2024 KTM 1390 Super Duke R Arrives in Malaysia

We have saved the best for last, and it is the 2024 KTM 1390 Super Duke R which was also launched in Malaysia.

One can only use superlatives to describe the bike, being the most bonkers among the Orange Team. It still deserves “The Beast” moniker despite not holding the title of the most powerful supernaked. This is one serious motorcycle that will leave your brain struggling to catch up after you have whacked the throttle fully open.

In any sense, the 2024 KTM 1390 Super Duke R represents the apex of 30 years of the Duke, hence getting a total revamp.

Highlights of the 2024 KTM 1390 Super Duke R
  • The LC8 V-Twin engine’s capacity gets bumped up from 1301cc to 1350cc.
  • New camshafts, along with 4mm bigger throttle bodies kick maximum power to 190 hp at 10,000 RPM and 145 Nm of torque, from 177 hp and 140 Nm.
  • The frame was tweaked for better stiffness and flex characteristics by using thicker diameter tubes but with a thinner wall.

  • Up front are 48mm WP APEX Open Cartridge forks with full adjustability.
  • At the back is a WP APEX monoshock with separate oil and gas reservoirs, and also fully adjustable.
  • Front brakes consists of Brembo MCS master cylinder, with twin 320mm floating discs, and twin Brembo Stylema four-piston calipers.

  • New, 5-inch bonded glass TFT screen, which provides access to ride modes and the connectivity suite.
  • There are 3 standard ride modes, namely SPORT, STREET, and RAIN.
  • There are 2 optional ride modes: TRACK and PERFORMANCE.

  • The most apparent update is the bike’s styling, which the 990 Duke also shares.
  • Centred around a new headlamp cluster, the bike is made to look even more masculine, even beastlier than before.
  • The DRL and headlamp’s intensity varies automatically according to ambient light.

  • The new bodywork also allowed a 1.5-litre increase in fuel capacity, now totalling 17.5 litres.
  • KTM quoted the bike’s dry weight at 200.5 kg
  • The recommended selling price for the 2024 KTM 1390 Super Duke R is from RM 151,300 (not on the road).

Wahid's lust for motorcycles was spurred on by his late-Dad's love for his Lambretta on which he courted, married his mother, and took baby Wahid riding on it. He has since worked in the motorcycle and automotive industry for many years, before taking up riding courses and testing many, many motorcycles since becoming a motojournalist. Wahid likes to see things differently. What can you say about a guy who sees a road safety message in AC/DC's "Highway to Hell."

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