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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

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.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 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.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 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.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 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.

KTM 990 Supermoto R (2009-2013)

Detail Value
New price £9,295
Dealer used prices
£6,520 (2010) - £8,660 (2013)
Private used prices
£5,870 (2010) - £7,790 (2013)
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Engine size 999 cc
Power 114 bhp
Top speed 143 mph
Insurance group 15 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 5
Engine rating is 4 rating is 5
Ride & Handling rating is 5 rating is 5
Equipment rating is 5 rating is 5
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 5
Value rating is 4 rating is 5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 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

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 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

Insurance group: 15 of 17

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Model History

2009 - model introduced

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KTM 990 Supermoto

Specifications

Top speed 143 mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power 114 bhp
Max torque 97 ft-lb
Weight 192 kg
Seat height 875 mm
Fuel capacity 15 litres
Average fuel consumption 37 mpg
Tank range 100 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 15 of 17
Engine size 999 cc
Engine specification 2-cylinder, 4-stroke, spark-ignition engine, 75° V arrangement, liquid-cooled
Frame Tubular space frame made from chrome molybdenum steel, powder-coated
Front suspension adjustment WP Suspension Up Side Down 4860 ROMA PA
Rear suspension adjustment WP Suspension 4618 BAVP DCC
Front brakes 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

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 5(1 review)

  • Absolutely brilliant motorcycle

    curck

    Average rating rating is 5

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    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 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

    31 May 2013

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