Motorcycle review: 2017 ktm superduke 1290 r

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The Austrian manufacturer had a superlative sầu field day at the EICMA in Milan, Italy. Taking the covers off the KTM 1290 Super Duke R, KTM shows of having no plans khổng lồ be dethroned as the brvà that gives us outright thrill seeking motorcycles along with being competitive sầu.

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When the flagship Super Duke was released in 2014, it blew us away & reigned supreme in the super naked market. It was a lethal weapon and had khổng lồ be tamed. This time, it has got ton loads of updates for 2017 making this animal go berserk. KTM prefers it khổng lồ be called ‘The Beast 2.0’.


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nguồn mill on this is the same 1,301cc, 75-degree V-twin running since năm trước but with 10 mm shorter intake flange, new resonator chambers và reworked cylinder head designed for broader and smoother power delivery even at low rpm. The updated LC8 engine will now be able to churn a 179.45 bhp at 8870 rpm of power & 104 pound-feet of peak torque out of which 74 comes at just 2500 rpm. This is the most powerful motor ever muscled inlớn a street xe đạp by KTM.

Thanks to the new flat designed titanium inlet valves with a chromium nitride coating, the compression ratio has been raised lớn 13.6:1 & the Super Duke is now triệu Euro IV complaint. It is mated khổng lồ a six-tốc độ gearbox through a hydraulically-operated PASC slipper clutch. It reaches 0-200 kph mark in just 7.2 seconds.


There is an Evaporative sầu Emission Control System ‘EVAP’ system that prevents fuel evaporation, a new Bosch fuel pump and a new CAN BUS system from the Moto3 WSBK with love sầu. This engine has a contactless cranking mechanism to reduce wear & tear. This rev loving engine now gets state-of-the-art tech và a few segment firsts that can make other contenders sweat in their pants. A new ride-by-wire system ensured excellent throttle response và smoother acceleration.


Make Model 2017 KTM 1290 Super Duke R Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 Factory DucatiMonster 1200 S Stripe
Capađô thị cc130110771198
Bore/ Stroke in108/7176/55.1106/67.9
Output179 bhp
7750 rpm
Type2-cylinder, 4-stroke, spark-ignition engine, 75° V arrangement, liquid-cooledV4 65°, 4-stroke, liquid cooled, double overhead camshaft /DOHC), four valves per cylinder.Ducati Testastretta 11°, L-Twin, 4 Desmodromically actuated valves per cylinder, Dual spark, Liquid cooled
Clutch typeWet- Multiplate with PASC (TM) slipper clutch, hydraulically actuatedMultiplate wet clutch with mechanical slipper system. AQS Aprilia Quichồng Shift electronic systemSlipper và self-servo wet multiplate clutch with hydraulic control
Transmission6-speed6-speed with autoblipper electronic downshift assistance.6-tốc độ with quick shifter & auto-blipper

KTM is world renowned for giving us bikes that love sầu going around corners & this Super Duke R can hunt apexes for breakfast, lunch và dinner.

Made lớn rule the streets & the traông chồng on the fast lane, handle bars are slightly wider & have sầu been moved lower and forward for a more aggressive và sporty position. The steering angle of 66 degrees will allow you khổng lồ kiss the apex, although we highly recommend that khổng lồ be left to lớn professionals. Everything from the split LED headlights khổng lồ the naked tail is designed for lightweight, và the ultra-lightweight yet extremely stable Trellis steel frame does the job of holding the bike intact even when you go ruthlessly on this Duke.

The Duke R is bolstered with three riding modes – Rain, Street và Plus along with a ‘supermoto’ mode that cuts ABS at the rear and allows the rider lớn loông chồng and slide the rear wheel. If the performance figures vị not float your boat, then KTM will boost it with "performance pack" having a quichồng shifter for up & down shifts & torque control motor slip regulation (MSR). Additionally, there is a "track pack" which includes a traông xã mode rider setting for engine mapping, wheelie control, traction control slip adjust & launch control.


Given the bike’s performance ideas, KTM has stiffened the suspensions for sportier settings. Upside down WPhường USD 48milimet with steering damper does the job at the front và a mono-shochồng at the rear for better handling and both can be adjusted for rebound & preload. Massive stopping power is derived from the Bosch 9ME braking system combined with multi-stage & lean angle-sensitive ABS on the 320milimet, twin disc, Brembo monobloông xã having 4 and 2 piston radial fixed callipers. The large wheelbase of 58.8 in of the tailor-made Metzeler M7RR tires gives fantastic grip và stability on the asphalternative text.


Make Model 2017 KTM 1290 Super Duke R Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 Factory DucatiMonster 1200 S Stripe
Frame DesignChromium-Molybdenum Steel trellis frame, powder coatedAluminium dual beam chassis with pressed and cast sheet elementsTubular steel trellis frame attached to lớn the cylinder heads
Suspension / FrontWPhường 48milimet Suspension Up Side DownÖhlins NIX upside-down fork, 43 milimet fork body toàn thân Adjustable spring preload, independent rebound & compression.

