Having shed its skin, the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R is now a leaner, meaner and an even more menacing hyper-naked bike than ever before. Mounted into an all-new chassis, beats an updated version of the renowned 75 degree, 1301 cc LC8, V-Twin heart, taking THE BEAST to the next level.
DISPLACEMENT – 1301 cm³
POWER IN KW – 132 kW
TORQUE – 140 Nm
DESIGN – 2-cylinder, 4-stroke, V 75°
BORE – 108 mm
STROKE – 71 mm
STARTER – Electric starter
LUBRICATION – Forced oil lubrication with 3 oil pumps
TRANSMISSION – 6-speed
COOLING – Liquid cooled
CLUTCH – PASC (TM) slipper clutch, hydraulically actuated
EMS – Keihin EMS with RBW and cruise control, double ignition
CO2 EMISSIONS – 144 g/km
FUEL CONSUMPTION – 6.17 l/100 km
FRAME DESIGN – Chrome-moly tubular space frame, powder-coated
SUSPENSION TRAVEL (FRONT) – 125 mm
SUSPENSION TRAVEL (REAR) – 140 mm
FRONT BRAKE – 2 x Brembo Stylema Monobloc four piston, radially mounted caliper
REAR BRAKE – Brembo twin-piston fixed calliper, brake disc
FRONT BRAKE DISC DIAMETER – 320 mm
REAR BRAKE DISC DIAMETER – 240 mm
ABS – Bosch 9.1MP 2.0 (with cornering ABS and SUPERMOTO ABS)
CHAIN – 525 X-Ring
STEERING HEAD ANGLE – 64.8 °
GROUND CLEARANCE – 160 mm
SEAT HEIGHT – 835 mm
TANK CAPACITY (APPROX.) – 16 l
DRY WEIGHT – 189 kg
ENGINE & EXHAUST
If it ain’t broken, don’t fix it. But by all means, make it meaner! Boasting 177 hp and 140 Nm, the 1301 cc LC8, V-Twin has undergone a subtle yet impactful development. Optimized to be lighter but retaining its torquey character, this powerhouse is the benchmark of V-twin evolution. And with new engine and linkage mounts that add to the overall structure of the entire package – it quite literally is the part that holds THE BEAST together.
At the core of the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R is a major chassis overhaul. Boasting an all new frame with 3 times the torsional rigidity of previous models, stickier tires, smarter WP suspension, an aluminum and carbon composite subframe and completely revised geometry, the king of the DUKES has become lighter, stiffer and faster.
ERGONOMICS & COMFORT
We won’t mince words here – the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R has been sculpted for spirited performance riding without compromising rider comfort. A restyled tank gives the rider better support, while lower, variable handlebars and adjustable foot pegs make for improved comfort on the road and more control on the track.
BODYWORK & GRAPHICS
Purposefully uncovered, the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R has been designed to be a naked bike from the ground up – not a stripped back sports bike. As such, the brief was clear; maintain the iconic BEAST character, but push the limits of weight saving.
SOFTWARE & ELECTRONICS
If you tried taming THE BEAST by grabbing it by the scruff of its neck and wrestling it into submission, you’d get bitten. For that reason, the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R wears an invisible muzzle to protect from heavy-handed petting. But for those few that can manhandle 1301 cc of pure fury, the muzzle can be removed at the flick of a switch.
ACCESSORIES & LUGGAGE
Not enough for you? Well adding even more performance to this BEAST is only reserved for the brave! All KTM PowerParts are developed for their respective machines, meaning that KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R riders only get parts that perfectly complement their ride and provide the same ‘factory fit’ straight from the dealer – allowing you to refine your BEAST’s functionality, look and feel to better fit your personal needs.