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The Beast

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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:

ENGINE

ENGINE TYPE
2-cylinder, 4-stroke, V 75°

DISPLACEMENT
1.301 ccm

BORE/STROKE
108/71 mm

POWER
132 kW (180 HP) at 8.870 rounds/min

STARTING AID
Electric starter/12V 11.2Ah

TRANSMISSION
6 gears

ENGINE LUBRICATION
Pressure lubrication with 3 Eaton pumps

COOLING SYSTEM
Liquid cooling

CLUTCH
PASC slipper clutch, hydraulically operated

ENGINE MANAGEMENT/IGNITION
Keihin EMS with DBW, double ignition

CHASSIS

FRAME
Chromium-Molybdenum-Steel trellis frame, powder coated

HANDLEBAR
Aluminium, konifiziert Ø 28/22 mm

FRONT SUSPENSION
WP-USD Ø 48 mm

REAR SUSPENSION
WP-Monoshock

FRONT BRAKE
2 x Brembo four piston, radially bolted caliper, brake disc Ø 320 mm

REAR BRAKE
Brembo fixed mounted two-piston brake calipers

BRAKE SYSTEM
Bosch 9ME Combined-ABS

CHAIN
X-Ring 5/8 x 5/16″

STEERING HEAD ANGLE
65,1°

WHEEL BASE
1.482 ± 12 mm

GROUND CLEARANCE
140 mm

SEAT HEIGHT
835 mm

TANK CAPACITY
18 l Unleaded premium fuel (95 RON)

DRY WEIGHT
189 kg

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