KTM has unveiled a brand new 990 Duke naked motorcycle, which takes over from the departing 890 as the firm’s mid-size sporting option. The aforementioned bike is designed to thrill on the track as well as on winding country roads.
KTM 990 Duke : More Details
The 990 Duke is available in an ‘electric orange’ design that nods to the original 2005 990 Super Duke V-twin. The bike uses the twin-cylinder motor as a stressed member. This is housed within a stiff new powder coated steel frame, paired with a new closed lattice swinging arm.
The new headlight set-up is sure to divide opinion amongst fans – featuring no outer lens and moving away from the traditional KTM Duke look. According to the designers, the idea to update the headlight is to make the bike grow up. As you can notice, the new headlight has the position lights, the low and the high beam in the center. It gives out a super sharp design.
Hardware on the KTM 990 Duke
The suspension is provided by compression and rebound adjustable WP Apex 43 forks, and a rebound and preload adjustable single shock. Meanwhile, the wheels are 17-inch cast aluminium and are shod with Bridgestone S22 tyres.
KTM has equipped the 990 Duke with 300mm front discs with dual radially mounted four-piston callipers. Meanwhile the rear gets a 240mm rotor with a two piston design. Both brakes are equipped with Bosch cornering ABS, and a Supermoto mode. This disconnects the anti-lock function at the rear when skids are required.
The electronics include three-stage lean sensitive traction control as standard, plus additional options for Track and Performance. Alongside, there is also a TFT dash, a standard ‘Rain’, ‘Street’, and ‘Sport’ riding mode and even a USB-C charging port.
The 5-inch new anti-scratch bonded glass display shows your lean angle data, plus a timer and telemetry stats with the optional Track pack installed. There are also revised graphics and menus, with an integrated light sensor that helps the new front running lights to adjust to the conditions.
Powertrain of the new KTM 990 Duke
The new 990 Duke is powered by a 947cc DOHC parallel twin engine that produces a claimed 121.4bhp. The bike has a new frame, swinging arm, suspension, wheels, brakes, electronics, and headlight.
Launch timeline of the KTM 990 Duke
Bikes are set to arrive in the international markets by February 2024, with pricing and full specifications to follow. Hence, it remains to be seen when the bike will be launched in India.