- The 1290 Super Duke is the flagship motorcycle in the Duke family.
- It’s powered by a V-twin motor that produces 180PS and 140Nm.
- While the 790 Duke is called the ‘Scalpel,’ the 1290 Super Duke’s nickname is ‘The Beast.’
KTM will be making its debut at India Bike Week this year and the Austrian brand wants to make a smashing entry. The company has confirmed on its social media channel that it will be showcasing the KTM 1290 Super Duke at IBW 2019. And we are hoping that it’s the new 1290 Super Duke R that was showcased at the 2019 EICMA motorcycle show last month.
KTM calls the 1290 Super Duke “The Beast” and there’s a good reason for it as it’s amongst the most powerful street nakeds on sale globally. The Super Duke R is powered by a 1301cc liquid-cooled V-twin motor that churns out 180PS and 140Nm of peak torque. To keep all this power under a leash, it gets an extensive electronic suite which consists of a multi-level traction control, 4 riding modes, engine brake control, cruise control and cornering ABS. It also features a tyre pressure monitoring system and all these electronics can be controlled via a colour TFT screen along with Bluetooth connectivity.
Another major change on the KTM 1290 Super Duke R is the all-new trellis frame which is inspired from the now discontinued KTM RC8 superbike. The new chassis features wider tubes and thinner walls, resulting in weight savings of 2kg. It’s suspended on fully adjustable WP Apex USD fork and monoshock. Braking hardware consists of Brembo disc brake units with top-spec Stylema calipers.
So will KTM launch The Beast in India next year? The straightforward answer is no. In its current form, the 1290 Super Duke R is Euro 4 compliant, so we will have to wait till the Euro 5 version comes out. The main purpose of showcasing the flagship Duke at IBW 2019 is be to create brand awareness, but in the long run we see the 1290 Super Duke going on sale in India.
- By Arun Mohan Nadar