Semi-active super naked: KTM reveal 1290 Super Duke R Evo with electronic WP springs

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KTM are updating their snarling V-twin 1290 Super Duke R range for 2022, revealing a new Evo model complete with WP semi-active suspension.

Already impressively damped in standard trim, thanks to full manually adjustable WP units, the latest Evo will roll off the production line equipped with a second-generation electronic WP Apex system – said to provide even greater usability for the rider, whilst adding 2kg to the overall weight.

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This is done via three standard damping modes – Comfort, Street and Sport - plus the option to tweak the rear spring preload by as much as 20mm in increments of 2mm.

WP suspension is adjusted via the TFT dash

All controlled via the colour TFT dash, this alteration can be taken even further with the inclusion of the optional 'Suspension Pro' package, which adds another three damping options: Track, Advanced and Auto.

As the name suggests, Track is the stiffest setting available to help you hit every apex on a circuit. Advanced mode allows you to fine-tune your preferences, with the level of damping for the forks and shock changeable on a scale from one to eight.

For those happier letting the bike do all the work, Auto is said to be able to detect different styles of riding and adjust the suspension to suit. A soft, comforting set-up will be adopted on sedate rides, with the springs hardening up the more aggressively you ride.

A side view of the KTM 1290 Super Duke R Evo

On top of this, Suspension Pro will also adjust the preload automatically to match the weight of the rider and there is a switchable anti-diving feature to keep the front end high under hard braking.

Both the Evo and standard R will be powered by the same 178bhp V-twin motor and share Rain, Street and Sport riding modes, with optional Track and Performance maps available for sports-orientated customers.

Elbow down on the KTM 1290 Super Duke R Evo

For better throttle response, both machines also benefit from a new quicker-action throttle, which reduced the twist by seven degrees, to 65.

Completing the changes to both bikes is a new livery, featuring licks of orange, sliver and blue – plus bright orange rims. Keep an eye out for the full KTM 1290 Super Duke R Evo review in MCN soon.


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Dan Sutherland

By Dan Sutherland

Senior Writer (motorcycling), sportsbike nut, currently riding a FireBlade