The KTM 990 Super Duke R can be easily compared with an unchained beast that is ready to attack the asphalt with poise. The motorcycle is propelled by a 999 cc, 2-cylinder, 4-stroke, spark-ignition, liquid cooled engine which puts out 92 kW (123 hp). The 999cc unit is equipped with the electronic Keihin engine management system which improves responsiveness.
The ride is kept in check by a set of capable suspensions which come with a generous variety of setting options. The suspensions consist of a front upside-down telescopic fork with TiAlN-coated sliding surfaces and a shock absorber from WP Suspension with a TiAlN-coated piston rod.
You also get a stiff and light orange, powder-coated tubular space frame made from chrome-molybdenum steel with a bolted-on, light alloy subframe.
The breaking system consists of a front twin-disc brake with radially mounted four-piston brake calipers and a rear single-disc brake with one-piston brake caliper.
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If there’s ever been an uncompromising riding machine in its purest form then it’s the ultra-sporty 2013 KTM 990 Super Duke R. With its muscle-flexing V2 and perfectly controllable power, it can be regarded as the ultimate scourge of the superbikes - two-up as well! Its equally manoeuvrable and precise chassis is equipped with the most exclusive components - from the CNC-machined triple clamp to the steering damper or coated fork tubes. In short: the 990 Super Duke R is the hottest street-legal naked bike around.
If the road surface should ever try to induce the feared and very unpleasant effect of handlebar kick-back, then this is nipped in the bud by the 990 Super Duke R’s high quality WP steering damper.
FRAME AND SWINGARM
The 990 Super Duke R’s orange, powder-coated tubular space frame made from chrome-molybdenum steel with a bolted-on, light alloy subframe provides a steeper steering head angle in the "R" setup than the Super Duke and therefore slightly less trail for even greater manoeuvrability. The 575 mm swingarm ensures plenty of mechanical grip.
Thanks to a huge variety of setting options, the upside-down telescopic fork with TiAlN-coated sliding surfaces and the directly connected shock absorber from WP Suspension with a TiAlN-coated piston rod allow optimum individual adjustment of the chassis to suit load, riding style and track.
More than adequate deceleration is ensured in the 2013 990 Super Duke R by Brembo® brakes with the very finest components. At the front wheel, two radially-mounted monoblock four-piston brake callipers bite hard into floating 320 mm discs at the command of the radial master cylinder.
The Super Duke R’s water-cooled V-engine packs a powerful punch with 92 kW (123 hp) and sets the benchmark for free-revving twins. Its intelligent design principle with multi-function balancer shaft makes it the lightest and most compact V2 in its class. The tried and tested power unit impresses with explosiveness and spontaneous throttle response.
Aside from optimum combustion chamber design, the major factors behind the outstanding performance of the KTM 990 Super Duke R’s V-twin with 75° cylinder angle are the state-of-the-art four-valve cylinder heads, each with flow-optimised ducts and two overhead camshafts.
CRANK DRIVE / PISTONS
Particularly lightweight pistons and connecting rods bestow the 2013 990 Super Duke R’s V2 engine with reduced reciprocating weight and hence with decidedly spontaneous responsiveness, underlining its extremely sporty engine characteristics.
The electronic Keihin engine management system regulates the modern fuel injection system on the 990 Super Duke R, focussing on maximum power and spontaneous responsiveness.
|Engine Design||2-cylinder, 4-stroke, spark-ignition engine, 75° V arrangement, liquid-cooled|
|Starting aid||Electric starter|
|Performance||92 kW (123 hp)|
|Engine lubrication||Dry-sump lubrication with 2 rotor pumps|
|Primary gear ratio||35:67|
|Secondary gear ratio||16:38|
|Cooling system||Liquid cooling system, continuous circulation of cooling liquid with water pump|
|Clutch||multi-disc clutch / hydraulically operated|
|Ignition system||Contactless, controlled, fully electronic ignition system with digital ignition timing adjustment|
|Frame||Tubular space frame made from chrome molybdenum steel, powder-coated|
|Fork||WP Suspension Up Side Down|
|Shock absorber||WP Suspension Monoshock|
|Suspension travel front||135 mm|
|Suspension travel rear||150 mm|
|Brake system front||Twin-disc brake with radially mounted four-piston brake calipers|
|Brake system rear||Single-disc brake with one-piston brake caliper|
|Brake discs - diameter front||320 mm|
|Brake discs - diameter rear||240 mm|
|Chain||5/8 x 5/16” X‑Ring|
|Steering head angle||67.3°|
|Wheel base||1,450±10 mm|
|Ground clearance (unloaded)||150 mm|
|Seat height (unloaded)||850 mm|
|Total fuel tank capacity approx.||18.5 l Unleaded premium fuel (95 RON)|
|Weight without fuel approx.||186 kg|