KTM has announced a new production 990 Supermoto R, which should arrive at dealers in the Spring of 2009. This is a hardcore, high performance street machine that has a fantastic, proven engine, very high performance brakes and minimal weight (less than 420 pounds). Here is the press release from KTM:
Being “Ready to Race” is an absolute must for the motorcycles from Mattighofen, Austria. Now, as of spring 2009, KTM expands its LC8 pallet with the 990 Supermoto R, the fastest ever of its breed.
It is not only Supermoto fans that can look forward to the 2009 KTM models. With the 990 Supermoto R, the world’s leading Supermoto manufacturer will introduce a fascinating sports machine that again put its own stamp on the scene. Even more radical, even purer and even more “Ready to Race” this is a machine that will fascinate fans of large volume two cylinder motorcycles all over the world.
Strong, light and perfectly kitted out
With the “R” KTM adds further value to its Supermoto offer. Based on the KTM 990 Supermoto presented in 2008, the 2009 version of the Supermoto R has a clear goal: to ride corners in a dimension not previously experienced. The well-known strong acceleration and rev friendly 999 ccm LC8 motor lets the 990 Supermoto R takes the corners with a powerful forward propulsion; new Brembo Monoblock brakes decelerate the 990 Supermoto R equally as impressively. Because of the reduced mass, the highly coveted light metal cast wheels ensure even better handling and fabulous agility even at high speeds.
New tank for even more sporty ergonomics
To achieve even more sporty ergonomics the Supermoto R, which weighs under 190 kg has a smaller tank. This very desirable large volume two cylinder features an innovative, extremely narrow tank/seat unit just right for motor sports activities. The most remarkable distinguishing feature when compared to the standard 990 Supermoto is the spectacular KTM R optics. The black coated swinger arm, foot pegs and above all the startling orange-coloured lacquer and the powder coated tubular steel frame all combine to ensure the KTM 990 Supermoto is a real visual delight.
The KTM 990 Supermoto R will be officially presented to the public for the first time at the innovations trade fair EICMA in Milan. Start of production is planned for February 2009.