2021 KTM 1290 Super Duke R Guide

2021 KTM 1290 Super Duke R

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2021 KTM 1290 Super Duke R : THE BEAST.

Introducing the 2021 KTM 1290 Super Duke R…

Having shed its skin, the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R is now a leaner, meaner and an even more menacing hyper-naked bike than ever before. Mounted into an all-new chassis, beats an updated version of the renowned 75 degree, 1301 cc LC8, V-Twin heart, taking THE BEAST to the next level.

The KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R is now leaner, meaner and more menacing than ever before. This is not a stripped-down sports bike. THE BEAST has been designed to be an extreme Naked bike from the ground up. Un-faired, unobstructed and unapologetically raw, proudly displaying its intentions in all 1,301 cubic centimeters of its naked glory.

Raising a subliminal two-fingered salute to the opposition, the legendary V-twin engine powering THE BEAST has had a few tweaks. Additional
top feeder injectors in the airbox have improved combustion throughout the entire rev range, while the larger diameter exhaust system ensures none of the signature brutality or V-twin roar has been lost.

Cranking out a neck-snapping 180 hp and 140 Nm of torque, this powerhouse has been built to take on anything you’re brave enough to throw at it.

At the core of the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R is a major chassis overhaul. It boasts three times the torsional rigidity of previous models thanks to an all-new frame and composite subframe.

Lightweight, multi-adjustable WP APEX suspension and completely revised geometry makes the new KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R as imposing on the track as it is on the street.

Engineered to be a perfectly usable street bike, with the precision of a hardcore track machine, THE BEAST now has the agility to match its brutality.

 

 

2021 KTM 1290 Super Duke R Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features

The KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R boasts an arsenal of tech designed to enrich the riding experience. Some are clearly visible, like the redesigned LED headlight and integrated air intake. Others hide beneath the surface. A slew of rider aids and electronic safety nets ensure you stay in control, no matter the weather or the tarmac.

Designed to give riders the utmost in feedback and excitement, the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R flaunts its digital prowess, without sacrificing any analogue authenticity.

The KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R doesn’t need any help to be as mean as it can be. But if you wanted to make THE BEAST wilder, KTM PowerParts have you covered.

FACTORY TRIPLE CLAMP
CNC-machined from lightweight aluminum, these triple clamps are anodized in signature orange, offer better braking stability and a real factory race feeling.

FOOTPEG SYSTEM
Milled from high-strength aluminum and multi-adjustable for individual settings, more ground clearance and improved boot grip.

AKRAPOVIČ-KIT “EVOLUTION LINE”
Lightweight thanks to high-grade titanium construction. Includes special engine mapping for greater performance upgrades.

WAVE BRAKE DISC
More braking power thanks to race-bred materials and floating mount. Rust-resistant outer ring and anodized inner ring complete the factory look.

WP STEERING DAMPER KIT
30 clicks of adjustable damping to control unwanted kickback under hard acceleration when on the track or on broken road surfaces.

 

 

2021 KTM 1290 Super Duke R Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits

Engine & Exhaust

Airfilter

To perform like a BEAST, the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R needs to breathe like a BEAST. Thanks to an all-new ram air intake positioned in the new headlight mast, this rip snorting arrangement maximizes airflow into an all-new CFD optimized airbox with new, smaller resonator chambers. This arrangement maximizes flow by forcing air into the combustion chambers. This in turn reduces the chance of low air pressure and increases the fuel burn rate. The addition of a newly designed and easy-to-access air filter box makes for easy servicing too.

 

Engine

If it ain’t broken, don’t fix it. But by all means, make it meaner! Boasting increased horsepower and torque, the 1301 cc LC8, V-Twin has undergone a subtle yet impactful development. Optimized to be lighter but retaining its torquey character, this powerhouse is the benchmark of V-twin evolution. And with new engine and linkage mounts that add to the overall structure of the entire package – it quite literally is the part that holds THE BEAST together.

