Hundreds of hours and thousands of test miles firmly cement KTM’s king of naked bikes on the cutting-edge of high-adrenaline motorcycling. Thanks to the sophisticated resonator chambers on the cylinder heads, designed to polish the torque output in the low to mid-engine speed range, the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R powertrain runs smoothly while delivering maximum power. Ultimately, it is the seemingly minor details that enhance power, such as the carefully optimized intake flange that alone widens the power band by 500 rpm. Every piece, system, nut and bolt of the 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 multifunctional TFT display and the LED headlight.

The optional “Track Pack” including launch control, spin adjuster, a track ride mode, freely configurable ignition mapping and anti-wheelie off function. Then there is the optional “Performance Pack” to include motor slip regulation (MSR) and the Quickshifter+. The KTM MY RIDE smartphone and audio player integration comes now as standard. The optional anti-wheelie mode can disengage the anti-wheelie function of the MTC, and with the KTM RACE ON transponder key in your pocket, you can forget about ignition keys and mechanically locked fuel caps.