The 2021 KTM 1290 Super Duke R: The Beast
The 2021 KTM 1290 Super Duke R was designed and built with exactly one objective in mind: utter domination of the naked sport bike field. Why else would you nickname your top model bike as “The Beast?” Originally released in 2014, and updated in 2017, the Super Duke R continues to be an extremely popular bike in the 2021 lineup, as there are many that respect and revel in the lean, mean, almost pure streetfighter look of the bike.
Powered by KTM’s now-legendary LC8 V-twin, it uses 1,301cc’s, 8 titanium valves, and new top-feed injectors mounted in 56mm dual throttle bodies to generate a staggering 177 HP and 106 lb-ft of torque. Mounted as a stressed part of the bike’s steel alloy frame, it can send the Beast from 0 to 60 MPH in 2.7 seconds and will do 0 to 124 MPH in under 8 seconds.
The Austrian company recognizes that if you’re going to be going that fast, you need some serious gear to slow down with. KTM shows that they understand by fitting twin 320 mm floating disc Brembo brakes at the front, with 4 piston calipers. The rear is handled by a 240 mm disc with a two piston caliper. These are a special part developed with cooperation from Brembo, one of KTM’s racing partners, and are the biggest brakes fitted to a KTM road bike.
As well, being the halo model for the Duke lineup, and by extension all of KTM, the 1290 Super Duke R got a special gift card for the “ooh, shiny!” aisle in KTM’s parts shop. It has a Keihin Engine Management System (racing team partner), with two ignition circuits, electronic cruise control, and throttle-by-wire control. …read more