Advertisement
Thursday, Jan 27, 2022
Outlook.com
Outlook.com
Bike Review

Spied: KTM's Biggest Duke Gets Sharper For 2019

The 2020 KTM 1290 Super Duke R packs a host of changes to make it faster and cleaner

Spied: KTM's Biggest Duke Gets Sharper For 2019
Spied: KTM's Biggest Duke Gets Sharper For 2019
outlookindia.com
2019-06-17T16:50:07+05:30

As if the KTM 1290 Super Duke R wasn’t manic enough, the Austrian manufacturer of hooligan motorcycles seems to be working hard to make it even madder. The 2020 KTM 1290 Super Duke R has been spotted testing in Europe and the final product is expected to be unveiled at this year’s EICMA show.

The test bike gives us fair idea of what the new iteration will pack. For starters, the engine looks different from its predecessor and seems to have been moved up to accommodate the new exhaust layout. The 2-to-1 exhaust gets a massive catalytic converter on the left side, leading to a sleeker end can on the right. These changes certainly hint that the new model will comply with the upcoming Euro5 emission norms.

The powertrain and exhaust setup explains why KTM had to plonk in a new trellis frame and subframe. Also, the rear monoshock has been replaced with a linked-type unit for even more sophisticated damping, whereas the fully-adjustable 48mm WP inverted fork is likely to be retained. The brakes also look the same - 320mm Brembo discs up front and a 240mm rear disc as its predecessor. While the bike retains the single-sided swingarm, the alloy wheel design is different.

The bodywork, especially the tank extensions have been sharpened and look sleeker now. Unlike the previous bike’s completely exposed subframe, the new bike gets clean tail panels. KTM has equipped the motorcycle with new switchgear and the instrument cluster is a new TFT unit. We expect the bike to get smartphone integration, navigation and the likes too.

Expect KTM to showcase the motorcycle at this year’s EICMA show in November, followed by its launch shortly after. In its segment, the 2020 KTM 1290 Super Duke R will compete against the MV Agusta Brutale Serie Oro, the upcoming Ducati Streetfighter V4, and the Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 Factory.

Image Credit: www.morebikes.co.uk


Source: zigwheels.com

Advertisement

Outlook Newsletters

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

Read More from Outlook

Lament Of Separation: Songs Of Habba Khatun, Last Queen Of Kashmir, Still Echo In Valley

Lament Of Separation: Songs Of Habba Khatun, Last Queen Of Kashmir, Still Echo In Valley

In happy times and sad, Habba Khatun’s sensuous songs make both young and old emotional. With the never-ending conflict bringing tragedies to every doorstep, Habba’s lyrics of separation amplify their mourning.

How Indian Laws Govern People’s Right To Love And Live

How Indian Laws Govern People’s Right To Love And Live

In India, only those relationships between a man and a woman are considered to be legitimate when there is a marriage between the two.

Kohli Quits Test Captaincy, Leaves Leadership Vacuum

Kohli Quits Test Captaincy, Leaves Leadership Vacuum

Virat Kohli, 33, had recently stepped down as India's T20I captain and was subsequently removed as the ODI captain.

UP Elections 2022: How Congress Is Harnessing Power Of 'Persecuted' Women To Counter BJP

UP Elections 2022: How Congress Is Harnessing Power Of 'Persecuted' Women To Counter BJP

A Mahila Congress leader, who is the face of the ‘Ladki Hoon, Lad Sakti Hoon’ campaign, however, has accused the party of anti-women bias after she was denied a ticket.

Advertisement