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KTM have been forced to com­ply with Euro4 reg­u­la­tions this year, so the 1290 Su­per Duke R’s mo­tor is cleaner, qui­eter and more pow­er­ful than the old model’s. It has a new crank, cylin­der head, ti­ta­nium in­let valves, a higher com­pres­sion ra­tio and 10mm shorter in­let trum­pets, which let the 1301cc V-twin rev an ex­tra 500rpm.

When the Su­per Duke R was re­leased in 2014 the Aus­trian fac­tory said it made 180bhp and over the years that quoted fig­ure dropped to 173bhp, de­spite the bike stay­ing the same. KTM says the 2017 bike makes 177bhp, 4bhp up on last year’s.

Con­fused? So were we, which is why MCN dynos its test bikes. The good news is the 2017 ma­chine does make more power and torque – a lot more. It’s up 9bhp to 169.81bhp and has an ex­tra 5ftlb of torque, mak­ing an in­cred­i­ble 104.55ftlb at the rear wheel.

It smashes the Yamaha’s 151.9bhp and 79.57ftlb, but you’d ex­pect that with its ex­tra 300cc. But the way the cross­plane MT-10SP makes its power bor­ders on the mag­i­cal and on the road ac­tu­ally feels faster than the KTM, espe­cially with fewer elec­tron­ics tug­ging on its vir­tual throt­tle strings.

Nowhere to hide on MCN’S dyno

Al­ways time for a cuppa

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