The Bike Highlight – KTM 1290 Super Duke R 2020

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This week’s Bike Highlight focuses on the KTM 1290 Super Duke R 2020, which MCN say is “one of the best super nakeds you can buy.”

The 2020 version of the 1290 Super Duke R saw KTM ramp up the bike’s credentials, even nicknaming it “The Beast.”
The entire 1301 cc LC8 V-Twin engine has undergone a subtle refinement, intending to be lighter but retain its torque. The bike’s handling and stability have also been improved, mainly because of the chrome-moly steel frame and composite subframe, which make this 1290 2kg lighter than the previous model.  The twin spark ignition system makes use of more powerful ignition coils and two sparkplugs in each cylinder head. This makes for an optimized firing sequence, resulting in more power, better control, lower fuel consumption and lower emissions. Win-win!
At Speedo Angels, the motorbike part that we are most passionate about is, of course, the dashboard. The new 1290 Super Duke R boasts an angle adjustable 5” TFT screen with an updated menu which gives faster access to various features and is customisable so you can set up your preferred riding setup. Choose from Rain-mode, Street mode, Sport mode and an optional Track mode.

Describing their new model, KTM say, “having shed its skin, the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R is now a leaner, meaner and an even more menacing hyper-naked bike than ever before. Mounted into an all-new chassis, beats an updated version of the renowned 75 degree, 1301 cc LC8, V-Twin heart, taking THE BEAST to the next level.”

Here at Speedo Angels, we think the 2020 KTM 1290 Super Duke R is a distinctive yet comfortable bike that packs powerful performance. You can view our full range of screen protectors for it here – we recommend the Nano Glass option to best protect your dashboard!