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KTM 1290 Super Duke (2013-current)

Detail Value
New price £13,499
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Engine size 1301 cc
Power 160 bhp
Top speed 159 mph
Insurance group 17 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 0
Engine rating is 5 rating is 0
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 0
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 0
Quality & Reliability rating is 5 rating is 0
Value rating is 4 rating is 0

MCN overall verdict rating is 4

It’s a massive leap forward over the old Super Duke which was far from a bad bike. The new 1.3 litre KTM has arm-ripping power, the best mid-range and roll on speed figures we’ve ever tested and is the most powerful naked bike on the market. It also has a flip side. It’s relatively light, easy to ride and perfectly fuelled. It’s just a shame the electronics hinder the fun.


MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 0

The 1301cc, 75-degree V-twin takes your breath away it’s so mind-bendingly powerful. The figures speak for themselves: a tested 160.46bhp at the back wheel with 99.40 arm ripping ftlb or torque. There’s so much power it sends the front skywards in the first three gears with minimum effort once the electronics have been deactivated and takes just 4.79 seconds to get from 30-100mph in third gear. That beats any other road bike we’ve ever tested.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 0

The handling is much more forgiving than you’d expect for such a ‘beast’. It’s actually relatively light and easy to manage on the road. On track, the fully adjustable WP suspension can be easily tweaked transforming the naked bike into a sports bike. Only when really pushed hard on track do you feel the limitations of the standard Dunlops and the front feels a little vague.


MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 0

ABS is standard (and can be switched off) and there’s a ‘Supermoto’ mode which allows you to lock the rear. Traction control is also standard as are the three riders modes which effect the power and traction control intervention. The problem is you can’t switch off the traction control or ABS on the move and it always resets when the ignition is switched off.

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 0

The biggest gripe with the old bike was the poor fuelling, but that seems to have been rectified with the new version which is arguably the best fuelled KTM to date. The 1301cc V-twin is entirely new; therefore it’s impossible to comment on the reliability, however KTM has a growing reputation for producing reliable bikes and the quality and finish is high, as is the level of components used.


MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 0

£14,000 makes the new Super Duke an expensive naked bike, considerably more than its closest competition, Aprilia’s Tuono, not forgetting both BMW’s basic naked S1000R and Triumph’s Speed Triple which are both under £10,000. If you want the most powerful naked bike out there, KTM are going to make you pay for it!


Insurance group: 17 of 17

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Model History

2013: model introduced

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Top speed 159 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 10.93 secs
Max power 160 bhp
Max torque 99 ft-lb
Weight 189 kg
Seat height 835 mm
Fuel capacity 18 litres
Average fuel consumption mpg
Tank range miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 17 of 17
Engine size 1301 cc
Engine specification 8v V-twin
Frame Tubular steel trellis
Front suspension adjustment Fully adjustable WP 48mm
Rear suspension adjustment Fully adjustable WP
Front brakes 2 x 320mm
Rear brake 240mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 190/50 x 17

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