KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R Review: Honoring the Duke

Looking forward to some street action? Are you in for naked or dirt? If you are up for the best open-class street bike then you have come to the right place. We are reviewing the new KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R. So, if you are interested, better put your seat belts on because this might get a little shaky. Recently there are several reports that kinks have been tweaked but are these reports valid. Let`s confirm these details by ourselves.

Looks and Designing

Do you know what is the biggest grip we all have with an old bike, it’s the poor fueling! But that`s no longer the case with KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R. Yes, KTM have rectified it with the new version up to date. Keeping this fact in mind, no doubt the reliability of KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R shouldn’t be questioned.  As this company have ever growing reputation for reliable products, the finish is up to our standard. Going for the price we are paying for this best open-class street bike. You don`t have to test drive it just to justify the odds.



[ Image Credits: KTM Auto, Asphaltandrubber ]

Looks play an important role here and KTM is well aware of that. The standard color scheme orange and black is well maintained. But there are a few notable mentions here. These mentions include names of front facade, if you play close attention to the front, you will see the sleek linings redefining this bike. The same stories goes with rest of body. Build quality is certainly improved here. With all of that, KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R can be summed up only by saying you will never have a dull moment on this best open-class street bike.

Duke is quite a stunner therefore it deserves an 8.5/10.


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The British performer scoring 133 bhp power along with great handling and fine character. Triumph Speed Triple R comes with a price advantage thanks to added ABS braking.

Engine and Performance

Starting with the heart of KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R. the drivetrain is a V Twin engine with 1301cc displacement. Thanks to this combination, the super duke was never more powerful. With this specs, the new KTM is capable of producing 180BHP peak power. Being a naked street bike, it`s impressively aggressive. The slight suspicion of KTM reveling its record and image have gone too far.

As this beast turned out to be a polite one, still it`s easy to ride, well thanks to the electronic work in the end. Having said that, the strongest impressive is not being fast but easy to manage. The max torque goes to 106lb. the good news is, this best open-class streetbike can reach the top speed of 150 miles. Along with that speed, it only consumes one gallon per 45 miles. Something pretty impressive. As for the transmission, we have a six speed.

Packing so much heat and easy to manage, no doubt that the new KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R will stir up the competition after all. But give or take, it’s a pretty impressive naked bike on accounts of its engine specifications and performance. It does live the promise which is quite the key to success.

For its performance, the Duke R receives an 8/10.

General Specifications

  • Engine: Four Stroke V-Twin
  • Displacement: 1,301 cc
  • Max Power: 180 bhp
  • Max Torque: 106 lb
  • Top Speed: 150 mph
  • Economy: 45 mpg
  • Price: $20,000 (estimated)
  • Availability: Late December 2014

Ride and Handling

Starting with the handling at first place, KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R is providing you with a bit forgiving for what you would expect from a beast. The point is, handling here is a bit light and easy to manage, something we all love in a street bike. But as it comes to the track, the adjustable WP suspension is tuned for transforming this naked beauty into a proper sport bike.

This is where you can do all the hard pushes on the track. Along with that, you won`t be feeling much restrictions thanks to the standard Dunlop and vague front. Taking the scene back to flat and smooth, the electronics keep impressing as long as we ride the horse. The crux is, no matter how fast you dive. You will easily maintain the control.

Accounting its ride, the super duke is awarded with 9/10.

Best open-class bike is still keeping V Twin on the songs, guess what. It doesn’t fail to impress us. With the massive and smooth flow of power, our ride on even the bumpy roads is quite comfortable. Well the credit goes to tune up but I believe frame constructions plays an important role here as well!


  • Great Performance
  • Good Price
  • Easy Handling


  • Styling could have been better
  • Nothing new for ergonomics
  • A lot of room for improvement

The Final Word

Considering what we are paying for KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R, there is some room for a bit more carbon bits and improved ABS system. But to sum it all, the Super duke r doesn’t have any flaws we would brag about. Yes if you are looking for a spotless performer, this naked street is your best bet. Yes, KTM is delivering what it promised us all. Huge and addictive ways provide us with riding pleasure that only a few bikes will ever match.

You can ask yourself if you really need all this beef but don`t worry, you will have it under control. The beast corners without a hitch. So you don`t need to worry at all. After all, driving the best open-class street bike have its own characteristics. You just need to find a way to enjoy these. It has more power than you will ever need. In the end, I will just say the riding position problem has also been sorted out. KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R is a job well done!

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