KTM 1290 Super Duke R Dealer Launch from Wine Country | Video
2014 KTM 1290 Super Duke R Video
Earlier this year, KTM invited its stateside dealers to California’s Wine Country to launch the “beast” – the 2014 1290 Super Duke R.
Film crews were on hand at the launch as dealers took their first rides aboard KTM’s latest naked motorcycle; the video is attached above.
This machine, which impressed us during its launch in Spain last October, arrives with an RC-8-derived, 75-degree V-twin delivering 106 ft.-lb. of torque.
The Super Duke R, which weighs 416-lb. motorcycle, is further enhanced by Brembo brakes, Ride-by-Wire, traction control, ABS, and a 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.”
To read our review, click 2014 KTM Super Duke R Review.