2020 KTM 1290 Super Duke R

KTM SuperDuke R
2020 KTM 1290 Super Duke R

KTM’s original 1290 Super Duke R was dubbed The Beast when it was released in 2014. After it’s last comprehensive update in 2017 it became known as Beast 2.0 but for 2020 KTM are unleashing an essentially all-new Beast thanks to a new chassis and electronics harnessing a heavily revised version of the charismatic LC8 V-Twin.

KTM SuperDuke R
2020 KTM 1290 Super Duke R

KTM claim that almost every single component is lighter than before. Rims, brakes, swingarm are all lighter and a new aluminium-carbon composite sub-frame contributes to the weight savings. 

KTM SuperDuke R
2020 KTM 1290 Super Duke R

According to KTM the new main chrome-molybdenum steel trellis frame has larger sectional diameters along with thinner walls and is a significant three-time more rigid than before.

KTM SuperDuke R
2020 KTM 1290 Super Duke R

An updated single-sided swing-arm is now activated via a new WP Apex shock through a linkage that then mounts directly to new crank-cases. The engine being used as a stressed member.

KTM SuperDuke R
2020 KTM 1290 Super Duke R

After thousands of testing kilometres to fine tune the frame, swing-arm, triple clamps and forks KTM claim more front end feel and stability at maximum lean angle. 

KTM SuperDuke R
2020 KTM 1290 Super Duke R

New additional top-feed shower injectors atop the 56 mm throttle bodies along with a new intake system, bigger spark and increased compression adds up to an output of 180 horsepower (132 kW) at 9500 rpm, and 140 Nm of torque at 8000 rpm.

KTM SuperDuke R
2020 KTM 1290 Super Duke R

The engine is Euro4 compliant and KTM claims the Pankl gearbox is now smoother shifting. 

KTM SuperDuke R
2020 KTM 1290 Super Duke R

A latest-generation traction control system with a 6-axis IMU aims to help keep things in check with lean-angle sensitive traction control and ABS along with completely updated mapping in all ride modes.

KTM SuperDuke R
2020 KTM 1290 Super Duke R

A new five-inch TFT display made of scratch and glare resistant glass is also adjustable for angle. 

KTM SuperDuke R
2020 KTM 1290 Super Duke R

KTM Australia expect their first stocks of the 2020 1290 Super Duke R to arrive sometime during the first quarter of 2020. 

KTM SuperDuke R
2020 KTM 1290 Super Duke R

KTM SuperDuke R
2020 KTM 1290 Super Duke R

KTM SuperDuke R
2020 KTM 1290 Super Duke R

KTM SuperDuke R
2020 KTM 1290 Super Duke R

KTM SuperDuke R
2020 KTM 1290 Super Duke R

2020 KTM 1290 Super Duke R Specifications

Engine Type 2-cylinder, 4-stroke, V 75°
Displacement 1,301 cc
Bore / Stroke 108/71 mm
Power 132 kW (180 hp) @ 9,500 rpm
Torque 140 Nm @ 8,000 rpm
Compression Ratio 13.5:1
Starter / Battery Electric starter / 12V 12Ah
Transmission 6 gears
Fuel System Keihin EFI (Throttle body 56 mm)
Control 8 V / DOHC
Lubrication Pressure lubrication with 3 Eaton pumps
Engine Oil Motorex, SAE 10W-50
Primary Drive 40:76
Final Drive 17:38
Cooling Liquid cooling
Clutch PASC™ slipper clutch, hydraulically operated
Engine Management / Ignition Keihin EMS with RBW and cruise control, double ignition
Traction Control MTC (lean-angle sensitive, 3-Mode, disengageable, Track mode optional)
Frame CrMo-steel trellis frame, powder coated
Subframe Cast aluminium / Composite
Handlebar Aluminium, tapered, Ø 28/22 mm
Front Suspension WP APEX, Ø 48 mm
Rear Suspension WP APEX shock absorber
Suspension Travel Front / Rear 125 / 140 mm
Front Brake 2 × Brembo Stylema four piston, radially mounted caliper, brake disc Ø 320 mm
Rear Brake Brembo two piston, fixed caliper, brake disc Ø 240 mm
Abs Bosch 9.1 MP 2.0 (with cornering ABS and SUPERMOTO ABS)
Wheels Front / Rear Cast aluminium wheels 3.50 × 17″; 6.00 × 17″
Tires Front / Rear 120/70 ZR 17; 200/55 ZR 17
Chain X-Ring 525
Silencer Stainless steel primary and secondary silencer with two catalytic converters
Steering Head Angle 64.8°
Trail 106 mm
Wheel Base 1,497 mm ± 15 mm
Ground Clearance 160 mm
Seat Height 835 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity Approx 16 litres / 3.5 liters reserve
Dry Weight Approx. 189 kg
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