The eagerly awaited V-twin made its first UK appearance at Motorcycle Live earlier this month and the Austrian machine was constantly surrounded by showgoers desperate to get a close look at the 180hp, 189kg super naked.
Despite packing more torque than the previous model at only 2500rpm and boasting a power-to-weight ratio of almost 1:1, the 1,301cc Super Duke is incredibly easy to ride thanks to a very sophisticated electronics package with multiple optional riding modes, altering the power delivery characteristics, traction control levels and ABS settings to suit the riders’ mood. But for those with an attitude to match the bike, these rider aids can also be turned off.
With a UK price of £13,999 on the road and available in either Orange or Black, the Super Duke R will be available for demo rides at participating KTM dealers*.
The news gets better; KTM is hosting a free-to-enter competition to win a 1290 via its dedicated microsite –www.1290superduker.com. Visit the site before December 31 and answer a few questions about your riding experience, what you’d expect from experiencing the 1290 Super Duke R and what you would do with the bike if you had the chance to have one. From this online audition, four riders will be chosen to borrow a bike throughout summer 2014 and document their experiences through social media channels. The riders who posts are the most popular will ride away with the bike that simply has no rivals.
To discover your nearest KTM dealer, visithttp://www.ktm.com/gb
*Subject to individual dealer rider criteria. Check with your local dealer before booking a demo.