In recent years, KTM have made a successful transition from being manufacturers of high-end off-road/dual-purpose bikes to also making high-performance street bikes. And the Super Duke 990 is one of their very best efforts. The styling is funky and aggressive, and all the suspension/braking bits are top class. It’s a no-nonsense streetfighter – get on, and let the madness begin right away. If you came looking for a sane, relaxed streetbike that’ll let you commute without the risk of having a run-in with the police, sorry, wrong number.
The 990 is powered by a 999cc, liquid-cooled, 8-valve, DOHC V-twin, which makes 112 horsepower – quite adequate for going all mental with the stunt-pulling stuff. Chassis is lightweight trellis frame, and suspension is provided by White Power – 48mm USD front forks and rear monoshock, both being fully adjustable. Handling is razor-sharp, fit and finish is top-notch, and with its narrow fuel tank and wide handlebars, the 990 feels light, compact and manoeuverable. It’ll do 0 to 100km/h in 3.8 seconds, and hit a top speed of around 220km/h, which should be enough for anyone who really cares for his/her license. If a metalflake-orange streetfighter is what you always wanted, look no further…
Engine: 999cc, liquid-cooled, 16-valve, DOHC, V-twin
Top speed: 220km/h
A very interesting video of the KTM Super Duke 990 in action!