2014 KTM 1290 Super Duke R Video Review

Tom Roderick
by Tom Roderick
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Tom Roderick recently sampled KTM’s 1290 Super Duke R in Spain and quickly banged out his first-ride review. Now we’ve been able to produce a video from footage shot at the event. Hope you enjoy it! –Ed.

KTM’s 1290 Super Duke R is a wonderfully adaptable sportbike with a massively powerful V-Twin engine and an exemplary chassis, along with high-tech electronic rider aids. It’s a machine that you can comfortably ride to a racetrack, flog around all day at high speed, embarrassing wannabe heroes on their repli-racers, then ride home without changing a thing. And then take a multi-day sport-touring trip the following weekend.

Yeah, it’s seriously that versatile, and it instantly earns a place near the top of high-end sporting streetbikes. As long as KTM keeps the price reasonable (which should be announced in early December), the Super Duke R is poised to take up residence in a lot of garages.

Read the full review here.

Tom Roderick
Tom Roderick

A former Motorcycle.com staffer who has gone on to greener pastures, Tom Roderick still can't get the motorcycle bug out of his system. And honestly, we still miss having him around. Tom is now a regular freelance writer and tester for Motorcycle.com when his schedule allows, and his experience, riding ability, writing talent, and quick wit are still a joy to have – even if we don't get to experience it as much as we used to.

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