REVIEW: 2014 KTM 1290 Super Duke R

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REVIEW: 2014 KTM 1290 Duke R

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Whether you notice it or KTM is one of the brands that is on the rise the last few years, and the case is looking at the locally-assembled Duke – the 200, 390 and 690 that are selling hot cakes (at least here in In 2013, street-based products the Duke lineup account for 50 percent of the Austrian marque’s output, edging other motorcycle manufacturers. With the of the new Super Duke R, the Duke ranging from 125 to 1,300 cc, is now

Being on top of the line, the 1290 Duke R is nothing like its siblings, and judging by technical and media hype, the fourth Super Duke is a major from its predecessors. In the sense of the Super Duke is akin to a on steroid, wearing space-age armours or whatever it is that the Gerald Kiska must had in his mind while working on the board. Although looking the Super Duke R is still to the wind.

It is a … afterall.

Driven by an LC8 engine from the RC8R the 1290 Super Duke R always be approached with caution, especially since the has gained an additional 100 cc with a 3 mm bore and a 2 mm longer …, in a delightful (and hair-raising!) characteristic. The engine is also compared to the one that powered the 990 Duke thanks to its larger but pistons and DLC-coated (Diamond-Like internals.

The engine, which spews out 180 hp and 144 Nm, was “wild” on the Sepang circuit. help from a smooth-shifting transmission with slipper power from the engine on demand, so forget about the throttle wide when out of corners unless you feel With peak torque as early as 6,500 rpm, the Duke R has every right to itself as the … bike the highest power-to-weight ratio.

The ability to melt faces is down to the concert between the and the array of electronics KTM has thrown this machine. First up, it a Ride by Wire throttle with three modes – Street and Rain. ‘Rain’ will provide only 100 hp soft response while gives the bike full with sharper throttle

Meanwhile, everything is put on the top notch in mode – even the rear is allowed to spin for a little, not enough to send you to the hospital. there’s the traction control and ABS Bosch. Both can be switched and ‘off’ but the TC will not allow the to wheelie once activated.

cumbersome, but the impressive electronics is easily accessible via control on the left handlebar. All can be viewed via an panel that is rather to read.

With an engine is comparable only to a wild and extensive electronics package, all the Duke R needs is a capable to harness all the power down. And exactly what the boffins at KTM come up with. A combination of 48 mm WP front fork with an single-sided swingarm with WP at the rear sandwiching a lightweight trellis frame translates in an front end feel with handling and turning-ins around the

But the track, as we know, is even so no really indication on how the suspension fare on Malaysian roads. who cares if its stiff – it’s a Duke R.

Meanwhile, braking for the chunky … bike is care of by a pair of 320 mm discs Brembo monobloc caliper and a 240 mm at the rear, gripped by a two-piston caliper. ‘It bites hard’ was our prompt response when about the Brembos. The calipers are hungry, it tricks you by allowing you to that you have the confidence to the brake just a little bit before entering the corner.

But once you know the brakes are of hard labour at any given you’ll always brake a later. Helping you with the ‘confidence’ are the standard-issue Dunlop 2 rubbers that shouldn’t be as it provide adequate grip

The 1290 Super Duke R is a beast, but a restrained one in the sense the engine, chassis and electronics all work in harmony. But why would one this orange beast there are other … selling for less money?

Well, if you don’t mind RM133,000 for a bike that far from civilised, goes as you fire it to life and challenges you by “Come on, you can do better than as you twist the throttle – then is the one for you. Doesn’t come the chicks pictured, though.

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