2020 KTM 1290 Super Duke R

The highest performing of the Duke kin.

KTM 1290 Super Duke R right side
2020 KTM 1290 Super Duke RKTM

Lightweight and exceptional handling: two focus points for a track-inspired naked bike that is built for the street. One like the 2020 KTM 1290 Super Duke R—also aptly dubbed the “Beast 3.0.” For 2020, KTM improves the 1290 Super Duke R’s handling with a new chassis and frame that utilizes the refined LC8 engine as a stressed member to optimize torsional stiffness. And everyone wants to unleash this beast’s 1,301cc V-twin—a powerplant that we claimed was “the most powerful LC8 twin KTM has offered to date, all while meeting the challenge of tighter Euro 4/5 emissions regulations.”

2020 KTM 1290 Super Duke R Reviews, Comparisons, And Competition

Tech aficionado Kevin Cameron dissected the 2020 KTM 1290 Super Duke R’s revised LC8 engine and its history stating, “KTM’s LC8 V-twin has evolved through its 20-year history with increased compression tied to greater sophistication of engine fuel and ignition management.”

Don Canet attended the Beast’s press launch to test the highly updated machine and found, “The LC8 smooth meaty low-end torque delivery allows a choice in gear selection pulling out of most corners with very linear delivery from basement revs to its 10,500-rpm rev limit. The twin’s inherent tractability combined with a responsive predictable nature that instilled rider confidence in the slick conditions.”

KTM 1290 Super Duke R front right
2020 KTM 1290 Super Duke RKTM

KTM 1290 Super Duke R Updates For 2020

The KTM 1290 Super Duke R sees updates to the chassis, engine, and electronics. The chrome-molybdenum steel trellis frame has larger sectional diameters and thinner walls to enhance rigidity. The aluminum/carbon composite rear subframe is new as well, as is the single-sided swingarm with linkage system and new WP Apex rear shock absorber with an external reservoir. The engine is fitted with lighter engine cases with linkage mounting, titanium valves, 56mm throttle bodies with additional top-feeder injectors, more powerful engine coils for improved combustion, optimized crank cases, and a smoother-shifting Pankl gearbox. Changes to the electronics include latest-gen lean-angle-sensitive traction control with six-axis IMU and updated functions in all ride modes. Premium stopping power is had with the new Brembo Stylema four-piston Monoblock calipers and two 320mm brake discs.

KTM 1290 Super Duke R left side
2020 KTM 1290 Super Duke RKTM

2020 KTM 1290 Super Duke R Claimed Specifications

Price: $18,699
Engine: Liquid-cooled LC8 V-twin
Displacement: 1,301cc
Bore x Stroke: 108.0 x 71.0mm
Horsepower: 180.0 hp @ 9,500 rpm
Torque: 103.3 lb.-ft. @ 8,000 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed
Final Drive: Chain
Seat Height: 32.9 in.
Rake: 25.2°
Trail: 4.2 in.
Front Suspension: 48mm fork, fully adjustable; 4.9-in. travel
Rear Suspension: Fully adjustable; 5.5-in. travel
Front Tire: 120/70ZR-17
Rear Tire: 200/55ZR-17
Wheelbase: 58.9 in.
Fuel Capacity: 4.2 gal.
Dry Weight: 417 lb.
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