KTM took the wraps off the 2020 1290 Super Duke R at the infamous Autodromo Internacional do Algarve racetrack in Portugal last January for select members of the international press to test ride. KTM calls it, The Beast 3.0. The 2020 1290 Super Duke R is the bigger sibling of the 890 “Super Scalpel” and the 390 Duke.

“This is the latest evolution of The Beast, the ultimate naked bike,” said Adriaan Sinke, head of product management of KTM. He further added that the new 1290 Super Duke is a completely reworked motorcycle from the previous model, with a completely reworked and more rigid frame, more usage of composite materials to make the bike lighter, better suspension, and a whole new riding interface.


The 2020 KTM 1290 Super Duke R is powered by a 1301cc, liquid-cooled 75° V-twin that produces a whopping 140Nm of torque and 179Ps of power, making it one of the most powerful naked bikes ever produced. As for the frame, it now uses the engine as a means to increase torsional rigidity, making the new 1290 Super Duke R three-times stiffer than its predecessor.

Watch: 2020 KTM 1290 Super Duke R launch image

The pivot point of the single-sided swingarm has also been repositioned 5mm higher relative to the output sprocket for more control when putting the power down. Combined with the repositioning of the engine in the frame, a steeper swingarm angle has been achieved, increasing anti-squat.

Perhaps, one of the most important aspects of motorcycles these days is their electronics. For the 2020 KTM 1290 Super Duke R, all electronic features have received an update, providing more feedback from the engine, and less intrusiveness from the safety systems. The system also now includes an optional Track Mode with 9-levels of traction control and anti-wheelie control that can also be configured to the rider's preference.

Philippine release

Watch: 2020 KTM 1290 Super Duke R launch image

Our friends from Adventure Cycle Philippines, Inc. a.k.a. KTM Philippines has shared with MotoPinas.com that the coronavirus outbreak has delayed a lot of new arrivals this year, including the new 1290 Super Duke R. We'll keep you posted once there's a new development from KTM. For now, please stay at home.