Just when you thought that KTM was already absolutely crazy when it comes to top-notch hyper naked motorcycles. The KTM 1290 Super Duke R is arguably one of the most excessive bikes out there when it comes to performance. With a 1,301 cc V-twin churning out a whopping 177 hp, the KTM 1290 Super Duke R is capable of popping wheelies on 4th gear. Being around for a couple of generations now, the current generation 1290 Super Duke R is lighter, more powerful, and crazier than ever. Featuring an updated chassis and subframe, the new Super Duke also comes with revised suspension components and sophisticated electronics.
That being said, what else could KTM possibly do to make the 1290 Super Duke R even crazier? Well, how does dropping its weight by nearly 20 lbs with a slew of carbon fiber parts sound? On top of that, the Super Duke RR is likely to come with an Akrapovic exhaust system, as well as a set of forged aluminum wheels. Finally, we can expect the KTM 1290 Super Duke RR to come with an even more rambunctious livery as opposed to the common fare Super Duke R.
As far as pricing is concerned, there is no word yet as to how much this special edition Super Duke will cost. However it is speculated that only 500 examples of the 1290 Super Duke RR will ever roll out of KTM’s assembly line, so in the off-chance, this bike makes it onto Philippine shores, we can expect it to come with a sticker price way more than the P1,250,000 of the standard Super Duke. All things considered, it would appear that KTM is rapidly ramping up their model range to suit enthusiasts who, to put it simply, have an undying obsession with outright performance.