KTM 1290 Super Duke R Review
Powerful Naked Beast!!Friday, November 15, 2013
Design and Style
KTM Sportmotorcycle AG is a motorcycle, moped and bicycle manufacturing company of Austria which was founded in 1934 by an engineer named Hans Trunkenpolz. It was a metal working shop when first started and was called Kraftfahrzeuge Trunkenpolz Mattighofen. It has its headquarters in Mattighofen, Austria and by 1954, started manufacturing motorcycles.
Over the years, it has acquired a unique place among the companies which produces off-road motorcycles and in the last decade, also established themselves as reliable street motorcycle manufacturers. Recently, the Austrian manufacturer unveiled another masterpiece, KTM 1290 Super Duke R on October 1, 2013. The worldwide launch of this stylish naked bike will be expected to happen in 2013 EICMA event which starts from November 5, 2013. It was first showcased as a prototype model at 2012 EICMA in Italy where it was hugely praised and caught everyone's attention. There are also the speculations of its entrance in Indian market on its worldwide launch in November as a part of KTM's joint venture with Bajaj Autos in India.
KTM 1290 Super Duke R has a sharp headlight with daytime running lights and a cool exhaust design with overall stunning looks and an incredible power to weight ratio. It has a powder-coated Chromium-Molybdenum-Steel Trellis frame while the carbon fiber is used for other parts and the machine is completed by a single-sided aluminium swing arm with 50mm rear axle. It has Bosch 9ME braking system combined with ABS and Traction Control and thus also guarantees the safety aspect and will be a light-weight bike. It also has nice low-pressure and die-cast wheels with tailor-made Dunlop Sportsmart tires. It has WP suspension system which includes 48mm diameter Upside-Down forks with gas pressure reservoir at front and Monoshock Absorbers at rear. It has a large wheelbase of 1482mm or 1494mm for a stable ride and a good ground clearance of 140mm for a bump-free ride. The seat height is 835mm while the fuel tank capacity is 18 litres. The weight of this spectacular bike without fuel is 189 kgs.
KTM 1290 Super Duke R has a 1301cc, 2-cylinders, 4-stroke, Liquid-cooled, Hydraulically-operated PASC Slipper Clutch, Pressure Lubrication with 3 Eaton pumps, Double-ignition, Keihin EMS with DBW, 75degrees V-twin RC8R engine with a maximum power of 180 bhp at 8870 rpm and a maximum torque of 144 Nm, out of which 100 Nm comes at 2500 rpm! The engine of this bike is mated to a six-speed manual transmission. The engine has a bore and stroke of 108mm and 71mm respectively. It reaches 0-200 kmph mark in just 7.2 seconds with low fuel consumption.
KTM 1290 Super Duke R has different modes to suit different personalities which includes Rain (smooth and limited power), Street (sporty, effective and super-swift) and Plus (ABS and even deactivation modes for ABS and Traction Control). The bike has 320mm diameter front disk brakes with dual Brembo four pistons and radially bolted calliper at front while Brembo fixed mounted two-piston brake callipers at rear. It also has a perfectly illuminating instrument console with a digital speedometer, fuel gauge and 2 trip meters, an analogue tachometer, low fuel, oil and battery indicators and a high oil temperature indicator. It has a self-start, a pass light and even a stand alarm. . It has a large service interval of 15,000 kms which makes the rider at ease.
KTM 1290 Super Duke R is a great combination of style, comfort, safety and performance with unique design and advanced features. The expected ex-showroom, Delhi price of this magnificent naked bike is INR 15 lakhs which may vary in different states.