When the first KTM 990 SUPER DUKE models broke cover in 2005, they brought a startling combination of supermoto hooliganism and street bike utility. Radical, powerful, snappy, and unabashedly raw, the SUPER DUKE rapidly became the ideal bike for a generation of motorcycle enthusiasts yearning for pure, 2-wheeled fury. Fast ahead to 2019 and an entirely new KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R broke cover. Engineered to be a naked machine from the ground up, this was no stripped-back sports bike concept. The design team polished and reviewed the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R from every perspective, concentrating on the posture and the ergonomic contact between the rider and the machine. It was a departure from its Supermoto beginnings, with a more considerable emphasis on handling and general usefulness – but without sacrificing any ‘THE BEAST’ characteristic bite. However, the technical team was hellbent on pushing the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R chassis even harder. And thus, from the deepest, darkest regions of the KTM workshop comes the 2021 1290 Super Duke RR KTM Sports Motorcycle.
2021 1290 Super Duke RR KTM Sports Motorcycle – Features and Specs
Engine & Exhaust
Gone are the days of complex air-filter maintenance. Thanks to an easy-to-access air filter box, replacing your air filter for a new pair of lungs is as simple as making sportbike racers weep.
Boasting 180 horsepower and 140 Nm, the 1,301 cc LC8, V-Twin, this throbbing heart of the BEAST demands little introduction. However, according to the times, this engine is EURO5 homologated, but most importantly, and thanks to an overall weight reduction of 9 kg – 2021 1290 Super Duke RR KTM Sports Motorcycle has a great power to weight ratio of 1:1.
PANKL, a well-known brand in the performance gearbox industry, was the natural option for the behemoth V-Twin. Why? Simply put, faster acceleration results from lighter level action and shorter shift periods.
The 2021 1290 Super Duke RR KTM Sports Motorcycle’s Ride-by-Wire goes the additional mile. The rider’s throttle inputs are electronically translated into the optimal throttle valve locations for the present riding circumstances. The days of choking, jolting, and unintentional wheelies are over. However, you should be prepared for the possibility that voluntary ones could soon be extinct.
There are four-piston BREMBO Stylema monobloc calipers on the front of this BEAST and two-piston floating BREMBO Stylema monoblocs on the back of this BEAST.
To boost torsional stiffness, 2021 1290 Super Duke RR KTM Sports Motorcycle’s frame utilizes the engine. When you can ride with ease and self-assurance, you’re on your way to a speedier ride. Maximizing input from the chassis and front tire is the key to achieving this goal. To achieve the best possible balance between rigidity and weight, the framework uses tubes with large diameters but thin walls.
The carbon fiber undertray weighs just 850 grams and is packed with features to help you conserve weight and get more bang for your buck. To provide a more aggressive image, the license plate holder and taillights are bolted directly to the subframe structure without the need for extra brackets or attachments.
For optimum lean angle, while chasing sport bikes around apexes, the lightweight, single-sided swingarm is created. The swingarm works with the engine’s position and the frame to prevent undesirable squatting during heavy acceleration.
The 2021 1290 Super Duke RR KTM Sports Motorcycle’s suspension components may be compared to the muscles that help the bike’s engine deliver power to the ground as efficiently as possible. Every part of this track-shredding BEAST has been carefully examined to enhance its handling, adaptability, and performance.
Seven-spoke wheels are the newest thing. The 2021 1290 Super Duke RR KTM Sports Motorcycle rides on lightweight forged wheels measuring 6,00″x17″ and 3,5″x17″. KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R wheels weigh 1,5 kg lighter than the RC16 racer’s wheels, which are based on the same design criteria as these new wheels. As a consequence, what happened? Improved braking, acceleration, and cornering responsiveness due to reduced unsprung weight.
