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KTM 690 Super Duke R

2014 KTM 1290 Super R Review

We check out KTM’s new top dog on

Normally we’re fans of wheels here at MME, but as the says “Motoring” and not “Car”, duty-bound to occasionally wander the world of two wheels. A wondrous filled with evocative like Ducati and er, Yamaha. And … bikes like KTM 1290 Super Duke R.

an impressive name…and this is one bike. Its V-Twin motor 180bhp at 8870rpm; that be an impressive figure for a hot hatch but in a with a dry weight of a mere – I’ve known people weighed more – that’s for some serious performance. think that this is uncontrollable wild animal the 1290 is one seriously sophisticated in terms of electronic control

The ride-by-wire system has been by Bosch and Keihin and provides modes – just like – depending on how on you feel like Sport, Street and Rain in order of power delivery and aggression. The last isn’t we’d use often out here, but power to a more manageable in slippery conditions. Speaking of the traction control system not allow wheelies by default, naturally it can be switched off.

I’m this is something bikers

KTM admits that the electronics are more than just a sop to regulators. Without these and all that torque on tap the bike be nigh-on unrideable, so clever means you’ll only see that full 180bhp. And now I know less than about riding a bike, hand you over to our tame anonymous) two-wheeled racing Valentino Doohan for his riding from the launch.

Valentino Doohan not pictured.

impressions on track

As far as that power claim is concerned, the Duke certainly seems to the horsepower to match those The bike pulls right a standing start to some illegal speeds without any let up in the onslaught. In fact, the main that stops that surge is either the you changing up or the rev limiter. The other limiting is the lack of a screen.

KTM 690 Super Duke R

As with all unfaired bikes, at any over about 140 km/h the buffeting becomes an issue, and over 200km/h it brings on a wobble that will slow you down. But that’s not a as screens are there for a reason and bike would look with a top fairing fitted.

But the lack of aero-assistance, the V-Twin is flexible with tonnes of It’ll pull in almost any and that two-cylinder thump is addictive. KTM claim that the Duke is so powerful they had to fit it a ‘ride by wire’ throttle, as to the technical guys using a throttle would have the bike almost unrideable.

Fitting an electronic throttle has benefits as well, as KTM can feed in the as required, avoiding ham-fisted highsiding themselves over the fence. By linking the power to the traction control the KTM is surprisingly as you can aggressively open the throttle without the ensuing bad ending. The computer simply stops you an ….

Very handy you consider the number of riders who are coming back to biking years away from the or new riders who jump straight on the powerful bike they can

The downside however, is that the is snatchy and will be far too hair for many riders. The lack of link between the vehicle and (just as in similar car systems) some of the feel, leaving response a bit remote and lacking But if it stops people throwing down the road then can only be a good thing.The fitted WP suspension is excellent, the front is a little soft for a track.

However, almost all Dukes will spend time out on the open road, the bike is excellent. Easy to rider friendly and able to on all but the biggest super bikes. more could you ask for? KTM SuperDuke 1290R

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