Sitting at the very top of the hyper-naked food chain, boasting a menacing collection of high-performance chassis and engine specifications, as well as top-shelf rider enhancements and electronics, the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R needs no introduction. But we gave it one anyway. Introducing THE BEAST.
Thanks to the resonator chambers on the cylinder heads, which have been engineered to increase the torque output in the lower to mid-range rpms, the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R power train runs smoother, consumes less fuel and cuts down on CO² emissions by around 10%.
While the pressure lubricated PASC slipper clutch allows for feather-light clutch modulation while accelerating, it's how it handles slowing down that's the really impressive bit. When the engine experiences extreme back-torque during aggressive downshifting from speed, the clutch opens to prevent the rear wheel locking, giving the rider full control and perfect entry speed while hunting apexes.
The Ride-by-Wire on the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R goes the extra mile. It electronically translates the throttle commands of the rider into the best throttle valve positions for the current riding situation. Choking, jolting and involuntary wheelies are a thing of the past. Voluntary ones, however, could easily be a thing of your future.
If it ain't broken, don't fix it. But by all means, make it meaner! Boasting 180 hp and 140 Nm, the 1301 cc LC8, V-Twin has undergone a subtle yet impactful development. Optimized to be lighter but retaining its torquey character, this powerhouse is the benchmark of V-twin evolution. And with engine and linkage mounts that add to the overall structure of the entire package - it quite literally is the part that holds THE BEAST together.
Think of the suspension elements on THE BEAST as the muscles that work to get the power to the ground in the best way possible. Every component has been considered to improve the handling, adjustability and performance.
The frame, which uses the engine as a means to increase torsional rigidity, has resulted in the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R being 3 times stiffer than its predecessor. This allows for an effortless, confidence-inspiring riding position which translate into an ultimately faster ride. This is achieved by maximizing the feedback from the chassis and the front tire. The frame also makes use of thicker diameter tubes with thinner walls, which is the single biggest weight saving measure on the bike - saving 2 kg compared to the previous model.
The WP APEX rear shock absorber features separate gas and oil reservoirs, making it lighter and more compact than its predecessor. It is also fully adjustable, with individual high- and low-speed adjusters and a no-tools-needed manual preload dial for the ultimate in rear shock set-up.
Reigning in THE BEAST comes courtesy of 4-piston BREMBO Stylema monobloc calipers clamping onto 320 mm floating discs up front, and a twin piston floating caliper biting a 240 mm disc at the rear.
Lightweight box pistons sit at the heart of the KTM 890 DUKE GP. Featuring a pin bearing with bronze bushings, providing less friction and maximizing the rev-ceiling of the engine, this engine enjoys chasing the redline.
While the headlight mask doubles as an intake snorkel, it's the twin LED headlights that really shine. Sharp, menacing lines enhance THE BEAST's overall look, while providing ample illumination when it gets dark. Daytime running lights also ensure you will get noticed, which not only earns you kudos when it comes to street cred, but more importantly, makes you more visible to other road users.
|EMS||Keihin EMS with RBW and cruise control, double ignition|
|Design||2-cylinder, 4-stroke, V 75°|
|Front Brake Disc Diameter||320 mm|
|Rear Brake Disc Diameter||240 mm|
|Front Brake||2 x Brembo Stylema Monobloc four piston, radially mounted caliper|
|Rear Brake||Brembo twin-piston fixed calliper, brake disc|
|Frame Design||Chrome-moly tubular space frame, powder-coated|
|Front Suspension||WP APEX 48|
|Rear Suspension||WP APEX - Monoshock|
|Seat Height||835 mm|
|Suspension Travel (Front)||125 mm|
|Suspension Travel (Rear)||140 mm|
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