Video: Developing the KTM Super Duke 1290 R

10/10/2013 @ 6:02 am, by Jensen Beeler5 COMMENTS


In order to develop the KTM Super Duke 1290 R, KTM employed ex-GP racer Jeremy McWilliams to put The Beast through its paces, and make it the asphalt terrorizing machine that it is.

Helping go over those developments with us, McWilliams is aided by Toby Moody (his voice may sound familiar to MotoGP fans of a Eurosport persuasion), as the duo speaks from what looks like Kiska’s design studio.

The six-minute video is a PR piece of course, but it is interesting to hear McWilliams’ thoughts on the machine.

He and Moody spend quite a bit of time going over the Super Duke 1290 R’s electronic systems, with the clear intention of addressing the concerns of motorcycling’s Luddite contingency — we think they succeeded in this regard. KTM, just stop teasing us and take our money already!

Source: KTM

  • aaron

    pfft. I think I’ll wait a few years until the 1590 R comes out.

  • JeCo

    This might not big a huge hit in the US but in 15-20 years these will be highly sought after. I will be proud to say I own one (soon to be at least).

    Thank you KTM!

    On a side note, KTM will you be providing drivers license insurance with the 1290R? I think I will need it.

  • Andrey

    So just as Ducati drops the StreetFighter from its range KTM comes out with a model not only very similar in design, but ups the ante a couple of notches!!! The StreetFighter is an absolutely amazing machine but this looks at least as good if not better.
    Two fantastic bikes and two very interesting assessments of the market.
    It will be interesting to see how well this sells. I hope KTM have a winner here … and I would love to see a test between the SF and the 1290R!

  • MikeD

    I just want to say it looks fantastic in Black.
    Does it comes with the fancy Bosch stability control of the 1190 Adventure ?

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