During the exciting kick-off of EICMA 2023, KTM, a prominent European motorcycle manufacturer, reasserted its presence with the much-anticipated debut of the 990 Duke. In 2017, KTM ventured into the middleweight naked bike scene with the 790 Duke, dubbed the Scalpel. However, it was evident that the 790 model had its limitations. In 2022, KTM introduced the 890 Duke and 890 Duke R, and now, at EICMA 2023, they've unveiled the 990 Duke for the 2024 model year.
The fresh KTM 990 Duke boasts an updated version of KTM's well-regarded LC8c engine. It's a 947cc, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected parallel-twin engine with an uneven firing sequence. In this naked bike, it churns out an impressive 123 horsepower and 103 newton-meters (72.1 pound-feet) of torque, making it the most potent Duke under 1000cc. True to KTM's tradition, the new 990 Duke features a lightweight chassis that instills confidence both on the track and on the road.
In terms of technology, the 990 Duke comes equipped with a comprehensive array designed to enhance its on-track and on-road performance. Multiple rider aids and assists, driven by an inertial measurement unit, offer lean-sensitive ABS and traction control. Track Mode unleashes the bike's full potential. As with other Dukes in KTM's lineup, a large full-color TFT display provides riders with essential ride data and quick access to various adjustments and settings.
The bike's suspension comprises WP Apex components, and riders can personalize their 990 Duke through KTM PowerParts and PowerWear catalog options. It rides on 17-inch wheels and employs two radially mounted front disc brakes and a single floating disc at the rear for reliable stopping power.
The launch of the new KTM 990 Duke coincides with the celebration of 30 Years of Duke. This latest addition, a potent middleweight streetfighter, represents the culmination of three decades of innovation by Team Orange. To mark this occasion, the bike will be available in two color options, Electronic Orange and Black Metallic.