KTM 990 SUPERMOTO R (2009 - 2013) Review

At a glance

Owners' reliability rating: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Power: 114 bhp
Seat height: Tall (34.4 in / 875 mm)
Weight: Medium (423 lbs / 192 kg)


New N/A
Used £5,000 - £5,600

Overall rating

Next up: Ride & brakes
4 out of 5 (4/5)

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

Next up: Engine
5 out of 5 (5/5)

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.


Next up: Reliability
4 out of 5 (4/5)

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.

Reliability & build quality

Next up: Value
4 out of 5 (4/5)

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 vs rivals

Next up: Equipment
4 out of 5 (4/5)

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.


5 out of 5 (5/5)

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.


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

Mpg, costs & insurance

Average fuel consumption 37 mpg
Annual road tax £111
Annual service cost -
New price -
Used price £5,000 - £5,600
Insurance group 15 of 17
How much to insure?
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage

Top speed & performance

Max power 114 bhp
Max torque 97 ft-lb
Top speed 143 mph
1/4 mile acceleration -
Tank range 100 miles

Model history & versions

Model history

2009 - model introduced

Other versions

KTM 990 Supermoto

Owners' reviews for the KTM 990 SUPERMOTO (2009 - 2013)

1 owner has reviewed their KTM 990 SUPERMOTO (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.

Review your KTM 990 SUPERMOTO (2009 - 2013)

Summary of owners' reviews

Overall rating: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Ride quality & brakes: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Engine: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Reliability & build quality: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Value vs rivals: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Equipment: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
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 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

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
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