2014 KTM Super Duke 1290 R Finally Revealed

10/01/2013 @ 12:40 pm, by Jensen Beeler13 COMMENTS


The countdown clock is at zero, and that means the wait is over for the 2014 KTM Super Duke 1290 R. At EICMA last year, they called it “The Beast” and with 177hp (132 kW) coming from the 1,301cc v-twin engine, we are inclined to agree.

As svelte as it is powerful, the KTM Super Duke 1290 R tips the scales at 417 lbs dry, and comes with a ride-by-wire throttle control system, along with traction control and ABS that can be disengaged, as A&R also predicted.

Using the KTM RC8 R engine as its base, the Austrians have bored the 75° v-twin out to 108mm (+3mm), with a stroke of 71mm (+2mm), which in addition to the horsepower boost, helps give the KTM Super Duke 1290 R a peak 106 lbs•ft of torque, with 74 lbs•ft available at just 2,500 rpm.

Braking is handled by Brembo, with 320mm discs up front, mated to Brembo M50 monobloc calipers. Fully adjustable WP suspension pieces are fore and aft as well.




Technical Specifications of the 2014 KTM Super Duke 1290 R:

ENGINE TYPE 2-cylinder, 4-stroke, V 75°
BORE/STROKE 108/71 mm
POWER 132 kW (180 HP) at 8.870 rounds/min
STARTING AID Electric starter/12V 11.2Ah
ENGINE LUBRICATION Pressure lubrication with 3 Eaton pumps
COOLING SYSTEM Liquid cooling
CLUTCH PASC slipper clutch, hydraulically operated
ENGINE MANAGEMENT/IGNITION Keihin EMS with DBW, double ignition
FRAME Chromium-Molybdenum-Steel trellis frame, powder coated
HANDLEBAR Aluminium, konifiziert Ø 28/22 mm
FRONT BRAKE 2 x Brembo four piston, radially bolted caliper, brake disc Ø 320 mm
REAR BRAKE Brembo fixed mounted two-piston brake calipers
CHAIN X-Ring 5/8 x 5/16″
WHEEL BASE 1.482 ± 12 mm
TANK CAPACITY 18 l Unleaded premium fuel (95 RON)

Source: KTM

  • Jake F.

    This is madness.

    I like madness.

  • Halfie30

    So can we expect an updated RC8R soon? I’d like the pair in my garage!

  • Dear Lord! The only way to make this thing any sicker is if it was a two-stroke. I think I’m in love, I wanna have the 1290s baby.

    Now of course this thread will be deluged with those complaining about the ABS brakes and electronic enhancements. What kind of slack-jawed pussy would want fly by wire throttle control anyway? Just because they were putting fly by wire in F-16s back in 1976, doesn’t mean we want our motorcycles polluted with it here in the 21st century. Real men have throttle cables, and real men handle their business when they hydroplaned out of control in the rain at 150 mph.

  • eg

    Well I am one of those guys bitching, because what ever happened to the white and orange wheels, why is the cluster so high up resembling some fedora hat, where is the pressurized fork, and why is the SDR not Full Fat (no split cans and akra headers), why are the calipers not blacked out, and where are the colours we saw at the Eicma and where is my single seat? Even the front wheel fender is too big on this. The black is sweet though and perhaps all will change once i see the bike up close. In all its decent but nothing like the impression we all got when we saw the 07 R. And even after 6 years, with the exception of ducati’s Street fighter no other naked bike looks half as good as KTM’s 07 SDR. The previous SDR is so bad-ass i just bought another one. An 08 with 1500 miles which should ship out to me later this week.

    Good work on the tank and the new SSS but overall the performance numbers are earth shattering. I’d rather pay more for something radical like you did in 07. Now one has to start tinkering and how on earth to I solve that mountain of a cluster. And oh its 2013, LCD would have been nice like ducati did the Pani.

  • paulus – thailand

    Nice Job…. and a single swing arm to boot!

  • Smitchell

    Yeesh, am I so old and crotchety at 35 years that I prefer the original x 1000? At least I’d spend less…

  • Mormont
  • Adubbs

    I even like the headlight treatment. Well done!

  • smiler

    Agree about those really funky orange and white wheels (see below). The wheel design though is great. 1290R. Won’t be slow then. Get rid of that Subaru Imprezza howitzer exhaust immediately. Hopefully you can turn off the Bosch three letter abreviations for when you want to be a super hero.


    Good job. The update to the RC8 will be interesting.

    Seems Austrians and in particular those in Mattighofen have their uses after all.

  • “That Guy”

    Best bike to come out in awhile.

    Obviously something like this is way beyond Hondas capabilities now.

    On the KTM 1290 website…….

    What is the #10 Special going to be?

    How can it get 10 times better?

  • MikeD

    First things FIRST:

    (Peter Griffin Voice): IN YOUR FACE TUONO, IN YOUR FACE !!!! Tank You KTM for being a LEADING EXAMPLE and NOT WATERING DOWN this awesome engine for your naked moto.
    Yes, i’m looking at all you other PANCY OEMs, MAN UP BITCHES !

    YES, let’s see what you have, BMW and Ducati !

    That round-bubbly-a bit massive front fender is not in the same page as the Origami/lean muscular looks of the rest of the bike (wish i’m fond of).

    The Howitzer Exhaust Can can be fixed. It actually looks “decent” next to what Kawasaki currently slaps on their Z1000 and the new one coming(it’s a given).

    Black and Orange wheels probably are an option . . . $$$$$$$$$$$. U want it, got to pay for it.

    Split exhaust . . . REALLY ? C’mon dude, i’m a self-aware daydreamer but even I saw that one had as much of a chance of making it to the production model as much as a candle staying lit outdoors as Katrina raped the Gulf Coast.

    That headlite truly looks like it’s sliding down, LOL. Maybe it’ll grow on me.

    Rear 2/3 view is awesome, reminds me of an really strong ORANGE Ox. LOL.

    I’m kinda confused how it didn’t come with standard ANTI-WHEELY Control with all that power, decent weight and relatively short wheelbase.
    I guess a smooth-“responsible” right hand is a MUST unless u are a motorcyclist deity.

    And to those of you that “don’t need” a safety net to save your lower backs, well . . . CONGRATULATIONS !!!!! IT ALL CAN BE TURNED OFF, MORE POWER TO YOU ! Yay ! w/e.

    I WANT A 1290 SM-T ! ! ! OR BETTER FAIRED Sport Tourer with THAT APE OF AN ENGINE.


    I really doubt they will slap anything bigger than 1.2L on the RC8R (it wouldn’t be considered a super bike anymore, more like an open class bike, Hayabusa, ZX-14, K1300GT, etc).

    That is if they care about some form of racing by then.

  • TheSwede

    Ok KTM lets get to the good stuff. Where is my RC390?!

  • Mariani

    @Aaron B. Brown.

    F16, huh? Good one! Thanks for trying, but maybe you should actually read into those comments before coming up with such nonsense. Again.

    . . .

    Anyway, I thought it would be a lot heavier and nowhere near as powerful as that. Not bad.
    Although I still want those big chunks of plastic off of it. Ugh, just rip them off!

    Now is off to Duke, Beemer and perhaps Kawasaki (?) to challenge it.