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1290 Super Duke R 2017

1290 Super Duke R 2017

Model Description


This is our punk record - pure, raw and straight to the point: speed. Its V-twin, the most powerful one we ever muscled into a street bike, beats the battle drums at 177 hp, while its purebred chassis is set to stay ahead when the straight is devoured. When corners become prey. Even on a bad day, thanks to state-of-the-art rider assistance systems. No, scratch that. Grin amplifiers.

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Group: Street
Engine Type: 2-cylinder, 4-stroke V-twin
Displacement: 1301 cc
Bore: 108 mm
Stroke: 71 mm
Performance: 130 kW (177 hp) @9750rpm
Starter: Electric starter
Transmission: 6-speed, claw shifted
Engine Lubrication: Pressure lubrication with 3 Eaton pumps
Primary Gear Ratio: 40:76
Secondary Gear Ratio: 17:38
Cooling: Liquid cooling
Clutch: PASC slipper clutch, hydraulically operated
Ignition: Keihin EMS with RBW, double ignition
Frame: Chromium-Molybdenum-Steel trellis frame, powder coated
Front Suspension: WP USD 48 mm
Rear Suspension: WP Monoshock
Suspension Travel Front: 125 mm
Suspension Travel Rear: 156 mm
ABS System: ABS: Bosch 9M+ Two Channel (incl. supermoto mode, disenengageable)
Brake System Front: 2 x Brembo Monobloc four piston, radially bolted caliper, brake disc 320 mm
Brake System Rear: Brembo two piston, fixed caliper, brake disc 240 mm
Chain: 5/8 x 5/16 DID 525
Steering Head Angle: 65.1 degrees
Wheelbase: 1,482 mm
Ground Clearance (unloaded): 141 mm
Seat Height: 835 mm
Tank Capacity: approx. 18 litres/3.5 litres reserve
Weight (No Fuel): approx. 195 kg
Range: Naked

This is our punk record - pure, raw and straight to the point: speed. Its V-twin, the most powerful one we ever muscled into a street bike, beats the battle drums at 177 hp, while its purebred chassis is set to stay ahead when the straight is devoured. When corners become prey. Even on a bad day, thanks to state-of-the-art rider assistance systems. No, scratch that. Grin amplifiers.

Fast just became faster. This engine, in its latest incarnation, pumps out an arm wrenching 177 hp while its torque figures reach for the sky between 6,750 rpm (140 Nm) and 7,000 rpm (141 Nm). So it's stronger than ever, but we made it run smoother than ever as well thanks to overhauled resonator chambers. All in all, weighing in at around 62 kg, the extremely slim 4-valve unit is one of the lightest big twins in the world.

Another reason for the outstanding performance of the 1290 SUPER DUKE R 75° V-twin are the state-of-the-art, machined titanium inlet valves with chromium nitride PVD coating. Their flat design combined with the smaller combustion chamber now offer an increased compression ratio of 13,6:1. Interesting fact: The titanium valves only weigh 39 grams each, which is 19 grams less than the steel inlet valves we used before.

Thanks to new resonator chambers on the cylinder heads, designed to polish the torque output in the lower to mid-range rpms, the 1290 SUPER DUKE R power train runs smoother, consumes less fuel and cuts down on CO² emissions by about 10%.

Instead of the electronic injection system's throttle valves being controlled by cables, ride by wire generally processes throttle twist grip movements with the help of electronic sensors and activates the throttle valves accordingly using servo motors. However, our ride by wire on the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R goes the extra mile: It electronically translates the throttle commands of the rider into the best throttle valve positions for the current riding situation. Choking, jolting and involuntary wheelies are a thing of the past. Voluntary ones, however, could easily be a thing of your future.

The KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R's new exhaust system is made entirely from rustproof stainless steel and is Euro 4 homologated. Hundreds of test bench runs and complex simulations ensured that the exhaust system, which uses a new exhaust flap, contributes decisively to the extremely smooth torque curve and excellent emission values of this powerful V-twin. And did we mention the sound? While it whispers at low revs, it will take your breath away reaching for the high notes.

Not only does the slipper clutch open when the engine back-torque becomes too high, it also assists when you open up the throttle. The former prevents destabilizing rear wheel chatter when braking sharply or decelerating; the latter reduces the hand force required for changing gear, allowing the clutch to be controlled with one trigger happy finger.

The responsiveness and free-revving nature of the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R's engine are also enhanced by the very low reciprocating weight of its crankshaft. Moreover, the flow-optimized shape of the crank webs boosts the particularly low-loss running of the crank drive. For motor stability, the thickness of the crankshaft's cone has now been increased by 3 mm.

