KTM 1290 Super Duke R prototype unveiled

KTM recently released a glimpse of the new 1290 Super Duke R, a bike that the company refers to as a “Beast” on its blog.

The official release and pictures coming in from the just-concluded EICMA show highlight the loud design theme of the new naked, including orange graphics, two-toned alloy wheels, a “hooligan cam” mounted just above the tail, and a custom Akrapovic exhaust pipe. These indicate that the prototype is likely to be a trade-show special, and a production version with a slightly toned-down design theme could follow soon.

Mechanically, the bike is expected to include a new chassis, ride-by-wire throttle control, WP suspension, and a 182PS 1,290cc V-twin engine that could be a bored-out version of the motor from the KTM 1190 RC8 R.

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