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Discover the Beast

big boss

big boss

From zero to 200 km/h (124 mph) in 7.2 seconds – with low fuel consumption and a 15,000 km service interval

What happens when KTM packs the attributes of the proven 75-degree V-twin into 1.3 litres of displacement? The result is an extremely lightweight, elemental engine filled with state-of-the-art racing technology, yet still even more sophisticated, durable and cultivated than ever. 132 kW (180 hp) peak power, 144 Nm maximum torque with 100 Nm as early as 2500 rpm – could there be better guarantees for explosive propulsion whatever the revs?

drop anchor hard and reliably

drop anchor hard and reliably

Racing-level deceleration – with optimum ABS for emergencies

Fast bikes need good brakes – the KTM 1290 Super Duke R bears the best. Brembo M50 monoblock callipers bite powerfully with perfect application into 320 mm brake discs – assisted in the event of an emergency stop by Bosch ABS that's imperceptible in normal operation, even when riding full throttle. Except of course in Supermoto mode: ABS up front; freedom to slide at the rear!

smart wins

smart wins

Optimum acceleration as well then, whenever the throttle hand turns a little too wildly.

Opening up the throttle is fun – all the more so when it unleashes the elemental force of a 1290 Super Duke R. Nevertheless, overdoing it can end in tears, so it's great when ride-by-wire intervenes at such moments. The 1290 Super Duke R intelligently translates rider's commands at the throttle twist grip into electronic opening of the throttle valve. And always in the way that makes best sense. This means, for example, that the engine accelerates more smoothly. And hence that the rear wheel only rotates as much as is just about still healthy. Incidentally, the rider notices none of this assistance. Only that everything always makes optimum forward progress.

party boy

party boy

Let others work for themselves – the traction control determines throttle response and slide angle

Party – simply overdo it for once without worries. Everyone likes to, which is why the 1290 Super Duke R uses one of the world's most advanced traction control systems. Open up the throttle. Let the many horses run free. It doesn't matter - before they start to stampede, traction control intervenes. Sooner or later, depending on the mode selected. But always smoothly and safely thanks to Bosch and Keihin ride-by-wire.

works of art

works of art

Finest components for perfect handling – for mile after mile of pleasure!

Mechanics can be so beautiful – above all, when designers can draw on unlimited resources. Whether it be the CroMo steel tubular space frame, the single-sided swingarm, the fork or the shock absorber, the 1290 Super Duke R is made from only the finest components. Perfectly arranged and tuned with one another, for only so are such excellent steering precision or such gigantic reserves created. See if you can find anything like it anywhere else – take a test ride!

seven-league boots

seven-league boots

Grip in every situation, steering precisely as desired – perfect tyres for perfect riding pleasure

Not only do the intricate, low-pressure, die-cast wheels look good, they are also very stable and light. And then the tyres: With seamlessly wound belt stitching and tread, the tailor-made Dunlop Sportsmart² on the Super Duke R enter new technological territory. For even wear, perfect steering behaviour and sensational grip in cold, hot or wet conditions. And fantastic ride stability.

light, stiff, beautiful!

light, stiff, beautiful!

Simple wheel changing, easy chain servicing – and still so stylish!

The most beautiful components are created when cost is no object – for example, the singe-sided swingarm on the 1290 Super Duke R. Stiff and muscular, it is a potent partner when the Super Duke unleashes its torque and riding dynamics. With 50 mm rear axle and eccentric adjustment – and still much lighter than normal single-sided swingarms. Normal? Not quite!



Simply get on and feel comfortable. Everyone. Male or female.

Have you ever thought about seat position? Stack and reach, leg arch length, seat height, seat foam, knee angle and knee contact, handlebar width, position and offset, the Shore hardness of grip rubbers, tall riders, short riders, fat or skinny – a hell of a lot of work and brainpower goes into it. On every motorcycle. But only on a few is the seat position as successful as on the 1290 Super Duke R. Something we're very proud of.



Extreme? Yes. User value? Still very high.

Surprises are best when nobody expects them. For example, the 1290 Super Duke R is highly economical with fuel. It has a 15,000 km service interval. Daytime running light as standard. An instrument with the most extensive info or the world's simplest mode switching. A placid rain mode with even higher fuel economy. Amazing wind protection and comfort. And still all the talents of the beast.

Dr Jekyll, Mr Hyde and the others

Dr Jekyll, Mr Hyde and the others

As you like it – at the press of a button.

It can be well-behaved and gentle, but also wild and spontaneous – the modes change the character of the 1290 Super Duke R perceptibly. Rain: smooth, limited power, with early intervening traction control. Street: sporty but effective, always appropriate and super-swift. Sport? The full works, with sharp teeth and controlled drift feeling. Plus: Supermoto ABS for all pure drifters. And to top it all, deactivation modes for ABS and traction control – for true tough nuts.

