KTM 1290 Super Duke R in action

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The color, the look, the exposed components, the shear lunacy of a 180bhp v-twin in a naked bike. The sound. Oh, the sound. This is the KTM 1290 Super Duke R in action.

  • http://worldof2.com/ jpenney


    I remembered there being something about KTM ceasing to show ads with irresponsible riding.

    Personally, I think it would be irresponsible to own this bike and NOT ride like this.

    • PenguinScotty

      Yeah, they said they won’t do the ‘On the Street’ stuff anymore, which they didn’t. I was seriously worried about that for this new commercial, but i’m glad they did some hooliganism!

  • http://bloodfalcons.blogspot.com motoguru

    Yes, please.

  • robotribe

    So this must be the doppelganger to Honda’s CBR600 PSA video from the other day. Way to get us back on track emotionally, KTM.

  • zipp4

    Hello, next bike I will own.

    • Frosty_spl


      Gotta wear a tinted visor at all times with this thing, that neon is blindingly awesome!

  • Orlando Shorter

    At least some manufacturers manage to keep their design unique… Full of edges and angles, like all other bikes these days, but somehow KTM seem to do it better, w/ more imagination, and a final result that`s more rad.

    • http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=305107 stickfigure

      Yeah, this bike is so ugly it’s gorgeous. Iconic, just like the 950A.

      Still, KTM does screw it up now and then. I’m disappointed by the 1190A and the 690 Duke revision. Both look boring and conventional. The original 690 Duke with projector headlights is still the sexiest thing on two wheels.

      • PenguinScotty

        The new Adventure looks better in reality, but i agree with the new Duke 690. The old one looks much more crazy (And much more based on the original).

  • Beewill

    Sweet Jesus, this bike is just an object of lust. The visual and the audible.

  • Holden and Annette

    Is that a real, honest-to-goodness headlight?

    A month ago, a commenter joked (?) that the “light” was an HD camera.

    • NewOldSchool

      Doubtful, it’s a “Functioning concept.” Bodywork and headlight are bound to change a bit. Who knows if they’ll even keep that exhaust, I HOPE!

  • http://twitter.com/metabomber Jesse

    Gonna have to up my tire budget.

  • je

    This bike is going to make me go full retard.

    • nymoto

      Holy shit man – you never go FULL retard!!

  • Coreyvwc

    I don’t think anyone anywhere has disliked any appreciable aspect of this two wheeled suicide machine. So proud of Austria for pulling the batshit crazy card on this project, very “Americaaaa fuck yeah!” of them.

    Build it and they will come.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      I’d ride one. Not enough photos of my busted ass on the internets anyway.

  • http://www.pedalgents.com holdingfast

    it s been a while since i ve seen something remotely as desirable as this bike…

    • http://www.postpixel.com.au Mugget

      Too right!! I’ve never been much of a nakedbike fan, but that’s mental enough to change my mind.

      180rwhp? More than my K6 Gixxer, and a whole lot lighter… mind blown.

  • Tommy

    I think I would have gotten a boner while watching that if the dubstep hadnt killed it.

  • wwalkersd

    Y’know, I’ve ridden exactly like that every single time I’ve ridden on a deserted airfield.