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Discover the Beast

big boss

big boss

From zero to 200 km/h (124 mph) in 7.2 seconds – with low fuel consumption and a 15,000 km service interval

What happens when KTM packs the attributes of the proven 75-degree V-twin into 1.3 litres of displacement? The result is an extremely lightweight, elemental engine filled with state-of-the-art racing technology, yet still even more sophisticated, durable and cultivated than ever. 132 kW (180 hp) peak power, 144 Nm maximum torque with 100 Nm as early as 2500 rpm – could there be better guarantees for explosive propulsion whatever the revs?

drop anchor hard and reliably

drop anchor hard and reliably

Racing-level deceleration – with optimum ABS for emergencies

Fast bikes need good brakes – the KTM 1290 Super Duke R bears the best. Brembo M50 monoblock callipers bite powerfully with perfect application into 320 mm brake discs – assisted in the event of an emergency stop by Bosch ABS that's imperceptible in normal operation, even when riding full throttle. Except of course in Supermoto mode: ABS up front; freedom to slide at the rear!

smart wins

smart wins

Optimum acceleration as well then, whenever the throttle hand turns a little too wildly.

Opening up the throttle is fun – all the more so when it unleashes the elemental force of a 1290 Super Duke R. Nevertheless, overdoing it can end in tears, so it's great when ride-by-wire intervenes at such moments. The 1290 Super Duke R intelligently translates rider's commands at the throttle twist grip into electronic opening of the throttle valve. And always in the way that makes best sense. This means, for example, that the engine accelerates more smoothly. And hence that the rear wheel only rotates as much as is just about still healthy. Incidentally, the rider notices none of this assistance. Only that everything always makes optimum forward progress.

party boy

party boy

Let others work for themselves – the traction control determines throttle response and slide angle

Party – simply overdo it for once without worries. Everyone likes to, which is why the 1290 Super Duke R uses one of the world's most advanced traction control systems. Open up the throttle. Let the many horses run free. It doesn't matter - before they start to stampede, traction control intervenes. Sooner or later, depending on the mode selected. But always smoothly and safely thanks to Bosch and Keihin ride-by-wire.

works of art

works of art

Finest components for perfect handling – for mile after mile of pleasure!

Mechanics can be so beautiful – above all, when designers can draw on unlimited resources. Whether it be the CroMo steel tubular space frame, the single-sided swingarm, the fork or the shock absorber, the 1290 Super Duke R is made from only the finest components. Perfectly arranged and tuned with one another, for only so are such excellent steering precision or such gigantic reserves created. See if you can find anything like it anywhere else – take a test ride!

seven-league boots

seven-league boots

Grip in every situation, steering precisely as desired – perfect tyres for perfect riding pleasure

Not only do the intricate, low-pressure, die-cast wheels look good, they are also very stable and light. And then the tyres: With seamlessly wound belt stitching and tread, the tailor-made Dunlop Sportsmart² on the Super Duke R enter new technological territory. For even wear, perfect steering behaviour and sensational grip in cold, hot or wet conditions. And fantastic ride stability.

light, stiff, beautiful!

light, stiff, beautiful!

Simple wheel changing, easy chain servicing – and still so stylish!

The most beautiful components are created when cost is no object – for example, the singe-sided swingarm on the 1290 Super Duke R. Stiff and muscular, it is a potent partner when the Super Duke unleashes its torque and riding dynamics. With 50 mm rear axle and eccentric adjustment – and still much lighter than normal single-sided swingarms. Normal? Not quite!



Simply get on and feel comfortable. Everyone. Male or female.

Have you ever thought about seat position? Stack and reach, leg arch length, seat height, seat foam, knee angle and knee contact, handlebar width, position and offset, the Shore hardness of grip rubbers, tall riders, short riders, fat or skinny – a hell of a lot of work and brainpower goes into it. On every motorcycle. But only on a few is the seat position as successful as on the 1290 Super Duke R. Something we're very proud of.



Extreme? Yes. User value? Still very high.

Surprises are best when nobody expects them. For example, the 1290 Super Duke R is highly economical with fuel. It has a 15,000 km service interval. Daytime running light as standard. An instrument with the most extensive info or the world's simplest mode switching. A placid rain mode with even higher fuel economy. Amazing wind protection and comfort. And still all the talents of the beast.

Dr Jekyll, Mr Hyde and the others

Dr Jekyll, Mr Hyde and the others

As you like it – at the press of a button.

It can be well-behaved and gentle, but also wild and spontaneous – the modes change the character of the 1290 Super Duke R perceptibly. Rain: smooth, limited power, with early intervening traction control. Street: sporty but effective, always appropriate and super-swift. Sport? The full works, with sharp teeth and controlled drift feeling. Plus: Supermoto ABS for all pure drifters. And to top it all, deactivation modes for ABS and traction control – for true tough nuts.

