2014 KTM Super Duke 1290 R Finally Revealed

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

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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.

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Technical Specifications of the 2014 KTM Super Duke 1290 R:

ENGINE TYPE 2-cylinder, 4-stroke, V 75°
DISPLACEMENT 1.301 ccm
BORE/STROKE 108/71 mm
POWER 132 kW (180 HP) at 8.870 rounds/min
STARTING AID Electric starter/12V 11.2Ah
TRANSMISSION 6 gears
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 SUSPENSION WP-USD Ø 48 mm
REAR SUSPENSION WP-Monoshock
FRONT BRAKE 2 x Brembo four piston, radially bolted caliper, brake disc Ø 320 mm
REAR BRAKE Brembo fixed mounted two-piston brake calipers
BRAKE SYSTEM Bosch 9ME Combined-ABS
CHAIN X-Ring 5/8 x 5/16″
STEERING HEAD ANGLE 65,1°
WHEEL BASE 1.482 ± 12 mm
GROUND CLEARANCE 140 mm
SEAT HEIGHT 835 mm
TANK CAPACITY 18 l Unleaded premium fuel (95 RON)
DRY WEIGHT 189 kg

Source: KTM