KTM 1290 Super Duke nears production

Is this the closest thing yet to a final version?

Posted: 1 May 2013
by Visordown News
KTM's 1290 SuperDuke ... is that front real really necessary?

THERE’S no doubting the fact that KTM will make a production version of the 1290 Super Duke concept bike it showed last year – the big question is how close the showroom machine will be to that concept.

And if this image is anything to go by, it will be pretty close. Where earlier spy shots have shown a hacked-about bike with a Duke 390 headlight, this one has a unique headlight that mimics the shape of the concept’s front number board and suits the rest of the styling much better.

OK, so the concept’s dual exhausts have gone AWOL, but since they had no silencing to speak of, let alone catalytic converters, that’s hardly surprising. And yes, the production version misses out on those WSB-spec front forks, which is a shame but should ensure the price is around £10k lower than it would have been if they were included!

Talking of price, the word is that the Super Duke 1290, will be somewhere in the region of £14,000. That’s a lot, but given the bike’s performance (we should be looking at 180bhp-plus from a near-1300cc version of the RC8R’s engine) it isn’t too ridiculous.

Remind yourselves of its potential here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6h1e9oulMd8

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I am massively unlikely to buy one but I'm sooo glad KTM are even considering producing it.

Posted: 01/05/2013 at 15:59

I'm even less likely to buy one, at least in the next 5-8 years.

but your on the money ripsaw....it had to be made! and thank heavens they have....the motorcycle gods please us now a days with a plentiful choice....amen

Posted: 01/05/2013 at 22:57

the new mods make it a bit too 'ducati' streetfighter...

Posted: 02/05/2013 at 01:06

I want it

Posted: 02/05/2013 at 16:47

Why did they water it down so much ?!?? now it just looks like a the Yammy FZ1 grrrrr

Unless they do something to give it the bollocks of the concept, then they have lost a buyer *sulk*

Perhapes I'll start looking at the 690r again

Posted: 03/05/2013 at 13:51

From KTM's initial offering, it was definitely my next bike as soon as the beast escaped! However this offering is totally underwhelming. Somewhere between then and now, they have lost the plot. My only criticism of the prototype would be the venting of the exhausts, I would have preferred something in keeping with the RC8 but would have gone with anyway. I concur with the previous comment, why buy one when you can get a FZ1 for about 4 grand cheaper?

Posted: 22/05/2013 at 17:24

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