 

Engine case

Thinner engine casings and revised water and oil cooler mounts have resulted in a 0.8 kg (1.7 lbs) weight saving. Oil delivery has also been improved by way of a lightweight aluminum oil line, eliminating the need for a double wall system. Additionally, the engine carrier bracket and linkage mount have been integrated into the engine case, allowing for a stiffer connection. This has also resulted in a 5 mm higher swingarm pivot for improved stability and anti-squat.

 

Injectors

New topfeeder injectors and 56 mm throttle bodies provide an improved air to fuel mixture at high rpms. This results in more torque and better fuel economy throughout the rev range.

 

Gearbox

You don’t always need big changes to make big differences. In fact, when it comes to the PANKL gearbox, we’ve made a few small tweaks which have resulted in quicker shift times, shorter shift action and lighter lever modulation. Smoother shift action also comes courtesy of an improved spline shaft and bronzed copper coating on the shift forks. Why do all this? Quite simply – quicker shift times equal faster acceleration.

 

Twin spark ignition

When it comes to burning fuel efficiently, two sparks are better than one. The twin spark ignition system makes use of more powerful ignition coils and two sparkplugs in each cylinder head. This makes for an optimized firing sequence, resulting in more power, better control, lower fuel consumption and lower emissions.

 

Air intake

To perform like a BEAST, the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R needs to breath like a BEAST. Thanks to an all-new ram air intake positioned in the new headlight mask, this rip snorting arrangement maximizes flow by forcing air into the combustion chambers. This in turn reduces the chance of low air pressure and increases the fuel burn rate. The addition of a newly designed and easy-to-access air filter box makes for easy servicing too.

 

Titanium inlet valves

State-of-the-art, machined titanium inlet valves with chromium nitride PVD coating – how impressive does that sound? These feature a flat design, and weigh 19 grams less than steel inlet valves. When combined with the smaller combustion chamber on the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R, offer a compression ratio of 13.6:1, and ultimately, more power.

 

Cylinder heads

Thanks to the resonator chambers on the cylinder heads, which have been engineered to increase the torque output in the lower to mid-range rpms, the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R power train runs smoother, consumes less fuel and cuts down on CO² emissions by around 10%.

 

PASC Clutch

While the pressure lubricated PASC slipper clutch allows for feather-light clutch modulation while accelerating, it’s how it handles slowing down that’s the really impressive bit. When the engine experiences extreme back-torque during aggressive downshifting from speed, the clutch opens to prevent the rear wheel locking, giving the rider full control and perfect entry speed while hunting apexes.

 

Ride-by-wire

The Ride-by-Wire on the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R goes the extra mile. It electronically translates the throttle commands of the rider into the best throttle valve positions for the current riding situation. Choking, jolting and involuntary wheelies are a thing of the past. Voluntary ones, however, could easily be a thing of your future.

 

Pistons

Formula1-inspired forged piston technology means we can push the limits of load capacity despite the extremely short and lightweight design. This results in minimized reciprocating weight and maximized responsiveness. The piston skirts also feature a state-of-the-art, hard anodized finish which minimizes friction, adding to the engine’s free-revving nature. What’s more, the hard-wearing durability of these parts add many years to an already impressive engine life.

 

Exhaust

This is not a case of “bark being worse than bite” – this BEAST roars! Up to 60 mm of drainpipe-like dimensions at the headers optimize gas flow, while 2 catalytic converters control emissions, without compromising the V-twin engine note or horsepower.

 

Airfilter

To perform like a BEAST, the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R needs to breathe like a BEAST. Thanks to an all-new ram air intake positioned in the new headlight mast, this rip snorting arrangement maximizes airflow into an all-new CFD optimized airbox with new, smaller resonator chambers. This arrangement maximizes flow by forcing air into the combustion chambers. This in turn reduces the chance of low air pressure and increases the fuel burn rate. The addition of a newly designed and easy-to-access air filter box makes for easy servicing too.

