MCN’s first ride review of the KTM 1290 Super Duke R prototype

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KTM 1290 Super Duke R Review 3

We reported in detail when Austrian motorcycle manufacturer officially revealed images and specifications of the KTM 1290 SuperDuke. Without beating around the bush, we would want to say that the new Super Duke R looks poised to become the most scintillating Katoom ever.

KTM 1290 Super Duke R Review 2

The new KTM 1290 Super Duke R is powered by a 1301cc 75 degree V-twin engine which cranks out max power of 180 bhp @ 8870 rpm and peak torque of 144 nm. Such is the torque curve that a full 100nm is available from as low as 2500 rpm. For those of you who requre acceleration figures to get excited- the new Kiska designed streetfighter is capable of hitting 200 kph from zero in a really scant 7.2 seconds. Where dem supercars are? 

The good folks at MCN recently took a KTM 1290 Super Duke R prototype out for a quick spin and have uploaded this really brief ride review of the new Katoom. As can be seen in this video, the chaps at the popular publication are might impressed with the latest KTM’s engine and have used words such as ‘extraordinary’ to describe it. They are also appreciative of the three riding modes that the bike offers. MCN says these change the bike’s response quite a lot. They further add that while the bike is certainly among the naughtiest they’ve ever ridder, it is very friendly in street mode.

Check out the full Video here

KTM 1290 Super Duke R SPECIFICATIONS

ENGINE TYPE2-cylinder, 4-stroke, V 75°
DISPLACEMENT1.301 ccm
BORE/STROKE108/71 mm
POWER132 kW (180 HP) at 8.870 RPM
STARTING AIDElectric starter/12V 11.2Ah
TRANSMISSION6 gears
ENGINE LUBRICATIONPressure lubrication with 3 Eaton pumps
COOLING SYSTEMLiquid cooling
CLUTCHPASC slipper clutch, hydraulically operated
ENGINE MANAGEMENT/IGNITIONKeihin EMS with DBW, double ignition
FRAMEChromium-Molybdenum-Steel trellis frame, powder coated
HANDLEBARAluminium
FRONT SUSPENSION48mm WP-USD
REAR SUSPENSIONWP-Monoshock
FRONT BRAKE2 x Brembo four piston, radially bolted caliper, 320mm brake disc
REAR BRAKEBrembo fixed mounted two-piston brake calipers
BRAKE SYSTEMBosch 9ME Combined-ABS
CHAINX-Ring 5/8 x 5/16″
STEERING HEAD ANGLE65,1°
WHEEL BASE1.482 ± 12 mm
GROUND CLEARANCE140 mm
SEAT HEIGHT835 mm
TANK CAPACITY18 l Unleaded premium fuel (95 RON)
DRY WEIGHT189 kg
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