So, the folks at KTM appear to have gone a bit loony. Today, they announced they will be producing a new naked bike, the 1290 SuperDuke R, which will have 180 HP. They call it “The Beast”. There will be no fairing. No wind protection. Nothing, in fact, to prevent the force of air from pushing you off the rear of the bike if you open the throttle all the way, other than the death-like grip you’ll need on the handlebars to stay seated.
They also have a new web site dedicated to it. There’s some pics, and videos, and a fan-boy discussion forum. The official pics are below.
In the meantime, some brief specs are:
2-cylinder, 4-stroke, V 75°
132 kW (180 HP) at 8.870 rounds/min
Electric starter/12V 11.2Ah
Pressure lubrication with 3 Eaton pumps
PASC slipper clutch, hydraulically operated
Keihin EMS with DBW, double ignition
Chromium-Molybdenum-Steel trellis frame, powder coated
Aluminium, konifiziert Ø 28/22 mm
WP-USD Ø 48 mm
2 x Brembo four piston, radially bolted caliper, brake disc Ø 320 mm
Brembo fixed mounted two-piston brake calipers
Bosch 9ME Combined-ABS
X-Ring 5/8 x 5/16″
STEERING HEAD ANGLE
1.482 ± 12 mm
18 l Unleaded premium fuel (95 RON)
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