 

Engine

If it ain’t broken, don’t fix it. But by all means, make it meaner! Boasting increased horsepower and torque, the 1301 cc LC8, V-Twin has undergone a subtle yet impactful development. Optimized to be lighter but retaining its torquey character, this powerhouse is the benchmark of V-twin evolution. And with new engine and linkage mounts that add to the overall structure of the entire package – it quite literally is the part that holds THE BEAST together.

 

Chassis

 

Brakes

Reigning in THE BEAST comes courtesy of 4-piston BREMBO Stylema monobloc calipers clamping onto 320 mm floating discs up front, and a twin piston floating caliper biting a 240 mm disc at the rear.

 

Frame

A new frame concept, which uses the engine as a means to increase torsional rigidity, has resulted in the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R being 3 times stiffer than its predecessor. This allows for an effortless, confidence-inspiring riding position which translate into an ultimately faster ride. This is achieved by maximizing the feedback from the chassis and the front tire. The frame also makes use of thicker diameter tubes with thinner walls, which is the single biggest weight saving measure on the bike – saving 2 kg compared to the previous model.

 

Subframe

Multi-dexterity is the name of the game when it comes to this BEAST’s tail. An all-new and lighter composite subframe combines a number of functions to save weight and increase functionality. The passenger seat, license plate holder and taillights bolt directly onto the subframe structure with no additional brackets or attachments needed.

 

Swingarm

To increase feel and traction, the pivot point of the single-sided swingarm has been repositioned 5mm higher relative to the output sprocket for more control when putting the power down. Combined with the repositioning of the engine in the frame, a steeper swingarm angle has been achieved, increasing anti-squat.

 

Suspension

Think of the suspension elements on THE BEAST as the muscles that work to get the power to the ground in the best way possible. Every component has been considered to improve the handling, adjustability and performance.

 

Front fork

Lighter and fully adjustable WP APEX forks feature split function compression and rebound settings. This allows riders to fine-tune the front end for full-blown apex attacks, or to achieve perfect plushness for long hours on the road. And if that isn’t enough to find the razor-edge of handling, adjustable preload settings will help you find the ultimate front-end stance.

 

Triple clamp

New, lighter forged aluminum triple clamps with an offset of 32 mm have been matched to an aluminum steering column for added weight savings. Essentially, this is the bit that connects the nut holding the handlebars to the front end.

 

Shock absorber

The newly developed WP APEX rear shock absorber features separate gas and oil reservoirs, making it lighter and more compact than its predecessor. It is also fully adjustable, with individual high- and low-speed adjusters and a ‘no-tools-needed’ manual preload dial for the ultimate in rear shock set-up.

 

Linkage

Through the power of leverage, the new linkage at the rear helps to smooth out rough roads, while still ensuring that full-attack track action remains uncompromised. The progressive damping character also ensures optimized damping and bottoming out resistance.

 

Wheels

These wheels didn’t just happen by the grace of a designer’s pen – they are the product of a sophisticated CAD system, which determines the best shape in terms of strength and lightness. What that means is that these wheels are engineered down to the finest detail, they are lighter than before and look great.

 

Tires

Brand-new BRIDGESTONE S22 tires – 120/70/17 in the front and 200/55/17 in the rear – have been specifically developed for the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R. Featuring a fine-particle silica compound, they offer much-improved grip in wet weather conditions, making for exceptional characteristics on the road but also phenomenal handling on the track.

 

Brakes

Reigning in THE BEAST comes courtesy of 4-piston BREMBO Stylema monobloc calipers clamping onto 320 mm floating discs up front, and a twin piston floating caliper biting a 240 mm disc at the rear.

