2014 KTM 1290 Super Duke R Video Tech ReviewWhen the 2014 KTM 1290 Super Duke R finally broke cover in October via a dedicated microsite, we were eager for the launch.KTM wasted no time; three weeks after the unveiling, KTM held the launch in Spain. And following two days of riding on the beautiful roads of Malaga and the Ascari track, the new 1290 Super Duke R easily earned our respect. KTM achieved the impossible, offering the perfect balance of all-out hooliganism combined with ultimate street comfort.
Most wouldn’t expect this type of balance out of a 416-lb. naked with 106 ft.-lb. of torque, but the Austrian-based KTM delivered this…and more (read our full review here).Of course, much work was put into achieving this type of rideability from a naked sportbike. KTM exposed this sentiment in its latest video, rightly titled “The Birth of the Beast.”In this video, the designers and others discuss the creation of the Super Duke R, from garnering the most useable power from the RC8-derived V-twin to developing KTM’s first-ever single-sided swingarm to optimizing proportion.As KTM says in the video, “The visionary design of KTM hinges on reduction of design to the absolute minimum – the beast took this even further.” After getting some insight from this video, we agree.
Hello everyone and welcome once again to Ultimate Motorcycling’s weekly Podcast—Motos and Friends.
My name is Arthur Coldwells.
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This week’s episode features Senior Editor Nic de Sena’s impressions of the beautiful new Harley-Davidson Low Rider ST that is loosely based around the original FXRT Sport Glide from the 1980s. Hailing from The Golden State, these cult-status performance machines became known as West Coast style, with sportier suspension, increased horsepower, and niceties including creature comforts such as a tidy fairing and sporty luggage.
In past episodes you might have heard us mention my best friend, Daniel Schoenewald, and in the second segment I chat with him about some of the really special machines in his 170 or so—and growing—motorcycle collection. He’s always said to me that he doesn’t consider himself the owner, merely the curator of the motorcycles for the next generation.
Yet Daniel is not just a collector, but I can attest a really skilled rider. His bikes are not trailer queens, they’re ridden, and they’re ridden pretty hard. Actually, we have had many, many memorable rides on pretty much all of the machines in the collection at one time or another.
From all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!