2014 KTM 1290 Super Duke R ImagesLast October, KTM launched a naked sportbike that immediately earned our respect – the 2014 Super Duke R.
The spec sheet for this hooligan impressed, the RC-8-derived, 75-degree V-twin delivering 106 ft.-lb. of torque inside a 416-lb. motorcycle. Add in Brembo brakes, Ride-by-Wire, Traction control, and ABS, and things only got better.And styling is nearly perfected, the KTM Super Duke R featuring spot-on proportioning, and a beautiful single-sided swingarm – the first for a KTM motorcycle.And as for riding it, here’s a bit from our review from the Ascari launch in Spain: “So the Super Duke R should be a cantankerous, difficult to ride, herky-jerky machine; indeed, KTM itself refers to the bike as “The Beast.” But despite being a wannabe Bad Boy, the Super Duke R is cleverly sanitized without being reined in. Although an expert level machine, it’s easy to ride, and it’s easy to ride very fast.”Attached above is a photo gallery of the KTM Super Duke R. Each photo also makes for great wallpaper. To download as wallpaper, simply right click the desired thumbnail and save as desktop background.To read our review, click here.
This week we ride two genre-departing motorcycles from the established American manufacturers. Jess McKinley gives us his thoughts on the all new Harley-Davidson Pan America Special, and Ron Lieback gives his on Indian’s latest version of the FTR 1200 S.