By Dennis Chung
KTM is taking its flagship naked bike to the next level with a limited edition 2021 1290 Super Duke RR. KTM will produce only 500 units of the Super Duke RR, but haven’t confirmed whether it will be offered in North America.
The Super Duke R is already a high performance beast, so, what went into KTM granting a double-R badge on a bike for the first time?
The biggest difference is a 20-pound reduction in weight compared to the Super Duke R, with KTM claiming a dry weight of 397 pounds and a wet weight of 441 pounds. This was achieved through the use of lightweight materials such as carbon fiber. The front fender, rear fender and chain guard, and fuel tank cover are all made of carbon. KTM also added a carbon brake cooling duct kit and ignition lock cover, two elements not included on the Super Duke R.
The Super Duke RR also receives a new subframe made of carbon fiber with an aluminum support that KTM claims weighs just 1.8 pounds. As we can see from the image juxtaposition above, the new subframe supports a single seat and rises up to a sharper point than on the Super Duke R. The LED taillights and rear turn signals are incorporated into the tail with a significantly smaller license plate holder.
The forged seven-spoke wheels were developed using data from KTM’s RC16 MotoGP bike, with KTM claiming a 3.3-pound reduction in unsprung weight compared to the Super Duke R’s rims. KTM claims it originally wanted even lighter wheels, but test rider Jeremy McWilliams said they weren’t stiff enough and didn’t provide enough feel to get the most out of the chassis. The wheels come clad in Michelin Power Cup2 tires which KTM claims offer an …read more