KTM 1290 Super Duke R Prototype First Look

November 13, 2012
Bryan Harley
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KTM released the first images of its 1290 Super Duke R Prototype today at the EICMA show in Milan  Italy.
KTM released the first images of its 1290 Super Duke R Prototype today at the EICMA show in Milan, Italy.
With power numbers estimated to be in the 180 - 200 hp range  teamed with a curb weight said to be unbelievably low  the 1290 Super Duke R is going to have a ridiculous power-to-weight ratio.
With power numbers estimated to be in the 180 – 200 hp range, teamed with a curb weight said to be ‘unbelievably low,’ the 1290 Super Duke R is going to have a ridiculous power-to-weight ratio.
Traction control  ABS  anti-stoppie and anti-wheelie control are all part of the 1290 Super Duke Rs sophisticated electronics package.

KTM promised to “provide an important and exciting glance into the fascinating future of the Super Duke.” If that means moving its wicked streetfighting 1290 Super Duke R into production, then KTM’s future is exciting indeed.

After much speculation, today KTM finally confirmed it is in the process of manufacturing the 1290 Super Duke R at the EICMA show in Milan. And while fans of the Austrian marque are craving a detailed spec sheet on KTM’s highest-powered Super Duke to date, facts about the naked bike are still ambiguous at best.

What is known is that the 1290 Super Duke R will be powered by a bored-out version of the V-Twin installed on the RC8R superbike, the latter an 1195cc liquid-cooled, eight-valve V-Twin. Exact displacement of the 1290 Super Duke R and power numbers haven’t been revealed yet, but the lump in the RC8R put out 152.41 hp on our dyno when tested back in 2011. Numbers tossed around for the new 1290 mill are in the 180 – 200 hp range. Power to the rear will be administered by a ride-by-wire throttle system.

The potent V-Twin is suspended below the tubular frame, the frame comprised of chrome-molybdenum steel. The frame is paired to a single-sided swingarm and a small rear subframe that opens up the look of the rear leaving the lightweight alloy racing wheels with the two-tone KTM orange and white color scheme out in the open for everyone to appreciate. Though dimensions weren’t listed, the rake is tight and racy and the wheelbase compact on this hooligan-bent steed. The motorcycle’s weight wasn’t listed either but carbon fiber used on the fenders and tank shroud should help keep the number down.

Electronics for the KTM 1290 Super Duke R include traction control and ABS, as well as anti-stoppie and anti-wheelie control. KTM states that these can be deactivated by the rider. Though price hasn’t been listed yet, the 2012 KTM RC8R sold for $16,499 so figure it to be comparably priced. KTM says “to look forward to the future and the second half of 2013 in particular,” which we’re assuming is the release date for the 1290 Super Duke R.

Here’s what info KTM teasingly released on its 1290 Super Duke R.

Engine: Liquid-cooled V-Twin based on the RC8 R with ride-by-wire
Displacement: one.point.three
Power and torque: more than ever
Electronic assistance: ABS, traction control, anti-stoppie and anti-wheelie control (all can be deactivated)
Frame: Chrome-molybdenum steel tubular frame
Swingarm: Light-alloy single-sided swingarm
Suspension components: WP prototypes – upside-down fork with gas pressure cartridge, directly connected shock absorber
Wheels and tires: Light-alloy wheels with slicks
Brakes: Brembo racing calipers front and rear
Weight: unbelievably low

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