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2017 KTM 1290 Super Duke R

2017 KTM 1290 Super Duke R Exterior
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  • KTM 1290 Super Duke R
  • Year:
    2017
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  • Engine:
    V-2
  • Displacement:
    1301 cc
  • Top Speed:
    162 mph
  • Price:
    17999
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Beast Mode v2.0. Pushing the envelope of the wild.

The Austrian manufacturer had a superlative field day at the EICMA in Milan, Italy. Taking the covers off the KTM 1290 Super Duke R, KTM shows of having no plans to be dethroned as the brand that gives us outright thrill seeking motorcycles along with being competitive.

When the flagship Super Duke was released in 2014, it blew us away and reigned supreme in the super naked market. It was a lethal weapon and had to be tamed. This time, it has got ton loads of updates for 2017 making this animal go berserk. KTM prefers it to be called ‘The Beast 2.0’.

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KTM is finally bringing its uber-cool 1290 Super Adventure S to the States

KTM is finally bringing its uber-cool 1290 Super Adventure S to the States

CARB documents verify the entry of this cross-continental tourer

The Austrian manufacturer had a superlative field day at the EICMA in 2016 when it broke open the shackles to the 1290 Super Duke R and the 1290 Adventure R T and S models. It brought these blistering bikes onto the shores of America except for the 1290 Adventure S road-focused ADV motorcycle.

For 2018, however, KTM North America will be filling that void as well as they get the stage ready for the 1290 Adventure S. Spotted first on the California Air Resources Board (CARB) filings by our friends at motorcycle.com, KTM have completed homologations to add the ’S’ to the 2018 adventure lineup.

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2015 - 2017 KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R ABS

2015 - 2017 KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R ABS

KTM has long been famous for building competitive offroad/dirtbike machines, and the Duke line actually started off as such. With each successive Duke model, the factory has moved further away from its dirt roots and into the domain of street bikes. The 1290 Super Duke R represents the pinnacle (so far...) of KTM’s naked bike streetfighter development, and it proves that the factory has fully grasped what it takes to build a truly competitive street machine with the cutting-edge design features demanded by today’s sportbike riders.

Continue reading for my full review of the KTM 1290 Super Duke R.

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2016 - 2017 KTM 1290 Super Duke GT

2016 - 2017 KTM 1290 Super Duke GT

When you add a Gran Turismo suffix to the name of a bike, it had better be more than just a streetbike with a set of bags, and it seems that KTM agrees. The new-in-2016 Super Duke GT sports the same 1,290 cc, 173-horsepower plant and much the same chassis as the rest of the family, but the factory boosted the tourability with a set of hard-side panniers and cruise control to go along with a host of comfort- and safety-related features, to include ABS, traction control and more. Best of all, the engineers managed to retain much of the sporty attitude and ability associated with the range to produce a true sport-tourer, so without further ado, let’s check out the details.

Continue reading for my review of the KTM 1290 Super Duke GT.

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KTM Delivers One-Two Punch At Pikes Peak International Hillclimb

KTM Delivers One-Two Punch At Pikes Peak International Hillclimb

1290 Super Duke R Has Stellar Day

KTM and Kawasaki were represented in the top four finishes in the Heavyweight Motorcycle division at the 95th running of the Pike’s Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado Spring, Colorado, but it was KTM’s [1290 Super Duke R->mot5233 that delivered the one-two punch by taking first and second place, as well as fourth place. Chris Fillmore, an in-house racer for KTM, made a record-setting climb of 9.49.265 to beat the previous record held by Carlin Dunne set in 2013. All-in-all, it was an excellent day of racing for KTM and the 2017 Super Duke R.

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2017 KTM 1290 Super Duke R

2017 KTM 1290 Super Duke R

Beast Mode v2.0. Pushing the envelope of the wild.

The Austrian manufacturer had a superlative field day at the EICMA in Milan, Italy. Taking the covers off the KTM 1290 Super Duke R, KTM shows of having no plans to be dethroned as the brand that gives us outright thrill seeking motorcycles along with being competitive.

When the flagship Super Duke was released in 2014, it blew us away and reigned supreme in the super naked market. It was a lethal weapon and had to be tamed. This time, it has got ton loads of updates for 2017 making this animal go berserk. KTM prefers it to be called ‘The Beast 2.0’.

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KTM Recalls MY16-17 Super Duke GT For Fuel Hose Issue

KTM Recalls MY16-17 Super Duke GT For Fuel Hose Issue

Austrian powerhouse KTM has issued a recall on 487 of its 2016-17 Super Duke GT units in North America for a potential fire danger. Apparently, one of the pre-formed fuel hoses has a manufacturing defect that can cause it to develop a small hole or even a crack that can leak fuel. Needless to say, this is definitely a safety-related issue — because fire bad, m’kay?

Continue reading for more information on the KTM recall.

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2017 KTM 1090 Adventure R / 1290 Super Adventure R / 1290 Super Adventure T

2017 KTM 1090 Adventure R / 1290 Super Adventure R / 1290 Super Adventure T

KTM continues to expand and refine its adventure bike line with its 2017 1090 Adventure R and the 1290 duo, the Super Adventure R and Super Adventure T. Revealed to the world at the 2016 INTERMOT show in Cologne, Germany, these bikes benefit from KTM’s not-inconsiderable experience with off-road bikes and its more recent foray into the world of naked street/superbikes. The engines punch above their weight, and the electronic magic really shows the genius of Austrian engineering, which is a lot like German engineering. (...just with a sense of humor?).

