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Bike of the day: KTM 990 Super Duke

Published: 30 March 2018

Why it’s MCN’s pick:

This was MCN’s Chief Road Tester Neevesy’s suggestion for Bike of the Day as he reckons the 990 Super Duke was the first ‘bad-ass’ super naked. Which is a fair point…

Launched in 2005, the KTM 990 Super Duke arrived at a point when the Aprilia Tuono, water-cooled Ducati Monsters and Triumph Speed Triple were your main naked bike options if you wanted some serious performance. But the KTM was the most fearsome of the bunch, as well as the lightest.

Armed with a thumping 999cc V-twin that made a claimed 116bhp, the Duke’s chassis was its standout point. A great handling machine that has top quality WP suspension and Brembo brakes as standard, the Duke even had its own one-make race series, which shows you how competent it is as a track weapon!

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The early bikes had a few quirks (the on-board diagnostic gets a bit confused if you don’t let it do its pre-start checks), but for a proper performance naked, this is a great used buy. And if you need any more encouragement, just do a YouTube search for the original KTM promo video, which was actually banned – with good reason!!!

 

Seller says:

“A KTM 990 Super Duke on a 56 plate that is in lovely condition with a few tasteful extras included. Crash bungs, grab rail (not pictured), steering damper, rear shock cover, Meta alarm (Thatcham approved), official KTM adjustable levers and a couple of panels wrapped in white. Tyres are very recent and the chain and sprocket have lots of life left in them. Also included are two keys, V5, original service book and manual in the original KTM bag. A joy to ride and the big V twin sounds great even with the standard pipes.”

 

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