KTM 1290 Superduke in action for the first time: Goodwood
KTM 1290 Superduke is still a prototype. It will be officially launched later this year. Revealed first time last year, the 1290, also known as ‘The Beast’, was seen in action at the recently concluded 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed. This performance also happens to be the first ever public performance of KTM 1290.
Ridden by Jeremy McWilliams, 49, former MotoGP rider, at the 20th Goodwood Festival of Speed, the naked bike could be seen in all its glory. McWilliams is also development rider for KTM and was in charge of taking the 1290 Super Duke R prototype up the Hill Climb course.
KTM 1290 Super Duke R nicknamed The Beast is extremely lightweight in design. It possesses a liquid cooled V Twin engine with outstanding power and torque and best power to weight ratio. The RC8R engine on which the 1290 runs, produces 173 hp power and 120 Nm torque, while rumors suggest that for Beast, the engine will be tuned to generate to 180-200 hp power. It will also possess single sided aluminum swing arm, aluminum wheels and a trellis frame made of chrome molybdenum steel all of which contribute to its lighter weight. For more information on ‘The Beast’ and its performance at Goodwood, have a look at the press release, images and video below.