KTM’s 990 Supermoto. Is it just a bigger lump?

What used to be the KTM 950 Supermoto is now the 990


Thanks to a revised engine, with capacity increased from 942 to 999cc. Despite its mighty power, this motor weighs a flyweight 58 kilos. It must be stressed that the old bike was phenomenally good. Truly. It was one of our favourite bikes, mainly because it was just such damn great fun. So, given that it didn’t really need improving, what’s the new bike like?…

• Price: £8,195
• Engine: 75-degree V-twin, 8v, l/c, 999cc
• Compression ratio: 11.5:1
• Carburation: Keihin EFI, 48mm throttle bodies
• Transmission: Six-speed
• Power: 127bhp@10,300rpm (tested)
• Frame: Chromium-molybdenum trellis
• Suspension: (F) 48mm USD WP forks (R) WP monoshock
• Brakes: (F) Twin 305mm discs, Brembo four-piston calipers (R) single 305mm disc, twin-piston Brembo caliper (braided hoses)
• Wheels/tyres: Cast aluminium / Pirelli Scorpion Synch (F) 120/70 – 17, (R) 180/55 – 17
• Fuel capacity: 19 litres
• Dry weight: 191kg