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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!

made-to-measure

made-to-measure

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.

encore!

encore!

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

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

Chassis

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. toppo72 3 days ago
    hi again, I also noticed it gets worse when ive been out on it, I no dealers don't want to admit its faulty , but I no it should not have any play at all, I did check the dealers demo bike and it had some miles on it , but it did not have any play in the rear wheel at all,, anyway keep u informed when my wheel fall off thanks all ,but I do love the bike still :)smile after ever ride 14k with faulty rear hub nice of them hey
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    1. vernonbc 5 days ago
      I also have the loose hub issue and and have mentioned it on here a few weeks back. I think KTM does not want to admit they screwed up so they come up with the lame excuse that 1mm play is within spec. Well, I say BS to that. Maybe if I had 20 thousand hard miles on it then I might accept the 1mm play but then I would also be getting it fixed. If 1mm is within spec on a brand new bike then what is considered out of spec? Both the service manual and owners manual say that you have to check for loose wheel bearings every 15,000km. I have been riding for 39 years and have owned over 13 different sport and naked bikes, some with single sided swing arms. All have never had loose wheel bearings from new and all of the service manuals have stated that the bearings must be replace if free play is noticable.If KTM were smart they would admit to the problem, get it fixed and carry on. I would also have more respect for them as a company. The 1290 is my first KTM and it will most likely be my last. I should have gone with the monster 1200.As a side note, I went on a 1000km trip and the play was a little worse when I returned. You will also notice that the free play is noticeably worse when the bike has just been ridden.
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      1. toppo72 5 days ago
        mine as got a bit of play in the rear hub, I can see this getting worse over time , took it to shop and got told its ok in tolerance , only don't 120 miles on it too.. hopefully there will be a recall ASAP loving the bike too but scared to go to far :(
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        1. Daniel White
          Daniel White 6 days ago
          Any other 1290 riders around London keen for a ride out? Or 990 riders too!
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          1. YKottaraine 3 weeks ago
            So it did hurt atl east my driving - did hit a large bump just in the middle of the 90 deg. curve, front end jumped a bit and did some wobbles (maybe I am already old and slow, didn't see it at all coming), that caused me to run to the outer side of the road and there on the gravelled and inclined side, just as planning to get on the tarmac again, was a f***ing hay-covered hole so there I lost the bike... A few fractured bones and one torn muscle in the leg... Now waiting for the coracoid process to heal (or to be fixed), collar bone to settle down, one vertebrae is also compress-fractured a bit maybe... Will have a better adjustable steering damper installed lets see what it gives, I think the original is a bit loose but don't know. The bike was wonderful to drive would be sad thing not to be able to ride it again. It really is light-years funnier than our old XJR:s were (though they were more stabile, bit like locomotives compared to KTM). Seems KTM has none or little control or notice of what is written on their site maybe they are basically a small enterprise with limited capabilities. That's bad, customer relations are always important. The dealer was also a bit amateurish but they may be just enthusiasts who sell... Nice bike anyhow, or a nice try for it, let's see what comes...
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            1. CanuckKTMer 3 weeks ago
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                  1. RiderGary 3 weeks ago
                    KTMGUY-Did your dealer take the 1290 SDR back and give you a full refund? If so, what country are you in and how did you go about it? Here in the US we have lemon laws but it takes a lot of documentation and paperwork/lawyers to return a vehicle.
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                    1. Omer Gunes
                      Omer Gunes on 27.07.2014
                      Mine has 825km on it and I also have the rear hub problem. The rear wheel plays, not much but it does so I am expecting it to get worse with time. Hope KTM solves the problem on time.
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