Wednesday, 2 October 2013

KTM 1290 Super Duke R

After an age of KTM and Jeremy McWilliams teasing us with the prototype 1290 Super Duke R, the production version of ‘The Beast’ has broken cover today. Of course, it was never going to be as rowdy as the prototype due to emission laws and other jurisdictions, so the open pipes, supermoto wheels and gas-charged forks have made way for everyday items. And the dreaded number plate hanger has made an appearance.
Packing big horsepower, a tight chassis, and being a KTM, it’s going to be absolutely bonkers. So far, we know it has an explosive 1290cc RC8-derived motor kicking out 180bhp, controlled by ride-by-wire and traction control. The single-sided swingarm and WP suspension support the steel-trellis frame, and the 1290 will be stopped by Brembo M50 Monoblocs and a Bosch ABS system.
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FrameChromium-Molybdenum-Steel trellis frame, powder coated
HandlebarAluminium, konifiziert Ø 28/22 mm
Front suspensionWP-USD Ø 48 mm
Rear suspensionWP-Monoshock
Front brake2 x Brembo four piston, radially bolted caliper, brake disc Ø 320 mm
Rear brakeBrembo fixed mounted two-piston brake calipers
Brake systemBosch 9ME Combined-ABS
ChainX-Ring 5/8 x 5/16″
Steering head angle65,1°
Wheel base1.482 ± 12 mm
Ground clearance140 mm
Seat height835 mm
Tank capacity18 l Unleaded premium fuel (95 RON)
Weight without fuel189 kg
Engine type2-cylinder, 4-stroke, V 75°
Displacement1.301 ccm
Bore/stroke108/71 mm
Power132 kW (180 HP) at 8.870 rounds/min
Starting aidElectric starter/12V 11.2Ah
Transmission6 gears
Engine lubricationPressure lubrication with 3 Eaton pumps
Cooling systemLiquid cooling
ClutchPASC slipper clutch, hydraulically operated
Engine management/ignitionKeihin EMS with DBW, double ignition

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