2014 KTM 1290 Super Duke R VideoEarlier 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.
This week, Senior Editor Nic de Sena rides the all new Ducati Monster. Big changes have been made by Ducati–has the company ruined the considerable heritage of the iconic Monster–or are the changes worth it? In the second part of the show, we chat with Nick Ienatsch, Founder and Head Instructor at the Yamaha Champions Riding School. He says: “We aim to change your riding life by introducing you to Champions Habits: The techniques, approaches, skills, and the mindsets of the best riders in the world. These Champions Habits are the foundation of safety and consistency to whatever speed you ride, in any venue on any bike. Street riders, this is just as much for you as track riders. The best way to make safe riders is to make good riders.“ We hope you enjoy this episode!