A year after KTM unleashed the latest-generation Super Duke, there are rumours of another bike coming, based on the 1290 platform.
Italian moto-mag Motociclismo says KTM is working on a follow-up machine to 2019’s 1290 Super Duke R, possibly called the Super Duke RR. According to Motociclismo, the RR version would drop nine kilograms from the standard R model. Supposedly, that’s possible thanks to lighter control levers and footpegs, forged aluminum wheels and carbon-fibre air intake ducts. Ackrapovic will supply a performance exhaust, and KTM subsidiary WP will provide the latest-generation Apex Pro suspension. KTM will limit worldwide production to 500 units.
Or at least, that’s the rumour from Italy. KTM itself isn’t saying anything, and we haven’t seen the usual flurry of spy shots that typically precedes a launch like this.
However, it would certainly fall into KTM’s usual pattern of doing business. KTM’s followed this pattern for years, with the adventure bike line. Build a hot rod flagship bike, with equipment that’s on-par or maybe a bit more advanced than its counterparts. Then, announce a limited-edition version, with higher-spec suspension, forged aluminum wheels, some advanced electronics included as standard, and a lot of carbon-fibre parts. Maybe it has a big-bore engine, maybe not.
In this case, it seems KTM won’t big-bore the Super Duke R—at least that hasn’t been suggested yet. Manufacturers are very keen to keep costs down these days, and avoid needless hassle with environmental regulatory groups. If the current 1290 engine is Euro5-happy, then KTM doesn’t probably see a need to mess with that formula.