2014 KTM Super Duke R Review – First Ride

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KTM 690 Super Duke R

The nicest “Beast” we’ve met

Turn off the switchable ABS and Motorcycle Control (MTC) and KTM ’s new 1290 Duke R slips, slides, and stoppies just like in the video released a few months ago skillset required). Leave two rider aids on, however, and the (as KTM affectionately refers to it) is as genteel as a V-Twin boasting 180 horsepower and 106 of torque can possibly be.

KTM’s was, in fact, to bestow the Super Duke R with ridability and versatility while delivering more performance any … sportbike currently on the “A new level of smileage,” explains Thomas Kuttruf.

To achieve goal of grinning aggression KTM its LC8 powerplant, festooned the Twin their best electronic aids and mated the package to a composed of a new trellis frame and swingarm, fully adjustable WP and shock, low-pressure-cast wheels and Brembo M50 calipers.

The 1290 Duke R is a serious … weapon, but the Beast is easily as long as the electronics are kept on. Switching off ABS and MTC unchains the beast.

The A new hooligan that leaves Speed Triple wishing it had cylinder as the KTM steps into the as the number one contender to the Aprilia V4 R’s king hooligan crown.

Engine Engine Management

the modified LC8 engine doesn’t up revs as quickly as an 1199 Twin, the minimal flywheel keeps things exciting. the gearbox to keep the engine in the of its torque curve between to 8000 rpm is recommended. Redline is at rpm.

The twin-cylinder heart of the is more than just a RC8 R engine. Prior to Super R duty KTM engineers increased bore and … from the bike’s 105mm x 69mm to x 71mm giving the SD-R a engine capacity upgrade to In an effort to increase low- and torque intake ports reduced in size from in use in the RC8 R. The result is a claimed 106 ft-lbs of @ 6500 rpm – a 40% increase in torque the RC8.

Pistons are three larger in diameter but 47 grams in weight. A slipper clutch engine braking and lightens pull of the hydraulically actuated Throttle bodies were from 52mm on the RC8 R to 56mm on the Duke R.

Controlling all this combustion chaos is a Keihin management system operated by a (RbW) throttle. The outcome of efforts is faultless EFI mapping and throttle control. Mild to throttle inputs are processed and to the rear wheel in measured, application. Throttle abruptness is

Even in the most aggressive setting of the Super Duke R’s ride modes (Sport, Rain) the system optimizes the amount of torque on tap and delivers it to the wheel in a silky forward of excitement.


The ride Rain setting limits bhp to softens power delivery and rear wheel slip to Street mode moderately rear wheel slippage and all 180 bhp with quicker throttle compared to the Rain mode the Sport mode delivers the full potential (while being metered by the Keihin management system) and allows the wheel to power slide reason).

Coupled with the Bosch MTC system the rear never gets too out of line. The however, is not customizable to rider In KTM’s words, MTC reduces amount of slippage to the level to be the optimum by the current ride selection.”

So, besides turning MTC off a is stuck with KTM’s settings. Assuming owners of bike to have the knowledge, and wherewithal to make their own regarding MTC settings we think KTM allow more adjustability its MTC system, like the Tuono V4 R’s +/- paddle selectors.

The Super Duke R’s ABS is also and boasts the added function of mode that, like the Adventure model, allows the wheel to lock and slide maintaining functioning ABS on the front Operation of the electronics package that of the Adventure model the same left-handlebar-mounted selection and instrument cluster.

We really the instrument cluster’s “Favorites” The customizable screen allows a to organize the information according to is deemed most important, often adjusted, or any other you choose. From this a rider can also select and the displayed settings.

For the most MTC and ABS function transparently in the background a confidence-inspiring safety cushion but an exhilarating experience that detract from the thrill high-torque, big-Twin provides. We did that while ABS remains off using the killswitch to stop the MTC always defaults to the on setting.

The Super Duke R is exciting in the by virtue of its relatively low 446-pound curb weight and superbike-style Side-to-side transitions come and easy, and the bike holds its on the street or track with precision. A new chrome-moly steel frame and handsome single-sided maintain the SD-R’s stability at top speeds or in fast sweeping

The inverted, 48mm WP fork damping duties by having the fork tube tackle while the right dampens Both are adjustable via a finger knob atop each At the rear a WP shock provides and low- and high-speed compression

Like KTM’s dirtbike’s, the preload is adjusted by loosening a locking nut and manually turning the

WP racing suspension and adjustable greatly increase cornering The race-prepped Super Duke R with a full Akrapovic that claims a 12 hp increase the stock exhaust. These and more go-fast additions are via KTM’s Equipment catalog.

KTM 690 Super Duke R

wide superbike-style handlebars the Duke on the steet or track easily. Maintaining a quick pace is almost an afterthought the SD-R’s track riding will certainly shame dedicated sportbikes. The footpegs and began grinding as speeds and angles increased when the Ascari circuit in southern but adding some preload and the WP components will help hard parts from

Front wheel stopping is provided by a pair of  Brembo’s M50 calipers and 320mm discs. bite on the street is fierce, a measured one- or two-finger on the adjustable lever. On the track is the M50s shine, quickly and slowing the SD-R from fast track speeds.

From our hotel in Estepona, we rode approximately 50 very miles to the Ascari Race where we lapped aboard the stock and a race-prepped 1290 Duke R. After lunch and a session we retraced the 50-mile back to our hotel. If asked to get up the morning and ride to Paris of fly, I gladly would accepted – the new Super Duke R is comfortable, competent and versatile.

it comes to KTM’s claim the new Super Duke R is the “most … bike in the world,” can certainly raise an eyebrow and reply, Tuono V4 R. With a complete electronics suite and a track package taken from its WSBK title-winning the Tuono will not easily be off its perch atop … mountain. But this is fodder for a shootout, which will place as soon as Super Rs arrive stateside in late to early spring.

Oh the places go! Accessorized with some luggage from KTM’s selection and the Super Duke R into high-performance mileage-gobbler. it’s seriously that

One thing’s for sure, the 1290 Duke R is a bike you can comfortably to the track, flog around all day at speed, embarrassing wannabe on their repliracers, then home without changing a And then take a multi-day trip the following weekend. How motorcycles can claim this of versatility?

As long as KTM keeps the reasonable (which should be in early December), the Super R is poised to take up residence in a lot of



Wicked fun

Restricted electronics customization

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KTM 690 Super Duke R
KTM 690 Super Duke R
KTM 690 Super Duke R


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