KTM has recently introduced the 990 Duke, featuring a 947cc parallel-twin engine derived from the 890 Duke R’s motor. With an output of 123hp and 103Nm, it surpasses the 890 Duke R by 2hp and 4Nm. The motorcycle boasts a novel steel trellis frame, along with a WP USD fork and monoshock, both adjustable for compression, rebound, and preload. Notably, this model is the first parallel-twin Duke to incorporate cruise control.
The design of the 990 Duke has sparked varied opinions, characterized by its industrial vertically stacked twin-pod LED headlights, LED DRLs, and prominent tank extensions. The bike’s seat height stands at 825mm, and KTM claims a ‘complete weight’ of 179kg, although it remains unspecified whether this is the dry or kerb weight. Standard wheel sizes are maintained, with a 120/70-ZR17 tire in the front and a 180/55-ZR17 unit at the back, both equipped with Bridgestone S22 rubber.
A comprehensive suite of electronic rider aids is offered, encompassing five riding modes, a bidirectional quickshifter, cornering ABS, traction control, wheelie control, launch control, and, notably, cruise control – a first for parallel-twin Duke models. During the initial 1,500km, users enjoy access to the full suite, after which specific features such as Track and Performance modes necessitate payment. These modes allow users to access the lap timer, disable ABS and traction control entirely, and utilize lean angle data. The bike features a 5-inch TFT dash with smartphone connectivity via the KTM Connect app, and the left-hand side switch cube shares similarities with the 2024 250 Duke and 390 Duke models.
Although KTM has not disclosed the 990 Duke’s global availability, its entry into the Indian big-bike market appears doubtful due to KTM’s recent absence in that segment.
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