2014 KTM 1290 Super Duke R: The Beast

Oct 01, 2013 View Comments by

2014 KTM 1290 Super Duke R: The BeastThis morning KTM released production version photos and specs of the much anticipated (and basically insane) 1290 Super Duke R (first reported on here), which looks to be the fastest and most powerful naked bike in the world (only the Aprilia Tuono V4R comes close, on paper at least). This beast is powered by a 1301cc 75-degree V-twin that produces a hair-raising 180 horsepower and 106 pound feet of torque, which KTM says is good for a 0-124 mph sprint in just 7.2 seconds. To deal with this kind of speed, the Super Duke sports Brembo M50 monoblock calipers squeezing twin 320mm discs up front regulated with ABS from Bosch. Ride-by-wire and traction control with switchable modes help keep those big Dunlops planted, even with overly aggressive throttle inputs. Top shelf suspension components from WP include fully adjustable 48mm USD forks and a fully adjustable monoshock while a Chromium-Molybdenum-steel trellis frame helps keep the weight down to a respectable 417 pounds (dry). The new Super Duke is certainly a dream come true for the closet hooligan in all of us. Pricing and availability haven’t been released as yet.

If you’re interested in the history of KTM’s Duke lineup, check out this fascinating interview with Philip Habsburg, the Austrian company’s head of R & D.

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