KTM 1290 Super Duke R

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
Rear suspension WP-Monoshock
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°
Displacement 1.301 ccm
Bore/stroke 108/71 mm
Power 132 kW (180 HP) at 8.870 rounds/min
Starting aid Electric starter/12V 11.2Ah
Transmission 6 gears
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

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