The Beast

KTM 1290 Superduke R

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

Author: Dale Franks

Dale Franks is the former host of The Business Day, ”a daily, four-hour business and financial news program on KMNY Radio in Los Angeles. From 2002-2004, he was a contributor on military and international affairs for TechCentralStation.com. Currently, he a publisher and editor of the monthly political journal The New Libertarian, as well as an editor of the popular web log, Q and O. Dale served as a military police officer in the United States Air Force from 1984 to 1993, in variety of assignments both in the United States and Europe, where he also was assigned to the staff of the Headquarters of Allied Forces Central Europe. In addition to broadcasting, writing, and speaking on various topics, Dale has also been a long-time technical training instructor on a variety of computer software and technology subjects. Dale has also long been involved with information technology as an accomplished web designer, programmer, and technologist, serving as the corporate knowledge specialist for Microsoft Outlook at SAIC, the nation's largest employee-owned corporation. Additionally, he is the author of a number of software user guides used for classroom training by one of Southern California’'s premier computer training and consulting firms. His book, SLACKERNOMICS: Basic Economics for People Who Find Economics Boring, is available from Barnes & Noble.