• Brabus KTM is Definitely Green for Go!

Prototype spotted testing

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Last year rumours circulated about a Brabus version of the KTM 1290 Super Duke RR. Those rumours have gained more credibility as a test mule has been spied testing

Brabus 1300R Based on KTM 1290 Super Duke RR Spied testing

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Is This The New Brabus 1300R?
Based on KTM 1290 Super Duke RR

German tuning house Brabus made its name with heavily modified Mercedes Benz cars, along the lines of AMG. However, last year rumours started circulating that they were about to move into motorcycles, more specifically a Brabus version of the KTM 1290 Super Duke RR (see here)

Now, those rumours have been partly confirmed with photos of a 1290-based model doing the rounds. While there has been no official confirmation from either Brabus or KTM, there is evidence of the machine’s existence, namely trademark application by Brabus for the name Brabus 1300R and European type-approval documents naming KTM as the manufacturer of the basis for the bike along with specifications that match the 1290 Super Duke RR.

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It Could Be the Husqvarna 1301
But it lacks any Husky-type bodywork

Alternative rumours suggest that this could instead be a new Husqvarna version of the Super Duke but there are no trademark Husky styling cues, apart from the single round headlight. Husqvarna versions of KTMs tend to have bespoke bodywork but the model spied in the photos stays remarkably close to the KTM.

The exhaust mufflers are different from the Super Duke and the wheels are like nothing in the KTM catalogue, while matching rims offered by Brabus for its car conversions.

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Brabus Monobloc Z Wheel
This is for cars but wheel of test bike looks very much like it

Another clue could be that the new bike is based on the Super Duke RR, a model limited to 500 units and which sold out in 50 minutes despite a hefty price tag. It would make sense for Brabus to build a motorcycle presence based on such a high-end product and, if the price is eye-watering, then that only plays along with the rest of Brabus’ products. There would definitely be a market for such a bike: after all, what does the man who has everything in his garage buy but something to match one of his cars?

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Harry Fisher
Harry Fisher
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Born and raised in England, he has lived in South Africa with his family since 2002. Harry has owned examples of Triumph, Norton, BSA, MV Agusta, Honda, BMW, Ducati, Harley Davidson, Kawasaki and Moto Morini motorcycles. He regrets selling all of them.  Read full bio
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