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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. Simon Dobinson
    Simon Dobinson on 25.10.2014
    Hi KTM, just fitted my new KTM heated grips and tested them in my garage, they are great until I took the bike out, I put full Right hind lock on and it has snapped the Right han support plastic clip holding the wire to the grip, now the wire is coming out of the hosing. I have tried to repair it but I think a couple more times out and it will break off!!! Well designed a bit like the luggage we bought!!!!!!!!!!!!Hope the 10 month back ordered GPS bracket that has now arrived is better.Don't suppose anyone at KTM is interested though????Simon.UK
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    1. Simon Dobinson
      Simon Dobinson on 22.10.2014
      I got a call from KTM UK and they say that there is going to be a soft ware update any day!!!! Sounds like we don't know what is going on in the UK! Thanks I will call my dealer.
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      1. Simon Dobinson
        Simon Dobinson on 18.10.2014
        Just in case anyone is interested and still using DUNLOPs which I was not sure about when we purchased the 1290s back last December, my last one let go at under 50 miles, the tyre was sent back for testing to Goodyear/Dunlop, I was told that the most probable cause was that I had hit something!!!!!I am awaiting the return of the 50 mile tyre so as I can get an independent check.I did stay on my beautiful 1290 as it burst in a straight line at about 100 mph with my mate on his directly behind.It was the first time out with the new tyre and the first time I had opened the throttle with it on, I have done 9,700 miles on the bike, Let you know the outcome and it is on MICHELINs now!!!!!!
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        1. Simon Dobinson
          Simon Dobinson on 15.10.2014
          Yes mine is the same, 320/330 miles with the tank full, after 7 trips in Europe I see it is 320/330 kl not miles, I have asked several times can we not get this re calculated along with the speedo in accuracy????And while on the subject are we any where near sorting out the rest of the power parts? GPS bracket, engine crash protection and exhaust system? I have done 15,000 miles now.The bike is fantastic though you just need to sort the fine points out, take a leaf out of BMWs book.
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          1. AZ1290R
            AZ1290R on 15.10.2014
            Come on KTM, I have a bike that reads at least 15 percent off on both speed and odometer, speedo says 85 actual speed 70? Fuel range reads 220 miles with only half a tank of fuel? Your dealers should know how to set correct wheel speed when they set the bikes up with the diagnostics tool, so now I've got a bike with 1k miles when in reality it has far less than that.....for such a expensive bike this stuff should not occur.
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            1. AZ1290R
              AZ1290R on 18.10.2014
              Just returned from KTM, the bike was running off of the 1190 Adventure software settings!! The gauge unit is used in different bikes I know, but KTM should set the software to the bike at the factory, not hope the dealers do it. So they hooked up the diagnostic tool and set it to the correct bike, and I can immediately tell it is much more accurate, I'll do a GPS test to see. One other thing, the tech mistakenly set the TPMS to on, which gave me a failure warning leaving the shop, so I turned around and went back, the turned that off and all is well. I'm back to loving the bike.
          2. vickip on 08.10.2014
            Where's the official announcement of the winner of the "KTM 1290 Superduke Challenge" competition?
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            1. John Superduke Pav
              John Superduke Pav on 07.10.2014
              Whats going on? Had my SD990 for 4 years and love it. Have test ridden the 1290 two up and had a ball on it! So am I making the right decision staying with KTM or should I be testing the BMW S1000R ?
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              1. AZ1290R
                AZ1290R on 14.10.2014
                Same decision I had to make, the BMW S1000R or the Superduke. Ended up with the Beast. So far very happy with the bike, I've had none of the issues presented by other owners. I have only 850 miles on mine so far, and those have been trouble free. Just installed the heated grips that plug right into the wiring harness behind the headlight, for those cold 50 degree days ahead....ride on son.
            2. cunningstunt on 27.09.2014
              Had my 1290 since June. So far i've done just under 900 miles taking the bike back for oil leaks, electric problems and rear hub issues. Never going to buy a KTM again. Spent far too much money to be treated like crap. KTM UK don't give a rats arse about your problems, no back up at all. My local dealer is a total penis who told me to **** off and take the bike back to where i bought it from when i complained to him about using it for personal transport and doing 80 in a 40 limit on it when it should have been in for repairs. Went to test ride a BMW S 1000r sport last week, bike is awesome if not too japanese 4 for me but dealership was awesome, couldn't do enough for me. I've had enough of KTM, i've had enough of the constant bullshit they feed you and i've had enough of them not giving a shit, fast yes, pile of shit, yes! First and last KTM ever!!
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              1. YKottaraine on 21.09.2014
                Just for the record that our bike is in condition again after my accident and my wife has been riding it very frequently and eagerly, it seems to be a very pleasant bike to ride, easy to maneuver and light as a thought in corners. Well, it's a 50kg less than her former bike. A torquey machine helps for all-day driving, she's all smiles! For me, I'm just waiting my collar bone to be fixed, if it ever will be. Don't know yet, maybe it'll settle right there where it is , slightly dislocated and all outer end tendons torn. So, nothing special here (for the bike), only the coolant level was noticed to be low (no leaks noticed at this point), maybe they did not fill it properly at the repair shop when a new radiator was changed (just some scratches on the old one, but better be sure, changed it anyhow). Oh, and I'm waiting for the adjustable steering damper (delivery time over a month?) to arrive here...
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                1. FastEddie on 16.09.2014
                  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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                  1. José Antonio Mejía Medina
                    José Antonio Mejía Medina 4 days ago
                    Me too, I am so happy with full Akrapovic, do you think is better to fit this full system with the noise insert? or better without it. I ask because maybe is bit better in high rev with the insert?, what do you think?, thank you!