KTM 990 SUPERMOTO (2005-2013) Review

Published: 23 November 2006

"A big capacity V-twin bad boy that can shake its tail at sportsbikes in the twisties"

KTM 950 Supermoto motorcycle review - Riding

"A big capacity V-twin bad boy that can shake its tail at sportsbikes in the twisties"

  • At a glance
  • 942cc  -  96 bhp
  • 42 mpg  -  150 miles range
  • High seat height (885mm)

Overall Rating 5 out of 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

 

Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 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.

Engine 4 out of 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.

Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 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 & Running Costs 5 out of 5

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.

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Equipment 4 out of 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.

Owners' Reviews

9 owners have reviewed their KTM 990 SUPERMOTO (2005-2013) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

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Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4.6 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.6 out of 5
Engine 4.7 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.7 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.3 out of 5
Equipment 3.7 out of 5
5 out of 5

A big daft puppy!

06 November 2013 by Anonymous

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... Read more 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.

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5

awesome!

26 February 2010 by revant

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... Read more this august... If you're not sure, buy one, you won't be disappointed.

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5

The mutts!

18 February 2010 by tonkerwcc

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.... Read more 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!

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5
2 out of 5

perfect allrounder?

10 December 2009 by PaulDutch

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... Read more

Overall Rating 2 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 2 out of 5
Engine 2 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 2 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 2 out of 5
Equipment 2 out of 5
5 out of 5

Oh. My. God.

23 December 2008 by HugoBurton

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... Read more 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!!! :)

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5

The perfect all rounder

13 April 2008 by AndyBacon

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

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
4 out of 5

KTM 950SM

25 August 2007 by k9five

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. Read more

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5
5 out of 5

Mental

07 May 2007 by brokenleggedbiker

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... Read more 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

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5

KTM 950SM

04 April 2007 by nickveiga

Sublime. Read more

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2005
Year discontinued 2013
Original price £8,045
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 15 of 17
Annual road tax £80
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 96 bhp
Max torque 67 ft-lb
Top speed 137 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 11.4 secs
Average fuel consumption 42 mpg
Tank range 150 miles
Specification
Engine size 942cc
Engine type 8v V-twin, 6 gears
Frame type Chromoly trellis
Fuel capacity 16 litres
Seat height 885mm
Bike weight 189kg
Front suspension Preload, rebound, compression
Rear suspension Preload, rebound, high and low speed compression
Front brake Twin 305mm discs
Rear brake 240mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 180/55 x 17

History & Versions

Model history

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

Other versions

2006: Tricked up R version introduced.

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