KTM 1290 Super Duke R Gets an Update for 2017

11/08/2016 @ 4:37 am, by Jensen Beeler29 COMMENTS

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Call it The Beast 2.0, because the KTM 1290 Super Duke R is getting an upgrade for the 2017 model year, debuting today at the EICMA show in Milan, Italy.

The first most noticable change is the new LED headlight, which will debut throughout the Duke line, and draws links to KTM’s remodeled Adventure bikes, which have a similar LED setup.

KTM has also modified the TFT dash, which seems like a minor change, except the old version always made the streetfighter feel cheaper than its price tag suggested. The new dash richens the user experience with its look and feel, and is a welcomed addition to the 2017 KTM 1290 Super Duke R.

Of course, the change your most interested in is the revised 1,301cc v-twin engine, which has a reworked cylinder head and intake, and now produces 177hp. Cornering ABS from Bosch has also been added, with the IMU also helping control the traction control system.

KTM lists the changes for 2017 KTM 1290 Super Duke R as the following: 

  • 10 mm shorter velocity stack to enhance power and broaden the usable powerband
  • New resonator chambers placed on the cylinder head for smoother power at low RPM
  • Higher compression ratio of 13.6:1 thanks to the flat design of machined titanium inlet valves with chromium nitride coating
  • New 48 mm USD split front forks by WP suspension with separate damping circuits with stiffer fork springs and sportier settings
  • New WP shock absorber with a stiffer spring for a more balanced chassis
  • Metzeler M7RR super sport tires for high levels of grip and handling
  • Motorcycle Stability Control (MSC) with cornering ABS by Bosch including Supermoto mode
  • Optional dealer-installed Performance Pack combines Motor Slip Regulation (MSR), Quickshifter (up and down), and KTM MY RIDE
  • Optional dealer-installed Track Pack with ‘Track’ ride mode, which allows three drive modes, anti-wheelie off, TC slip adjust, and launch control
  • Cruise control for long distance convenience
  • Keyless system for less hassle and security

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Source: KTM

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