On paper, a touring supermoto doesn’t make much sense. But, if you’ve ridden a KTM 990 Supermoto, you’ll know that it’s simply one of the finest, most fun road bikes around; so bolting on a large half-fairing, luggage provisions, a two-person seat and (shock) panniers actually ends up being a really good idea. The KTM 990 Supermoto T means you’ll be able to enjoy big-bore supermoto thrills more often, in more situations and for longer than ever before. We even like its half-finished looks. >
The KTM 990 Supermoto R is also a logical progression for the range. Using upgraded suspension and brakes; a lighter CroMoly frame and a race-focused seating position it pushes the performance envelope of the large supermoto to its maximum; sacrificing everyday practicality in the progress.
Which one would we choose? The Travel version. Not because it’s the fastest supermoto we could buy — it’s not — but because we could ride it everyday, take it on road trips, treat it to minimal maintenance, scratch it to hell and do all of that without giving a damn, all while enjoying supermoto thrills.
It appears that both models use the same 115bhp version of the 999cc 75º v-twin, but the Travel, at 196kg, weighs 7kg more than the R model. Make sure you check out the gallery.