The Super Duke can be considered as one of the super-naked and sportiest bikes, especially since the Austrian V-twin was modernized and redesigned three years ago to become the 1290 Super Duke R. It took the world by storm and became an instant icon and was nicknamed as “The Beast”. With the arrival, 1290 Super Duke GT has compelled KTM to make the R-model which is even more hardcore. The new 2017 KTM Super Duke R “Beast 2.0” has taken the machine to a new level which is bundled with many key features. There are many small detail changes for the new 2017 model, which is more powerful and focuses on power and aggressive good looks.
Super Duke R is slightly more powerful
Some small tweaks that are done inside the 2017 KTM 1290 Super Duke R engine make it feel more responsive and help it spin up much quicker with greater ease. It has a revised crankshaft due to which the compression ratio is increased. Super Duke R has a claimed 177 horsepower which is increased by 4 horsepower as compared to the last year’s model and has a torque of 104 ft/lbs. It also has a broader spread of power as the rev ceiling is increased by 500 rpm.
Super Duke R has a sophisticated electronics suite
It has an integration via Bluetooth and enhances the mechanical slipper clutch with the electronic Motor Slip Regulation. It has a Track mode that allows you to switch it off completely or put into the Supermoto mode. During the Supermoto mode, the ABS functions only on the front wheel that allows the rear to be backed into corners. It provides with two packages options: Performance pack and Track pack. The Performance pack has a quick shifter with both up and blip-downshift whereas the Track pack has 3 riding modes (Sport, Rain, and Street).
Handlebars are further forward and wider
The handlebars of Super Duke R are 18.5mm farther from the rider, 20mm wider and 5mm lower. The riding position of the bike canted forward more than before and according to KTM and the seat has updated graphics. The bars of the bike is also very comfortable and are ultra easy to use with great comfort. The response of the throttle is also very smooth and the brakes of the bike are stellar.
Performance Parts of 2017 KTM Super Duke R
This bike has a competition shock which is stiffer as compared to the standard spring and has a WP road conversion fork cartridge kit. It is bundled with many great features and has amazing performance parts like wavy brake discs, Dunlop slick tires, carbon fenders, titanium Akrapovic Evo exhaust and a race seat. The Akrapovic Evo exhaust has added a few horsepower and has shed 10 Kg. It also has a full-color dash that has replaced the old black and white display and LED lights.
2017 KTM 1290 Super Duke R Price
This bike will have the same price and will have no price increase when compared to previous versions. The pricing of the bike $17,999, Performance and Track electronics will add to that number. The prices for it are still to be announced but it is expected to be around $1000 for both.
KTM has taken its upright naked superbike to the next level and making it even better. All those riders who like to explore have welcomed the 2017 KTM 1290 Super Duke R with great enthusiasm and excitement!
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