Ride Review: KTM 1290 Super Duke R

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Ride Review: KTM 1290 Duke R

10/21/2013 @ 3:31 pm, by van der Valk 17 COMMENTS

Attending launch of the 2014 KTM 1290 Duke R in Spain, or friend van der Valk from Testmotor.nl  has kind enough to share his and review regarding Austria’s hooligan machine.

Getting a to put the KTM 1290 Super Duke R its paces on the road as well as the at Ascari, we are supremely jealous of experience. Hopefully KTM USA will let Rubber have a turn on the Super Duke R soon. –

For 2014, KTM is launching the third of the Super Duke line, they have been since 2005 (note: KTM it’s the fourth edition of the small upgrade in 2011).

The new KTM Super Duke R has a brand new cc v-twin engine, that a huge amount of horsepower and a mountain of torque (106 The 1290 Super Duke R weighs 417 lbs dry.

The previous of the LC8-lump were always with a difficult throttle According to KTM, this behaviour has been reworked on the KTM 1290 Super Duke R, and we to agree it does feel now, apart from a on-off reaction when you open the throttle mid-corner.

Overall though, we like the of the ride-by-wire system. The big v-twin amazing and runs so smoothly you can use a broad RPM range in any gear, you do need to stay above rpm to avoid bucking.

Above the engine truly is a beast: the traction control off and it’s impossible to keep the front down in the first 3 gears. In fifth, or sixth, a tiny in the road will result a power-wheelie. KTM definitely didn’t lie they christened this as ‘The Beast’: the 1290 Duke R is faster, stronger, than you can imagine.

It is however too long. At freeway speeds in the engine is lugging along as it below 4,000 rpm, and feel particularly happy it. You really don’t need than 4 gears on public unless of course you are addicted to speeds.

Gearing The Beast however doesn’t seem a valid solution because of the power that’s available.


This is where state-of-the-art electronics package, a Bosch ABS and traction control into play. It should be that these systems are not the as the ones on the KTM 1190 Adventure. means that KTM will not be the recently flaunted Bosch MSC system on the big Duke.

The ABS system is from most other bikes too, in that it fine on the street, but on track it that you can get the most out of the brakes by the ABS altogether. Even in its sports the ABS system comes in too quickly on probably more a gimmick anything else, but experienced can also choose a ‘supermoto’ for the ABS, which allows you to the rear tire.

The Bosch Control on the other hand is The rough asphalt of the Spanish passes didn’t phase the 180 hp lbs•ft bike at all as the system overtime on the broken surface. At this felt a bit awkward, but you gain full-confidence in the electronics.

The system worked just as on the Ascari track: we could see the TC coming on in the 90° left-hander, but we couldn’t the system working at all, and the Duke R stayed perfectly

The only downside of this package is the irritating way of turning it off and on. You to push a button for 5 seconds being stationary, which that you can’t make any on-the-fly and react quickly to conditions.

KTM says that have done this for reasons, but this doesn’t to add up with their ‘ready to image, and the simple fact of a 180 horsepower bike into the

The Brembo M50 monoblocs already themselves on other bikes, the Ducati 1199 Panigale. and are no different on the 1290 Super The braking power is immense, but you get so feedback and feel from the that you never lose in the front. You can execute emergency on loose surfaces without of lowsiding.

The comfortable seating really adds to this of total control with a stock seat and a gentle to the pegs. Shifting gears is easy, although we did get a couple of neutrals on the rough twisting most probably because of the riding conditions and dodgy during the test.

The all-new trellis frame is – as always with KTM – by high WP elements. The front forks have separate damping meaning that one leg controls the while the other one takes of the compression damping.

All in all, more flex in this than you would encounter on a —  this is not a hot rod RC8 without fairings. riding fast, the bike around quite a bit and in these conditions it feels nice to a steering damper as a fail

The flexibility does take getting used to, but you definitely confidence after a while. On roads there’s plenty of clearance, but on track our toesliders got a workout. The race-version we tried had more ground clearance for exact reason.

The performance of the end was somewhat hit and miss however. The Sportsmart2 tires gave confidence at one point while grip a little while According to KTM no changes were to the bikes, so we don’t really why the front-end feedback and grip was so

The rear suspension is of a beautiful construction, which always stable, tight, confident, and in control thanks to the traction system.

The KTM 1290 Super R is a quality product: the fit and finish wonderful except for the contrasting looking exhaust system. Of KTM likes you to solve this by buying a full Akrapovic expensive but then again, it an extra 12 horses.

The headlight striking LED daytime running is mounted very low on the forks and some getting used to It turns on and off automatically and we still that the rider should this but luckily this doesn’t flicker as nervously as the headlight.


Priced at in Europe (not pricing is in the USA yet), the 2014 KTM 1290 Duke R is a hell of a lot of money for a bike. For that amount we that KTM should have in some carbon bits and a race-ABS system.

But all-in-all this brand new Super Duke R doesn’t any real flaws (apart the MTC and ABS controls). This bike what’s been promised: a streetfighter with an obscene of power, controlled to be enjoyed to the

You can ask yourself if all this power is necessary, but in practice, the huge and wave of torque gives you pleasure few bikes can match: this beast out of corners fantastic, over and over has more power than ever need or want.

The seating position and the wild nicely finish off the concept of big ballsy …. Just try to your licence, if at all possible.


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