 

Frame

A new frame concept, which uses the engine as a means to increase torsional rigidity, has resulted in the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R being 3 times stiffer than its predecessor. This allows for an effortless, confidence-inspiring riding position which translate into an ultimately faster ride. This is achieved by maximizing the feedback from the chassis and the front tire. The frame also makes use of thicker diameter tubes with thinner walls, which is the single biggest weight saving measure on the bike – saving 2 kg compared to the previous model.

 

Ergonomics & Comfort

Footpegs

Big lean angles come as standard, thanks to smart positioning of the foot pegs, which also allow for comfort on the road. However, further refinement is also possible with two positions, which lift the pegs higher and further backwards for a more aggressive stance. And as can be expected, the gear shift pattern can be easily reversed to a 5 down, 1 up arrangement for full BEAST MODE track attacks. Shift and brake levers are fully adjustable too.

 

Handlebar

Finding the optimal seating position is made easy with an adjustable 760 mm wide handlebar. Riders can tailor their preferred reach with 4 positions over 21 mm, front to back, making it easy to attack corners and crucial for hanging on down the straights.

 

Menu switch

The KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R boasts an all-new TFT dashboard with increased functionality. To access this, a great deal of testing was done to develop robust and intuitive motorcycle switchgear, which incidentally pushes all the right buttons. Riders can now adjust the wheel slip easily via paddle buttons on the switchgear, while in TRACK MODE, or can set two programmable switches for fast access to favored features or setting of their choosing.

 

Hand levers

Hydraulic brake and clutch levers make for easy one-finger operation, while full reach adjustability ensures they are within easy grasp of even the most reach-challenged riders.

 

Seats

There’s no doubting THE BEAST’s performance credentials. But that doesn’t mean riders have to sacrifice long-distance comfort either. While the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R is at home on the track, it’s a naked street bike first. This means passenger comfort has been thoroughly thought-out and has been designed to allow for real-world, 2-up riding.

 

Footpegs

Big lean angles come as standard, thanks to smart positioning of the foot pegs, which also allow for comfort on the road. However, further refinement is also possible with two positions, which lift the pegs higher and further backwards for a more aggressive stance. And as can be expected, the gear shift pattern can be easily reversed to a 5 down, 1 up arrangement for full BEAST MODE track attacks. Shift and brake levers are fully adjustable too.

 

Handlebar

Finding the optimal seating position is made easy with an adjustable 760 mm wide handlebar. Riders can tailor their preferred reach with 4 positions over 21 mm, front to back, making it easy to attack corners and crucial for hanging on down the straights.

 

Bodywork & Graphics

Graphics

There’s no mistaking that this is the meanest bike on the block. A high-quality application process has been used to ensure the signature ‘R’ graphics stay put and never fade, while contrasting colors, tones and textures set the muscled creases of the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R off perfectly.

 

Bodywork

There isn’t much to say about the bodywork of the new KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R as there is so little of it to talk about. But that’s exactly how we like it! Aggressive and menacing, the bodywork and panels had to achieve two objectives – tick all the ergonomic boxes and shave weight wherever possible. As such, every panel and plate has been calculated for optimum thickness and minimized where possible. The only thing that remained heavy was attitude.

 

Air intake

Almost mantis-like, the new LED headlight doubles as a ram air intake, with air being channelled between the lights, keeping them cool, and directly into the airbox, making for a more efficient burn. Besides looking great, the dual-functionality resulted in cleaner, more compact lines and less overall weight.

 

Sharp rear end

Thanks to an all-new, lighter composite subframe, the passenger seat, license plate holder and taillights could be seamlessly incorporated into a neat rear end, which keeps a little sting in the tail.

 

Tank

Completely new and made of steel, the 16 litre (4.2 gal) fuel tank has been crafted to bulk up THE BEAST’s haunches. Also, the new shape and angle have been designed to support the rider on street and on the track.

 

Graphics

There’s no mistaking that this is the meanest bike on the block. A high-quality application process has been used to ensure the signature ‘R’ graphics stay put and never fade, while contrasting colors, tones and textures set the muscled creases of the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R off perfectly.

