New KTM 1290 Super Duke

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Boyd Motorcycles have just got the new KTM 1290 Super Duke instore. Check out what Motorcycle.com have to say on this new bike

2014 KTM 1290 Super Duke R Specs:

The specifications of KTM’s 1290 Super Duke R certainly hint at something special:

Engine

  • Engine type: 2-cylinder, 4-stroke, V 75°
  • Displacement: 1301 cc
  • Bore/stroke: 108/71 mm (4.25 x 2.79 inches)
  • Power: 132 kW (180 HP) at 8.870 rounds/min
  • Starting aid: Electric starter/12V 11.2Ah
  • Transmission: 6 gears
  • Engine lubrication: Pressure lubrication with 3 Eaton pumps
  • Cooling system: Liquid cooling
  • Clutch: PASC slipper clutch, hydraulically operated
  • Engine management/ignition: Keihin EMS with DBW, double ignition

Chassis

  • Frame: Chromium-Molybdenum-Steel trellis frame, powder coated
  • Handlebar: Aluminum, konifiziert 28/22 mm
  • Front suspension: WP-USD 48 mm
  • Rear suspension: WP-Monoshock
  • Front brake: 2 x Brembo four piston, radially bolted caliper, brake disc 320 mm
  • Rear brake: Brembo fixed mounted two-piston brake calipers
  • Brake system: Bosch 9ME Combined-ABS
  • Chain: X-Ring 5/8 x 5/16″
  • Steering head angle: 65,1°
  • Wheel base: 1482 ± 12 mm (58.34 inches)
  • Ground clearance: 140 mm (5.51 inches)
  • Seat height: 835 mm (32.8 inches)
  • Tank capacity: 18 l (4.75 gallons) Unleaded premium fuel (95 RON)
  • Dry weight: 189 kg (416.6 lb.)

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The motor is a liquid-cooled, 75-degree V-twin that displaces 1301cc. The additional 100 cc over the RC8 motor comes from a 2 mm longer stroke and a 3 mm bigger bore. Both motors have identical valve dimensions and interestingly, the KTM 1290 Super Duke’s compression ratio is slightly reduced at 13.2:1.

Peak horsepower is a claimed 180 that comes around 8,870 rpm, although the rev-limiter cuts in at 10,500 rpm. The motor’s power is transmitted via a back-torque limiting slipper-clutch to a smooth shifting, six-speed gearbox.

So the KTM 1290 Super Duke R should be a cantankerous, difficult to ride, herky-jerky machine; indeed, KTM itself refers to the bike as “The Beast.” But despite being a wannabe Bad Boy, the KTM 1290 Super Duke R is cleverly sanitized without being reined in. Although an expert level machine, it’s easy to ride, and it’s easy to ride very fast.

The Bosch electronics offer a choice of three riding modes: The modes give progressively softer power delivery. The choice can be toggled through easily on the fly, via the buttons on the left handlebar.

The chassis is a chrome-moly trellis painted in KTM’s signature orange. It wraps the extraordinary motor well, and the level of stiffness vs. flex is very well sorted. Using the best suspension that WP offers, the rear shock has high/low speed compression damping, as well as the usual rebound and preload. The 48mm front fork separates the compression and rebound damping into each fork leg so the functions don’t interfere with each other.

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Such is KTM’s confidence in the comfort of theKTM 1290 Super Duke R, an accessory package of hard luggage is available from KTM as well as a plusher seat and so on, ready to equip the KTM 1290 Super Duke R for full sport-touring should you want.

No two ways about it, the KTM 1290 Super Duke R is a truly astonishing motorcycle that does everything exceptionally well. The amount of thorough testing by highly accomplished riders clearly ironed out any quirks before the bike was launched, and that commitment from KTM will pay huge dividends both in outright sales numbers and in satisfaction for the buyer.

Within its design parameters the Super Duke R does everything very well, and unlike most jack-of-all-trades, this motorcycle seems to have mastered them all as well. This is an unbelievably impressive machine that is so deceptively fast my only concern is for my license; but this is no beast.

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