To have the best of both worlds, Michelin Power Cup2 tires have been fitted to this 2021 1290 Super Duke RR KTM Sports Motorcycle. Due to their unique dual-compound construction, these treaded slicks warm up rapidly on the track. It has 120/70 ZR17 front tires and a 200/55/ZR17 rear tire.
Ergonomics & Comfort
Adjustable to 12 different configurations, these CNC-machined aluminum footpegs were explicitly designed for track usage and included carbon heel protectors. The lean angle is likewise increased, and the foot grip is improved over standard. Switching things around and moving in the other direction is a good idea. There’s no issue with it.
With a 760mm broad handlebar, finding an ideal sitting position is a cinch. Four classes over 22mm, from front to back, let riders choose their optimum reach for aggressive corners and hold on down the straights.
Weapons designed to slaughter railroad tracks need special seats. KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R sports an all-new seat, 10mm higher than the standard model’s, to compensate for this fact. As a result, the seat height may be reduced to 835 millimeters. They were reducing the seat height by a few millimeters. For optimum grip while yet allowing for enough mobility and comfort, the seat has been designed. An “RR” logo completes the look flawlessly.
Adjustable to 12 different configurations, these CNC-machined aluminum footpegs were explicitly designed for track usage and included carbon heel protectors. The lean angle is likewise increased, and the foot grip is improved over standard. What if you were to reverse your shifting pattern and try something new? There won’t be any issues with it either.
Bodywork & Graphics
Bright, visual aposematic signals serve as warning indications in the animal world. The further you should back away from an organism, the brighter and more noticeable it is. In terms of hyper-naked motorcycles, the KTM SUPER DUKE RR is the most extreme and meanest. The KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE RR’s muscular creases are set off wonderfully by a premium palette of distinctive, contrasting colors, tones, and materials.
On the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE RR, we’ve gone even more NAKED than before. Almost all body panels are constructed of carbon fiber in the never-ending quest to reduce weight. For maximum weight savings, every aspect of the meetings, down to their thickness, was meticulously examined. In addition, they give rigidity and a more muscular, intimidating appearance to the vehicle.
Software & Electronics
Using KTM MY RIDE, you retain complete control over your smartphone while on the road. KTM MY RIDE provides turn-by-turn navigation, access to your music collection, and the ability to make and receive phone calls straight from your dashboard using a mobile app on your smart device.
Like the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R, the headlamp mask also serves as an intake snorkel on this motorcycle. In addition to enhancing its overall appearance, the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE RR provides adequate light when the sun goes down. Daytime running lights, in addition to making you stand out amid a sea of sad sports bike riders, also increase your visibility to other motorists.
A 5-inch tilt-adjustable TFT panel dominates the dash with cutting-edge style and functionality. Riders benefit from a more user-friendly menu layout that makes it easier to navigate and customize their favorite riding configurations. When you don’t want to look down, the display’s scratch-resistant and bonded glass helps reduce glare.
2021 1290 Super Duke RR KTM Sports Motorcycle – Technical Specifications
|Power in KW||132 kW|
|Clutch||PASC (TM) slipper clutch, hydraulically actuated|
|CO2 Emissions||125 g/km|
|EMS||Keihin EMS with RBW and cruise control, double ignition|
|Design||2-cylinder, 4-stroke, V 75°|
|Fuel Consumption||Four l/100 km|
|Lubrication||Forced oil lubrication with three oil pumps|
|Tank Capacity (Approx.)||16 l|
|Front Brake Disc Diameter||320 mm|
|Rear Brake Disc Diameter||240 mm|
|Front Brake||2 x Brembo Stylema Monobloc four-piston, radially mounted caliper|
|Rear Brake||Brembo twin-piston fixed caliper, brake disc|
|Dry Weight||180 kg|
|Frame Design||Chrome-moly tubular space frame, powder-coated|
|Ground Clearance||160 mm|
|Seat Height||837 mm|
|Steering Head Angle||6 °|
|Suspension Travel (Front)||130 mm|
|Suspension Travel (Rear)||140 mm|