2020 KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R

Posted on November 5, 2019 by Motorcycle Maniac.

Having shed its skin, the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R is now a leaner, meaner and an even more menacing hyper-naked bike than ever before. Mounted into an all-new chassis, beats an updated version of the renowned 75 degree, 1301 cc LC8, V-Twin heart, taking THE BEAST to the next level. Every piece, system, nut and bolt of the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R wants you to go fast and yet stay in control: the wide, low handlebar, the Brembo monobloc brakes, the MSC including cornering ABS, the glorious WP suspension, the optional, two-way Quickshifter+, the new multifunctional TFT display and the LED headlight. The KTM MY RIDE smartphone and audio player integration comes as standard, and with the KTM RACE ON transponder key in your pocket, you can forget about ignition keys and mechanically locked fuel caps.


    more powerful 1,301 cc LC8 V-Twin, with titanium inlet valves and resonator
    chambers on the cylinder heads, sets the standard in the naked segment in terms
    of horsepower and torque.
  • NEW
    thinner engine casings and revised water and oil cooler mounts have resulted in
    a 0.8 kg (1.7 lbs) weight saving.
  • NEW
    engine carrier bracket and linkage mount have been integrated into the engine
    case, allowing for a stiffer connection and resulting in a 5 mm higher swingarm
    pivot for improved stability and anti-squat.
  • NEW
    top-feeder injectors and 56 mm throttle bodies provide an improved air to fuel
    mixture at high rpms, providing more torque and better fuel economy throughout
    the rev range.
    PANKL gearbox provides quicker shift times, shorter shift action and lighter
    lever modulation.
  • NEW
    ram air intake positioned in the new headlight mask maximizes flow by forcing
    air into the combustion chambers, reducing the chance of low air pressure and
    increases the fuel burn rate.
  • NEW
    steel tank with 16 liter (4.2 gal) fuel capacity has been crafted with a new shape
    and angle designed to support the rider equally on the street and on the track.
  • NEW
    exhaust headers optimize gas flow, while 2 catalytic converters control
    emissions, without compromising the V-twin engine note or horsepower.
  • NEW
    ultra-lightweight chrome-molybdenum steel frame with the engine as a stressed
    member is 3 time stiffer and 2 kg (4.4 lbs) lighter than its predecessor,
    allowing for effortless, confidence-inspiring handling.
  • NEW
    and lighter composite subframe combines a number of functions to save weight
    and increase functionality.
  • NEW
    longer single-sided swingarm has been repositioned closer to the output
    sprocket for more control when putting the power down.
    lighter 48 mm WP APEX USD split front forks with separate damping circuits
    offer composed handling on and off the track. Rebound and compression damping
    are adjustable, as well as adjustable preload, new for 2020.  
    developed WP APEX rear shock absorber features separate gas and oil reservoirs,
    making it lighter and more compact than its predecessor. A ‘no-tools-needed’
    manual preload dial provides the ultimate in rear shock set-up.
  • NEW,
    lighter forged aluminum triple clamps with an offset of 32 mm have been matched
    to an aluminum steering column for added weight savings.
  • NEW
    linkage at the rear helps to smooth out rough roads, while still ensuring that
    full-attack track action remains uncompromised.
  • NEW
    CAD designed wheels offer a lighter build while keeping strength and looking
  • Brand-new
    Bridgestone S22 tires developed with a specific carcass in the rear for the KTM
    1290 SUPER DUKE R offers a more stable ride in corners, improving grip and
  • NEW
    reworked and updated ride modes have been designed to be less intrusive in all
    modes with smoother anti-wheelie functions.
  • MSC
    (Motorcycle Stability Control) with Cornering ABS by Bosch incl. Supermoto
    mode, Ride mode technology and multi-stage, lean angle sensitive Motorcycle
    Traction Control (MTC)
  • NEW
    lean angle
    sensitive Motorcycle Traction Control (MTC) uses a 6 axis lean angle sensor and
    two different controllers to keep things in check. The wheel-slip controller
    regulates the amount of spin or break in traction at the rear wheel. A pitch
    angle controller identifies and regulates abrupt changes in front wheel lift.
  • Optional
    “Track mode” includes launch control, 9-level spin adjuster, a track ride mode,
    and anti-wheelie off function.
  • Optional
    “Performance mode” takes the basic concept of “Track mode” but adapts it for
    the street. Riders are still able to adjust throttle response, wheel slip and
    anti-wheelie functions, but retain typical street functions such as Cruise
    Control and KTM MY RIDE.
  • Optional
    dealer-installed Performance Pack combines Motor Slip Regulation (MSR),
  • KTM
    MY RIDE comes as standard and features a Bluetooth connection to the rider’s
    smart phone to control audio playback and to accept phone calls.
  • NEW
    LED headlight and LED daytime running lights for an aggressive front profile
    and great visibility.  
  • NEW
    multifunctional TFT-dashboard with increased functionality displays all
    important information in a clear and bright display and is angle adjustable
    with a bonded glass display for scratch and glare resistance.
  • NEW
    menu switches with paddle buttons allows for quick and easy selection of Ride Modes,
    traction control slip adjust or to set two programmable switches for fast access
    to favored features or setting of their choosing.
  • NEW
    color ways and new bodywork that is aggressive, menacing and lean—every panel
    and plate has been calculated for optimum thickness and minimized wherever
  • Cruise
    control for long distance convenience.
  • KTM
    RACE ON keyless system for less hassle and increased security.  


Engine Type: 2-Cylinder, 4-Stroke, 75° V-Twin, DOHC

Displacement: 1,301 cc

Bore/Stroke: 108/71 mm

Starter: Electric; 12V 11.2Ah

Transmission: 6 Gears

Fuel System: Keihin EFI, 56 mm Throttle Body

Lubrication: Pressure Lubrication, 3 Eaton

Cooling: Liquid Cooling

Clutch: PASC Slipper Clutch, Hydraulically

Ignition: Keihin EMS with Ride-By-Wire, Dual

Frame: Chrome-moly Steel, Powder Coated

Subframe: Cast Aluminum/Composite

Aluminum, Tapered, Ø 28/22 mm

Front Suspension: WP APEX USD Ø 48 mm

Rear Suspension: WP APEX Monoshock

Suspension Travel Front/Rear: 125 mm/ 4.9 in;
140 mm/ 5.5 in

Front/Rear Brakes: Disc Brake 320 mm/240 mm

Front/Rear Wheels: 3.50 x 17”, 6.00 x

Front/Rear Tires: 120/70ZR17”; 200/55ZR17”

Steering Head Angle: 25.2º

Wheelbase: 1,497 mm ± 15 mm / 58.9 ± 0.6 in

Ground Clearance: 160 mm / 6.3 in

Seat Height: 835 mm / 32.8 in

Tank Capacity: 16 L / 4.2 gal

Dry Weight, Approx: 189 kg/ 416.6 lbs

MSRP: $18,699

Source: KTM North America

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