1290 SUPER DUKE R
ENGINE & EXHAUST
Fast just became faster. This is our punk record - pure, raw and straight to the point: speed. Its V-twin is the most powerful one we ever muscled into a street bike. This Beast beats the battle drums at 177 HP (130 kW).
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.
TITANIUM INLET VALVES
State-of-the-art, machined titanium inlet valves with chromium nitride PVD coating - how impressive does that sound? These feature a flat design, and weigh 19 grams less than steel inlet valves. When combined with the smaller combustion chamber on the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R, offer a compression ratio of 13.6:1, and ultimately, more power.
Thanks to the 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 CO° emissions by about 10%.
Keeping the rear-end in check under harsh downshifts or aggressive decelerating by reducing rear wheel chatter, the slipper clutch also assists when you open up the throttle by assisting the Quickshifter+ to perform super smooth up-shifts.
The 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 free-revving nature of the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R's V-twin further enhanced by a very low reciprocating weight of its crankshaft. Moreover, the flow-optimized shape of the crank makes for smoother power delivery and for motor stability.
Arguably the most important part of the motor, the forged piston structure on the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R has been borrowed from Formula 1 technology. This results in a high loading capacity, despite the extremely short and lightweight design. Furthermore, the piston skirts have a state-of-the-art, hard-anodized finish to minimize friction, and maximize longevity.
An intake flange is more than just a bit of plumbing that connects the throttle body to the ports in the cylinder head. It is an integral part of the induction system and has to match the airflow characteristics of the cylinder head and camshaft, as well as the displacement and rpm range of the engine, in this instance, widening its powerband by 500 rpm. Thunder along and surf its torque or whip it hard and meet THE BEAST.
The KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R features a twin-plug ignition system, which controls two differently sized spark plugs in each cylinder head independently of each other. This adds to the overall efficiency of the motor. The result? More power, better feedback, lower fuel consumption and lower emissions.
The KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R's exhaust system is made entirely from rustproof stainless steel and is Euro 4 homologated. Hundreds of test bench runs and complex simulation, ensured that the exhaust system contributes to the extremely smooth torque curve and excellent emission values on the 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.
Ultimate power requires total control. With its ultra-lightweight yet extremely stable trellis frame, a beautifully manufactured single-sided swing arm, high-end BREMBO brakes and state-of-the-art WP suspension components, the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R is the poster-boy for hooliganism. Paired with 17-inch tubeless wheels front and rear, and wrapped in METZELER M7RR tyres, THE BEAST tears into tarmac for maximum grip.
The jaw-droppingly beautiful, light alloy, single-sided swingarm on the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R is not only extremely lightweight, but also precision engineered and generously dimensioned - a potent partner when the SUPER DUKE R unleashes its torque and riding dynamics. The design of the swing arm is adapted optimally to the tubular trellis frame in terms of flex and stiffness.
With an adjustable, extremely torsion-resistant upside-down telescopic fork from WP Suspension up front, not only can you adjust rebound and compression damping 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.
Directly articulated and extremely high-quality, the WP pressurized-gas central shock absorber fitted to the SUPER DUKE R has an external remote reservoir which allows riders a wide range of setup options. Compression and rebound damping can also be regulated independently - with separate settings for high-speed and low-speed compression damping. In addition, the spring preload can be adjusted by hand.
A WP steering damper does its part to help keep THE BEAST restrained over uneven stretches of tarmac by absorbing any unwanted kickback through the front wheel.
A brace of METZELER M7RR tires on extremely lightweight, light-alloy wheels, the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R boasts some serious equipment as standard. Derived from METZELER's experience in Road Racing activities, including the "Isle of Man TT", they feature structure materials, compounds and a tread pattern for better wear, perfect steering and fantastic ride stability.
Bringing this rampaging BEAST to a stop are two radially mounted BREMBO M50 Monobloc four-piston calipers and 320 mm discs. This is paired to an adjustable brake lever and powerful brake pump for easy single-finger modulation. Keeping things in check on the rear wheel is a 240 mm diameter disc and a two-piston BREMBO caliper.
ERGONOMICS & COMFORT
The powerful yet sophisticated engine in the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R enables hyper-sport propulsion or, when required, relaxed and comfortable riding - and everything in between. Pair that with fantastic suspension, geometry and rider aids, and the SUPER DUKE allows for unimaginable riding pleasure in all conditions at whatever speed you want, from very relaxed to very, very fast.
Taking the reins on the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R is via an upright, wide handlebar with allows riders 22 mm adjustment range with four positions. A set of adjustable hand levers complete the picture
The traditional brake and gear shift lever you'd expect on a motorcycle, but with three-way adjustability for the gear shift & brake lever.
