2016 KTM 1290 Super Duke R

2016 KTM 1290 Super Duke R
MSRP $17,399

The 2016 KTM 1290 Super Duke R has been given the term of Streetfighter due to the powerful performance, hard-hitting torque-monster of an engine, long-travel and big bump-absorbing suspension and its cozy cockpit that takes the pain out of long rides. Featuring a honking 1.3-liter LC8-generation Twin wedged within a slim, tall and taut steel-trellis chassis, the Duke wows riders with keen lines and eyelid-peeling performance. With 80-plus lb-ft of torque available at the right wrist, from just above 4000 rpm, the 1290 stops the competition in the burnout department.


2014 KTM 1290 Super Duke R

KTM Recalls 2014 1290 Super Duke R Motorcycles

KTM has issued a recall for all 2014 1290 Super Duke R motorcycles for a potential issue with the threaded inserts at the rear of the gas tank.

Model1290 Super Duke R
Engine Type75° V-Twin, DOHC, eight-valve
Engine Displacement1301cc
Bore Stroke108 mm x 71 mm
Compression Ratio13.2:1
Fuel SystemFuel-injection
Starting SystemElectric
Final DriveChain
Rake Trail24.9° / 4.2 in.
Seat Height32.9 in.
Wheelbase58.3 in.
Front Suspension48 mm WP inverted fork, two-way adjustable for compression and rebound damping; 4.92 in. travel
Rear SuspensionWP gas-charged shock, three-adjustable for spring preload, compression and rebound damping; 6.14 in. travel
Front Brake320 mm discs with radial- mount Brembo four-piston calipers
Rear Brake240 mm single disc, Brembo two-piston caliper
Front TireDunlop Sportmax Sportsmart 2; 120/70-17
Rear TireDunlop Sportmax Sportsmart 2; 190/55-17
Fuel Capacity4.75 gal.
Dry Weight471 lbs. (Wet)
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