KTM1290 Su­per Duke R

BIKE (UK) - - The Big Test - By John West­lake Pho­tog­ra­phy Ja­son Critchell

When launched the world went into rap­tures over the first gen­er­a­tion 1290 Su­per Duke R. De­spite the, well-de­served, Beast nick­name. And so here we are at the third com­ing of KTM’S su­per-naked, and a more ‘re­strained’ ap­proach. Ap­par­ently. 1000 miles tell the tale…

Bril­liant though they are, sports­bikes have two ma­jor draw­backs: they’re de­signed for flex­i­ble midgets who don’t con­sume pies, and their fair­ings make 130mph feel like 70. If you hap­pen to be a nor­mal adult you spend your time ei­ther wish­ing your knees and wrists would just shut up, or hop­ing to God no-one saw what speed you just joined that dual car­riage­way at. So, in the­ory, a lu­di­crously pow­er­ful naked bike such as the new Su­per Duke 1290 R should make good sense for real world adrenalin ad­dicts – the wind blast lets you know when to calm down and the rid­ing po­si­tion is mid­dle-age friendly. Trou­ble is, it hasn’t quite worked out like that.

The two pre­vi­ous ver­sions of the 1290 were such head­cases that every­day life was of­ten too slow for them – they worked su­perbly at max­i­mum at­tack on track, but were hard work al­most ev­ery­where else. So can the lat­est Su­per Duke marry the prom­ise of prac­ti­cal­ity with out­ra­geous speed? 1000 miles of com­mut­ing, scratch­ing and tour­ing re­veals all…

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