After teasing its official reveal with a countdown clock on a special website a couple of weeks ago, KTM has unveiled the much aniticipated 2014 Super Duke 1290 R in all its full glory. This beautifully sculpted and powerful bike, for those not in the know, is called “The Beast”.
KTM’s Duke model series have always been known to wear an aggressive stance and this new top model is not short of it. Apart from its muscularly sculptured bodywork, it also painted in its signature orange dominated corporate colours.
Beneath that, sits a 1,301 cc, 2 cylinder, 4-stroke, 75 degree V-twin engine that develops 180 hp at 8,870 rpm and 144 Nm of torque. KTM claims that 100 Nm can be obtained from just 2,500 rpms, giving the 189 kg dry weight beast a blistering 0 to 200 km/h acceleration of just 7.2 seconds through its 6-speed gearbox.
To control all that power, KTM has included a Bosch and Keihin ride-by-wire throttle control system, with traction control and ABS. Four switchable riding modes are offered: Rain, for smooth, limited power with early intervening traction control; Street, for sporty but effective, always appropriate and super-swift; Sport, for the full works, with sharp teeth and controlled drift feeling; and Plus, for Supermoto ABS for all pure drifters.
The CroMo steel tubular space frame is further enhanced by a stiff single-sided swingarm with 50 mm rear axle and eccentric adjustment. Brakes are a set of 320 mm disc with Brembo M50 monoblock callipers while wheels are an intricate, low-pressure, die-cast for light weight and stability.