2014 Naked Twins Streetbike Shootout Conclusion

May 7, 2014
Adam Waheed
By Adam Waheed
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His insatiable thirst for life is only surpassed by his monthly fuel bill. Whether rocketing on land, flying through the air, or jumping the seas, our Road Test Editor does it all and has the scars to prove it.

Adam Waheed, 35, Road Test Editor – 6’0”, 178 pounds – KTM 1290 Super Duke R ABS

When it comes to it choosing between these two bikes the answer is as simple as this: do you prefer riding a street bike or a dirt bike? If you’d rather ride on the road you’ll love the Monster… however, if you enjoy getting wicked off it than the Super Duke will suit you better. While I liked the Monster’s long and low attitude, not to mention its excellent and very direct-feeling engine, the KTM is the bike for me. In Sport mode it’s a manic riding experience and I love how aggressive the engine hits. As Jason said, the Duke isn’t for novices but if you’re looking for wild ride than the Orange bike is the ticket, despite its extra $1000 MSRP.

Jason Abbott, 35, Cycle News Test Rider – 5’11”, 195 pounds – KTM 1290 Super Duke R ABS

If I had to choose one of these bikes to purchase as my own I’d go with the KTM Super Duke. It has super aggressive power delivery, amazing brakes and the overall look of it is something I really liked. I would have to change a few things on it though: I thought the suspension was a little too tall for my liking, especially the shock, but this can be fixed with some simple adjustments. Another thing I’d change would be the tires. The lack of grip in the canyon hurt the overall feel, but spend a little extra cash on new rubber and you’ll be happy you did. I liked the Ducati. I preferred riding it in the canyons over the KTM because of its lower, longer feel and it felt very connected to the pavement when going through the corners. The majority of my riding is commuting though, so in the end this is why I chose the KTM as the top dog.

2014 Naked Twin Streetfighter Shootout Specs
Ducati Monster
1200 S
KTM 1290
Super Duke R
Engine: 1198cc Liquid-cooled L-Twin; 8-valve Engine: 1301cc Liquid-cooled 75-degree V-Twin
Bore x Stroke: 106.0mm x 67.9mm Bore x Stroke: 108.0mm x 71.0mm
Compression: 12.5:1 Compression: 13.2:1
Fueling: Fuel-injection Fueling: Fuel-injection
Transmission: Six-speed cassette-type Transmission: Six-speed cassette-type
Clutch: Wet multi-plate; Hydraulic actuation Clutch:  Wet multi-plate; Hydraulic actuation
Final Drive: Chain; 15/41 gearing Final Drive: Chain; 17/38 gearing
Frame: Tubular steel Trellis frame attached to the cylinders head Frame: Chrome molybdenum tubular steel frame, powder-coated
Front Suspension: 48mm Ohlins fork with spring preload, compression, and rebound damping adjustment; 5.1 in. travel Front Suspension: 48mm WP fork with , compression, and rebound damping adjustment; 4.92 in. travel
Rear Suspension: Ohlins gas-charged shock; three-way adjustable for spring preload, compression and rebound damping; 5.9 in. travel Rear Suspension:  WP gas-charged shock; three-way adjustable for spring preload, compression and rebound damping; 6.14 in. travel
Front Brakes: 330mm discs with radial-mount Brembo M50 monobloc calipers w/ ABS Front Brakes: 320mm discs with radial-mount Brembo M50 monobloc calipers w/ ABS
Tires: Pirelli Diablo Rosso II; 120/70R17, 190/55R17 Tires: Dunlop SportSmart 2; 120/70R17, 190/55R17
Curb Weight: 465 lbs. Curb Weight: 468 lbs.
Wheelbase:  59.5 in. Wheelbase: 58.3 in.
Rake:/ Trail 24.3 deg. / 3.7 in. Rake / Trail: 24.9 deg. / 4.21 in.
Seat Height: 30.9 in. Seat Height: 32.9 in.
Fuel Tank: 4.6 gal. Fuel Tank: 4.75 gal.
MSRP: $15,999 MSRP: $16,999