The new 1290 KTM Super Duke R promises to be the major novelty of the Austrian manufacturer in 2014. With 1301 cm3, 180 hp and 14.4 torque daN.m free version to 189 kg dry roadster king approaching dangerous features a hypersportive.
Here is the test of the 1290 KTM Super Duke R release full power on road and track.
Jeremy McWilliams , Grand Prix driver training and driver development now for KTM opens the road from the hotel . All audience disengaged it off Without any consideration for the rear still pulls cold smoking drifting to regain grip. Well , it goes like this KTM !
Ready to Race is the slogan of the Austrian brand and it is true That there is something to be excited about the 1290 KTM Super Duke R Effective two days and more than 500 kilometers and road test circuit. It nonetheless reasonable should remain when analyzing the motorcycle .
Orange Always, Any new goal
At the end of the press conference , the pack of handpicked journalists scatters : exchange with technicians , inspection of motorcycles, there is plenty to do . 1290 KTM Super Duke R is not an Evolution : it is a sports roadster, it is orange , drank everything about this bike is new .
Starting with the twin open at 75 ° , one of the architectures of choice for KTM . This engine uses the technology used on the RC8R goal pushed the real capacity up to 1 300.8 cm3.
Potential, it looks to the lesser of 180 horsepower and torque 14.4 da.Nm free version to 189 kg dry . Boy, you better be well Rested before taking the handlebars .
Ergonomics , the KTM Super Duke R 1290 shows frankly natural, with very little backing for the wrists and not too wide handlebar , unlike a Honda CB1000R example. Peaking at 835 mm , the seat is Relatively high pitched and drivers under one meter seventy -five can not put your feet on Both Sides . The bike still remains very close , but not as much as the KTM 990 Super Duke .
Not so Katapulte Prima Facie
The first kilometers allow to know the Beast as technicians call home , the goal is trust , established quickly. Already using the overall weight in the slow exchange , as the ultra flexible clutch or accelerator control long drawing if no surprises All which is screwed too handle. At this time of the test, it is Said She Could go to a public far Broader than imagined initially.
Then comes the time to open wide on the first reports. Given the characteristics of the machine and Knowing the strong character of the Austrian motorcycles, is expected to send the front wheel to the heavens before reaching high speeds. Surprise, there is nothing ! Street fashion in the electronic driving aids on the alert , and the front wheel A Few inches off before returning to terra firma … the first three overs.
performance , undoubtedly very high , are still under monitoring electronics . After this surprise, we analyze in detail the behavior of Greater this new engine , Distributes All which icts horses kilos and meters as a Kalashnikov cartridges .
Round enough for KTM LC8 1290 block Develops ultra generous torque Between 4,000 and 7,000 rev / min . A bit like block Moto Morini Elsewhere .
Devoid of brutality , odd in Sport mode, it offers in this speed ranks of occasions canonesques , Despite a fairly long Slightly penalizing the liveliness final drive . No matter since the health of the engine. It is almost possible to put on the sixth limited to 90 km / h roads : to engage the lath report , it is approaching 110 km / h .
Nevertheless , fall below 3000 rev / min sixth is a delicate exercise , as the twin shows his disapproval with big shots piston , so Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200. In this game , the 1190 KTM Adventure is more flexible and less Clearly vibrant . While the specification is different, but still .
Once this trait of character assimilated , it Will Be Arranged , Especially as shorten the final drive is Likely to Increase engine braking , All which in this state , Seems perfect . With A Few passes and other rectilinear portions, there is the great lie of the twin in free version . What health above 7000 r / min ! Better hang on to the handlebars and eyes open as you jump curved face .
On the mountain road That goes up to Ronda, It is almost impossible to to tighten the grip Street or Sport mode . This is much more feasible in Rain mode, limited to 100 horses . Moreover’s , this ” wise ” mode Gives a good idea of what Will 1290 KTM Super Duke R French : A Powerful and full enough mid -range roadster, but nothing more . Once again the law of horseless Condemns us to drive a half -moto .
WP , it takes the floor
During our test, We had two different settings for suspensions a standard setting for the road and a Firmer setting for the system . Knowing That We went on the tour by road . This second adjustment Involved the hydraulic suspensions, Slightly closed for the occasion. In the default setting, the 1290 KTM Super Duke R Overcomes great Irregularities of the coating.
WP suspensions are known for Their efficiency and generous clearances ( AV 125 mm , 156 mm rear) Does not detract from the table. It is a pleasure to deal with bleeding on the angle without cutting , Because the bike without flinching Absorbs difficulty . Steering damper must of course Participate in the great stability angle as online, order the geometry of the Super Duke R (less radical than the 990 ) there is probably no stranger.
And it Also has the ergonomics Limiting pressing forward at a reasonable level there. Indeed , the tensions on the handlebars do not generate too much interference to the frame.
A roadster built for track
Track setting, surprisingly , the 1290 KTM Super Duke R does not turn into stick. This is an great surprise. While shocks sccm drier , aim the bike is very livable , comfortable and odd more agile with better suspensions Curbed . Addressing the magnificent Ascari Circuit under an early drizzle, we time immediately Realize That The new roadster KTM feels like a fish in water. Expressed engine at full throttle and the speedometer needle climbs at a dizzying speed .
Past 7000 rev / min , acceleration is stunning and breath the engine remains impressive , Even After retries breaks more than 200 km / h ! Rigor of the frame is the appointment and the WP 48mm inverted fork big cash braking beyond the grave permitted by Brembo M50 , top notch in this area . The new Dunlop SportSmart 2 perform for Their Work with gusto .
Moreover’s , the electronic driving aids such as traction control or ABS Racing meet always present to deal with a dosing error . And without amputation or performance or character . OK , McWilliams unplug everything to slide back to the vibrator , goal McWilliams .
Appraisal : A superbike without fairing
In a day and a half of testing , the 1290 KTM Super Duke R has its Demonstrated potential. On road and track , it shines by icts overall performance , surprised by His chest engine always generous and shows Almost humanly affordable hearing through electronic control. Of course , there Such a motorcycle, the concentration is still required , order the Super Duke R shows still Easier than hypersportive for daily or winding roads and poorly paved .
Perhaps we might find other more accurate roadster frame as the Ducati Monster 1100 Evo , can be Aprilia RSV4 APRC year offers more engine sensations. Order the new 1290 KTM Super Duke R looks terrible in more ways than one . Remains a prize of 15.690 , close to Japanese superbikes, Well placed to Ducati Streetfighter S facing ( 19.390 ) , much less the Aprilia Tuono V4R face ( 13.999 ) .