Tech Specs


Engine type 2-cylinder, 4-stroke, V 75°
Displacement 1.301 ccm
Bore/stroke 108/71 mm
Power 132 kW (180 HP) at 8.870 rounds/min
Starting aid Electric starter/12V 11.2Ah
Transmission 6 gears
Engine lubrication Pressure lubrication with 3 Eaton pumps
Cooling system Liquid cooling
Clutch PASC slipper clutch, hydraulically operated
Engine management/ignition Keihin EMS with DBW, double ignition


Frame Chromium-Molybdenum-Steel trellis frame, powder coated
Handlebar Aluminium, konifiziert Ø 28/22 mm
Front suspension WP-USD Ø 48 mm
Rear suspension WP-Monoshock
Front brake 2 x Brembo four piston, radially bolted caliper, brake disc Ø 320 mm
Rear brake Brembo fixed mounted two-piston brake calipers
Brake system Bosch 9M+ ABS with SuperMoto Mode
Chain X-Ring 5/8 x 5/16"
Steering head angle 65,1°
Wheel base 1.482 ± 12 mm
Ground clearance 140 mm
Seat height 835 mm
Tank capacity 18 l Unleaded premium fuel (95 RON)
Dry weight 189 kg

Discuss the Beast

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  1. ktmguy 7 hours ago
    Took mine back yesterday for a refund over the rear wheel hub issue. No parts, probably sitting at the dealer for weeks.Not good enough for a top of the range expensive bike. No support or action to resolve this potential dangerous issue from KTM. Very poor service, hope others will follow suit.Long time KTM fan no more!
    1. Jun Ant
      Jun Ant 9 hours ago
      WHATS UP WITH THIS "REAR WHEEL PLAY"?with just over 2k miles my "beast" it also has rear wheel play!!took it to the dealer last week for a fixed up and was told that "it only needs to be torque to the right spec". and so I asked: "and after that will there be play?" ..."no play" I was told.will be picking her up soon, I just hope it turns out right.
      1. Christopher John DiCenzo
        Christopher John DiCenzo 11 hours ago
        does anyone know if this thing comes with the orange and white rims with "RACING" on them that is often displayed in pictures online for this bike? At first i thought it did, but know im starting to think it only comes in black.
        1. riffler 20 hours ago
          I also have the rear wheel play.This seems to effect more than half the bikes in Australia and it appears to effect many round the world.Its potentially dangerous.I've contacted my dealer and the bikes they have on the showroom floor also have this issue, but at this time KTM Austria, and Australia appear to have no resolution.This is potentially dangerous as the rear wheel moves/clunks from side to side unlike any bike i have ever owned and the load/torque is ...not safe. Please make a recall.
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          1. Black1290 19 hours ago
            No good complaining here, I don't think KTM even look at this site anymore now they have finished using it as a "teaser".
          2. robertkehl 11 hours ago
            I also have the rear hub play as well. My bike has under 1k on the clocks. Took it to my dealer in Livermore, ca. last weekend. They found a little under 1mm of play and said they would contact Ktm. I also would like to note, while I was waiting for them to check the hub play. They had to demo bikes in the show room. Both of these bikes had the play as well. The sales guy just shook his head. I had a 98 Honda VFR800 with 17k on it. And it had zero play. So I don't think its normal to have play in the wheel bearings or hub bearings. I sure hope ktm is listening. Because there is a lot of us owner of the 1290r that are not comfortable with play in the hub. We ride are bikes hard and don't want a catastrophic failure while we are riding the Beast. Please fix the problem Ktm, don't wait for someone to get hurt. for more info, goto and take the I have play in my hub survey. The more info out there the quicker we will get this issue fixed.
        2. fbgracing 4 days ago
          Anyone out there having a problem with there clutch slipping!!Hard on the throttle at 6k in 4th 5th when the revs hit 7.5k the clutch slips!! Doesn't happen every time?? some days worse than others. Very annoying.. Any ideas??
          1. FFlash 1 week ago
            Anyone know if there is anyone alive at KTM USA? I've never gotten an answer at the phone number they humorously list as their "Customer Service" line. I did receive a call back one time after leaving a message but the person I spoke with had no idea of what could be done to fix the wacko speedo problem everyone has. He 'promised' to find an answer and call back in a few days but 10 days down the road I've not heard back.Here's their phone number, see if you can get to talk to someone! 1 (440) 985-3553
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            1. Jun Ant
              Jun Ant 1 week ago
              I got intouch with some one at the Ohio headquarters (440) 985-3553) today. I told him about the famous "rear wheel wobble" or "rear wheel play"...
            2. JIM820
              JIM820 1 week ago
              Thank you Very much for the Link!
          2. ducman996s 1 week ago
            hey cannucker at this time i have to declinei have family issues to pay for ..the superduke will have to wait..
            1. gio339 1 week ago
              I have over 1,000 miles on my 1290R. I love this bike. Bravo to KTM for creating such a thrilling and polished new model. I have owned many motorcycles (and currently own 4 bikes); but this is my first KTM. The positives: (1) motor has torque everywhere and lots of personality, (2) ride-all-day comfortable for me, (3) excellent overall fueling, even on/off throttle, (4) nice brake feel and power, (5) predictable and progressive handling, (6) reasonably good gearbox, and (7) the bike looks like an angry bull ready to charge. The dynamic elements of this bike are so well sorted that you easily lose sight of your rate of speed until you blast by other vehicles. My wishlist: should be able to select 'sport' response with 'road' traction control, a quickshifter would enhance the fun, eliminate the big twin surge/hunt at steady throttle. I have not regretted my 1290R purchase for one moment. If you're on the fence -- I'd say get one!
              1. JIM820
                JIM820 1 week ago
                Looking for more info on "Quick Shift / Lash Cap" topic along with Rear Axle Bearing and Steering Hub Bearing topic! I just walked away from a Orange SD...not sure of my choice! Loved the Test Ride but the "New" bike issues got to me. I WANT A QUICK SHIFT! If 2014 isn't compatible then 2015 SHOULD!! Maybe a "Matte" Black next year!
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                1. Black1290 1 week ago
                  Is this now a classifieds forum?CANUCKKTMER, after 7 posts in 2 days, I think we get it.You have a 1290 for sale, Yah?
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