New KTM 1290 Super Duke RR

 

2021 KTM 1290 Super Duke RR Price

With a £21,499 price tag KTM’s new 1290 Super Duke RR carries a whopping £5750 price premium over the standard bike and yet it shares exactly the same 180hp V-twin engine. So what makes KTM’s new flagship worth the extra cash?

For some, of course, it simply won’t be, but the firm raided its aftermarket options catalogue to create the ultimate version of the Super Duke, slashing 9kg from the bike’s weigh in an orgy of exotic materials in the process. With just 500 slated to be made, the added exclusivity further helps to justify a cost that, while undoubtably vast, is only a tad more than you’d pay for a Ducati Streetfighter V4S that doesn’t have the same limited-edition appeal.

 

 

By surgically removing 9kg of flab, KTM has handily brought the Super Duke RR’s dry weight to 180km, neatly matching its claimed 180hp output for the magic 1:1 horsepower-per-kilo ratio. Of course, it’s not a real-world figure, as the numbers are being massaged a bit to fit that storyline. Rated at 132kW, the engine is actually 179.5PS, or 177bhp, rather than the notional 180, and the 180kg mass is a dry figure bereft of oil or fuel. In real-world, ready-to-ride form with a 90% full tank – as bikes are listed on type-approval documents, for instance – the Super Duke RR comes in at 200kg.

But even setting those details aside, there’s no doubt that the Super Duke RR will live up to the ‘Beast’ image that KTM has forged for it.

 

 

Changes start with the bodywork, which is largely carbon fibre including the tank panels and front mudguard. There are also extra carbon parts like the new cooling ducts for the front brake calipers, while rear seat subframe is all carbon, weighing just 800g and mounted on a cast aluminium support.

Those brakes are Brembo Stylema monoblocs mounted at the bottom of a pair of Apex Pro 7548 forks taken from the top of WP’s range. A matching Apex Pro 7746 rear shock is mounted at the back, offering a vast amount of adjustment including ride height to alter the bike’s geometry.

The forks are clasped in a CNC-machined top yoke that’s 320g lighter than the stock part, and the wheels are new 7-spoke forged alloys that cut another 1.5kg from the bike’s weight. KTM says that even lighter wheels were tried during testing, but the firm’s advisor – ex MotoGP rider Jeremy McWilliams – found they weren’t stiff enough to provide the right level of feedback.

 

 

The RR’s styling is basically unchanged from the normal Super Duke R, but the carbon seat – which has no pillion provision and a much sharper rear end as a result – incorporates new LED tail lights. The seat is also 12mm higher than the normal bike at 847mm at its normal ride height, although it can be dropped to 837mm by adjusting the shock. The fuel tank shape, while looking the same as the normal bike, is also slightly altered to provide more support for the rider under hard braking. Adjustable CNC-machined Gilles foot pegs offer 12 positions to tailor the riding posture, allied to bars that can be adjusted to four places with 22mm of front-rear movement. All the levers, both hand and foot, are also adjustable, and there’s the option of a reversed shift pattern for the gears.

The Akrapovič exhaust silencer, made of titanium with a carbon end cap, is straight from the KTM Power Parts catalogue. There’s also the option of full titanium exhaust system to save even more weight. However, one of the biggest single weight savings comes from the humble battery, which is switched for a lithium-ion pack that’s a full 2.5kg lighter than the normal lead-acid unit.

In terms of tech, the Super Duke R isn’t lacking much, but the RR adds extra ‘Performance Mode’ and ‘Track Mode’ riding settings. Performance Mode is positioned above the normal ‘Sport’ setting, allowing customization of the traction control settings and the option to switch off the anti-wheelie. Track mode offers a similar level of adjustability but changes the TFT screen’s readout for a more circuit-oriented display.

It is enough to justify £21,499 of your hard-earned? If the answer’s yes, then you need to get onto KTM’s website here at 9am BST on 8 April to put your name down for one of the 500 bikes that will be made.

 

 

2021 KTM 1290 Super Duke RR Spec

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 / Lithium-Ion battery (12 V 96 Wh)

TRANSMISSION

6 gears

FUEL SYSTEM

Keihin EFI (throttle body 56 mm)

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

Cornering MTC (lean-angle sensitive, 5 Modes, disengageable)

CO2 EMISSIONS

125 g / km

FUEL CONSUMPTION

5.4 l / 100km

FRAME

Chromium-Molybdenum-Steel trellis frame, powder coated

SUBFRAME

Cast aluminum / Carbon

HANDLEBAR

Aluminium, tapered, 28 / 22 mm

FRONT SUSPENSION

WP APEX PRO 7548 Close Cartridge front fork

ADJUSTABILITY

Preload, compression, rebound adjustable

REAR SUSPENSION

WP APEX PRO 7746

ADJUSTABILITY

Compression (high and low speed), rebound, hydraulic preload

SUSPENSION TRAVEL

FRONT / REAR 130 / 140 m

FRONT BRAKE

2 x Brembo Stylema Monobloc four piston, radially mounted caliper, brake disc 320 mm

REAR BRAKE

Brembo two piston, fixed caliper, brake disc 240 mm

ABS Bosch

9.1MP 2.0 (with cornering ABS and SUPERMOTO ABS)

WHEELS FRONT / REAR

Forged wheels 3.50 x 17"; 6.00 x 17"

TYRES FRONT / REAR

120/70 ZR 17; 200/55 ZR 17

CHAIN

525 X-ring

SILENCER

Akrapovic Slip-On Line

STEERING HEAD ANGLE

65.6° - 65° (depending on rear shock length)

TRAIL

100 mm - 103 mm (depending on rear shock length)

WHEELBASE

1,492 mm - 1,495 mm ± 15 mm (depending on rear shock length)

GROUND CLEARANCE

160 mm

SEAT HEIGHT

847 - 837 mm

TANK CAPACITY

approx 16 litres / 3.5 l reserve

DRY WEIGHT

approx. 180 kg

WEIGHT (READY TO RIDE)

approx. 189 kg (without fuel)

WEIGHT (WET) *DIN 90% FUELLED

approx. 200 kg

 

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