Here’s a first look at a production-ready prototype of KTM’s new 1290 Super Duke R, after it was caught on camera undergoing testing in the Alps.
At first glance, it might not appear that much is changing for the 2020 model – but looking a little closer, it’s clear that KTM has made a handful of serious tweaks to help make the next generation 1290 Super Duke R better than ever before. And that’s a big ask as the current model’s made a name for itself thanks to its punchy 1301cc, 174hp V-twin engine and exceptional all-round handling.
First things first, look at that trellis frame. Undeniably KTM in its styling, it’s a significantly different setup when compared to the outgoing 2019 model. Not quite as exposed and slightly less industrial in appearance, KTM could have shed some weight from its hyper-naked machine, or it could just be a styling exercise.
Talking about styling, it looks as though a couple of the more intricate details – including the tank trim and front mudguard have been tweaked. That’s not all; it gets new wheels, and a new exhaust system too – with a full aluminium can (complete with Super Duke R lettering) replacing the outgoing matt black model.
It also features a new, larger and slightly more sophisticated digital dash – and with the addition of a multi-directional controller on the left handlebar, chances are the new Super Duke R’s going to come kitted out with (even more) clever tech as standard.
There’s been no official information about KTM’s next generation big naked just yet, but with the official release expected to take place at the big bike shows towards the end of the year, it’s likely we won’t have to wait too much longer to find out more.