The twin-plug ignition system controls the two differently sized spark plugs in each cylinder head independently of each other in such a way that more efficient combustion and a smooth, optimally controlled ignition sequence are achieved at all times. The result: more power, better feedback, lower fuel consumption and lower emissions. And so the world is a better place.

The forged piston structure on the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R, borrowed from Formula 1 technology, results in a high loading capacity, despite the extremely short and lightweight design. Reciprocating weight is minimized, thereby maximizing the rev-happy nature of the engine. Furthermore, the piston skirts have a state-of-the-art, hard-anodized finish. Not only does this minimize friction, it is also extremely hardwearing.

With its ultra-lightweight yet extremely stable trellis frame, a beautifully manufactured single-sided swingarm and state-of-the-art WP suspension components, the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R exceeds all requirements for stability and control. Tubeless wheels, 17-inch front and rear, with the latest Metzeler M7RR tires offer tremendous traction on asphalt and let you exploit the bike's capabilities to the fullest. Unrivaled braking from world market leader Brembo and assistance systems (MTC and lean-angle sensitive ABS), developed in close collaboration with Bosch, round off the package and help the 1290 SUPER DUKE R into a clear lead straight from the start in terms of ride dynamics and safety. Feedback? Check. Safety? Check. Fun? Double check.

With its multiple setting options for spring rebound, compression and damping, the extremely torsion-resistant upside-down telescopic fork from WP Suspension provides you with a personalized suspension set-up. Not only can rebound and compression damping be set separately, but also completely independently from each other thanks to the 'split principle' (the left fork tube controls compression and the right one rebound damping). This allows riders to find their dream set-up with speed and precision – key words at KTM.

The directly articulated, high-quality WP pressurized-gas central shock absorber with external remote reservoir offers numerous setting options over a wide set-up range. Compression and rebound damping can be regulated independently – with separate settings for high-speed and low-speed compression damping. In addition, the spring preload can be adjusted by hand. For MY2017 the Beast is equipped with a harder fork spring than its predecessor (10,0 N/mm), while the preload of the shock absorber as well as the set-up of the fork and the shock absorber have been revised for high-speed excellence.

Mechanics can be so beautiful – above all, when designers can draw on unlimited resources. Take this chrome-molybdenum stainless steel trellis frame, which makes a major contribution to the bike's excellent chassis geometry, for example. It's a rugged, laser-cut, robot-welded thing of beauty with a glorious surface finish. And at only 9 kg, it helps to keep the dry weight at a spectacular 195 kg.

More than adequate deceleration is ensured at the front wheel on the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R by the two radially mounted Brembo M50 Monobloc four-piston fixed calipers with 320 mm twin-disc brake with two floating discs and a radial hand pump. The spacing between hand brake lever and handlebar is adjustable so that the lever is within easy reach for every rider. The front brake receives effective support from the disc brake on the rear wheel, which features a 240 mm diameter disc and a two-piston Brembo caliper. The enormous potential of the Brembo brakes can be exploited to the full on the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R thanks to its sportily tuned and lean-angle sensitive anti-lock braking system.

The tailor-made Metzeler M7RR tires on the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R enter new technological territory. Derived from Metzeler's experience in Road Racing activities, including the "Isle of Man TT”, they feature completely new profiles, structure materials, compounds and tread pattern. Even for wear, perfect steering behavior, grip in every situation and fantastic ride stability. The tubeless sport tires are fitted on extremely lightweight, light-alloy wheels manufactured in a low-pressure die casting process. Not only do the lightweight wheels make the bike lighter overall, they also minimize the unsprung masses and moment of inertia, with a positive impact on the handling and ride dynamics of the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R.

With so much propulsive power, the front wheel could become very light, which might lead to unpleasant kick-back on uneven roads or following a slight stimulus at the handlebar. The 1290 SUPER DUKE R prevents this safely with a reliable and sensitive WP steering damper.

The jaw-droppingly beautiful, light alloy, single-sided swingarm on the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R is not only extremely lightweight, but also precisely manufactured and generously dimensioned – a potent partner when the SUPER DUKE R unleashes its torque and riding dynamics. The rear wheel is fitted to an axle 50 mm in diameter and bolted in place with a 60 mm central wheel nut. The design of the swing arm is adapted optimally to the tubular trellis frame in terms of flexural behavior and stiffness. A high-precision, eccentric adjustment is used for tensioning the chain.

