KTM’S EURO4 BATTLE
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
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