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48mm Öhlins fully adjustable usd fork
Suspension / RearWPhường. Suspension MonoshockAluminium alloy swingarm with progressive linkages. Öhlins STX 46 single shoông chồng absorber with remote reservoir, adjustable spring preload, independently adjustable compression & rebound.Progressive linkage with Öhlins fully adjustable monoshock, Aluminium single-sided swingarm
Brakes / Front3đôi mươi mm Twin-disc brake with radially mounted four-piston brake callipers,Two-channel Bosch 9.1 MP.. ABS330 mm floating double disc with the aluminum carrier. Brembo M50 4-piston monoblock radial callipers, C-ABS Bosch 9.1MP2 x 330milimet semi-floating discs, radially mounted monobloc Brembo M50 callipers, 4-piston, radial pump with Bosch Cornering ABS as standard equipment
Brakes / Rear240 mm Single-disc brake with two-piston brake calliper; fixed brake disc,Two-channel Bosch 9.1 MP ABS220milimet disc. Brembo 32 milimet 2 isolated piston calliper, C-ABS Bosch 9.1MP245mm disc, 2-piston calliper with Bosch Cornering ABS as standard equipment
Tyres / FrontMetzeler M7RR120/70 ZR 17Pirelli Diablo Rosso III, 120/70 ZR17
Tyres / RearMetzeler M7RR200/55 ZR 17Pirelli Diablo Rosso III, 190/55 ZR17

At $17,999 the 2017 Mã Sản Phẩm is $ 600 more than the outgoing Model and honestly, we have sầu no complaints there.You can increase the weaponry arsenal on this insane streetfighter by opting the optional packages which will bring the MSRPhường at $ 19000.Will be available in two colour formats – White, Orange và Blaông chồng, Orange.

COMPETITION

Depending on who you talk khổng lồ, the KTM Super Duke R is the best of the bunch when it comes to lớn crunching the apex. But it is hounded by the Aprilia Tuono 1100 Factory, the direct descendent of the RSV4 và Ducati’sMonster 1200.

Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 Factory


Operating under the Piaggio umbrella, this one-time bicycle, moped và scooter manufacturer now focus its efforts on building large, powerful racing machines – such as the 2017 Tuono V4 1100 Factory. The Aprilia “super-naked” line sprang from experimentation with Aprilia’s then-flagship superxe đạp, the RSV Mille, & evolved over years of Tuono 1000 R production. This newest Tuono benefits from years of successful race experience, and it represents the lathử nghiệm generation of Aprilia ingenuity.

It is also getting an update for 2017 with new triệu Euro IV engine, ECU, powerplant delivers electronics and bigger brakes with an Ohlins NIX fork powerplant delivers a massive claimed output of 175 bhp at 11000 rpm, backed by an even more impressive sầu 121Nm of torque at 9000 rpm. The xe đạp is designed to give crisper steering và more agility while adding high-speed stability.

You can score a Tuono in the Grigio Portimao (grey và blaông xã, with red highlights) colour scheme for $16999. It comes with a two-year, unlimited mileage warranty and one year of roadside assistance from Road America.

DucatiMonster 1200 S Stripe


Just right khổng lồ give vent to lớn your real sporty attitude, the Monster 1200 S Stripe has the perfect personality to win each day’s challenges. For those who accept no compromise between style và performance, this is the one. The new Monster 1200 visibly communicates sophistication, modernity & substance via advanced technical solutions & premium materials.


The new Monster incorporates the very lademo innovative sầu Ducati technologies, including the famous Ducati branded Riding Modes, Ride-by-Wire (RbW), Ducati Traction Control (DTC), multi-calibration 9MPhường ABS & the graphics on the instrument panel.

The new Monster 1200 family is powered by the second generation of Testastretta 11° DS engine, smoother & with dual spark plugs & a secondary air system. Monster 1200 S features a dedicated RbW mapping allowing 145 hp of power
7,250 rpm.

Ohlins fully adjustable 48 mm USD forks, Progressive linkage with fully adjustable Ohlins mono shock, dual 330 mm semi-floating discs, radially mounted Monobloc Brembo callipers. All of this for MSRPhường. $17195.

VERDICT


With the super-naked category running as hot as ever, without a doubt, has become the most competitive sầu và crowded class in the motorcycling arena. When launched in 2014, the Super Duke R grabbed top honours in the segment filled with bikes that ooze ultra-high giải pháp công nghệ và bonkers performance figures.

And with the release of this rồng, KTM has positioned themselves as a fierce competitor even lớn come close lớn with all that is being offered. The 1290 Super Duke R is in a clear lead when it comes to lớn the fun factor and thrill seekers will give due respect for this machine. With 9500 miles as the service cap, riders will have sầu the composure lớn hoon it and surprise themselves with the capability of this beast.