Based on the state-of-the-art 9.1 MP modulator,the comprehensive Bosch MSC assistance package unites the talents of efficient braking and lightning-quick, efficient pressure modulation with the high quality Brembo hardware to make the most advanced braking system on the market. No one brakes more progressively or safely, even at extreme lean angles. If required, not only can it be switched off, but also be placed in Supermoto mode.

The fun-loving Supermoto mode allows the rider to block the rear wheel - a prerequisite for committed Supermoto riding and deliberately executed slides. The ABS function remains active on the front wheel, even in this mode.

The Motorcycle Traction Control (MTC), a lean-angle sensitive traction control system, reacts immediately if the rotational speed of the rear wheel is disproportionate to the riding situation. In a matter of milliseconds, MTC reduces the engine output with an extremely smooth, barely perceptible intervention at the throttle valves, until the system has reduced slippage to optimum proportions for the selected ride mode and current angle of lean. Depending on the selected ride mode, MTC allows three different levels of traction slip at the rear wheel. 'Sport' is up for respectable drifts and a perceptible amount of slippage, 'Street' keeps things smooth for comfortable, controllable riding with full engine power, 'Rain' is all about early intervention and maximum grip in the wet. And that's not the end of it. Daredevils, we give you: the off-switch.

Ride mode technology provides the rider with a choice of three ride modes on the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R, which can be selected quickly and simply with the menu switch on the handlebar. In conjunction with ride by wire, the selected ride mode influences the general responsiveness of the engine, its maximum peak power and  MTC intervention. "Street" and "Sport" modes deliver a full 177 hp and appropriately potent power development with a sporty traction setting. By contrast, "Rain" mode limits the maximum output to 130 hp with smoother performance and early traction control intervention.

The optionally available MSR (Motor Slip Regulation) works in the opposite direction of the MTC. If, due to quick downshifts or abrupt throttle chopping, the engine drag torque is too high, the  ride by wire opens the throttle exactly as much as is needed to prevent the rear wheel from drifting. Safety first, but pleasure that comes with it is always a very close second at KTM.

Upon your request, the 1290 SUPER DUKE R can be equipped with a quickshifter + that allows slick, clutchless up- and downshifts under any load. It reads and responds to your riding, so the shift action is fast when you are, but buttery smooth at half-throttle. A sensor placed inside the engine housing detects the pressure on the gear shift lever rod when the rider upshifts and the system cuts the ignition instantaneously. As soon as the system detects the gear engagement it reapplies the injection and opens the butterfly valve, ensuring fast and smooth action at all throttle openings and engine speeds. When downshifting, the system matches the engine speed to the speed of the lower gear. And if you're in the mood for a bit of old school, you can just switch the system off.

With the optional 'Track Pack', the track ride mode offers unlimited thrills. It features launch control, spin adjuster, free engine map selection and allows you to pull epic wheelies.

Anti-wheelie off
This setting disables the anti-wheelie function of the MTC while letting the rider enjoy a beastly wheelie session. The function still guarantees quick acceleration thanks to the heightened traction control of the MTC.

Launch control
The 1290 SUPER DUKE R is the very first KTM motorcycle ever to be equipped with launch control, which actively supports the rider during a racing start in the "Track” ride mode. Before takeoff, it keeps the engine rpm pitch perfect at the 6,500 mark. To rocket off into the distance, the rider just releases the clutch and keeps the throttle pinned. The launch control will maintain an optimum level of engine output, while limiting rear wheel spin and front wheel lift to ensure maximum acceleration. Fire in the hole!

Spin adjuster
Standard traction control limits the engine torque when the system detects too much slippage at the rear wheel. The spin adjuster was developed so advanced riders on racetracks can use wheelspin to create drive out of corners when (slick) tires start to wear down. The system allows the rider to choose 9 levels of intervention of the traction control.
» Level 1 (minimum intervention) allows advanced riders to spin the rear tire at a level very close to riding without traction control while keeping the safety net of the traction control.
» Modes 2 to 8 allow the rider to adjust the maximum wheelspin to his or her personal taste.
» Level 9 (Rain) (maximum intervention) allows very little wheelspin and is an application for rain tires in the wet.

Free engine map selection
The free engine map selection allows the rider to configure the EFI mapping and as a result the throttle response. The system provides a choice of 3 levels: Track, Sport or Street, with Track being the most aggressive one. After the mapping selection, the rider can also adjust the slippage of the rear wheel, as well as the wheelie mode and launch control and keep it stored in the system even after turning off the ignition.
1290 Super Duke R 2017

Price: £13999.00

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