Tech Specs


Engine type 2-cylinder, 4-stroke, V 75°
Displacement 1.301 ccm
Bore/stroke 108/71 mm
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


Frame Chromium-Molybdenum-Steel trellis frame, powder coated
Handlebar Aluminium, konifiziert Ø 28/22 mm
Front suspension WP-USD Ø 48 mm
Rear suspension WP-Monoshock
Front brake 2 x Brembo four piston, radially bolted caliper, brake disc Ø 320 mm
Rear brake Brembo fixed mounted two-piston brake calipers
Brake system Bosch 9M+ ABS with SuperMoto Mode
Chain X-Ring 5/8 x 5/16"
Steering head angle 65,1°
Wheel base 1.482 ± 12 mm
Ground clearance 140 mm
Seat height 835 mm
Tank capacity 18 l Unleaded premium fuel (95 RON)
Dry weight 189 kg

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  1. childs82 4 hours ago
    Got a message from my dealer today saying first week of May (give or take a week)... Also they're only getting one bike and it's not the colour I put the money down for.. Really worried this isn't going to turn out for me. Sure the black is the same bike but I love how this thing looks just as much as I love the motor and every other bit if engineering around this bike. The black doesn't show any bit of it off except a little frame like a tease. CANUCKKTMER, you right that no other bike compares..... Not sure what to do other than just hope for this machine.. Not good news at all.
    1. swassr2 6 hours ago
      Word. ...word....word ...getting the shakes....need torque. ...
      1. CanuckKTMer 7 hours ago
        BCNAKED You made my day. My family, friends, and co-workers and completely sick of me talking about my SDR, it's acceleration, the amount of HP and torque that it has and just how sick it is going to be and how it will blow away any car on the road and worst of all why the F#@! it isn't here yet! LOLThere is no other bike I CAN buy now. I have to wait, in pain, watching guys on their Ninja (bumble bee) bikes ride past my car all well knowing if I was on my SDR, I would simply twist my throttle and leave them behind like a bad fart.
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          BCnaked 8 hours ago
          Your ranting just like only other bikes I would want, you cant get. Ducati street fighter s and ktm 990 SMr. My family and friends are so sick of me. And to think I have to be reminded every morning on my freeking toast!!!
          1. CanuckKTMer 10 hours ago
            It better bloody well be here by June or else I'm getting my money back too and they can keep it!! Thing is, I don't know what other bike I'd buy?? Nothing out there really turns me on. It would be a long summer with no ride. It would be nice to at least be kept in the loop as to where the bikes are and why they are taking so long!Are they in North America, in the USA? West or East Coast? on their way on a train, truck WTF! These day's you can track any package, anytime, anywhere in the world, in real time. Get the f
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              BCnaked 10 hours ago
              Im choked to say the least. I started selling bikes and saving to pay cash for this thing since the day I saw the proto vid. If its not here by june im pulling out and getting the first 2015 SDR. No way am I riding a bike for 3months and then its year old! If I had know this I never would have sold my beautiful 950 supermoto. Guess ill just have get a good drug habit for the summer to fill my time. Hope you all see your bikes soon. Ride safe.....stupid but safe.
              1. CanuckKTMer 13 hours ago
                Hey BCNAKEDI too have paid thousands on a deposit for a SDR and keep being told that the bike is on it's way. The arrival date keeps getting moved ahead by weeks. I was recently at a KTM dealership and was informed that the bikes are delayed again and now won't be here until late May!!!If that's the case I will be extremely pissed off as this is just not acceptable for those of us who have so much money down on our new bikes. Summer here in BC goes by very quickly and we have limited dry riding time. This is the worst new product roll out I've ever heard of. After all that great KTM marketing, we have to endure this nonsense. What do we do though? go buy another bike? What will compare to the SDR? Who wants another bike after seeing the SDR. Nothing we can do becasue KTM us by the testes.Very Disappointed to say the least!!
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                1. Deagle 14 hours ago
                  Barman360, I'm 7 miles north of St. Cloud, MN. We got buried alive in snow yesterday. It could be worse. At least I've got other bikes to ride if winter ever backs off. I'm also like BCNAKED and have $$$thousands$$$ in parts ordered but in my case not received.
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                    BCnaked 16 hours ago
                    Well I'm in BC Canada as well...Vancouver Island, and I'm also getting the run around on when my bike will be here! I have over 4k in parts in my living room and no bike! KTM is ready to race but not ready to ship! Sold all of my bikes including my 950 sm last week and now im F*%KED for a bike!
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                    1. BARMAN360 18 hours ago
                      Deagle, my dealer in Wisconsin is also receiving around 10, where are you abouts?
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