2009 KTM 990 Supermoto T - First Ride

A Kinder, Gentler Version Of Our Favorite Big-Bore Supermoto

By Roland Brown, Photography by Redeye, Herwig Peuker

Tech Spec
Evolution
KTM's 990 Supermoto gets lower suspension, a bigger fairing, softer seat and increased fuel capacity to enhance its traveling aptitude.

Rivals
Benelli TreK, BMW R1200GS, Buell Ulysses XB12X, Ducati Multistrada, Suzuki V-Strom 1000, Triumph Tiger

Tech

Price na
Engine type l-c 75-deg. V-twin
Valve train DOHC, 8v
Displacement 999cc
Bore x stroke 101.0 x 62.4mm
Compression 11.5:1
Fuel system Keihin EFI
Clutch Wet, multi-plate
Transmission 6-speed
Claimed horsepower 115 bhp @ 9000 rpm
Claimed torque 72 lb.-ft. @ 7000 rpm
Frame Tubular-steel trellis
Front suspension WP 48mm inverted fork with adjustable spring preload, compression and rebound damping
Rear suspension WP shock with adjustable spring preload, high/low-speed compression and rebound damping
Front brake Four-piston Brembo radial calipers, 305mm discs
Rear brake Two-piston Brembo caliper, 240mm disc
Front tire 120/70ZR-17 Continental ContiSportAttack
Rear tire 180/55ZR-17 Continental ContiSportAttack
Rake/trail 25.4/4.3 in.
Seat height 33.7 in.
Wheelbase 59.3 in.
Fuel capacity 5.0 gal.
Claimed dry weight 432 lbs.
Colors Black/silver, black/orange
Available na
Warranty 36 mo., 36,000 mi.

Contact
KTM North America, Inc.
1119 Milan Ave.
Amherst, OH 44001
440.985.3553
www.ktmusa.com

Verdict
KTM's Traveler is the perfect compromise between a minimalist supermoto and overburdened adventure-tourer. Too bad you can't buy one here.

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