After an age of KTM and Jeremy McWilliams teasing us with the prototype 1290 Super Duke R, the production version of ‘The Beast’ has broken cover today. Of course, it was never going to be as rowdy as the prototype due to emission laws and other jurisdictions, so the open pipes, supermoto wheels and gas-charged forks have made way for everyday items. And the dreaded number plate hanger has made an appearance.
Packing big horsepower, a tight chassis, and being a KTM, it’s going to be absolutely bonkers. So far, we know it has an explosive 1290cc RC8-derived motor kicking out 180bhp, controlled by ride-by-wire and traction control. The single-sided swingarm and WP suspension support the steel-trellis frame, and the 1290 will be stopped by Brembo M50 Monoblocs and a Bosch ABS system.
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|Frame||Chromium-Molybdenum-Steel trellis frame, powder coated|
|Handlebar||Aluminium, konifiziert Ø 28/22 mm|
|Front suspension||WP-USD Ø 48 mm|
|Front brake||2 x Brembo four piston, radially bolted caliper, brake disc Ø 320 mm|
|Rear brake||Brembo fixed mounted two-piston brake calipers|
|Brake system||Bosch 9ME Combined-ABS|
|Chain||X-Ring 5/8 x 5/16″|
|Steering head angle||65,1°|
|Wheel base||1.482 ± 12 mm|
|Ground clearance||140 mm|
|Seat height||835 mm|
|Tank capacity||18 l Unleaded premium fuel (95 RON)|
|Weight without fuel||189 kg|
|Engine type||2-cylinder, 4-stroke, V 75°|
|Power||132 kW (180 HP) at 8.870 rounds/min|
|Starting aid||Electric starter/12V 11.2Ah|
|Engine lubrication||Pressure lubrication with 3 Eaton pumps|
|Cooling system||Liquid cooling|
|Clutch||PASC slipper clutch, hydraulically operated|
|Engine management/ignition||Keihin EMS with DBW, double ignition|