BODYWORK & GRAPHICS
Fresh decals, a sharp rear end, aggressive tank spoilers and air intakes, portrays the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R's brutal attitude. The reduction of plastic parts shouts 'NAKED' and creates a BEAST that is always READY TO RACE.
There is no chance of mistaking the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R for anything else in the parking lot. An aggressive headlight mask houses powerful LEDs, while 6 additional LEDs make up a halo of daytime running lights. This means extra safety and additional visibility on the road.
In order to access the multitude of assistance systems on the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R, there is an illuminated menu switch on the left side of the handlebar. It features a very simple and intuitive "up" and "down" menu selection. The Cruise Control switch can also be found on the left-hand cluster.
TFT COLOR DISPLAY
Just like fighter pilots need information available to them at a moment's notice, so do KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R riders. The TFT display fitted to the SUPER DUKE R gives riders all the information they want at a moment's glance. This means less time looking down, and more time looking ahead.
SOFTWARE & ELECTRONICS
Unrivaled braking from world market leader BREMBO, and assistance system MTC (Motorcycle Traction Control) and lean-angle sensitive ABS developed in close collaboration with BOSCH, round off the package and help the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R lead from start to finish. They allow you to either unleash the full potential of THE BEAST or to reign in its fury to easily and instantly adapt to changing riding conditions and personal needs, with the simple flick of a switch.
MSC (MOTORCYCLE STABILITY CONTROL) WITH CORNERING ABS
Taming THE BEAST is a state-of-the-art 9.1 MP modulator, which unites the talents of efficient braking and pressure modulation with the high quality of BREMBO. This means bringing a rampaging KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R to a controlled stop is as easy as putting one finger on the level.
Who doesn't like the odd drift? The KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R is no different. By selecting Supermoto Mode, riders can disable ABS on the rear wheel and leave their mark everywhere!
RIDE MODE TECHNOLOGY
The rider has a choice of three ride modes on the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R, which can be selected quickly 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.
MTC (MOTORCYCLE TRACTION CONTROL)
Motorcycle Traction Control or MTC, is a lean-angle sensitive traction control system. This takes the contact patch of tires into account, and auto adjusts its interference accordingly. Depending on the selected ride mode, MTC allows three different levels of traction slip at the rear wheel. Of course, it can be entirely disabled to unleash THE BEAST.
KTM RACE ON SYSTEM
Forget about ignition keys and mechanically locked fuel caps, the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R features KTM RACE ON! All you need is the transponder key in your pocket and you can unlock THE BEAST.
Long motorway journeys are easily dispatched with the SUPER DUKE R's cruise control system. Easily activated and controlled by a switch on the left hand side of the handlebar, riders can set cruise control in 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th gear, between 40 km/h and 200 km/h. That's one way to save energy for the twisty bits.
TPMS (TIRE PRESSURE MONITORING SYSTEM)
As its name implies, the TPMS monitors tire pressure and warns riders of potential tire damage in the event of pressure loss on the TFT display. An added convenience when you want to spend more time on the road and less time checking air pressures.
ATIR (AUTOMATIC TURN INDICATOR RESET)
Auto-cancelling turn signals are a big improvement in terms of safety, as it is now impossible to for forget that they are activated and flashing into infinitum. Indicators stop flashing after 10 seconds and in 150 meters.
KTM MY RIDE
A smartphone can be tethered wirelessly to the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R's TFT display, giving you full control over your audio player and incoming calls. All relevant cellular information gets displayed on the dash, allowing you to interact via the bar-mounted menu switch, keeping your hands where they belong.
ACCESSORIES & LUGGAGE
Not enough for you? Well adding even more performance to this BEAST is only reserved for the brave! All KTM PowerParts are developed for their respective machines, meaning that KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R riders only get parts that perfectly complement their ride and provide the same 'factory fit' straight from the dealer - allowing you to refine your BEAST's functionality, look and feel to better fit your personal needs.
With its ultra-lightweight yet extremely stable trellis frame, a beautifully manufactured single-sided swingarm, the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R exceeds all requirements for stability and control.
2-cylinder, 4-stroke, V 75°
Power in kw
Forced oil lubrication with 3 oil pumps
PASC (TM) slipper clutch, hydraulically actuated
Keihin EMS with RBW and cruise control, double ignition
5.57 l/100 km
Chrome-moly tubular space frame, powder-coated
WP USD Ø 48 mm
Suspension travel (front)
Suspension travel (rear)
2 x Brembo monoblock four-piston radial fixed calliper, brake discs, floating
Brembo twin-piston fixed calliper, brake disc
Front brake disc diameter
Rear brake disc diameter
Two-channel Bosch 9.1 MP ABS (incl. Cornering ABS and Supermoto mode Disengegable)
X-Ring 5/8 x 5/16"
Steering head angle
Tank capacity (approx.)