New KTM Super Duke 1290 spied

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KTM’s all-new 1290cc V-twin Super Duke has been spotted strapped onto a trailer in Tenerife as the prototype machine undergoes endurance testing before its launch later this year.

It is clear from the picture that the Austrian firm is using a modular design concept – the main chassis, engine and fuel tank of the naked Super Duke are identical to the Adventure seen last week.

The picture also shows the extent of the Super Duke’s redesign. There is little remaining of the current 990cc V-twin super naked which has kept its hardcore nature since its launch in 2005.

The bike has a new LC8 engine, completely new steel trellis chassis, a single-sided swingarm to replace the double-sided version of the current bike, a new side-mounted exhaust and it appears the bike is getting a full compliment of electronics judging by the number of sensors on the bike.

For full details on the new KTM Super Duke, pick up a copy of the February 1 issue of MCN, out now.

Andy Downes

By Andy Downes

Former MCN Senior Reporter