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KTM 690 Super Duke R

KTM 1290 Super Duke R

Road test: KTM’s Super Duke R … is more Bruce Lee than Rambo. Has Austria’s latest bike unlocked a darker of Chappo?

Launch report: KTM Super Duke R


Bike brands beware: of you are safe! Since claiming the world and rolling out a bunch of models, KTM says it’s to balance sales between its on- and machines. That being the its latest model – the 1290 Duke R – is truly a milestone to mark the transition.

I mean, take a look at the numbers: 144Nm. 189kg with all bar fuel (no, I don’t why KTM expresses weights like either). On paper it’s got the over the reigning …-bike Aprilia’s Tuono V4R APRC, and BMW’s 217kg K 1300 R like a contestant for The Biggest

And on the road it is … breathtaking.


I feel a kid with a golden Bar ticket as I arrive in the south of two days of mountainous Adalusian and the flowing, 5.5km-long, Ascari circuit stretched before me. The 1290 Super Duke fill the morning air outside the on the Mediterranean coast. The adrenalin is pumping as I jump on KTM’s ‘beast’.

I prepare for mauling.

Thing is, the first few minutes, this is actually highly refined and It’s still a beast at just one rocking a tuxedo and

It’s supremely easy to for two reasons. Its ride position is and relaxed with a broad and flat handlebar (and a 835mm seat height). its fancy electronics have its ferocious output just for it to be the epitome of rideability, while the essence of exhilaration.

The wizardry thoroughly sorted fuelling and management courtesy of Keihin but cutting-edge, multi-level traction and ABS systems courtesy of KTM’s cousins at Bosch. The result is a you can tailor to match your skill, and the prevailing conditions; an electronic ‘safety net’ ever ready to catch like an invisible hand, things get ugly. And believe me, in hands and with this of mumbo, things can potentially get fast.

Three times on polished, mountain switchbacks the traction saved my bacon (and a of shrunken eggs). Ultimately, aids let me relax and enjoy the even more. This is the of motorcycling – and it’s good.

As the traction control, the ABS is unobtrusive but Bosch didn’t employ its new Stability Control on the 1290, it has on the 2014 1190 Adventure, it’s only been with a linked brake (the 1290’s brakes independently of one another).

Now, to the … oh, that engine. It’s Actually, it’s effing – so much torque, blistering and a thoroughly satisfying delivery of you’ll never tire.

At in sixth, it’s ticking at just 3000rpm but open the and it takes off like an Exocet charging on until its soft-action calls ‘last drinks’ at

There’s gobs of go everywhere but its mid-range is its happy hunting On a winding road, simply it in third or fourth, ride the and use that ample engine to good effect. Bliss.

The WP is adjustable for rebound and compression at the and preload, rebound, compression and height at the rear. It combines the chromoly steel-trellis frame and a WP damper to provide one very platform. On the track I marvel at the and feel of the front Brembo and the beautiful control with they transfer the weight to the wheel.

The cornering clearance is in territory as is the handling and performance in but the ergonomics and quality seat add up to comfort (although taller will notice a bit of a bend in the

After two days of hard the 1290’s comprehensive trip was reading an average of 7.2 litres per That’s thirsty and, an 18-litre tank, equates to a range of just 230km, but you bank on more at a leisurely pace.

KTM’s offers myriad in its Powerparts catalogue from a Akrapovic pipe and race to soft panniers and carbon by the Look on its $23,500 (plus costs) asking price as a point!

At that price, the is dearer than the Aprilia ($20,990 plus ORC), the same as MV Agusta’s 1090 RR ABS ($23,490), but far cheaper than Streetfighter S ($30,990).

But given the performance and equipment on offer, the asking price is more fair.


KTM has more momentum than any marque right now and it’s yet another winner in the 1290 Duke R. Given the typical of our rough-and-ready Aussie roads, latest is a logical and excellent and it goes on sale March year.

I want one!


– So much grunt

– Highly

– Effective safety aids

– looks


– engine

– Mirrors blur

In its … bike flagship, KTM by the old 990cc V-twin and went to the RC8 R superbike engine. Then it capacity to 1301cc by increasing and … to 108mm and 71mm

Like the donk found in the new Adventure (see the review in MT the 1290 features dual-sparkplug for a boosted, smoother output, other noteworthy features a slipper clutch, a ride-by-wire and selectable mapping (‘Rain’, and ‘Sport’). Each offers sharper throttle response, ‘Rain’ mode cuts the power output to 73.6kW ‘Street’ and ‘Sport’ each full-biscuit power.

The result is (180hp) at 8870rpm and 144Nm at 6500rpm in package weighing a 189kg (with all fluids fuel). Aprilia’s Tuono V4R produces a claimed 123kW and while tipping the scales at (dry).

The fancy electronics with MTC (traction control) and The former automatically adjusts the level of slippage depending on the ride mode, while the also has a ‘Supermoto’ mode retains ABS on the front but allows the wheel to be locked (similar to the ‘Offroad’ ABS mode). Feel you should ‘man up’?

Both the MTC and ABS can be switched off entirely.

engine internals have tweaked to increase durability, 15,000km service intervals the


KTM 1290 Super R


Type: Liquid-cooled, DOHC, four-…, 75-degree

Capacity: 1301cc


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