KTM 990 Super Duke R goes white for 2009

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Is it just us or, in addition to now having some of the coolest graphics around, has KTM really raised the bar for press photos too? Sure, the oranges are oversaturated, but we can’t think of another manufacturer that packages such well-shot hoonage into its official communications. So the 2009 Super Duke R is a fitting subject for the first article to employ our new photo gallery system. Scroll through the images above using the arrows, click the thumbnails you want to look at, and then click the main images to make them larger. The pictures will expand up to 1250px, you can then right-click to save them if you resemble John Hodgeman, or just drag them to your desktop if you’re more the Justin Long type. >

Other than the fancy new colors, the Super Duke R is unchanged for 2009. The same 130bhp, 75lb/ft 999cc v-twin drives 186kg of wheelie-prone dry weight, while 48mm fully adjustable WP forks and a WP monoshock do their best to keep everything in line. In addition to that suspension, there’s a fancy CroMoly trellis frame that weighs just 9kg and a steering damper to separate it from the non-R version. Fans of naked V-twin thrills need look no further. Well, at least till the Ducati Streetfighter S arrives in May.


  • http://www.moonlakevintage.com james

    Buell should copy this KTM. I always have high hopes for Buells but I just can’t drink the kool aid. When Triumph restarted they copied other successful design before it found itself. Buell Motor Cycles feels like the longest pre production sport bike development in the industry. KTM has already caught and pasted Buell. Its to late but Buell should reboot with a TRUE V-twin street legal dirt tracker 900 and 1200, and a super-biker style supermoto v-twin and 500 single. A sporty board track style V-twin would be cool..(not a chopper style road toad board tracker). Then a enduro/scrambler based on that 500 single to tap into the dirt heritage of Harley Davidson. Lets get started.

  • http://yamalink.com yamalink

    I was interested in the Buell until the dealer told me it was about $995 dealer prep and shipping! That stomped on any slim hope I’d ever own anything remotely related to a Harley.
    Anyway, yes, KTM has the best marketing videos and photos. Nothing compares to the rider through the Japanese streets.

  • Par 24

    I bought the 08 super duke 990 and I would have to say that buell is a joke compared to the super duke! The Brembo monoblock breaks are insane! The Lc8 motor pulls harder and is almost telepahtic in terms of throttle response. As for handling the Ktm is right there with the street triple and Tuono! I test rode a buell xb 1200 and was suprise to see that the sales people would even think that its in the same class of naked bike as the Super Duke,street triple, and Tuono. The buell is probly a great bike if all your friend ride buell, but compared to the other 3 mentioned it falls short on preformanc and handling. I didn’t think the breaks were that great either.