Since '02 xBhp is different things to different people. From a close knit national community of bikers to India's only motorcycling lifestyle magazine and a place to make like-minded biker friends. Join us

Castrol Power 1

Practice slow-speed riding.

Our Partners


No announcement yet.

EICMA 2019: Even more 'beastly'; 2020 KTM 1290 Super Duke R

  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • EICMA 2019: Even more 'beastly'; 2020 KTM 1290 Super Duke R

    The apex predator, THE BEAST has been revamped by KTM for 2020. Faster, sharper, and more brutal than ever, EICMA 2019 welcomes the 2020 KTM 1290 Super Duke R!

    Press Release:

    The KTM 1290 Super Duke R has become one of the pillars of the motorcycle market and arguably the definition of the power and might that can define a naked bike. It is an icon. For eight years THE BEAST has turned riders inside- out, upside-down and back-to-front with the bottomless sea of LC8 engine torque, pace and track-like handling for the street and with an aesthetic that keeps other road users busy and almost distracted at traffic lights.

    Punch, pleasure, precision and – dare to say it – perfection leaves many KTM fans and KTM 1290 Super Duke R admirers wondering where the wizards in the depths of R&D could possibly steer this ferocious but also eminently rideable and functional motorcycle for the latest generation model.

    The quest to hone feeling and shed kilos while maintaining the strong philosophy that the KTM 1290 Super Duke R is not a track bike (but uses almost every ounce of its performance and engineering, design and construction to suggest otherwise) has led to a brand new chassis for 2020.

    Weight reduction has been the analysis criteria for every component and has been achieved with aplomb when it comes to the 2020 frame. The concept involves a new degree of torsional stiffness – three times more than the previous version of the KTM 1290 Super Duke R – and use of the engine as a stressed member.

    The clocks barely stopped for the amount of testing mileage accrued to synchronize the new frame, swingarm, triple clamps and forks to inflate the amount of feedback provided by the front tire in all conditions. The target was to create a fast and thrilling road bike with track ambitions. Riders can dip towards greater lean angles with more confidence and the improved agility means a mid-corner correction is easier. The subframe of cast aluminium/composite and newly forged triple clamps trim away more ballast. Add the WP APEX suspension - newly developed WP APEX shock absorber - and more gains have been made.

    An updated LC8 engine is something that will leave anyone with experience of the KTM 1290 Super Duke R rubbing their hands in anticipation. Also alluring are modifications such as lighter engine cases with linkage mounting, feather-light titanium valves, 56mm throttle bodies with additional top feeder injectors, more powerful engine coils for improved combustion, optimized crankcases, and a smoother shifting Pankl gearbox.

    Electronics have been phased and re-programmed to increase feedback for the rider: a new generation traction control with a 6 axis lean angle sensor means the KTM 1290 Super Duke R continues to bear the finest work and ingenuity of the KTM technical crew. Ride modes – RAIN, STREET, SPORT & TRACK (optional) – have been changed to give the user more sensitivity and feedback with the current setting of the engine.

    The information is beamed out of the dash by the new five-inch TFT display made of scratch and glare-resistant glass and it’s angle adjustable. The software has been overhauled in the aim to be more intuitive; the thinking is extended. THE BEAST now boasts sharper, more extreme lines then ever before and the design language embodies the READY TO RACE slogan. The 1301 cc will be force-fed with air via the air intake system through the centre of the LED lights.

    Bridgestone S22 tires have been developed with a specific rear carcass for the KTM 1290 Super Duke R and the bike’s comprehensive ‘diet plan’ and along with the CAD engineered five-spoke wheels and the 4-piston Brembo Stylema callipers have played their part in a lighter machine.

    KTM’s POWERPARTS can take the KTM 1290 Super Duke R closer to a track duty role. They can make this unmistakeable motorcycle more personal and even more striking.

    2020 KTM 1290 Super Duke R Specifications:

    -More powerful LC8 V-twin with the new, lighter crankcase, shower injectors and further enhanced peripherals, max. output: 132 kW (180 hp), max. torque: 140 Nm, emissions: Euro 4

    -Latest-generation, lean-angle sensitive traction control with 6-axis IMU and completely updated functions in all ride modes

    -Super lightweight chrome-molybdenum steel trellis frame with larger sectional diameters and thinner walls for enhanced rigidity

    -Super lightweight aluminium/carbon composite rear subframe

    -Single-sided swingarm with a linkage system and new WP APEX rear shock absorber with an external reservoir

    -Front brakes with Brembo Stylema 4-piston monobloc callipers and two 320 mm brake disks
    Last edited by NewsReaper; 11-06-2019, 08:22 PM.