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1290 Super Duke R 2018


1290 Super Duke R 2018 Media

Model Description

This is our punk record - pure, raw and straight to the point: speed. Its V-twin, the most powerful one we ever muscled into a street bike, beats the battle drums at 177 hp, while its purebred chassis is set to stay ahead when the straight is devoured. When corners become prey. Even on a bad day, thanks to state-of-the-art rider assistance systems. No, scratch that. Grin amplifiers.
With its ultra-lightweight yet extremely stable trellis frame, a beautifully manufactured single-sided swingarm and state-of-the-art WP suspension components, the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R exceeds all requirements for stability and control. Tubeless wheels, 17-inch front and rear, with the latest Metzeler M7RR tires offer tremendous traction on asphalt and let you exploit the bike's capabilities to the fullest. Feedback? Check. Safety? Check. Fun? Double check.
The powerful and cultivated engine enables either super-sporty propulsion or, when required, relaxed and comfortable riding – with every conceivable level in between. The chassis combines lightness with outstanding geometry and fantastic suspension, which, together with every feasible electronic riding aid, allow undreamed riding pleasure in all conditions and whatever speed you desire, from very relaxed to very, very fast.
The bodywork with sharp rear end, extended tank spoilers and air intakes, the ultra lightweight chrome-molybdenum steel trellis frame and the ready to race WP suspension components convert brute power into a usable tool. The elimination of plastic parts shouts 'NAKED' and create a BEAST which is always READY TO RACE.

Conquer the streets and the racetrack with unique look and features that contribute to exploit the full potential of the BEAST. Unrivaled braking from world market leader Brembo and assistance systems (MTC and lean-angle sensitive ABS), developed in close collaboration with Bosch, round off the package and help the 1290 SUPER DUKE R into a clear lead straight from the start in terms of ride dynamics and safety.
KTM know its customers like to modify and to travel, which is why the PowerParts range boasts a huge variety of accessories and luggage options across its Street range of sportmotorcycles – past and present. All PowerParts are developed alongside their chosen machine, meaning that KTM riders only get parts that perfectly complement their ride and provide that important 'factory fit' straight from the dealer.

Model Specification


Engine Type

2-cylinder, 4-stroke V-twin


1301 cc


Electric starter


6-speed, claw shifted

Engine Lubrication

Pressure lubrication with 3 Eaton pumps


Liquid cooling


PASC slipper clutch, hydraulically operated


Keihin EMS with RBW, double ignition

ABS System

Two-channel Bosch 9.1 MP ABS (incl. Cornering ABS and Supermoto mode Disengegable)



Chromium-Molybdenum-Steel trellis frame, powder coated


DID 525 5/8 x 5/16

Steering Head Angle

65.1 degrees

Tank Capacity

approx. 18 litres/3.5 litres reserve



130 kw (177hp) @ 9,750rpm

Primary Gear Ratio


Secondary Gear Ratio


Brake System Front

2 x Brembo Monobloc four piston, radially bolted caliper, brake disc 320 mm

Brake System Rear

Brembo two piston, fixed caliper, brake disc 240 mm


Front Suspension

WP USD 48 mm

Rear Suspension

WP Monoshock

Suspension Travel Front

125 mm

Suspension Travel Rear

156 mm



108 mm


71 mm


1482 mm

Ground Clearance (unloaded)

141 mm

Seat Height

835 mm

Weight (No Fuel)

approx. 195kg