2014 KTM 1290 Super Duke R First Ride Review- Photos

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KTM 690 Super Duke R

2014 KTM 1290 Super R – First Ride Ultimate LC8 at home in Austrian ….

Sebas Romero and Francesc

If there was ever a doubt KTM is ultra serious about streetbikes, the last couple of have crushed those Street products are the Austrian fastest growing segment and now for almost 50 percent of its sales. By the end of KTM’s total annual will reach almost units, surpassing the likes of BMW .

market share in four didn’t happen by building products. Cycle World favorites such as the 690 Duke R, the new 1190 Adventure/Adventure R (already in Europe), and the not-yet-released-in-the-U.S. 200 and 390 Dukes are But KTM’s 1290 Super R is sure to be the company’s flagship

This 1301cc … sportbike redefines the word and will surely give the Tuono V4, Ducati Streetfighter, MV Brutale and Triumph Speed more fight than can handle.

If bigger is better, then the 75-degree twin is the best LC8 KTM claims 180 horsepower and 106 foot-pounds of and all that oomph is supremely thanks to an advanced electronics with three drive and sophisticated lean-angle-dependent traction KTM took the 1195cc twin the RC8 and increased the bore from to 108.0 mm and the … from to 71.0.

Each of the four-valve features twin ignition for burn, and larger Keihin throttle bodies deliver and air.

The Super Duke R’s press introduction was held in Spain. Day 1 was spent exclusively on the while Day 2 included a morning of at the Ascari Race Resort of Ronda. It didn’t take before I bought into claims of performance.

While a of pulls on the Cycle World will truly determine the of KTM’s claims, there’s no this engine is a beast. production is impressive, while the low mass makes the engine toward its 10,500 rpm redline instant aggression.


Our first morning’s included an ascent up a fast and road from the Mediterranean the mountains. With so much available, frequent shifting necessary, but after experiencing the action of the 1290’s six-speed I found myself doing so for entertainment. As the roads tightened up, the only became more

With the Super Duke’s MTC and the drive mode in Sport, the tire is allowed to spin a bit out of but never enough to risk sideways. With TC completely the bike was far less of a handful I anticipated. Excellent fueling with very linear production made traction to find. Turning off MTC has one significant It allows big honking wheel whereas with the system on, it allows low-floating power

Street mode allows the level of power output, but more conservative MTC settings and Rain mode provides acceleration, but with the most level of TC intervention.

If the engine is it’s the chassis that you to exploit all the Super Duke R has to Easily the most notable of the 1290’s chassis is its excellent feel. A huge 48mm adjustable WP fork combines the stiff laser-cut and precision-welded steel trellis frame and single-sided swingarm to provide communicative handling.

Even on with less-than-ideal grip, the of traction were easily Overstep those bounds and the Bosch 9ME ABS keeps the awesome brakes from getting you trouble. Despite a fairly 58.3-inch wheelbase and a less-than-ultra-steep steering head angle, is impressively quick, while is totally neutral and predictable.

KTM 690 Super Duke R

The ultra wide tapered handlebar provides significant leverage but never makes the feel twitchy. Dunlop’s new tire was profiled specifically for the At standard pressures, grip was lowered a bit, the bike worked well on the polished roads of Spain.


As a the new 1290 Super Duke is but we needed to unleash its inner at the track to find its real The Ascari Race Resort is a fantasyland. A wide variety of emulates signature turns tracks around the world, and the fifth-gear back straight got my attention.

The acceleration to 150 mph, by braking into the second-gear was eye-opening, especially for a … All told, this engine has it all, with top-end that’s more than a for the bike’s bottom-end grunt.

Handling, too, proved suited to lapping, once the Dunlops were bled to track pressures. But to show us the potential of the 1290, KTM track-prepped bikes with Dunlop slicks, some KTM Parts and an Akrapovic exhaust claimed to power to 192. With the grip, the Super Duke far more Superbike than it was one of the most entertaining bikes ridden on a track.

Although the KTM Super Duke R has lots of individual traits, I am most by how well they work The engine is definitely the cornerstone of the but complemented perfectly by the sophisticated and great chassis. And the bike has a high level of polish and something KTM streetbikes lacked in the

Those days look they are over for the Austrian as proven by the 1190 Adventure and the Duke R, two bikes that KTM is capable of competing with the of the industry and perhaps stealing thunder altogether.

The 2014 KTM 1290 Super R will be available in two colors: black or the orange shown Expect the bike to arrive in dealerships in late February. is expected to be announced in December at the Beach, California, International Show.

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