KTM 990 Super Duke R

KTM 990 Super Duke R


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Ex-Showroom Price

₹ 13,00,000
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Colour Options and Price in India
Bike Variant 2012 KTM 990 Super Duke R
Availability Status in India Discontinued
2-Wheeler Type Naked
Latest Price in India 2012 KTM 990 Super Duke R price was Rs 13 lakh before being discontinued.
Fuel Type Petrol
Vehicle Overview KTM 990 Super Duke R is a discontinued liter class street fighter that carried a powerful 999cc engine. It was good for 121 BHP at 9000 rpm and 100 Nm at 7000 rpm. The best part was its low weight of just 184 kg, making it faster than most others in its segment. It claimed a top speed of 240 kmph while took just 4 seconds for a 0-100 kmph sprint. It used a twin cylinder engine like most other KTM models and came equipped with twin 320 mm front disc brakes for superior braking performance. It used the best in class 48 mm front USD forks from WP. Rivals for the 990 Super Duke R are Kawasaki Ninja Z1000, Honda CB1000R, Yamaha FZ1 and Suzuki GSX-S1000.
Engine Details 999cc, V75
Cooling Liquid Cooling
Engine cc (Displacement) 999 cc
Maximum Power 121 Bhp @ 9000 rpm
Maximum Torque 100 Nm @ 7000 rpm
Number of Cylinders 2
Bore 101 mm
Stroke 62.4 mm
Number of Gears 6
Mileage 12-18 kmpl (approx.)
Front Brake Dual Discs 320mm
Rear Brake Disc 240mm
Wheel Size R17
Wheel Type Alloys
Tubeless Tyres
Alloy Wheels
0-100 kmph 4.00 secs
Front Suspension WP-USD 48mm
Rear Suspension WP Monoshock
Frame (Chassis) Tubular Chromoly Space Frame, Powder Coated
Ground Clearance 150.00 mm
Wheelbase 1450.00 mm
Kerb Weight 184.00 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 15.00 litres
Speedometer Digital
Tachometer Digital
Trip Meter Digital-2
Fuel Gauge Analogue
Pass Light
Battery Type Maintenance Free
Electric Start
Pillion Footrest
Step-up Seat/Split Seat

KTM 990 Super Duke R Review

05 Nov, 2015 10:26 AM

Quick Review by Maxabout Team

KTM 990 Super Duke has a sleek face which features its sharp cowl and headlight. The bike lacks any type of visor and gets the true essence of a naked bike. KTM has placed the clear lens side indicators on the top of this cowl which suits the aggressive styling of this bike. Its beefy front forks, alloy wheels and compact front fender looks catchy in black finish. The huge disc plate at its front complements the five-spoke designing of its alloy wheels which also comes with racing strips. The front fender gets extended along its forks which make it look macho. The exposed orange colored steel trellis frame and sharp forwarded fuel tank makes it a typical KTM bike. It has larger tank extensions than its younger siblings which looks dynamic with racing decals. KTM has also placed an under cowl in this bike in order to improve its aerodynamics. Super Duke features a long seat which sits on the top of an equally long rear cowl which is also integrated with the muffler of this bike. The LED tail light of this bike can also been seen at the back. The compact rear fender of Super Duke carries its side indicators and number plate. The naked chain and broad tyre at the back can easily grab your attention.

Instrument Console

The bike has a combined analogue-digital instrument console. A circular dial on the left side houses an analogue tachometer while an orange colored LCD features digital speedometer, odometer, 2-trip-meter and fuel gauge. You will also notice other essential LED indicators in this console.

Engine and Gearbox

The 990 Super Duke uses a 2-cylinder, 4-stroke 999cc engine. This DOHC, liquid cooled engine generates a maximum power output of 121 bhp at 9000 rpm. This 8 valves engine is capable of producing a torque amount of 100 Nm which is accessible at 7000 rpm. This V-twin engine is mated with a six-speed manual gearbox with one gear down and five gears up-shift pattern.

Acceleration and Performance

This bike is certainly the most powerful Duke variant. Its torque and power to weight ratio makes it better than many naked street bikes. This highly refined DOHC engine gathers its all power as early as 9000rpm and its torque also arrives at 7000rpm which gives it an instant throttle response. Despite having taller gear ratios, the bike feels lightning fast thanks to its heavy amount of torque. The bike never suffocates for power and reaches 0-100km/hr in less than 4 seconds. The engine sound prompts you to rev it hard and you will be pleased after doing so. The linear power delivery makes this bike really enjoyable. It can reach the top speed of 240km/hr without showing any kind of stress and vibration. The off road performance of this bike is also quite impressive. The early torque building helps this bike to get momentum instantly. It can even accelerate at slow speeds in big gears. It’s strong low and mid-range is the biggest characteristic of this engine. The bike feels best when driven between 3000rpm-8000rpm.


The light weight and tall gear ratios helps this bike to return a fuel economy of around 15-18km/hr.

Comfort While Driving

This is one of the biggest USPs of this bike. It feels extremely comfortable while driving thanks to its well-positioned parts. The long seat of this bike not only gives you proper space but also provides optimum comfort. The foot-pegs are placed just below the seat which is easy to grab and offers you sporty riding posture. You can also frequently use your legs while you take this bike off road. The knees easily grab its well-spaced fuel tank which is meant to offer you strong knee grip. The short handle bar easily fits in your palm and offers you firm grip.

