Extremely agile and muscular, it is an unmistakeable machine that doesn’t fit into any pigeonhole, and nor does it make way for any competitor. Over the years, the Super Duke has been further refined and the fan base is growing continuously. But rest assured, this is no PR-friendly promo text…rather a fascinating look into what lies ahead…
ktm 1290 superduke prototype
The design engineers have improved the RC8 R’s engine even further to provide it with maximum punch all the way. Around this twin-cylinder force of nature, they have forged a tightly fitting, tailor-made, lightweight, tubular steel frame. The chassis is rounded off with a single sided swingarm and prototype suspension components from WP Suspension, combined with racing wheels, racing brakes and racing tyres.
To top it all, there’s a ride-by-wire throttle, a couple of electronic assistance systems and plenty of carbon parts.

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Interesting facts about the prototype:

Engine: liquid-cooled V-twin based on the RC8 R with ride-by-wire
Displacement: one.point.three
Power and torque: more than ever
Electronic assistance: ABS, traction control, anti-stoppie and anti-wheelie control (all can be deactivated)
Frame: Chrome-molybdenum steel tubular frame
Swingarm: Light-alloy single-sided swingarm
Suspension components: WP prototypes – upside-down fork with gas pressure cartridge, directly connected shock absorber
Wheels and tyres: Light-alloy wheels with slicks
Brakes: Brembo racing callipers front and rear
Weight: unbelievably low


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