The much-anticipated KTM 1290 Super Duke R will makes its first ever public appearance at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed in England, from 12th -14th July. At last year’s Milan show, KTM unleashed ‘The Beast’ to the motorcycling world and prompted a mass of interest and hype. We not only love the looks and potential hooliganism, we also love KTM’s official spec table –
- Engine: liquid cooled V-twin, based on RC8 R Superbike with Ride-by-Wire
- Displacement: more than ever
- Power and torque: very, very much
- Electronic assistants: ABS and traction control – stoppie and wheelie protection disengageable (of course)
- Top speed: depends on the rider’s courage and figure
- Frame: Trellis frame made of chrome molybdenum steel
- Swing arm: single sided aluminium swing arm
- Suspension components: WP prototypes – upside-down forks with gas pressure reservoir, directly linked rear shock
- Wheels and tyres: aluminium wheels with slicks
- Brakes: front and rear Brembo racing calipers
- Weight: incredibly low
The bike will be ridden up the hill at Goodwood by Jeremy McWilliams and he’s already been very vocal in his love for the bike. He said: “It’s always an honour to ride at Goodwood, but to be honest this will be the most insane bike I’ve ever ridden and yes – more than a certain MotoGP bike. Hopefully I can keep ‘The Beast’ on a leash and put on a good show for the fans at Goodwood. It is going to be memorable!”
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‘A hefty rebore’ of the RC8R’s motor brings the capacity to 1290 and KTM has built on the awesome original Super Duke that made the DVLA so busy. We’re hoping to hear on a release date very soon. KTM will also be in attendance on four wheels with another UK first, as the recently unveiled X-Bow GT will be trying to beat the official Hill Climb car record of 41.6s. Book it in!