Storage Space and Safety Features

There is hardly any storage space in this bike. Its bright headlight though ensures you safety while you drive at night.

Suspension and Brakes

Super Duke is equipped with WP adjustable telescopic forks of 48mm at its front and fully adjustable mono shock at the back with a wheel travel of 160mm. The bike features dual front disc brakes of 320mm and single rear disc brake of 240mm. It also has radial mounted 4-piston brake callipers at its front and single piston calliper at the back.

Ride and Handling

The bike is a perfect blend of on and off road performance. Its extended wheelbase of 1450mm brings stability to this bike at high speeds while its high ground clearance of 150mm improves its turning abilities and enables it to cross all the obstructions. Super Duke is a light handler which is quite responsive and nimble on every terrain. Its steering damper takes the bumps easily and gives you stress free rides. The water wading ability of this bike shows its strong side in deep water. The immensely strong suspension system of this bike holds it strongly around corners and digests every bump easily. The effective braking system stops this light bike whenever required. The broad tyres always stick firmly to the road on every terrain and improve the ride and handling of this machine.

Tyre Size, Shades and Variants

KTM 990 Super Duke has R17 sizes of tyres. KTM may launch a single variant of this bike in one color.


Undoubtedly, it’s a brilliant naked bike which is a speed enthusiast and offers high quality of ride and handling. It offers everything what you expect from a naked bike. Moreover, its unmatchable off road performance makes it superior than other rivals.

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User Reviews for KTM Duke (2012)

Reviews Submitted by Maxabout Community

Insane power in KTM RC390

Siddhant sharma | 4 years ago
helpful 1

The only problem with this bike is its heating nature.

Best Features: ABS, USD Forks, Ride by Wire

Pros: Everything

Cons: Heating Problem

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KTM RC390 is Value for Money

Aadil Sheikh | 6 years ago
helpful 1

The bike has Got everything a rider wants. You can take it for touring and as well as for daily commute. The bike has so much power stored in it. Everyone is seeing its competition with ninja 300 and Yamaha r3 but if you see there prices are nearly double of it and they are twin cylinder bikes and this one is single cylinder bike . The heating problem is due to the single cylinder as the bike has too powerful engine with single cylinder but if you see the performance than this bike has got way too much than its rivals. If you want sporty looks with abs safety and high performance this one is for you.

Best Features: Console, Ride by Wire.

Pros: Ride By Wire, Abs , Brakes, Console, Looks, Build Quality, Power, and everything

Cons: Heating Problem and Mileage

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Bike for the Real Rider

Aditya Sethi | 8 years ago
helpful 4

The KTM 390 Duke is a wonderful bike. It delivers an awesome riding experience and it takes no time at going higher speeds. The handling is quite good but it takes me some time to get used to it. On the clear roads there are no any engine issues but in the case of traffic jam, it heats up pretty quick. One more thing which goes against the bike is its horn and headlight. I would recommend to change the headlights and increase the horn intensity so that you stay safe.

Best Features: Ease in Handling and Looks

Pros: Appearance, Easy gear shifting, Handling

Cons: Weak horn & headlights, Lack of storage for kit/papers, Engine heating

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A Street Bike Designed For Paved Roads

akash rai | 8 years ago
helpful 0

The KTM 390 Duke is a beast of motorcycle. It is light weight and you can handle it comfortably. The most important thing is that it generates a good torque value which makes your journey enjoyable on streets and safe om highways. Look wise it is quite attractive which will definitely encourage you to buy it. It has a great engine which offers more power in comparison to other beginner bikes. The braking system is quite impressive which is the standout feature of this bike. Coming to the downside, you will notice that the fuel tank capacity is quite low where cannot expect long tours. The clutch is too heavy and the quality of wheels are also not good. On the other hand, the throttle response of this machine is rough, especially at low rev ranges. The another issue with this bike is engine oil which sometimes starts leaking which reduces the oil level.

Best Features: Excellent Brakes & Eye Catching Looks

Pros: Eye catching looks, powerful engine, excellent brakes, light weight

Cons: Low fuel tank capacity, heavy clutch, rough throttle, bad wheel quality, engine oil problem

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KTM 990 Super Duke R Comments

User Comments
10 years ago


10 years ago

nice looking bike

10 years ago

this bike su*ks ,this is not a good bike every thing lacks !!! aka punk prince

10 years ago

one of a kind bike unique design,R1 used to be my fav bike,until i saw
tis bike in reality it blew my mind.....i wish a generous rich person
will jus drop dis bike for me lol.i wanna own it

Veerubhotla Vijaykumar
11 years ago

nice looking bike

anand kandalgaonkar
11 years ago


jay mittal
11 years ago


bantei kongor
12 years ago

one of a kind bike unique design,R1 used to be my fav bike,until i saw tis bike in reality it blew my mind.....i wish a generous rich person will jus drop dis bike for me lol.i wanna own it

atikarsh singh
12 years ago

this bike su*ks ,this is not a good bike every thing lacks !!! aka punk prince

12 years ago

Please god give me this bike even he u dont give me wife in life but give me this king of monster

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