BEN KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R
THIS MONTH I HAVE MOSTLY BEEN… “Pulling large ones (wheelies, not birds)!”
This month us termer lads had an email land from Boss Man (‘Dangerous’ Bruce) himself, giving us the heads-up that the manufacturers who generously lent us heavy-handed bunch of hooligans a termer for the duration will soon be requesting the return of their wheels. I’m not gunna lie, I felt a sudden pang of trepidation wash over me, and a sense of panic, leaving me quietly murmuring to myself: “No, no, no, you’re not having her back!” Thankfully though, I’ve not yet had Mr KTM asking for me to hand back the keys to my 1290 SDR, however it did make me realise that I need to make the most of riding this beaut at any given opportunity!
My Super Duke and I are still in the ‘honeymoon phase’. You know, when she’s eager to put out and you can’t keep your filthy mitts to yourself, when every moment you spend together leaves you wanting just a little bit more, only I can’t see this wearing thin anytime soon.
I managed to get across to Silverstone on race day for the British Moto GP. It was the first time I’d been in four years and was a mega day out – the only disappointment was the close-fought Moto 3 race being cut short due to a red flagged incident. I was lucky enough to get my hands on a pair of KTM fan stand tickets (situated in the Abbey stand) – complete with a ‘goodie bag’, so me and the ol’ man embraced it, donned the KTM branded merchandise and ended up resembling something that can only be described as Oompa-Loompas!
I forgot to mention last month following my blast around Brands that the recent addition of the Power Parts fully adjustable rearsets have proven to be yet another valuable addition to my somewhat sexy steed. As with all of the Power Parts that have been fitted so far, the quality of the components does not disappoint and unlike some aftermarket parts that I’ve bought and fitted to bikes in the past, you get no frustrating niggles when fitting, no holes that don’t line up or brackets that don’t fit. It’s all absolutely bob-on, just as it should be.
Since riding at Brands, it became apparent that the slight ground clearance issue I had experienced at Cadwell earlier in the year on the standard pegs, whereby the gear lever was being ground out, was now no longer a cause for concern. They offer ample adjustment and I prefer the sharper, grippier, knurled finish to the pegs over the standard fitment, meaning your tootsies stay right where you want them.
I’ve just this moment got back from dropping my steed off at KTM for the next order of exotica to be thrown its way. While it’s in the workshop I’ve been given a 1090 Adventure R for the day and boy what a shock to the system that was. Who’d have thought having to use the clutch for anything other than to pull away could be such a chore? Then to find myself fumbling for keys and having to manually activate the steering lock – such an inconvenience! Okay, I know, I’m sounding pathetic now but it’s actually ridiculous how pampered I’ve become since the Super Duke R has graced my presence. There’s so many little features about it that at first you’re inclined to think, ‘Do I really need that?’ but once you’ve experienced it, there’s simply no going back!
I’m sure I must’ve looked like Verne Troyer mounting a Shetland pony when it came to slinging a leg over the lanky adventure bike.
It was also the first time I’d ridden on knobblies for a while and it wasn’t long before they quickly reminded me to go easy on ‘em as it started to twitch it’s tail during downshifts on corner entry, giving you a wee slap round the chops, just to remind you not to be a total nob. Undoubtedly the Adventure R is a mega bit of kit but my SDR is a proper keeper! Or, at least, that’s the plan.
Loud and proud! No more peg grinding. The KTM powered a day trip to the British GP.