KTM will extend production of its flagship 1290 Super Duke RR hyper naked bike with a further 500 units to be sold in a new black-and-orange colour scheme.
Just a handful of the 2023 KTM 1290 Super Duke RR have been allocated for the Australian market, which will be available from $42,795 rideaway when the order books open on March 29.
This translates to a $4395 price rise compared to the original Super Duke RR, which launched in 2021 from $38,400 and was similarly limited to 500 units worldwide.
Distinguishing the latest batch is a gloss black and ‘matt carbon’ livery with white graphics and orange accents, which could be interpreted as a darker and more aggressive design.
The Super Duke RR sits above the Super Duke R Evo in KTM’s hyper naked range, and is positioned as a track-ready rival to the likes of the BMW M 1000 R and Ducati Streetfighter V4 SP.
The bike retains a familiar 1301cc 75-degree V-twin generating 134kW (up 2kW) and 140Nm, however, a handful of weight saving measures has allowed KTM to achieve a 1:1 power-to-weight ratio.
More specifically, the KTM 1290 Super Duke RR is 11 kilograms lighter than the ‘R Evo’ variant, weighing in at 180 kilograms to match its 180 horsepower output.
KTM also says the bike is more agile and stiffer than its siblings, thanks to its fully adjustable WP suspension package, while lighter wheels are rapped in track-ready Michelin Power Cup2 tyres.
To improve track performance, the RR features a ‘quick-turn’ grip that reduces the rider’s wrist angle needed to fully open the throttle.
The advanced rider aid system is also tweaked to allow unlimited adjustability for rear-wheel slip, throttle response, launch control and the brand’s Motor Slip Regulation system.
An Akrapovic slip-on exhaust is fitted as standard, while a power boosting Akrapovic Evolution Line system can be fitted as an option.
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