Come Watch the KTM 1290 Super Duke R Shred Some Tires

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Here’s another break from the doom and gloom that is coming with the coronavirus, and this time we thank the good folks at the “Ready to Race” brand for making a tire-shredding video with the KTM 1290 Super Duke R.

Revised for the 2020 model year, the venerable “Beast” comes with an all-new chassis, and many improvements over the outgoing model.

While the top power figure of 177hp (132 kW) remains, coupled to a whopping 103 lbs•ft (140 Nm) of torque, the KTM 1290 Super Duke R gets a weight reduction for the 2020 model year, with the Austrians claiming 416 lbs (189kg) when dry.

Helping keep all that power in check is a new six-axis IMU, which helps power traction control, wheelie control, and cornering ABS (with rear-wheel “supermoto” mode, as it should be).

Braking is handled by Brembo, with Stylema calipers featuring at the front, which is a nice upgrade from the outgoing Brembo M50 units. Suspension is done by WP, with 48mm APEX forks now at the front, and an APEX shock at the rear.

Of course, our favorite addition (because we’re weird like that) is the big “fish finder” TFT dash, which is intuitively laid out.

The streetfighter segment is hot right now, and part of the reason for that is because of the KTM 1290 Super Duke R. It is the perfect distraction from this week’s headlines of doom and plague. Enjoy!

Jensen Beeler

Despite his best efforts, Jensen is called one of the most influential bloggers in the motorcycle industry, and sometimes consults for motorcycle companies, whether they've solicited his expertise or not.