 

Bodywork

There isn’t much to say about the bodywork of the new KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R as there is so little of it to talk about. But that’s exactly how we like it! Aggressive and menacing, the bodywork and panels had to achieve two objectives – tick all the ergonomic boxes and shave weight wherever possible. As such, every panel and plate has been calculated for optimum thickness and minimized where possible. The only thing that remained heavy was attitude.

 

Software & Electronics

KTM MyRide

KTM MY RIDE puts you in control of your smartphone, without losing control of the bars. By using a mobile app. KTM MY RIDE syncs to your smartphone giving you turn-by-turn navigation and access your music library and allows you to make and receive phone calls on the fly.

 

LED Headlight

While the all-new headlight mask doubles as an intake snorkel, it’s the twin LED headlights that really shine. Sharp, menacing lines enhance THE BEAST’s overall look, while providing ample illumination when it gets dark. Daytime running lights also ensure you will get noticed, which not only earns you kudos when it comes to street cred, but more importantly, makes you more visible to other road users.

 

TFT Display

A new angle-adjustable 5 inch TFT screen takes center stage ahead of the rider, featuring a fresh design and innovative new functionality. An updated menu structure gives riders faster access to the various features and allows for more customization of preferred riding setups. The scratch resistant bonded glass display also helps to combat glare.

 

Rider Aids

Many traditionalists might frown at the sight of electronic rider aids, saying they interfere with the purity of the ride. However, when it comes to the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R, all electronic features have received an update, providing more feedback from the engine, and less intrusiveness from the safety systems. This means improved Quickshifter+ settings, more refined and natural feedback and smoother, more intuitive anti-wheelie functions.

 

Ride Modes

In a bid to give riders more feedback and ultimately control, the ride modes have been completely reworked and updated. This has resulted in less intrusive traction control in all modes and smoother anti-wheelie functions.

Rain mode
“Rain mode” is the no-brainer setting for slippery conditions, resulting in maximum traction control, ultra-smooth throttle response and less power, keeping the front wheel on the road when you really need it.

Street mode
Just like it sounds, “Street mode” is made for the daily grind on everyday roads. Full power, default throttle response and limited slip traction control keeps things controlled on the road.

Sport mode
Dialled in for a more spirited ride, “Sport mode” tightens up the throttle control, winds downthe traction control slightly and allows the front end to lift under hard acceleration. And of course – unleashes all the horse power.

Track mode (optional)
For full-on race attacks, the optional “Track mode” allows the rider to customize a few features to best suit their riding style, like the level of slip allowed by the traction control, plus anti-wheelie can be switched off.

 

Track Mode

The optional “Track mode” allows riders to customize wheel slip levels and throttle response to suit their own individual tastes or track conditions. Traction control can be tweaked over 9 levels of slip while MSC is disabled completely. Anti-wheelie can also be disabled completely for those who like to hoist the front wheel across the start/finish line.

 

Performance Mode

An optional “Performance mode” takes the basic concept of “Track mode” but adapts it for the street. Riders are still able to adjust throttle response, wheel slip and anti-wheelie functions, but retain typical street functions such as Cruise Control and KTM MY RIDE.

 

MTC

Introducing a completely new generation of motorcycle traction control – MTC for short – which uses two different controllers to keep things in check. The most obvious of which is a wheelslip controller which regulates the amount of spin or break in traction at the rear wheel. A pitch angle controller identifies and regulates abrupt changes in front wheel lift. Each of these controllers work with individual strategies to ensure a seamless “behind-the-scenes” security net is always in play. While the rider benefits are obvious, this also results in improved straight-line acceleration.

MTC also works when lean angles get tested, reacting immediately if the rotational speed of the rear wheel is disproportionate to the riding situation. MTC reduces the engine output with an extremely smooth, barely noticeable intervention at the throttle valves, reducing slippage to optimum levels for the selected ride mode and lean angle. Depending on the selected riding mode, MTC allows different levels of traction slip at the rear wheel. And of course, MTC can be switched off completely for the full BEAST experience.

