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Motorbike Mondays: The KTM Super Duke R

October 27, 2014

The Super Duke R comes to us from motorbike miracle workers KTM, who’ve cemented their status as off-road experts and are now ready to take to the streets. Known as ‘The Beast’ in pre-production, this motorbike is guaranteed to satisfy motorcycle fans and fledgling riders alike – and in our KTM Super Duke R review, all will be revealed.

KTM Super Duke R

Original image by Decio “desmodex”


The KTM 1290 Super Duke R boasts a 1301cc, 180bhp V-twin engine. Its strong, slick carbon fibre bodywork is painted orange and black for positively animalistic styling. The strongest of KTM’s motorcycles, it’s fast but manageable – with exceptional kit, 10% lighter pistons than its predecessor, and a beastly 2000rpm of torque.

The KTM 1290 Super Duke R can peak at speeds of over 150mph, with prices of around £13,999 – a slightly heftier price tag than alternatives, but a fair price to pay for its exceptional style and functionality.

System features

The Super Duke R features an on-board computer menu with three driving modes: sport, rain and street. With traction control, lean sensitive control begins immediately meaning smoother riding. Motorcycle traction control in the three modes lets the rider focus on the road for a thrilling ride that doesn’t sacrifice on safety. Better yet, there’s anti-wheelie mode, ABS and Supermoto. Unlike the original Super Duke, manufactured in 2005, the Super Duke R has a 40% larger engine despite being similar in size. The bike’s torque, ranging from 2000 rpm to its 9800rpm limit, is impressive to say the least – as are its throttle response, suspension and economical value (generally requiring servicing every 15,000km).

Other notable features include Brembo monobloc brakes, rustproof stainless steel exhaust, a state of the art dashboard with LCD displays and super-lightweight wheels.


With its incredible chassis, the Super Duke R gives riders the optimal steering position – with bike and rider becoming one in a unique and exhilarating driving experience. Regardless of its somewhat ferocious appearance, there’s a smoothness in the Super Duke R’s performance that determines control and firmness. For experienced riders, its breathtaking design will thrill, while new users will find an enthralling first time purchase thanks to the intuitive drive this motorbike offers.

The KTM 1290 Super Duke R has solved the motorbiking conundrum of speed vs. handling – with a sexy new offering that offers both in abundance. Its features are impressive enough to begin with – but coupled with the exceptional handling and striking aesthetics, the Super Duke R is a force to be reckoned with in the riding world.

KTM 1290 Super Duke R front

Original image by Decio “desmodex”

If the KTM Super Duke R sounds like everything you’ve been looking for in a motorcycle, we can get you on it. At the Car Loan Warehouse, we’re specialists in motorbike finance and we can help you find the ride of your life without having to pay up-front – so you can enjoy the spectacular Super Duke R in all its glory and leave us to take care of the rest. Check out our online motorbike loan calculator for an instant quote.

About The Author

Jon Le Roux is co-founder and company director of The Car Loan Warehouse. Being a mad engineering and motorsport enthusiast, I spend more hours than is healthy, watching, reading or talking about cars, boats, motorbikes…..basically anything with an engine.