KTM 990 SUPERMOTO R (2009-2013) Review

Published: 25 May 2012

"A complete hooligan Get on it, point it towards some tight, twisty roads and try not to giggle with excitement"

KTM 990 SUPERMOTO R (2009-2013)

"A complete hooligan Get on it, point it towards some tight, twisty roads and try not to giggle with excitement"

  • At a glance
  • 999cc  -  114 bhp
  • 37 mpg  -  100 miles range
  • High seat height (875mm)

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

The KTM 990 Supermoto R is an absolutely stonking bike. On the road the bike is hysterical - a complete hooligan bike. Get on it, point it towards some tight, twisty roads and try not to giggle with excitement.

Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5

This is the Supermoto R's strong point. It turns twisty roads into a private race track but the bike really comes into its own when its on track. The multi-adjustable high-spec WP suspension works perfectly on track and each alteration in the suspension is clearly obvious. The high, wide bars mean it's easy to chuck the KTM round corners and make low speed work a doddle. Radial Brembo brakes are simply excellent.

Engine 4 out of 5

The 999cc V-twin makes 114bhp and is a great engine. It's not the most powerful V-twin on the planet, but it has buckets of grunt, which make firing between corners great fun. The throttle response is a little lumpy low down, but the throttle response is brilliant. And once you get the motor spinning it'll be hard to wipe the huge grin off your face.

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

KTM reliability is pretty good but the V-twins are known to like a drop of oil and need some fairly close attention to make sure the level doesn’t drop too low. Quality of the components means a high overall standard.

Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5

New or used the KTM 990 Supermoto R 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.

Insurance group: 15 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 5 out of 5

In terms of electronics the Supermoto R is pretty basic. You get Bosch ABS, which is a brilliant system, giving you more conifdence on the brakes but not being too intrusive to stop you having fun. And it can be turned off. Brembo brakes, Marchesini wheels and WP suspension are all top notch products and you can feel it.

Owners' Reviews

1 owner has reviewed their KTM 990 SUPERMOTO R (2009-2013) 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 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 5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Absolutely brilliant motorcycle

31 May 2013 by curck

Absolutely brilliant motorcycle, can do it all, except off road. Have a 2009 KTM SMR 990 with full Akrapovic Evo line (Approx. 9 kg less weight)& Twin air & Power commander... Read more V. Result: http://www.dr-weirdo.org/motoworld/images/KTM%20SMR%20990.jpg Nice sound Is much smoother now, much better in town. Gas response is great Runs cooler Uses less fuel

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 5 out of 5
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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2009
Year discontinued 2013
Original price £9,295
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 114 bhp
Max torque 97 ft-lb
Top speed 143 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 37 mpg
Tank range 100 miles
Specification
Engine size 999cc
Engine type 2-cylinder, 4-stroke, spark-ignition engine, 75° V arrangement, liquid-cooled
Frame type Tubular space frame made from chrome molybdenum steel, powder-coated
Fuel capacity 15 litres
Seat height 875mm
Bike weight 192kg
Front suspension WP Suspension Up Side Down 4860 ROMA PA
Rear suspension WP Suspension 4618 BAVP DCC
Front brake Twin-disc brake with radially mounted four-piston brake calipers; floating brake discs
Rear brake Single-disc brake with two-piston brake caliper; fixed brake disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 180/55 x 17

History & Versions

Model history

2009 - model introduced

Other versions

KTM 990 Supermoto

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