 

MSR

Unlike MTC which works when the power gets rolled on, MSR works when the power is wound off. MSR (optional), or Motor Slip Regulation, works with the slipper clutch to balance the throttle, ensuring super-smooth deceleration in the harshest conditions without any unwanted rear wheel lockup. This is deactivated in “Track” and “Supermoto ABS” modes, to allow riders to back the bike into corners – as you would expect.

 

Supermoto ABS

Three things happen when riders select “Supermoto ABS”. First, all ABS functionality is disabled on the rear wheel, allowing the riders to lock up the brakes and slide into corners. Secondly, the ABS system does not interfere in the event of the rear wheel lifting off the road, allowing for stoppies. And thirdly, cornering ABS is disabled, allowing riders full control when barreling into fast corners with maximum brake pressure.
All in all, the deactivation of these functions in “Supermoto ABS” gives the rider more control in extreme track scenarios and allows advanced riders to brake much harder for maximum apex-hunting sessions.

 

Cruise Control

Long motorway journeys are easily dispatched with the SUPER DUKE R’s cruise control system. Easily activated and controlled by a switch on the left hand side of the handlebar, riders can set cruise control in 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th gear, between 40 km/h and 200 km/h. That’s one way to save energy for the twisty bits.

 

TPMS

As its name implies, the TPMS monitors tire pressure and warns riders of potential tire damage in the event of pressure loss on the TFT display. An added convenience when you want to spend more time on the road and less time checking air pressures.

 

Adaptive brake light

An optional Adaptive Brake Light system adds a little more visibility to extreme braking situations, by illuminating an additional light when braking hard or suddenly.

 

ATIR

Auto-cancelling turn signals are a big improvement in terms of safety, as it is now impossible to for forget that they are activated and flashing into infinitum. Indicators stop flashing after 10 seconds and in 150 meters.

 

KTM Race on System

Forget about ignition keys and mechanically locked fuel caps, the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R features KTM RACE ON! All you need is the transponder key in your pocket and you can unlock THE BEAST.

 

KTM MyRide

KTM MY RIDE puts you in control of your smartphone, without losing control of the bars. By using a mobile app. KTM MY RIDE syncs to your smartphone giving you turn-by-turn navigation and access your music library and allows you to make and receive phone calls on the fly.

 

LED Headlight

While the all-new headlight mask doubles as an intake snorkel, it’s the twin LED headlights that really shine. Sharp, menacing lines enhance THE BEAST’s overall look, while providing ample illumination when it gets dark. Daytime running lights also ensure you will get noticed, which not only earns you kudos when it comes to street cred, but more importantly, makes you more visible to other road users.

 

2021 KTM 1290 Super Duke R – Totalmotorcycle.com International Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $18,699 USD
Canada MSRP Price: $19,999 CDN
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £15,749 (On The Road inc 20% Vat)
Engine
Transmission 6-speed
Cooling Liquid cooled
Power in KW 132 kW
Starter Electric starter
Stroke 71 mm
Bore 108 mm
Clutch PASC (TM) slipper clutch, hydraulically actuated
Displacement 1301 cm³
EMS Keihin EMS with RBW and cruise control, double ignition
Design 2-cylinder, 4-stroke, V 75°
Lubrication Forced oil lubrication with 3 oil pumps
Chassis
ABS Bosch 9.1MP 2.0 (with cornering ABS and SUPERMOTO ABS)
Front brake disc diameter 320 mm
Rear brake disc diameter 240 mm
Chain 525 X-Ring
Frame design Chrome-moly tubular space frame, powder-coated
Front suspension WP APEX 48
Rear suspension WP APEX – Monoshock
Steering head angle 64.8 °

 

 

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