REVIEW: KTM 1290 Super Duke R resets expectations Dealernews

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KTM 690 Super Duke R

REVIEW: KTM 1290 Super R resets expectations

By Bruce

TEMECULA, Calif. — launching a well-reviewed range of bikes around the LC8 V-twin, KTM to make a significant impact its first major foray street bikes. There several reasons, including a recession and unprepared dealers; KTM is returning to the premium street market in a big way.

Leading the is the latest version of KTM’s Adventure, which promises off-road performance for the segment packing significantly more and technology. But for sporting street KTM’s engineers have the new motor and cranked up all the dials to the new 1290 Super Duke R.

Like the 1190 Adventure, the new Duke uses an updated of the LC8 power plant from the RC8 controlled by a range of cutting-edge electronics. Unlike either of machines, however, the Super motor displaces 1300cc to a 3mm larger bore and 2mm longer Despite the 108mm pistons’ new forging techniques reduce to the same as the 101mm pistons the previous 990 Super Duke.

superbike-level features include finger followers and piston coated in diamond-like carbon flow-optimized crankshaft webs and multi-function shaft sharing pump, counterbalancer and oil scavenging

What makes the 1290 is a combination of controllability and refinement, for a motor claiming 180 hp at the crank. is assured, as KTM focused on reducing variation at partial load.” it’s relatively easy to a large engine produce of power, KTM’s new twin remains smooth and controllable for street riding at low engine

Twin spark plugs per not only feature individual but also each use different Twin oxygen sensors each cylinder’s combustion. ports, 56mm ride-by-wire bodies, cylinder head and camshaft profiles are all carefully to maximize efficient combustion and variations between each pulse of the big engine.

The result is a V-twin that will run from under 2,500 rpm all the way to a just shy of 10,000 rpm.

Putting that power to the wheel is an advanced PASC that functions as both a unit on deceleration and an assist to reduce lever effort. the entire package is an advanced control system with modes. Using the ride-by-wire the 1290’s ECM provides impeccable and confidence via one of the smoothest and most traction control systems on two

Equally advanced is the Super chassis and braking system. The trellis frame is laser-cut and by robots for precision and mated to adjustable WP suspension front and with the unusual linkage-less shock aping the Austrian dirt bike designs. Brembo brakes offer power and feel along the security of the latest Bosch ABS and a KTM innovation: Supermoto mode.

In addition to the ability to disable the ABS if the desires, Supermoto mode ABS security for the front tire allowing the rear tire to for slides and other antics. Sportsmart tires and a WP steering keep the 1290 glued to the and pointed in the right direction.

the rest of the details maintain the level expected in a premium Clear, intuitive gauges information and control of the bikes subsystems. Despite a slightly package compared to some machines, the KTM is narrow and provides adjustable ergonomics and a decent

Engine heat is unobtrusive, feel is excellent and the angular definitely gets attention it goes.

KTM has not only made an powerful … sportbike the 1290, but it’s managed to the package so well that it can serve as daily transportation for KTM’s accessory catalog this idea with different accessory lines for looking to dress up the bike’s prepare it for racing or even it into a light sport-touring With an entry price of the Super Duke R is a premium aimed at riders looking for the … sportbike, but thanks to in engine control and driveability, it does much more.

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