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1290 Super Duke R: McWilliams’ role in the bike

You Jeremy McWilliams, do you? former MotoGP-racer, GP winner, setter, great guy who has raced everything on two wheels – Aprilia, ROC, Harris, Honda, Harley, Ilmor, Buell and a more – plus some in between. Remember the Akrapovic RC8 R in two German IDM Superbike races in Or setting up the 690 EJC Cup racer in 2012?

Or ‘The Beast’ at Goodwood Festival a few weeks ago? also enjoys riding on the and is using all his experience to work with companies for development of products. Here is what he had to say his input into the evolution of the KTM Super Duke R:

“I ride on the street. I have always so, even before I became a When you get older and have experience, you build up knowledge: why a is like this or handles that, why I am sitting in this why a bike steers so well – or

This is why I am able to give during development. Racers to be very critical of bikes and we get to it’ quickly, which helps in a lot of time sorting out the right

“With KTM it was like they me a clean sheet of paper and “Make it as you’d like Of course it had to fit all kinds of RD testers and are a lot of them. Just take a at Hermann Sporn, the project who is quite a tall man and heavier. So I had to think of something for everybody.”

“When we started, they questions like “What do you of the handlebar position? The footpeg The shape of the levers? Do you like the mirrors are?

Is the dashboard in the place? When you sit on the bike, are you with the position for the knees?” All you might never imagine. It was all of producing a good package and why asked me to come and work them.”

“On the very first bike, I did not like the riding It was too sporty. The KTM guys looked at me:

But you are a racer!“ I said, “if I am on a street I do not want a race position, I to get comfortable.” At that time, a year and a half ago, it was a very basic model, it did not like it does now, the were not complete. It was far from the finished version.”

Superbike IDM Assen 2009: mit/with Akrapovic RC8-R. Superbike IDM 2009. McWilliams: der Rennstrecke bin ich Rennfahrer«. // »On the track, I like a racer.« Assen, IDM 2009.

McWill mit erster Akrapovic Replica – mit Frontscheinwerfer. // with the first Akrapovic replica – see the front light?

it was an easy project to work on we were able to change we wanted. The first bike was using an advanced engine and all we had to do was correct the geometry, the ergonomics, the settings for very bad roads and for roads and the racetrack. So I got to test it often on all kind of surfaces as as I did on the track. When I ride on the I ride like normal. And I’m on the track, I’m like a racer.

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So step-by-step we worked forward. It was not so because it was a very good point.”

“The fun part was working with Bosch on the They are a clever company. I am pushing the gap a little bit more on the control and they were helpful.

The bike now functions as a package. When you ride on the you wont feel any interruption on the control as you do when using mode. And then we found a mode, riding on very wet tracks. This was new to me because I have done this on tyres.”

“The Super R is a … bike so it has to work We were given a long of requirements the bike had to meet. Of it had to be fast but it also had to be the right to go down to the shops or whatever.

To be fluid across a fast section or fulfil a lot of expectations on the My impression at the launch in Spain was most of the testers enjoyed the which was nice to see. journalists expected it would rip arms off, which me.”

Albacete im Frühjahr Feintuning am 690er EJC-Bike. // early 2012: Finetuning the 690 McWilliams auf KTM 690 für den European Junior Cup // McWilliams setting up the 690 racer for EJC 2012.

“If I was asked ‘what be your ideal bike?’ I’d to say the Super Duke. I’m not saying because I’m involved in this but because I have been so many bikes that a lot of effort to turn or to stop. one feels light and not like 1300cc beneath you.

You get on and you ride it. It does not feel such a big bike. But if you really ‘to go’ it’s there.”

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