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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
£4,310 (2005) - £8,650 (2013)
Private used prices
£3,880 (2005) - £7,790 (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)

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    KWAK6ftRider

    Cambridge , UK

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I test rode one of these a short while back, what a fantastic bike. Ok, probably not the best touring bike, or the quickest sprots bike, but for just sheer riding fun it is superb. and when you open that throttle, oh boy.....

    13 April 2007

  • One of the best road bikes available......

    rigga

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Had this a few months now...what a stunning bike, handles like it should not,great engine that loves to rev and sounds amazing with the carbon leo vinci exhausts that are on it, in the twisties even mega bikes wouls struggle to hold the same lines, brakes are superb even though standard fitment calipers are fitted, radial master cylinders make all the difference.... everyone should try one at least once, and in black its very stealth fighter esq. Strengths: Handling, brakes, motor, sound (with aftermarket cans on) smile thats bigger than your helmet can cope with. Weaknesses: Slight slow speed fuel stutter on part throttle, but can be mapped out and ridden around anyway.

    17 October 2006

  • Ridden a fazer for 3 years,then bought my dream bike, 954 fireblade, had that 4 years. Fancied a change

    graemeh

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Bought a new duke2 in march. Was so impressed, had to get the superduke. What a bike. Seriously, what a bike. A doddle to ride. I was cornering it harder and faster on day 1 quicker than the blade. This bike will out do any sports bike on the road easily. Talk about on rails. You feel at one with the bike after about an hour. Can go just as quick with the wife on the back. Very very smooth delivery of awsome power. Dont listen to the garbage of poor fuel tank. It does about 90 miles before light comes on giving you 30 miles spare. About the same as any other sports bike. After all, its not a tourer. Cant fault it at all. Strengths: Comfortability, handling, ride fast or slow. Easy peasy to ride, distinctive looks. Did I already mention the cornering.
    Weaknesses: None at all. Cant fault it. Now thats rare for me.

    22 June 2006

  • Great fun under the ton

    JohnAMurray

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    My other bike is a ZX12-R, which I love, but it really does want to shred my licence, plus I live in B road paradise, which is where the SJ wants to be. I wanted a bike which was a lot of fun on the twisties, and felt like a real motorcycle (not cocooned from the elements). An early oil leak upset me, but that was quickly resolved (got loaned another bike while the work was done). I love the loud V-twin rasp, the quick quick steering and the way I no longer fit into a predefined category. I've got a gel seat, so no bottom probs! and despite tests I've read get 140-150 miles per tank, and that's not pootling about. LOADS OF FUN, best I've had, and I've had loads of bikes! Strengths: Flickability, noise and sheer biking fun. Weaknesses: Mine sprung an oil leak early on, suspension a little hard on standard settings - Get the KTM (WP) steering damper.

    18 June 2006

  • All the fun of a sportsbike at license friendly speeds

    Mitchtkd

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I was looking for something with the handling and performance of a sports bike, but which would make sense at speeds below 100mph, so the SuperDuke was the answer for me. After 1000 miles it has delivered in spades. Everything about the bike is light; physically it is easy to hustle around, the controls make my Mille feel agricultural and the engine spins up more like a four than a twin. The handling too is extremely nimble. Wide bars mean little input is required, and the poise and balance of the bike feels more like a trail bike: roll up to traffic lights, stop, whistle, look around a bit and then put your foot down! Normally I take a little while to gel with a bike, but on the big Duke I was knee-down before the first service. Downsides are the sharp low-down throttle response which necessitates fine throttle control and a nice relaxed grip on the bars around pot-holed city streets and the poor tank range. Test ride one, you wont regret it! Strengths: Handling, quality components, aggressive styling, the huge Grin Factor. Weaknesses: Sharp throttle response, poor tank range.

    08 June 2005

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