets tons of looks and comments everywhere I go. No one knows what it is here in the states. It sounds mean, looks mean and is mean. Don't discount this bike because its a v-twin. It is a force to beat around the streets and a wheelie machine at that. This bike hooked me on KTM and they will have my heart until they do me wrong(can't foresee it). Test ride one if you have the chance. Brembo brakes, WP suspension and Marchesini wheels just to name a couple of high end components standard on this bike. Add a Scotts Damper and an Annatori quick shifter and you have a bike ready to do some serious riding. KTM also makes all kinds of PowerParts for the bike to spruce it up if need be. I have the +2 sprocket in the rear which is nice since Im not a top-speed kind of guy, it makes it more snappy around town and on the twisties.

    22 February 2012

  • Biking is for fun.

    krg222

    Average rating rating is 5

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    If your idea of biking is for fun then look no further. The KTM Super Duke is sheer excitement, yes it is fast, but with great handling, braking and acceleration in any gear to overtake, every ride will make you smile. It makes me laugh every time i ride it.

    11 May 2011

  • nice to be different

    Scooboo81

    ELLON

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    After writing off my '07 zx-10r I felt it was time to try something a bit different. I still wanted all the fun and fine handling / braking of a top superbike, but with more comfort and individuality. Something that still looks aggressive,is well built with quality components....and most importantly! does'nt break the bank. I managed to find a brand new '08 unregistered model for £7500. Bargin....the 2010 models, which are exactly the same are now going for £10250!!! Do what I did and you'll bag yourself a cracking bike that ticks all the boxes....you wont regret it!!

    17 December 2010

  • Thanks Guys

    ipcress

    Average rating rating is 5

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    I read all the reviews on the SD with interest and found them very helpful. Briefly the last bike I really had fun with was a ZX10R 05 which I sold, then a ZZR1400 07 (disappointing), tested a ZX10R 08 (for two months whilst the ZZR was getting fixed) could not work out the front end. I tried a blade and an RI and finally settled on a GSXR1000R 05. Perhaps my love affair with sportsbikes was waining but after 4 months on mixed roads and no Summer I realised that I was not enjoying my riding anymore. Enter the SD 08 which I got 2 days ago, same roads covered in mud but the fun is back. I am running it in so taking it easyish but the handling and suspension are top notch. I can honestly say for me anyway the sports rep is a thing of the past, happy days are here again!

    30 December 2008

  • Sell the sportsbike and get a SuperDuke.... do it now!!

    hudds

    Average rating rating is 5

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    A couple of months ago I had my CBR 1000rr Fireblade stolen. Can't live without a bike but fancied something different.. read reviews, test rides etc of a load of different bikes.... finally settled on the Superduke and bought one.. Guys... it's all about KTM now the Honda t-shirt has been burnt the baseball cap fed to the dogs and it's all about the Orange. I am aware this sounds a little weird but seriously ditch the litre sportsbike and get a Superduke they are seriously great machines. Read the reviews and what they say is absolutely spot on it'll keep up with your mates on their litre sports bikes on a ride out and on trackdays (unless they've got a massive straight - but then you ride back round them on the corners!) The best things is on the british roads, it'll ride the roads you love on the sports bike but you'll also love it in the twisties and on those roads you hate riding a sports bike on. The suspension is excellent (white power as standard - can't argue with that!) Anyway, my rant is now over... stop reading people, put your Blade/R1/ZX/GSXR on ebay and start loving everthing orange. (the orange KTM colour makes it go faster - FACT!!)

    31 October 2008

  • Sell the sportsbike and get a SuperDuke.... do it now!!

    hudds

    Average rating rating is 5

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    A couple of months ago I had my CBR 1000rr Fireblade stolen. Can't live without a bike but fancied something different.. read reviews, test rides etc of a load of different bikes.... finally settled on the Superduke and bought one.. Guys... it's all about KTM now the Honda t-shirt has been burnt the baseball cap fed to the dogs and it's all about the Orange. I am aware this sounds a little weird but seriously ditch the litre sportsbike and get a Superduke they are seriously great machines. Read the reviews and what they say is absolutely spot on it'll keep up with your mates on their litre sports bikes on a ride out and on trackdays (unless they've got a massive straight - but then you ride back round them on the corners!) The best things is on the british roads, it'll ride the roads you love on the sports bike but you'll also love it in the twisties and on those roads you hate you sports bikes. The suspension is excellent (white power as standard - can't argue with that!) Anyway, my rant is now over... stop reading people, put your Blade/R1/ZX/GSXR on ebay and start loving everthing orange. (the orange KTM colour makes it go faster - FACT!!)

    31 October 2008

  • Sell the sportsbike and get a SuperDuke.... do it now!!

    hudds

    Average rating rating is 5

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    A couple of months ago I had my CBR 1000rr Fireblade stolen. Can't live without a bike but fancied something different.. read reviews, test rides etc of a load of different bikes.... finally settled on the Superduke and bought one.. Guys... it's all about KTM now the Honda t-shirt has been burnt the baseball cap fed to the dogs and it's all about the Orange. I am aware this sounds a little weird but seriously ditch the litre sportsbike and get a Superduke they are seriously great machines. Read the reviews and what they say is absolutely spot on it'll keep up with your mates on their litre sports bikes on a ride out and on trackdays (unless they've got a massive straight - but then you ride back round them on the corners!) The best things is on the british roads, it'll ride the roads you love on the sports bike but you'll also love it in the twisties and on those roads you hate you sports bikes. The suspension is excellent (white power as standard - can't argue with that!) Anyway, my rant is now over... stop reading people, but your Blade/R1/ZX/GSXR on ebay and start loving everthing orange. (the orange KTM colour makes it go faster - FACT!!)

    31 October 2008

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