KTM Lets Loose 1290 Super Duke R

The recently presented all – new 1290 SUPER DUKE R is not only the most potent two – cylinder naked bike ever, it represents everything KTM stands for in riding enjoyment at the highest level.


After the successful launch of the 1190 ADVENTURE and 1190 ADVENTURER and the presentation of the 390 DUKE during the course of the year, KTM has decided to continue the street season with innovation number three and what is probably the highlight of the year. The production version of the 1290 SUPER DUKE R, which will be commercially available in December 2013, has been redeveloped from the ground up and concludes the incredible KTM asphalt model range of sports inspired naked bikes.




With its 180hp performance and 144 Nm of torque, the typical weight -saving KTM construction of the 1290 SUPER DUKE R has more power than ever before, although the breathtaking data that is associated with KTM’s latest naked machine is not to be feared. With the best chassis components available (WP Suspension, Brembo Monobloc), accompanied with state – of – the – art electronic assistance systems (Bosch ABS, MTC, Keihin Ride – by – Wire), the use of KTM’s superb power has never been as usable as on the new 1290 SUPER DUKE R.




The impressive range of the unmistakably KISKA – designed naked bikes almost demand to be ridden on every imaginable asphalt option. KTM’s naked range is suitable for enjoyable riding in the city, on sweeping country roads, the Alpine pass, motor way riding, long distance, as well as on the racetrack. With its powerful engine, balanced chassis and easygoing ergonomics, the radical ‘Beast’ is a super – fun, durable bike that’s always ready for action.

Not only that, with the specially developed PowerParts, the 1290 SUPER DUKE R can be easily adapted to suit individual requirements.

The quality ‘Racing’, ‘Style’ and ‘Touring’ kits available make the chase on the racetrack, can refine the SUPER DUKE’s look for a racier appearance at the bike club or add comfort for the weekend tour.




After three years of intense development in Mattighofen, including thousands and thousands of test kilometers, many of them with ex – MotoGP racer and test icon Jeremy McWilliams, the time has come; KTM wishes riders a lot of fun with the 1290 SUPER DUKE R!

I'd hand over ol' lefty for one of these. 

I brought mine home a few days ago. Got the matte black.



Rear tire lasts about 3000-3500 miles of street use. Going to put 10mm spacers on shift and brake lever to get some added width to grab. Other than that it's been a great bike. Wish it had bmw's electronics but I wouldn't get a S1000R over the KTM purely for personal subjective reasons.

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