Road test: KTM Super Duke 1290 R bike The National

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KTM 690 Super Duke R

Road test: KTM Super 1290 R

Top speed 280kph

Few are truly scary to look at, but still have the performance to back up those aggressive Most evil-looking (and bikes are simply masking they are no different or, in many inferior to others on the market. As the old goes, it#x2019;s not the size of dog in the it#x2019;s the size of the fight in the

Luckily for the Austrian bike KTM, the new Super Duke like a close relative of the sounds like an angry … and has all the horses required to up its looks.

Bright orange (as expect from KTM) is the feature, especially when you add in edgy and sharp lines. The light may look like the of an ant, but this is a seriously bike.

But the biggest headline of the Super is its crazy engine. The KTM pumps out from just two cylinders. more than many cars on the market today.

in at just 189kg, the power-to-weight doesn#x2019;t bear thinking

The engine sparks into with barely a stab at the The sound is a little muted, because of the standard exhausts have to comply with European noise regulations.

KTM has the Super Duke with a throttle, as it claims that it otherwise be almost impossible for the buyer to ride. This the physical link between the and the engine, robbing some of the associated with a cable. also snatchy, peaky and a bit too for some riders.

But it#x2019;s not all bad. The advantage of all technology is two-fold. Firstly, it for a very clever traction-control which jumps in if you overdo it your right hand. the 1290#x2019;s engine comes a number of map settings, allowing to select how they want the delivered and how much is available.

rain isn#x2019;t much of an in the UAE, it does mean riders can pick a less setting when they to relax and enjoy the ride.

On the Super Duke feels light, thanks, in part, to a low of gravity and those flickable, handlebars. It#x2019;s a common of bikes of this genre, but riding a full-on superbike, the of use of a street bike like will be a nice shock to riders.

This will also the Super Duke a great bike, despite its huge Being able to easily through traffic jams and obstacles is a definite bonus, you might find yourself a bit quicker than you probably such is the ease of the power

The brakes are immense, hauling the to a stop without any fade or They also give feel, which is key to knowing the front end is doing.

The only really is the front suspension, is far too soft and makes the brakes the rider) work harder they perhaps need to. of this could be dialled out time, but, from there will only be so adjustment to what is a very set-up.

The rear is spot on, though, the rear wheel firmly to the tarmac regardless of what you do your wrist. Both the and rear shock are built by WP and the business. KTM and Ducati tend to fit ready suspension to their allowing owners to avoid the cost of fitting it should need the better equipment.

On the side, that does the bikes initially more if you aren#x2019;t planning on any heroics.

As any unfaired bike, wind a factor at any speed over 180kph. Even tucked in the headlight, the buffeting causes interesting speed wobbles. given that#x2019;s a mark the UAE#x2019;s highway speed this is only relevant to riding #x2013; as most Duke owners won#x2019;t much time on the track, not something that#x2019;s going to the majority of #xad;buyers.

For a lot of riders, the Super Duke be too much. The smaller Duke suit most people, as more than powerful for today#x2019;s clogged roads. But the Duke shows what#x2019;s now that serious electronics has come to mainstream motorcycles.

If you the most powerful V-twin on the market, then this is to be your only option. It may angry and have an engine should probably be in a car rather a bike, but it#x2019;s easy to with and, importantly, to ride.

V-twins might not be for everyone, but why go for cylinders when just two do just fine?

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