Following the roaring success of the KTM 1290 Super Duke RR in 2021, 500 units of the 2023 version will go into production, promising the same levels of ferocity but with a meaner, darker look.
A very limited number of these units are headed for Australia, with the 1290 SUPER DUKE RR expected to once again rip into the tarmac, leaving a deep, lasting impression as the ultimate numbers-limited hyper naked motorcycle in the KTM stable.
The sad news is, the initial allocation is already spoken for, but all is not lost because there’s a wait list. You can add your name to it, should a potential purchaser not proceed with their acquisition of the bike. To do so, you can register online.
What you’ll be spending your $42,795 ride away on is a bike that at 1,301cc, 134kW, 180kg, and 140Nm, with a phenomenal 1:1 power-to-weight ratio, is every bit as beastly as its predecessor.
Sporting a gloss black and matt carbon base, contrasting white graphics, and striking orange accents, it has menacing intentions. This is further exaggerated with a collection of unique custom-made components, which are specific to the RR.
WP Suspension’s finest components take it from a backroad brawler to an accomplished track day terror, with a fully adjustable WP Apex Pro 7548 close cartridge fork up front, and a custom-made WP Apex Pro 7746 shock on the rear.
The WP Apex Pro 7117 steering damper keeps things in check and offers 30 clicks to dial it into your specification. Carbon fibre is used extensively, with the subframe also receiving the lightweight carbon treatment, creating a unique single-seat unit.
The LED taillights are incorporated into LED turn signals, as well as KTM’s adaptive brake light as standard. As an added extra, owners will be presented with a bespoke carbon fibre box containing the keys to their new beast.
For the absolute power-hungry, a full system Akrapovič EVO line exhaust system is available as an optional extra, which adds even more bite.
Not only impressive when it comes to hardware, the 1290 Super Duke RR boasts the most complete track-orientated electronics pack ever seen on a KTM motorcycle, including Track and Performance ride modes.
Riders looking for more ferocity can opt-in for a full range of specially developed KTM PowerParts, along with a dedicated range of gear that includes a custom leather race suit, specifically completed with unique KTM 1290 Super Duke RR branding.