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KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R

ENGINE: 2-CYLINDER, 4-STROKE V 75° | DISPLACEMENT: 1,301CC | POWER: 177BHP @ 9,750 RPM | TRANSMISSION: 6 GEARS | FUEL CAPACITY: APPROX. 18 L | DRY WEIGHT: APPROX. 195 KG

KTM calls it the King of Naked Bikes, and you can see why. The 1,301cc engine delivers a whopping 177bhp, but according to KTM it now runs smoother, consumes less fuel and cuts down on CO2 emissions by about 10%.

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The new 1290 Super Duke R has been styled by KISKA, with a full LED headlight built on an aluminIum structure.

There are also wider, lower handlebars, Brembo Monobloc brakes, MSC with Bosch cornering ABS, WP suspension, an optional, two-way quickshifter, a multifunctional TFT display, and cruise control up to 200 km/h.

The optional “Track Pack” feature boasts launch control, a MTC slip adjust, a ‘Track’ ride mode, free engine map selection and the KTM MY RIDE, a wireless connectivity solution for smartphones and audio player. Oh, and the anti-wheelie mode can be switched off!

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Here’s everything that’s new:

  • New: LED headlight and LED daytime running lights
  • New: Bodywork with sharper rear end, new tank spoilers and air intakes
  • New: Two new color schemes
  • New: Wider, lower handlebar positioned further to the front
  • New: Transponder key system KTM RACE ON
  • New: Cruise control
  • New: Multifunctional TFT display and illuminated menu switch
  • New: Optional “Performance Pack” with Motor Slip Regulation (MSR), quickshifter+ and KTM MY RIDE
  • New: Optional “Track Pack” with ‘Track’ ride mode which allows freely selectable engine mappings, anti-wheelie off, MTC slip adjust and launch control
  • MSC (Motorcycle Stability Control) with cornering ABS by Bosch incl. Supermoto mode, ride mode technology and multi-stage, lean-angle sensitive Motorcycle Traction Control (MTC)
  • New: Advanced LC8 V-Twin now with 130 kW (177 hp)
  • New: 10 mm shorter intake flange
  • New: Resonator chambers
  • New: Higher compression ratio of 13.6:1 thanks to the flat design of machined titanium inlet valves with chromium nitride PVD coating
  • New: Euro 4 compliant
  • Ultra-lightweight chrome-molybdenum steel trellis frame with bolt-on rear steel trellis subframe
  • New: 48 mm USD split front forks by WP suspension with separate damping circuits, harder fork springs and a sportier setup. Rebound and damping are adjustable
  • New: WP shock absorber with a harder fork spring (10.0 N/mm). The preload of the shock absorber as well as the setup of the fork and the shock absorber have been revised for high-speed excellence, fully adjustable.
  • WP steering damper
  • Ultra-lightweight, single-sided swingarm
  • New: Metzeler M7RR super sport tyres
Tony Carter

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