2014 KTM 1290 SuperDuke R: MD First Ride -…

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2014 KTM 1290 SuperDuke R: MD Ride

This is a report the Ascari Circuit in Spain Albert Escoda on the new KTM 1290 R. Escoda was at the launch with McWilliams (see yesterday’s ). Escoda is very fast, and one of the few journalists who can try to hang on to McWilliams’ fumes (by his fingernails, and only on

We went over many of the details in an earlier article your reference. Here is report from the launch:

I never forget the impression the SuperDuke made on me when I rode it in 2005. It seemed a dream come true. A street bike with the of a supermotard.  The ideal for me and my fellow “hooligans”.

The fourth of the SuperDuke is here, and it is not an evolution, but a new motorcycle with power and never before seen in the

It is a “beast”, but a controllable one. designed to manage the massive 180 hp, KTM has a stiff, CroMo trellis that weighs only 20  The single-sided swingarm is a aluminum structure.

 To cope all the torque, the rear axle is huge (55 mm).

The big 1290 R has completely new steering geometry and a wheelbase in part to keep the wheel on the ground more it otherwise would be. The upside-down WP has large 48 mm tubes, and is fully for compression, rebound and preload. The WP in the tradition of KTM, is anchored to the swingarm without linkage. It is adjustable, as well.

A WP steering damper is also just in case you ride the front wheel a little

With all this power you need good brakes, of Big 320 mm floating discs in front are down by top drawer Brembo calipers, as well as a radial master cylinder. A two-piston works on a 240 mm disc out back.

An brake system is standard Bosch. This can be set up to allow the wheel to slide, supermoto-style.

The of attention is the massively powerful engine derived from the KTM RC8 R superbike. Figuring it needed displacement, KTM applied both a and … job to take it all the way out to 1,301 cc. of it this way, each displaces slightly more 650cc! In addition to that 180 hp, peaks at 144 nm (106 foot/pounds).

Each cylinder has two spark and two overhead cam shafts.

A ride-by-wire controls Keihin fuel and the rider can select from power maps, including Street and Rain.  Rain limits peak power to 100 hp.

The traction control system is of the MTC variety described in our earlier This lean-sensitive system, to KTM, can be turned off, but in its intrusive state can effectively a rider from high-sides.  It can prevent wheelies, if you so desire Jeremy McWilliams did not engage feature).

Not surprisingly, the big twin features a slipper clutch. one so that it increases pressure on the plates with increasing torque, allowing softer springs to be used to reduce fatigue.

Remember the days superbikes got all the technology, and … got the shaft? The larger pistons in the SuperDuke R are actually lighter (by 47 than those found in the RC8 R. adjustments are only needed every 15,000 km (9,320

The new SuperDuke R is more comfortable and has a balanced riding position. My tuck perfectly into the 4.0 fuel tank. Both the and brake levers are adjustable for

The sophisticated electronic controls are at the left hand grip, and the new panel combines comprehensive display information with a speedometer.

I had trouble sleeping before our ride through the streets of and awoke like a child on morning. I couldn’t wait to the engine exhaust note. on the bike for the first time, I was comfortable and at home, as the KTM representatives to me the ABS and MTC adjustments.

The first ride was 200 by road with hundreds of I dialed in ABS braking for the front, but it off for the rear, while selecting power in Sport mode and control off. In the first two it seemed like the front was in the air for at least one mile.


The big KTM powerful. even violent. You quickly not to open the throttle in first, second. and even gear.  No … ever so hard.

Acceleration is almost from idle, but when you at 7,000 rpm, it is “@@*!+. ”. there, it continues to stretch arms towards redline.

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KTM 990 Superduke

is not to say the SuperDuke R is difficult to ride, or You always can dictate the experience your right wrist. The is actually easy to use, and proved excellent with the Dunlop Sportsmart tires to the extremely light, low pressure, wheels.

I immediately felt comfortable as the bike falls in easily and accurately through the turns.

The KTM leading the ride began to up the considerably on the dry roads. Aside the excellent, controllable brakes, and the while leaned over, the and elasticity of the engine was the highlight! How do you the explosion of a nuclear … extraordinary modulation? We passed a stretch of undulating roads I will never forget, of elevation changes, as well as corners.

The lead group half-way through the ride, and all we do is look at each other and when we removed our helmets.

to Ascari, the scene of our track the following day, we encountered asphalt and very poor conditions, for which I turned on the control. When the roads I turned TC off, once I was glad I had ABS for the slippery part, and I it engage several times, saving me from more experiences.

At first the suspension rather soft, particularly heavy braking, but adding two of compression immediately brought balance.

I was particularly nervous as we at the Ascari Circuit on Day 2, as it can be a dangerous on a bike. Fortunately, Jeremy was on hand to talk to us about the and then lead us on a few leisurely to learn the best line. The was sunny and warm, and I reduced the pressures we had run on the street.

Jeremy and I know each from past track and I did my best to hang on his wheel one session. He was aboard one of the bikes with all the KTM “power parts” suspension, tuning, slicks, and even with my stiff settings, my standard bike to feel too soft after a few at our relatively crazy pace. I over to stiffen things up and the bike felt much

I latched back on to Jeremy, and at his I had to scrape the foot pegs on sides as well as the exhaust After the fifth lap, the started to lose grip, and I had to off.

I eventually got my chance to the “power parts” model features even more (192 hp), as well as the suspension tuning and slick I had much more confidence braking and accelerating on this and it felt much more at race pace. Unfortunately, it to rain during this and after ABS kicked in a couple of I had to back off the pace.

After lunch at the track, I to accompany Jeremy on the road to the hotel. By this point, the was wet in sections, but McWilliams was hauling nonetheless. I thought to myself Northerners know how to ride in …, and although I held the I was not so comfortable.

That was definitely 30 km (19 to remember!

So KTM has, once taken the … bike to a new level. When a superbike is not enough, you go bigger. and you end up with the KTM SuperDuke R. The performance is unreal, and the bike works superbly as a Not much more to say,

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