KTM’s ‘Beast’ just got meaner

KTM’s ‘Beast’ is now even meaner with a lighter, limited edition 1290 Super Duke RR.

The uprated naked bike weighs 9kg less than the 1290 Super Duke R thanks to ultra-exclusive, lightweight carbon fibre bodywork.

Trimming a few kilos gives the RR a one-to-one power-to-weight ratio with its 180kg dry weight matching the 1,301cc V-twin engine’s 180hp output.

Production is limited to 500 units with only 57 coming to UK and we’ve been lucky enough to secure one of these models which are set to become a collectors’ motorbike.

The Super Duke RR features WP Pro Components on a par with those found on full-factory racing machines, a unique, instantly-recognisable colour scheme and premium parts never before seen on a KTM.

The £21,499 1290 Super Duke RR costs £5,750 more than the standard R version so what makes it so special?

Key features include:

  • Carbon fibre body parts and undertray
  • WP Apex Pro front and rear suspension
  • Factory triple clamp
  • Ultra-lightweight, seven-spoke, forged wheels
  • Michelin Power Cup2 tyres
  • Titanium Akrapovic Slip-On Line exhaust
  • Quick turn throttle twist grip
  • Lightweight lithium-ion battery
  • Street, sport, rain, performance and track ride modes
  • Unique RR single-seat unit and sharper rear end with all-new rear-light integrated indicators and number plate
  • An Akrapovic Kit Evolution Line Race exhaust is also available as a track-only addition

Director Dave Willis says the 1290 Super Duke RR will certainly draw people into the showroom but he is sure it will sell fast too.

“I imagine it will fly out the showroom. It’s an expensive motorbike but I’m sure someone will want to pay the extra money for what is a very special motorcycle.”

Check out the full specification at orwell.co.uk/ktm/new-ktm-motorcycle-range/naked/1290-super-duke-rr

[Photo credit: Rudi Schedl]