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Ridden in SA: KTM 1290 Super R

By Dave Abrahams

Time was a … bike was last sports flagship, shorn of its plastic body panels, its slightly detuned, with brakes and suspension. Then the supermotard — best as an off-roader with street and an attitude — and the ‘urban concept began to change.

Now off-road specialist KTM has turned the full circle with the Super Duke R, a motorcycle from the outset as a hooligan built around the biggest and version yet seen of Matighofen’s LC8 V-twin.

Note that is no base model, only the 999 full-tilt boogie flagship we rode at the South African in and around Cape Town week, complete with a of electronics that would do to a superbike, Grand Prix-level and suspension, and enough power to a saint.


First they bored out the V-twin from the KTM RC8 superbike 105 to 108mm, added 2mm to the … (up to for a genuine 1301cc, with con-rods and lighter ‘slipper’ pistons so that it would rev a cobra striking.

Then rewrote the mapping to deliver at 8870rpm and a monumental 144Nm at — a 40 percent improvement on the 990 Super Duke streetbike.

This thing actually more torque at 2500rpm the 990 had at peak, and launches off the line so that 0-100km/h times are a function of the rider’s expertise the bike’s capability. The factory however, say its test riders can get the Super Duke R from a to 200km/h in 7.2 seconds, which may be a measure of the monster.


The prototype (respectfully nicknamed Beast’) also had a hair-trigger response that made it a in traffic and lethal in the wet, so the version has three drive — Street (instant, response with a minimum of Rain (detuned, very linear power delivery) and (totally mental, for Sunday and track days only).

standard is antilock braking, again with three On . which does exactly it says on the tin, Off (for the and very, very skilled) and . which will prevent the wheel from locking up but not the so that you can back it into a like former MotoGP Jeremy McWilliams — who was to Matighofen as chief test for the 1290 project.

But the gizmotronic cherry on the top is what KTM is the first motorcycle traction system with a lean sensor, also with levels of protection; On will off the power if the front end gets in a corner or the back wheel out, Sport will you a lot of leeway before it intervenes and Off is for only.

But it’s not …-proof.

on the highest setting, slamming the twist-grip open at about in fourth will reduce the between front tyre and to a nodding acquaintanceship at best, by a nasty headshake. But it does you from flipping this of a streetbike on its back, which is a very real possibility.

All settings are modulated via a dedicated display to the left of the analog and a four-way set of arrow keys in the switchgear that looks it was borrowed from a TV remote and just the same, except only the drive mode can be ‘on the fly'; for the others you to be standing still, which is about the only sensible on the bike.

The cycle parts are the best money can buy: the WP upside-downies modulate front-wheel by using one side for compression and the other for rebound, while a with the same badge adjustable for everything except the of your girlfriend’s knickers the single-sided swing-arm.

Brembo M50 monobloc brake on 320mm front discs you a level of initial bite difficult to believe at first and a level of control that’s even without Nanny telling you to ‘Play nicely,

The Super Duke R is a big bike, but of the weight (179kg with all bar fuel, according to KTM) is low down, and wide, flat give you all the leverage you need to it around like mid-sized while, even in Street a handful of throttle in second will get you to the other side of the speed limit in one long

The seating position is natural and — you sit in the bike rather on it, between a tall pillion pad and a 18-litre fuel tank while the precision of steering and plus the civilised input of the safety aids, inspires

As soon as you get used to the light, grabby clutch and longish throw, you’re ready to on the streets — and the mountain which is where this really comes into its

The second half of our launch was on Cape Town’s Killarney where nearly 30 laps of boogie — all but the first in Sport mode — some of the bike’s limitations. human limitations, in fact.

The protection it affords the rider the elements is the instrument pod, is smaller than a Kindle; the cluster is halfway down the suspension in the deplorable modern

The deeply dished saddle you from sliding back to yourself around the fuel and you wind up hanging on to the ‘bars for life as you accelerate hard out of corners — which the bike’s tendency to lift the wheel under throttle.

The Duke R is immensely controllable at insane speeds; unless an experienced racer you’ll turn better lap times on it you would on a litre-class sports But, as a track bike it is work to ride hard, and just too insanely fast to it on the streets the way it should be ridden.

So, if you on taming the Beast, plan on gym time as well.


I up in an era of understated café racers and sports bikes; I find the insectoid styling vaguely although I will concede once you step aboard irrelevant in view of the bike’s ergonomics.

She Who Has The Casting Vote, however, to ride in 1990, when were hot news, and she thinks absolutely stunning — merely goes to show taste is a matter of conditioning.

As the RC8 superbike, you’re always that this is a road built by an off-road company; than the jewel-like finesse of, a Bimota or an MV Agusta, the Super R is not shy to wear its engineering on the outside, a robust “I’m tough, I can it” look that well with both its and its performance persona.

The 1290 Duke R isn’t really the that KTM’s publicity depicts; it is indeed brutally but, thanks to top-drawer parts and superb electronics, also a precision tool.

Its 999 price-tag is steep for a streetbike but it is the complete package; think of it as a sophisticated sledgehammer.


1301cc liquid-cooled 75-degree

Bore x …: 108 x 71mm.

ratio: 13.2:1.

Valvegear: with four overhead per cylinder.

Power: 132kW at

Torque: 144Nm at 6500rpm.

Digital electronic fuel-injection two 56mm Keihin throttle

Ignition: Electronic ignition with digital timing and dual spark plugs per

Starting: Electric.

Clutch: actuated multiplate wet slipper

Transmission: Six-speed constant-mesh with final drive by

Front Suspension: 48mm WP cartridge forks adjustable for compression and rebound damping.

Suspension: WP gas-charged remote monoshock adjustable for preload, low and compression and rebound damping.

brakes: Dual 320mm with Brfembo M50 four-piston monobloc callipers and ABS.

brake: 240mm disc Brembo twin-pot opposed-piston and ABS.

Front tyre: — 17 tubeless.

Rear 190/55 — 17 tubeless.


Seat height:

Kerb weight: 189kg all fluids bar fuel.

Fuel 18 litres.

Price: R179

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