This is interesting. KTM 1290 Super Duke R is probably one of the best naked superbikes available in the market right now. It has got huge amounts of power and relatively very less weight which makes it a fun bike to ride. Apparently, an updated model is being tested by the Austrian manufacturer somewhere in the Alps.
A few spy shots of the new 1290 Super Duke R have emerged giving away some details of the bike. KTM hasn’t made any major changes in aesthetics. The new Duke is as beastly-looking as the current one. However, there are a handful of changes in the trellis frame, swingarm, rear suspension, and wheels.
The engine mounting points on the new trellis frame are beefier which could mean that it is acting as a stressed member even more. Also, the old rear subframe has been replaced by a new simpler aluminium one with clear lines. It looks cleaner and nicer.
KTM has also changed the exhaust making it a bit more softer-looking than before but we hope its looks wouldn’t affect its cruel sound. There is a new 5-spoke cast design for the wheels with a similar braking setup. The swingarm appears to be new as well along with a new location of the rear mono-shock. KTM would also tweak the fully digital instrument cluster a bit.
As far as the engine is concerned, most likely it’s going to be the same 1,301cc V-twin but there might be some internal changes to make it smoother, lighter, more refined and powerful than before.
It’s being said that the new 1290 Super Duke R is expected to be up on the display at this year’s Intermot or EICMA.