Official Pictures and Details Of The KTM-Based Brabus 1300 R

Troy Siahaan
by Troy Siahaan

A not-so-secret collaboration is now out in the open.

Just two days ago, MO’s own Dennis Chung leaked the collaboration between KTM and the German automotive tuning house (or is that haus?) Brabus and their creation of the 2022 Brabus 1300 R. Today, that collaboration was made official as KTM sent out the below press release detailing all there is to know about the Brabus 1300 R.

Based on the KTM 1290 Super Duke R, the 1300 R marks the first time Brabus has applied its customization expertise to a motorcycle – and it’s quite a departure from the Super Duke R on which it’s based. The full build list can be found below, but the exclusive Brabus touch includes custom wheels, exhaust, seat, air ducts, headlight covering, triple clamps, adjustable levers, adjustable footpegs, machined reservoirs and caps, a carbon skid plate, and a carbon pillion seat cover.

If you don’t know Brabus, is a high-performance automotive tuner, probably best known for its work on Mercedes-Benz cars. Aside from tuning for performance, however, Brabus is also known for blending its performance bend with the luxurious touches Mercedes-Benz owners have come to expect. You can see some of those touches with the 1300 R, especially with the custom heated seat.

Only 154 Brabus 1300 R models will be made, and it will be available in two colors: Signature Black or Magma Red. The bad news? It appears as though none of those 154 units are destined for North America. Odd. Nonetheless, if you’re reading this from somewhere other than North America and are interested in buying one, sign up at the pre-order page listed in the press release below.

Begin press release:

Since 1977, the BRABUS name has been synonymous with luxury, handcrafted exclusivity, and performance. Known globally among enthusiasts for the creation of high-performance supercars and as automotive individualization experts for over four decades, BRABUS has since also established itself in the marine sector through its series of exclusive day boats. Now, the company is expanding once again – broadening its focus towards high-end motorcycling in collaboration with KTM.

The BRABUS 1300 R

The all-new BRABUS 1300 R boasts, exclusive, high-end elegance design, combined with brutal performance. It is the first ever BRABUS motorbike – an unmistakable Naked bike designed for enthusiasts with an eye for details. Developed to merge both BRABUS’ and KTM’s deeply rooted identities and design styles, the BRABUS 1300 R represents the best of both brands. Key ingredients of the BRABUS ‘Black and Bold’ design language including two signature paint schemes, forged BRABUS Monoblock Z wheels, high-end carbon body elements and a stylish custom-made seat, treated with expert attention to detail by the BRABUS interior specialists. This all defining the bike’s exceedingly unique and sporty character and ensuring an instant 1-second wow factor.

Making use of the astonishing V-twin engine, which pumps out 180 hp at 9500 rpm and 140 Nm at 8000 rpm: performance that you’d expect from the BRABUS brand. Designed to challenge the limits of forward thrust, it sets a new standard for exclusive high-performance desirability.

To add an extra touch of exclusivity, the BRABUS 1300 R is offered in just two distinct colors – MAGMA RED and SIGNATURE BLACK. Only 77 of each color will go into production, with 77 signifying the year in which the BRABUS company was formed.

From a technical standpoint, the BRABUS 1300 R makes use of the latest WP APEX semi-active suspension. This allows riders to select between 6 dedicated damping modes – COMFORT, STREET, SPORT, TRACK, ADVANCED – or an AUTO mode that automatically adapts to road and riding conditions.

Notable features and bespoke parts include:

● Sign of excellence with limited edition numbering
● WP APEX semi-active suspension
● WP PRO COMPONENTS (WP APEX PRO 7117) steering damper
● Quick turn throttle twist grip
● Various carbon fiber parts
● BRABUS Lightweight Monoblock Z 9 spoke forged wheels
● BRABUS Slip-on double-pipe exhaust
● BRABUS custom made heated seat
● BRABUS air ducts
● BRABUS headlight mask
● BRABUS CNC-machined triple clamps
● BRABUS CNC-machined adjustable front brake and clutch lever
● BRABUS CNC-machined adjustable footpegs
● BRABUS CNC-machined reservoirs and oil tank caps
● BRABUS carbon skid plate
● BRABUS carbon pillion seat cover

The BRABUS 1300 R is about so much more than just an extraordinary riding experience, it also makes an unapologetic statement about luxury, exclusivity, and sovereignty.

The BRABUS 1300 R will be available exclusively through the pre-order web page. – Click here for the pre-order landing page – pre-orders will start February 14th at 15:00 CET.

Troy Siahaan
Troy Siahaan

Troy's been riding motorcycles and writing about them since 2006, getting his start at Rider Magazine. From there, he moved to Sport Rider Magazine before finally landing at in 2011. A lifelong gearhead who didn't fully immerse himself in motorcycles until his teenage years, Troy's interests have always been in technology, performance, and going fast. Naturally, racing was the perfect avenue to combine all three. Troy has been racing nearly as long as he's been riding and has competed at the AMA national level. He's also won multiple club races throughout the country, culminating in a Utah Sport Bike Association championship in 2011. He has been invited as a guest instructor for the Yamaha Champions Riding School, and when he's not out riding, he's either wrenching on bikes or watching MotoGP.

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  • HazardtoMyself HazardtoMyself on Feb 11, 2022

    Had to go check out the pre-order page and marketing video.

    "Heart of a Rebel, Soul of a Gentlemen"

    Hmmm, so do I wear a sleeveless Armani while sitting on this in my garage to show everyone how badass I am?

    Marketing always good for a laugh. Guess it works on people though.

  • Denchung Denchung on Feb 15, 2022

    UPDATE: KTM says all 154 units were claimed within 2 minutes after the pre-order window opened. A waiting list has been created for anyone who wants a chance to buy one should any pre-orders get canceled.

    • Starmag Starmag on Feb 20, 2022

      "Luna" seems pleased from his mom's basement.