KTM 1290 Duke R is a 177bhp monster and 140Nm twisting force
KTM’s stall was likely to be the most exciting among all, as the Austrian company showed us 250 Adventure, 390 Adventure, new 890 Duke R, and finally the daddy Duke or angry grandfather, the KTM 1290 Duke R. As we first believed that new 1290 Duke R might deliver more than 200 horses like new Ducati Streetfighter V4 with 210bhp and Kawasaki Z H2 with 200bhp but KTM settled with 177.
Powering this badass is a reworked 1301cc LC8 V-twin engine which is fed by larger 56mm throttle bodies. This powerplant pumps out 177bhp which is 7bhp more than the previous bike along with 140Nm of twisting force. We are expecting this engine to comply with the Euro 5/BS6 emission norms. The engine is also paired to a 6-speed transmission via an assist and slipper clutch. There is also a bi-directional quickshifter to save those precious seconds on the track day.
2020 KTM 1290 Duke R get some changes in the design and bike looks muscular as an aggressive beast. The bodywork is minimal as per the company’s original naked bike concept. Headlight signature KTM with usual all-LED setup. Sitting position on this naked bike quite aggressive too with lower set handlebar and rear-set footpegs. The handlebar can be adjusted by up to 21mm if needed.
Coming to the suspension, both the front and rear unit is sourced from Apex and are fully adjustable. There is a 43mm USD fork with split function, compression, and rebound settings. At the rear is a linked type gas-charged monoshock with remote preload adjustment. Both the 17-inch alloy wheels are fitted with Bridgestone S22 tyres with part-silica compound for impeccable grip even on the wet roads.
Speaking about the electronics, there is every electronic rider aid available including IMU-based cornering ABS, Wheelie and Stoppie control, traction control, launch control, riding modes, power modes and more.
The bike will be made available in the international markets however, there is no word from the KTM whether the Duke R will launch in India or not. Only the time will tell us this part of the story as there is no confirmation of the 890 Duke either.
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