KTM unleashes utterly mad 1290 Super Duke RR

KTM has evidently decided its barn-storming 1290 Super Duke R isn’t quite as tough as it could be. Enter the limited-run, double-R edition.

The 1290 Super Duke RR kicks things off with a perfect 1:1 weight ratio (180 horsepower and a claimed 180kg), courtesy of a 9kg drop in mass.

Paired with the weight reduction is a set of fully adjustable WP Apex Pro 7548 front forks and a WP Apex Pro 7117 steering damper. At the back is a WP Apex Pro 7746 rear shock.

Apparently, KTM left a few cards up its sleeve with regard to its 1290 Super Duke. This is the Super Duke RR.
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Apparently, KTM left a few cards up its sleeve with regard to its 1290 Super Duke. This is the Super Duke RR.

All the handling gubbins are custom-made to KTM’s exact specifications for the Super Duke RR.

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Around 1.5kg of the unsprung weight loss comes from the redesigned wheels, which come wrapped in sticky Michelin Power Cup2 rubber. Further kilos were shed with the lightweight Akrapovic exhaust system.

Less weight and more power-making parts are the main things here. Like that optional exhaust, which is almost certainly not road legal.
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Less weight and more power-making parts are the main things here. Like that optional exhaust, which is almost certainly not road legal.

The RR also gets a carbon fibre subframe and CF bodywork while a full range of KTM PowerParts are available to turn the bike into a proper track weapon.

Power comes from a 1301cc V-twin, to the tune of the aforementioned 180hp (134kW) and 140Nm.

The throttle has seven fewer degrees of opening angle, which is said to improve throttle response as well as reduce the riders' wrist angle and elbow drop when it's fully open.

Burnouts or wheelies? The choice is yours.
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Burnouts or wheelies? The choice is yours.

Being a superbike in 2021, there are plenty of active electronics helping get all that power to the tarmac. These include new Track and Performance modes, which allow riders to adjust the rear-wheel slip, throttle response, launch control and engine braking.

There are also standard gizmos like cornering ABS, sophisticated traction control and a digital screen. Interestingly, the suspension doesn't look to be electronically adjustable.

Just 500 units will be built globally, with prices yet to be announced. If you want one, best get in contact with your local KTM dealer because those build slots won’t last.

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