Continue reading for my review of the KTM 1090 Adventure R, 1290 Super Adventure R and 1290 Super Adventure T.

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NHTSA Issues Recall Advisory For The KTM 1290 Super Duke R In The US

NHTSA Issues Recall Advisory For The KTM 1290 Super Duke R In The US

A recall of the 2014 KTM 1290 Super Duke R has been issued in the US by the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, following similar recall announcements issued by its counterparts in Canada (Transport Canada) and Australia (Australia Competition & Consumer Commission).

KTM North America announced the recall of 640 bikes for alleged fuel leaks stemming from the bike’s threaded inserts that attach the internal overflow pipe to the fuel tank. Similar to the recalls in Canada, the specific problem lies in irregularities in the coating process of the inserts, which could cause a fuel leak, leading to the increased threat of the entire setup catching fire.

This issue is extremely dangerous for riders, not only for the obvious fire and safety hazard it poses, but also because of the threat of messing up the traction to the rear tires. Should that happen, it could turn into a really dangerous situation for the rider that could lead to serious injuries or worse, death.

Such is the gravity of this problem, which is why KTM North America is highly encouraging owners of the 2014 1290 Super Duke R to have their bikes checked for the potential problem. A notification to affected owners will also be sent out but considering the nature of the problem, it might be in the best interests of the owners to preemptively find out for themselves if their bikes are affected by the defective threaded inserts.

Either way, KTM’s dealerships are already on standby to fix affected units at no cost to the owner. The first step would be to seal the threaded inserts to prevent future fuel leaks, but if there’s already an existing fuel leak, the entire gas tank will be replaced.

Continue reading to read more about KTM North America’s recall of the 2014 1290 Super Duke R.

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KTM Recalls 1290 Super Duke R Due To Potential Fire Leak

KTM Recalls 1290 Super Duke R Due To Potential Fire Leak

KTM has issued a recall of the 2014 1290 Super Duke R over a potential fuel leak that could result in the bike going up in flames. The thought of that happening to customers was enough for the company to issue the recall in various markets where the bikes are sold.

As of now, Transport Canada and the Australia Competition & Consumer Commission have announced the recalls of the bike in their respective markets. No word yet on when the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will issue its own recall, but at this point, it’s a question of “when” it’s going to happen as opposed to “if” it’s going to happen.

According to KTM, the problem lies in the bike’s threaded inserts that attach the internal overflow pipe to the fuel tank. Irregularities in the coating process of this material could cause a fuel leak, which increases the threat of the whole contraption catching fire. The ACCC also added that the bike’s internal overflow pipe may not have been completely enclosed in plastic during the manufacturing process, further adding to the already increased risk of a fire breaking out if the leaked fuel comes too close to an ignition source.

KTM has already instructed dealerships in affected markets to make themselves available to inspect affected models and, if deemed necessary, make the needed repairs to fix the issue.

While the NHTSA has yet to announce a recall of the bike in the US market, expect an announcement to be made anytime soon. Issues like this, especially when the word “fire” is being thrown around, is cause for an immediate recall because that’s a pretty big deal for owners of the 1290 Super Duke R.

Continue reading to read more about KTM’s recall of the 2014 1290 Super Duke R.

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2012 KTM 990 Super Duke R

2012 KTM 990 Super Duke R

Have you ever pictured what the perfect bike is like? You know, the kind of uncompromising riding machine that, in its purest form, just speaks to how perfect engineering could give birth to something so beautiful?

Open your eyes and you’re looking at the ultra-sporty KTM 990 Super Duke R.

With its muscle-flexing V2 and perfectly controllable power, the 990 Super Duke R has been regarded as the ultimate scourge of the superbike. The bike’s performance capabilities means serious business. After all, when you have a 999cc water-cooled V-engine that packs a powerful punch to the tune of 123 horsepower, you’re controlling a bike that can just wallop anything it sets its eyes on. The 990 Super Duke R’s engine also comes with state-of-the-art four-valve cylinder heads, each with flow-optimized ducts, two overhead camshafts, and
an electronic Keihin engine management system that regulates the modern fuel injection system on the 990 Super Duke R, focusing on maximum power, efficient, and spontaneous responsiveness.

As far as handling characteristics are concerned, the 990 Super Duke R’s orange, powder-coated tubular space frame that’s made from chrome-molybdenum steel with a bolted-on, light alloy subframe is as strong and sturdy as any in the market. On top of that, it provides a steeper steering head angle in the "R" setup than the Super Duke and therefore slightly less trail for even greater maneuverability. The sports bike also has an upside-down telescopic fork with TiAlN-coated sliding surfaces and a directly connected shock absorber from WP Suspension with a TiAlN-coated piston rod that allows optimum individual adjustment of the chassis to suit load, riding style, and track.

From front to rear and top to bottom, the 990 Super Duke R possesses the kind of all-world capabilities that makes it a true sports bike in every sense of the word.

Find out more about the KTM 990 Super Duke R after the jump.

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2009 KTM 990 Super Duke R

2009 KTM 990 Super Duke R

KTM’s Super Duke model range is first and foremost a good representation of what the Austrian brand understands through the word ‘Streetfighter’, but also the stripped down interpretation of the RC8 models. That’s how they end up delivering the 2009 KTM 990 Super Duke R and the simple model following the same recipe as in the case of the Superbike models and, implicit, expecting approximately the same results.

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