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KTM is always good for a surprise: For the latest KTM Limited Edition, the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R has been transformed into an even sharper BEAST. The limited version of KTM's flagship is more snappy than ever and therefore bears the designation "RR". As a result, it is now taking the lead in KTM's Street series and has been developed around KTM's core brand value "pure performance".
Only 1290 of the exclusive KTM 500 SUPER DUKE RR will be built and pre-orders are only accepted online. The "RR" is based on the latest KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R PROTOTYPE and is the epitome of READY TO RACE.
KTM 1290 Super Duke RR
The numbers speak for themselves: 1.301 cm3, 180 hp, 180 kg and 140 Nm. That means a power-to-weight ratio of 1 kg per hp and immense torque. One thing is clear: racetracks are the preferred hunting ground for this BEAST. This uncompromising hyper-naked bike was built to break lap records.
The RR is not only 9 kg lighter, but also more agile, stiffer and more stable at high speeds than the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R. Even the rims came under the knife and lost 1,5 kg. These are equipped with ultra-grippy Michelin Power Cup2 tires and thus underpin the suitability of the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE RR for the race track.
The high-quality chassis components from WP are responsible for the biggest changes. At the front, the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE RR uses a fully adjustable closed-cartridge fork of the type WP APEX PRO 7548 and an also adjustable steering damper of the type WP APEX PRO 7117. At the rear, an APEX PRO 7746 shock absorber takes care of the specifications the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE RR has been adapted to the suspension and damping.
A lot of carbon fiber was used in the development of the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE RR - the rear frame, for example, was redesigned in which the ultra-light material played an important role. The designers were able to reinterpret the rear of the BEAST and create a unique rear unit with a single bench seat in which the LED taillight is integrated into the LED turn signals. The bike also comes with KTM's adaptive brake light as standard.
All of this - and not least the fact that it is powered by the largest Euro 5-compatible V2 of all Hyper-Nakeds - makes the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE RR the ultimate BEAST on the country road and on the racetrack.
This BEAST also has a lightweight "SLIP-ON LINE" rear silencer from AKRAPOVIČ. This is made of titanium and comes with a carbon fiber end cap to underline the aggressiveness of the BEAST with an adequate soundscape. As an optional extra for those who want even more power, a complete system of the AKRAPOVIČ-KIT “EVOLUTION LINE” is available.
The most important features of the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE RR at a glance:
- Most powerful V2 engine ever built into a naked bike
- 180 hp, paired with 180 kg weight give the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE RR a power-to-weight ratio of 1 kg per hp
- New WP APEX PRO suspension and Michelin Power Cup2 tires
- New carbon fiber bodywork
- Lightweight lithium-ion battery, saves 2,5 kg
- Ultralight forged wheels, save 1,5 kg unsprung masses
- Carbon fiber rear frame with newly designed single bench
- CTG inspired by the prototype
- Exclusive KTM PowerParts package
- Limited to only 500 pieces worldwide
The KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE RR not only impresses with its hardware. Under its carbon fiber cladding lies the most race-worthy electronics that has ever been installed on a KTM - and that comes as standard. Above all, the track and the brand new performance driving mode stand out, which allows the driver to adjust the rear wheel slip, the throttle response, the launch control and the engine drag torque control almost completely freely.
Although the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE RR is already equipped with an extensive range of completely new components and a brand new bodywork, the KTM PowerParts and KTM PowerWear collections have additional items ready to further customize the bike to suit personal preferences and the rider too * to give inside the perfect look and the ideal protection.
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