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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. FastEddie 3 days ago
    New owner here.. Name is Ed, home in Upstate S.C.I've been ridding 40 years. Dirt, Street, road racing and touring.I purchased mine a week ago and have made the parts manager's month! I've ordered everything in the Power Parts catalog! Exhaust Head pipes, carbon pipe bracket and engine/wheel guards are back ordered until November.Everything else is in and on the bike. Very high quality fit and finish product line.I've put 300 miles on so far. Been raining here every day. This bike has impressed me so far. I traded my 09' Kawa-Concours for this delight. Concerned to see the rear wheel issues not being addressed.Look forward to sharing any info I can.. Fast Eddie
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      AZ1290R 6 days ago
      Well people, the grin keeps getting wider and wider the more miles I put on this incredible machine! Been commuting to the daily grind and there are 2 times during the day that I look forward to, getting on the bike to ride to work, and getting on the bike to ride back home........sweeeeet!
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      1. steveberde 6 days ago
        KTM has issued or will soon issue details to dealers - often the dealers either don't pass it on to the owners or many owners never take their bikes back to the dealer - The reality is that this whole hub thing is overblown. According to KTM ( I do not work for them and have nothing to do with them but do have a dealer whom I trust) have found only a single bike maybe two in the whole US with a rear hub out of specs - maybe its BS but thats the story I've been told -For the record one can test for out of spec rear wheel with the wheel on the ground with weight on it -
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        1. steveberde 6 days ago
          That was meant to say CANNOT TEST with weight on it Sorry
      2. vogel822 2 weeks ago
        *****************WHERE IS THE HELP FROM KTM NORTH AMERICA! I PURCHASED MY SUPERDUKE 1290 A FEW MONTHS AGO, I NOW HAVE 2000 MILES ON THE BIKE AND MY REAR HUB HAS ISSUES, COLD OR HOT THE REAR TIRE MOVES. I SPENT THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS ON THIS BIKE AND IM DISGUSTED, I HAVE CALLED THE CONTACT NUMBER IN OHIO MORE THAN 10 TIMES AND LEFT MORE THAN 5 VOICE MAILS......STILL NO RESPONSE. APPARENTLY MY REAR HUB DOESN'T HAVE "ENOUGH" PLAY TO REPLACE THE HUB??? THERE SHOULD BE ZERO PLAY IN MY HUB!!! SO THERE GOING TO FIX IT ONCE THE HUB FALLS APART AND I WIND UP IN THE HOSPITAL?.....PROBABLY NOT.....VERY DISAPPOINTING CANT RIDE THE BIKE TILL THEY MAKE A RECALL? VERY RIDICULOUS VERY UPSETTING. THEY NEED TO FIX THIS ASAP.***********************
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        1. toppo72 2 weeks ago
          14k bike with play in the rear wheel hub is wrong, it should be spot on with no paly at all ?????? within spec is a joke when I show others at bike pubs they look at me in horror as when bike as been rode abit the play gets worse :( so ktm needs this sorting out ASAP in a recall ? all other bikes ive had aint had play like this , en if they do when they get some miles on them I replace the wheels bearings and sorted but from new the ktm1290 as had this play in the rear hub, but just had a service on it and they say its ok within tolerance , but ive told dealer im not happy with it , don't feel safe as I no its there , still good bike and love it , just want it right for the money I paid for it
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            AZ1290R 2 weeks ago
            Picked up my Orange Superduke on August 29, having owned a 2008 990 SD and being much impressed by the power of that bike I was looking forward to what a few more years of technology and improvements KTM could do with this bike, I am not disapointed, and though I am aware that some bikes develop rear hub play I know that KTM will make things right for those folks and get this sorted out, I expect these bikes to continue to sell, the dealers here in Arizona sell them as soon as they hit the sales floor. The only gripe I have is the salesman couldn't find the orange programming key that needs to go with the bike if you want to reprogram a replacement ignition key should you lose the original without incurring a large out of pocket expense down the road.
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            1. vernonbc on 23.08.2014
              I went to my dealer yesterday to further discuss the loose wheel issue and KTM has told him that they will be writing up some sort of spec for the loose wheel. They will be drafting up some sort of instructions for service techs to properly test to see if wheel is within or out of spec. My dealer has been very good to me and I still have faith in them, so I do not want to give them a bad name as it is not their fault. KTM still insists that the rear wheel is within spec even though there is play. I guess it will take a catastrophic failure for KTM to realize that they are WRONG. As a side note, KTM has nothing to do with this website. KTM has only 2 websites, their main website and the dealer service website (not sure what that is).
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              1. toppo72 on 22.08.2014
                took my bike to local mot station and asked him to test back wheel ,, he said , it has a lot of play and would prob fail or advise it if it was in for a mot , so as it don't need mot for 3 years , LOLfail or advise on a 14k bike with 200 miles on it is so wrong , but local dealer to me in Leicester says its within tolerance ,if it was his bike and he spent 14k with faults from new he would be ok with it LOLhaving to travel 90 miles to a dealer that will sort it out for me
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                1. toppo72 on 17.08.2014
                  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 on 16.08.2014
                    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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