In this post, I’ll cover years 2008 to the soon-to-arrive 2013 1290 Super Duke R.
2008 – 2010: Nothing much happening
I couldn’t find much on model year’s 2008 and 2009. By comparing the specifications on various sites, nothing seemed to have changed except for a new colour.
White was introduced for both the Super Duke and Super Duke R (above picture) in addition to the traditional orange.Perhaps KTM were running out of ideas in 2010 for model ‘refreshes’ when they released a military olive green colour scheme. Personally, I think it is the least appealing of all the refreshes.
2011 was no different, with a (rather disco looking) black and gold version being introduced.
2012 – Evolution 2
The base model was dropped in 2012 (they probably ran out of colour combinations…) with the Super Duke R as the lone option in the line-up.
There were some engineering changes, however, Iamabiker reported that horsepower was reduced from 132 to 123 hp to obtain a more favorable torque output across a better RPM range.
As the only model, the Super Duke R was offered with a pillion seat instead of its traditional single seat conversion.
2013 – A major redesign
It was a completely new design.
Instead of modifying the old 999 v-twin, the 1195 cc from the RC8R was used. It was further bored-out to make a 1290 cc monster. Peak power was expected to be in the 180 – 200 cc range. Other features included a single swing arm (very sexy) and a ride-by-wire throttle. Details here.With the superlative numbers of the 1290 Super Duke, will the 990 reach it’s end-of-life? Likely.
But after ten years and eight variants, it is unlikely we will forget the magnificent 990 Super Duke anytime soon.
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