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KTM 1290 Superduke in action for the first time: Goodwood

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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.

ktm 1290 superduke at 2013 goodwood 1Ridden 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.


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  • Mike

    sounds like a beast