Launch report: KTM 990 SMR

Published: 17 February 2009

KTM has billed the KTM 990 SMR as the world’s fastest supermoto, Chad is out in Portugal putting the bike through its paces on road and on the Portimao track.

Here are Chad’s first impressions:

"On the road the bike is proving to be hysterical, it’s a complete hooligan bike, it turns switchback mountain 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 race spec Brembo brakes are jaw droppingly good, there is a massive amount of power at the end of the Portimao straight."

After an afternoon of track riding the full test will be in the February 25 issue of MCN.