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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)

  • 07 Superduke

    Desmo

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    My second SD, I had an 05 but the tank was a bit small. Fuelling can be iffy but is transformed bu fitting Akra Evo's. The 07 tank range can be 130 mile before the reserve light comes on compared to 70 on the 05/06 bike. Brakes are astonishing and the WP suspension flattens UK roads. Did a trip to the Ardennes in September and it was so comfortable I could have spent all day in the saddle. Knee down, wheelies, stoppies, touring, granny-scaring; this bike does it all.

    26 October 2008

  • Superduke R

    Duker999

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I've been riding for 32 years, and this is the best handling bike I have ever had. Better than the Gixers I've had. I'd liken it to two wheeled carting. Great fun and without the bad wrists on longer runs. Comfortable full on performance !

    01 October 2008

  • BAD BOY LOOKS, BIG GIRL COMFORT, SUPERMAN PERFORMANCE & HANDLING

    Duke Of Earl

    Average rating rating is 5

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    Where do I start? I've had various bikes over the years including VFR's an Exup & a Bimota Dieci but nothing, for me, has come close to the overall brilliance of the Super Duke. Every aspect hits the spot; the agressive looks, the instant brutal power, the ultra precice handling, the quality components, the all day comfort and the clean 'no bullshit' design. I bought the Super Duke on a finance agreement with a mileage restriction but enjoyed it so much that I had to buy a Speed Triple to use as well so I can keep within the miles allowed. Perhaps I should have bought another Super Duke.....

    05 September 2008

  • Fantastic

    Twisted Jester

    Average rating rating is 5

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    I absolutely love this bike, always makes me smile every time I ride it which none of my other bikes have, handling is superb and inspires confidence, I find myself overtaking in places I wouldn't have dared on my gsxr. The way it's put together is excellent, WP suspension, all hoses braided, everything tidy and unobtrusive, it's really easy to clean, you can get all round the shock and swing arm no problem, laughs at sportsbikes in the twisties and it's comfortable too.

    02 June 2008

  • AWESOME

    im slippy

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    had all kinds of sportsbikes,and others got superduke R the enjoyment this bike gives me is AWESOME and ive BEEN BIKING FOR 30YRS the confidence it gives you,grip levels,stonking motor,brill handling.BEST BIKE IVE EVER HAD...........................

    14 May 2008

  • All things considered...

    hjworton

    Average rating rating is 5

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    ...this bike is my favourite since that day long ago when I started this bike lark. I've tried sportsbikes, Offroad tourers, Supermotos, hypersports, Nakeds, two-strokes, four-strokes, heavy, light....I've tried 'em all. This bike just does it for me. Just enough power for the road, handling to die for, superb build quality, cool looks, easy to ride hard.....what else do you want ? The only possible bike to tempt me away will be the yet to be released KTM Venom....Also: I had one of the first SDs in the country and stupidly sold it in search of something 'better'. Well, 18 months, 3 bikes and a crash later, I am back on a SD. I have learnt my lesson. This bike is fantastic, succumb now - especially at the prices they are going for second hand.

    20 April 2008

  • Not Just for Loonies

    Anonymous

    Average rating rating is 5

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    I've been searching for the 'right' bike for absolutely ages. Since 1973, to be perfectly candid. I've tried singles, Parallel Twins, Boxer Twins, V Twins and In-Line 4's. Many with with fairings & go faster stripes. Some with wide bars and comfy seats. The uncomfortable ones were no fun under 100mph and the hairy homo upright ones were just so compromised in areas like handling - and so HEAVY... One attempt at satisfaction was the Duke2, but I'd been put off the '06 SD by its reputation as a stunt cock with Fugly front light and a tiny tank. When the latter two issues were addressed last year ('07) I succumbed to a number of winter tests... Where the biggest surprise was its 'fall in love with me' manners. Sure, it is capable of being ridden by a bonkers Frenchman - but it is also capable of being a perfectly normal, fun bike. And when it catches a superduperhypersports fascist on a back road road (where pigs don't hang out) it is akin to being fighter Pilot running rings around an A380. Oh! - I take it into London where I can see over the top of the cars, filter ahead of the giggle of scooters - and arrive without a backache! (or a numb bum in the case of the Duke2) Please don't steal it Mr. Robber! You took all the other half decent motorcycles I've ever owned.

    04 March 2008

  • THE BEST !!

    grahamhouse

    Average rating rating is 5

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    I also have a ZX12 that I love and would not sell! but the SUPERDUKE is OUT OF THIS WORLD, it is the best bike I have had the plesure to own, I have convinced other sportbike riders just how good it is by letting all my mates have a go and they agree it is one very special bike! Go to your KTM dealer and have a go, it will be the best thing you do this year!!!!

    01 March 2008

  • Sublime Perfection

    marty1035

    NZ

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Recently bought the revised 2007 model in black. Unbelieveable bike, the best I've ever ridden. Fabulous handling, plush suspension, awesome brakes, decent performance, comfortable, beautifully made, and I like the styling......different but cutting edge. Highly reccommend. One ride and you'll be in love with this machine.

    30 August 2007

  • Amazing

    JMPit

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Staggeringly good on all roads with perhaps the exception of Motorways at +100mph (windblast and unstable rear). Especially at home in city centres and on B-roads. Muscular looks and evil sounding standard cans. Obscene roar with Akropovic exhaust - really helps when filtering. Fuel tank microscopic but has not affected my enjoyment. The Superduke is not for shrinking violets.

    03 May 2007

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