KTM Super Duke 1290 R Debut Coming Very Soon

09/18/2013 @ 1:29 pm, by Jensen Beeler12 COMMENTS


In just eleven days, the KTM Super Duke 1290 R is going to make its official production debut. We have already seen the KTM 1290 Super Duke R prototype, which took the 2012 EICMA show by storm.

We have also already seen Jeremy McWilliams take the RC8-powered street-naked up “The World’s Most Famous Driveway” at the Goodwood Festival of speed, which of course only whet our appetite further for “The Beast” that KTM has created.

Just in case we forgot about all that though, KTM has created a teaser website for the Super Duke 1290 R, complete with countdown clock, along with another teaser video.

With KTM hoping to reignite its on-road offerings with the release of the 2014 KTM Super Duke 1290, it will be interesting to see how the machine stacks up against the eagerly anticipated BMW S1000RR naked bike, which we caught testing ahead of its debut.

Source: KTM

  • TexusTim

    hey..your back for your (brometheus tour) the music sounds like satin is trying to escape the singer and attack us….hey any update on hayden and apprila ? this is the top story till next race weekend unless stoner says he wants his honda ride back and they let pedrosa go…lol…poor guy first he has to deal with stoner then marquez as a teammate…o..a faster “i won” or “am going to win a championship” teamate..damn it

  • Who wants a 1000cc inline 4 naked anyways… it is all about torque when it comes to street bikes, in my opinion… bring on the 1290 SDR. I just hope the handling is on par with the racebred bikes..

  • jet

    That burn’t orange is fawkin ugly.But it and paint it is what i say…imo

  • Ken C.

    I really hope the paint scheme is nothing like the prototype. My eyes are still bleeding from looking at it.

  • Gonzo

    No matter what it looks like, it will still be WAAAAAY overpriced for what it is.

    KTM stands for Kosts Too Much.

  • smiler

    Anyone know why it is called the Super Duke. seems like an odd name.

  • John

    Dear KTM,



  • GM

    Good lord! That song is brutal! Anyone know what it is?

  • John John

    I want to be excited. In Oz the RC8 is way overpriced and they wanted near $5k for a can.
    I want one, but im setting myself up for disappointment now so its easier to move on.

    Dear KTM, price it properly, your not that exotic………

  • paulus – Thailand

    Nakeds with massive powerful engines… this is the choice for me.
    The super-sports is dead (at least for me at 40+)

    Awesome Orange!

  • Paul McM

    Glad that this machine is coming into production. But watching/listening to that video is like having spikes driven into my skull. No thanks… On the other hand, the initial 1290 Super Duke R teaser video is fantastic: http://youtu.be/6h1e9oulMd8

  • MikeD

    @Paul McM:
    Nothing can match the ORIGINAL BEAST ! Too bad the exhaust layout of the beast couldn’t make it to the production model.

    +1000, i have a thing for these super nakeds too, even if only i know how to use 1/16 of it’s power. I lust daily for a 09+ VMAX, FUEL ECONOMY AND LACK OF A 6th GEAR BE DAMNED ! or a K1600R !

    @John John:
    KTM exotic ? LMAO, their RC8R is not even up to base 1199 Panigale standards, meh . . . even the ANCIENT 2014 R1 got more gizmos than it.


    I’m almost positive you are talking about the “Patriot” Paint Job, right ? If so, that was only a one of for their North American dealers meeting.

    @Jet: KTM and Orange are one entity, can’t split one from the other.

    I do. These ones: