KTM 1290 Super Duke R 2018 is the latest model in the Super Duke series from the Austrian manufacturer KTM AG. The bike is the KTM’s answer to the Triumph Speed Triple R, Aprilia Tuono, BMW S1000R, and Ducati Streetfighter S. The 1290 Super Duke R has the most powerful 1301cc engine which is the best KTM has made till date. Super Duke R is among the few naked sports motorcycle which such great performance as the Super Duke R.
KTM is a world-renowned motorcycle manufacturer which makes and sells off-road and sports bikes. They have been the best European motorcycle manufacturer for 4 years in the row. They have also made a sports car named X-Bow. In terms of Superbikes, KTM 1290 Super Duke R has been the leading model of KTM along with Super Duke GT. The GT model is basically a tuned Super Duke R with windscreen and panniers.
In terms of design, the Super Duke R is a pure breed naked sports bike that stays true to the raw and straight naked style. The chassis is made up of ultra-lightweight Trellis frame. As far as the stability and handling of the Duke R go, it’s just smooth as silk. The tubeless Metzeler M7RR tires, with WP suspension, and 17-inch wheels in both front and rear, offers remarkable traction on road. It doesn’t matter how you handle it, Super Duke R will stay glued to the ground unless you don’t want it to.
Since 2017, Super Duke has been powered by a 1301CC V-twin LC8 engine that produces a massive 177 horsepower. It is the biggest motorcycle engine ever built by KTM. The v-twin engine produces a torque reaching 140 Nm at 6750 rpm and 141 Nm at 7000 rpm. The engine weighs 62 kg, which makes it the lightest twin cylinder engine for a street sports bike. Resonator Chambers on the engine cylinder heads minimizes the vibrations allowing smooth riding. The other benefits of resonator chambers are that they increase the fuel efficiency and cut the CO2 emissions by 10%.
The ride by wire throttle on Super Duke R senses the throttle twist movements and activates the throttle accordingly. This system is so advanced in Super Duke R that it can literally translator your commands. It can determine the best output pertaining to the current riding conditions. Riding on this bike is both adventurous as well as comfortable. The beastly motorcycle offers a smooth and relaxed ride thanks to its superb WP suspension kits and electronic ride by wire throttle.
So it doesn’t matter if you are going for a speedy racing tour or a slow short ride, you can feel the pleasurable performance of Super Duke R. For safety, it has an unrivaled braking system from Brembo with ABS and MTC. In terms of technology, it is equipped with Automatic turn indicator reset and Tire pressure monitoring system. A TFT instrumental console is also included which allows you to connect your smartphone and see all incoming calls and messages through KTM My ride. Thus not only in power, in terms of technology and innovation to KTM 1290 Super Duke R is a superb naked sports bike.