KTM 1290 Super Duke R breaks free
KTM’s much-anticipated 2014 Super Duke R has been spied many times by MCN during its development, and now KTM have released the first official pictures and technical specifications of the all-new super-naked.
It’s not all about outright performance though, with the Austrian firm claiming excellent fuel consumption figures, and 15,000km (9300 mile) service intervals for the 1301cc 75-degree V-twin.
But make no mistake, the madness is just below the surface of the minimalist bodywork. 180bhp, and 106ftlb of torque, all wrapped up in a 189kg package is going to be anything but tame when you pull the pin.
With Combined-ABS and Brembo M50 monoblock calipers there should be no trouble stopping again, while the ABS also boasts different modes. Ride-by-wire and traction control help to interpret the rider’s wishes, and deliver optimum power for the available grip.
There are three riding modes: Rain – smooth, limited power, with early intervening traction control. Street – sporty but effective, always appropriate and super-swift. Sport – the full works. Then there’s Supermoto ABS for drifters, and it can be switched off if you think you can out brake Bosch’s finest.
Don’t miss next week’s MCN for the full story of the new Super Duke, direct from inside the KTM factory, on sale Wednesday 09 October.
Engine: 1301cc, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, 75° V-twin
Bore & Stroke: 108 x 71mm
Chassis: Chromium-Molybdenum-Steel trellis frame, powder coated
Front suspension: 48mm WP, fully adjustable
Rear Suspension: WP monoshock, fully adjustable
Front Brake: 2 x Brembo M50 four piston radial calipers, 320mm discs, with Bosch 9ME Combined ABS
Rear Brake: Brembo single caliper
Seat Height: 835mm
Petrol tank: 18l
Dry Weight: 189kg