KTM Introduces the Next Generation of Austrian Royalty

Nov 15, 2012 View Comments by

As the various OEMs wrestle for the limelight at the EICMA International Motorcycle Show in Milan, the motorcycle loving general public has certainly gotten to enjoy the spectacle. Each product release seems bigger and bolder than the last, but KTM’s is looking like the one to beat. For 2013 the Austrian company has introduced two additions to its Duke line of naked bikes, which were KTM’s first real street bikes introduced back in 1994.

The first new Duke is the 390, which slots between the runt of the litter 200 Duke and the midsize 690. The 390 is powered by a 370cc single-cylinder liquid cooled motor reported to make around 44 hp. The new bike will feature a variety of high-end components from its Bosch ABS system to its WP suspension. Even so, the 390 Duke should be competitively priced, though no numbers have yet been mentioned. Perhaps the most exciting thing about the new Duke is its weight, which at around 300 pounds dry should make for an extremely agile, fun, and easy ride.

As exciting as the new 390 is, the real showstopper at EICMA comes from the other end of the Duke model range. Currently, the range topper is the 990 Super Duke R with its 999cc, 97 hp V-twin. That’s about to change as the mad scientists in Mattighofen have truly been conjuring up a monster. Enter the 1290 Super Duke R. While technical specs on the new Duke aren’t particularly forthcoming, what we do know is that the engine is based on the 1,195cc V-twin currently found in the KTM RC8 R super bike. That engine, which according to KTM makes 173 hp, has evidently been bored out to around 1,300cc providing corresponding increases in horsepower and torque. Supporting the new motor is a lightweight tubular steel frame with a single-sided swingarm. The suspension, like the 390’s, is sourced from WP. The bike also features the usual assortment of electronic rider aids including traction control and ABS along with anti-stoppie and anti-wheelie controls (don’t worry, all of these can be turned off). All signs certainly point to the new Super Duke’s impending reign atop the world of naked bikes.

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