2023 KTM 1290 Super Duke RR Breaks Cover – Only 500 Units, 180hp

KTM has unveiled its latest offering for super-naked bike enthusiasts: the 2023 KTM 1290 Super Duke RR. This limited edition machine is the second version of the popular 1290 Super Duke RR, which sold out in under an hour after its initial launch in 2021.

  • Only 500 examples being produced.
  • The bike boasts a power-to-weight ratio of 1:1, with a weight of just 180kg.

KTM has focused on making the 2023 version even lighter and more track-ready than the first iteration. The bike boasts a power-to-weight ratio of 1:1, with a weight of just 180kg, 11kg lighter than the stock bike, and a claimed power output of 180 bhp. Torque output is equally impressive, with 140Nm (103lb-ft) claimed from the 1,301cc machine.

The 2023 KTM 1290 Super Duke RR features a carbon fibre subframe and seat, as well as extensive use of lightweight materials in the bodywork, including the front mudguard, rear hugger, fuel tank cover, and engine protectors. The bike’s suspension is handled by WP, who have equipped the bike with their WP APEX PRO 7548 closed cartridge forks and WP APEX PRO 7746 shock, both of which are fully adjustable.

For those looking to take the bike to the track, the 2023 KTM 1290 Super Duke RR comes with pre-equipped Track and Performance riding modes. And for those wanting even more power, the bike is compatible with the Akrapovič Evo full-system exhaust, which can lower weight, increase volume, and release even more horsepower.

The most noticeable change from the 2021 model is in the styling. The 2023 KTM 1290 Super Duke RR features a darker, moodier look with a gloss black and mat-finished carbon colour scheme, white graphics, and orange accents like the frame, subframe, and headlight.

KTM is only producing 500 examples of the 2023 KTM 1290 Super Duke RR, and those interested in purchasing one should contact their nearest KTM dealer. With the success of the 2021 model and the improvements made to the 2023 version, these limited edition bikes are sure to sell out quickly.

A passionate football fan and anything two-wheels. He likes to commute on his 150cc scooter on a daily basis and occasionally takes a long trip with his 750cc machine just to "tapau" his favourite "roti canai". With a journalism background, he likes to write as much as he rides.

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