Monday, November 19, 2012

2013 KTM 990 Super Duke R is still up for a drunken brawl

2013 KTM 990 Super Duke R
Felix Baumgartner rides a KTM 990 Super Duke R Felix Baumgartner rides a KTM 990 Super Duke R Felix Baumgartner rides a KTM 990 Super Duke R Felix Baumgartner rides a KTM 990 Super Duke R
2013 KTM 990 Super Duke R, the choice of champions! :-D

Last week, the 2013 KTM 990 Super Duke R was unveiled at the EICMA in Milan and though it was entirely overshadowed by the monstrous 1290 Super Duke R and the rather more learner-friendly 390 Duke, the 990 remains a very fast, capable machine in its own right. When F1 legend Michael Schumacher decided to try his hand at motorcycle racing a few years ago, the 990 Super Duke was the bike he chose to ride. And more recently, spacediver Felix Baumgartner also published some pics of himself on his blog, with him pulling wheelies and getting his knee down on a… you guessed it, a KTM 990 Super Duke R. ‘A 135bhp KTM 990 Super Duke R is my favoured mode of transport when I’m on terra firma,’ says Baumgartner.

The 2013 990 Super Duke R retains its predecessor’s 125-horsepower LC8 V-twin (we don’t know where Baumgartner’s bike gets its extra 10bhp from…) and stiff, lightweight chrome-molybdenum steel tube trellis frame with a bolt-on aluminium subframe. There’s also high-spec fully adjustable WP suspension components (48mm USD fork, monoshock), fully adjustable WP steering damper, Brembo brakes with radial-mount calipers at the front and machined, black-anodized triple clamps, radial brake and clutch levers. The bike has a fuel tank capacity of 18.5-litres and weighs 186kg dry.

It’s getting a bit old and next year it might be replaced by the 1290 Super Duke R (or KTM might choose to retain both bikes in their line-up?), but somehow we still quite like the 990 Super Duke R…

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Yep, chicks dig the KTM 990 Super Duke...!

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