First Look: 2021 KTM 1290 Super Duke RR

Published: April 8, 2021

Extra special lightweight edition of the wild super naked V-twin

If you’ve never had a spin on KTM’s 1290 Super Duke, you’re definitely missing out on one of the maddest bikes around. It’s light, mega-punchy, packed with technology and looks as crazy as it goes.


But if the stock version with its 180bhp engine and 189kg dry weight isn’t enough, KTM’s got the answer – a limited-edition RR version, with an amazing 9kg shaved off the weight, plus a heap of flashy top-end chassis kit.


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The weight loss comes from a few areas – the wheels are now forged, saving 1.5kg on their own, there’s a lithium racing battery to cut another 2.5kg, and there’s carbon fibre everywhere – bodywork and an new single-seat rear subframe.

The suspension is from the top drawer too: KTM’s own WP suspension brand provides a set of APEX PRO forks and rear monoshock, plus steering damper. The forks are super beefy Closed Cartridge APEX PRO 7548 units, designed for race use, while the single-sided rear swingarm is controlled by an APEX PRO 7746 race monoshock. Both ends are fully adjustable.

KTM 1290 Super Duke RR
KTM 1290 Super Duke RR

Details are important on a bike like this, so there’s a different set of stiffer yokes clamped onto those forks, while the forged rims wear Michelin Power Cup2 road-legal track rubber. The end can is a titanium/carbon Akrapovic item, and the electronics package has two new modes as standard – Track and Performance. Even the twistgrip has been uprated, with a shorter 65-degree opening angle (standard is 72 degrees), and the footpegs are adjustable Gilles parts.

KTM 1290 Super Duke RR
KTM 1290 Super Duke RR

The new Super Duke RR is a limited edition model, and can only be ordered directly from KTM online from today, here.

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