The all-new KTM 1290 Super Duke R, probably a bit more intense than a nuclear bomb going off in your face. We love it!
Here’s what you really need to know about the 2014 KTM 1290 Super Duke R – that it’s powered by a 1.3-litre 75-degree V-Twin that produces 180 horsepower and 144Nm of torque, that the bike weighs 189 kilos dry and that it can accelerate from zero to 200km/h in 7.2 seconds flat. Yes, we’re sure KTM have managed to get your attention all right.
So, yeah, “The Beast” has finally been unleashed and life might never be the same again for the likes of the Ducati Streetfighter, Aprilia Tuono V4R and MV Agusta Brutale 1090. The new KTM 1290 Super Duke R should be a wild ride in every way imaginable. Apart from the insanely powerful engine, there’s the high-spec Brembo brakes with twin 320mm discs at the front and Bosch ABS, Keihin ride-by-wire throttle that’s been optimised for maximised response (while still preventing you from flipping the bike over during hard acceleration…), an advanced traction control system, chrome-molybdenum tubular space frame, a single-sided swingarm, and low-pressure die-cast alloy wheels shod with super-grippy Dunlop Sportsmart² tyres.
While the Super Duke R offers immense performance, it won’t murder your back, knees and wrists the way many race-replica superbikes will. KTM claim the bike offers excellent ergonomics that have been designed for riders of all shapes and sizes. And just in case you were wondering, service intervals are set at 15,000km. Impressive? Most certainly, yes!
Engine: 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, 75-degree V-Twin
Power: 180bhp at 8,870rpm
Transmission: 6-speed gearbox, hydraulically operated slipper clutch
Chassis: Chromium-Molybdenum-Steel trellis frame
Suspension: 48mm WP USD fork, WP monoshock, both ends fully adjustable
Brakes: Twin 320mm brakes discs with 4-piston radial-mount calipers (front), single disc with 2-piston calipers (rear), Bosch 9ME Combined-ABS
Seat Height: 835mm
Fuel Tank Capacity: 18 litres
Dry Weight: 189kg