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2020 KTM 1290 Super Duke R

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    Re: 2020 KTM 1290 Super Duke R


    Quote Originally Posted by backinthesaddle View Post
    They should bring back the RC8R with updated engine.
    They absolutely should, I LOVED the RC8's and I was truly disappointed when they discontinued them, did you ever try one?

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    Re: 2020 KTM 1290 Super Duke R

    Quote Originally Posted by jimmycapp View Post
    I think itís always been there. Hidden behind a skid plate in the adventure models.
    On the adv it was up higher behind the radiator.

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    Re: 2020 KTM 1290 Super Duke R

    Quote Originally Posted by Bishbash View Post
    They absolutely should, I LOVED the RC8's and I was truly disappointed when they discontinued them, did you ever try one?
    Someday Ill replace the rc51 with an rc8r.........

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    Re: 2020 KTM 1290 Super Duke R

    Quote Originally Posted by xrocket21 View Post
    Someday Ill replace the rc51 with an rc8r.........
    I tried a couple. The regular, and the R. Since we are talking used, there is no good reason to buy the non R. The R sorted out some pretty weird throttle and handling glitches. R is just the way the bike should be out of the box.

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    Re: 2020 KTM 1290 Super Duke R

    Quote Originally Posted by Paul_E_D View Post
    I tried a couple. The regular, and the R. Since we are talking used, there is no good reason to buy the non R. The R sorted out some pretty weird throttle and handling glitches. R is just the way the bike should be out of the box.
    I wouldnt get anything but the r.

    I really wish I had the means when one popped up on here used with a few mods :/

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    Re: 2020 KTM 1290 Super Duke R

    I would say it is a good step from an RC51. It is still a torquer. I little sluggish by today's standards. Sharper than an RC51, but still a butterknife in today's literbike madness. And that's a good thing for trackdays and srteet.

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    Re: 2020 KTM 1290 Super Duke R

    Quote Originally Posted by Bishbash View Post
    They absolutely should, I LOVED the RC8's and I was truly disappointed when they discontinued them, did you ever try one?
    Yes a friend of mine had one, loved it, sold it when he got hooked on track days, then bought another one. He is now selling it with only 2,900 miles on it and sato rear sets. I'd buy it but daughter getting married this year so only fun money goes towards boat this year!

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    Re: 2020 KTM 1290 Super Duke R

    first saw the RC8 in the flesh on a ride to Marcus Dairy in CT (RIP) . what a sick looking machine.

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    Re: 2020 KTM 1290 Super Duke R

    I wonder if in my old age the super duke would actually be a better choice?

    Its just more upright, correct?

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    Re: 2020 KTM 1290 Super Duke R

    Quote Originally Posted by xrocket21 View Post
    I wonder if in my old age the super duke would actually be a better choice?

    Its just more upright, correct?
    Yes. Bars instead of clipons.

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    Re: 2020 KTM 1290 Super Duke R

    However, the RC8 is the roomiest superbike ever. It felt a little like a motard to me. LOL.

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    Re: 2020 KTM 1290 Super Duke R

    Quote Originally Posted by Paul_E_D View Post
    However, the RC8 is the roomiest superbike ever. It felt a little like a motard to me. LOL.
    Nice, I'm 6'5"

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    Re: 2020 KTM 1290 Super Duke R

    It's built for you. Also was super adjustable. I'm sure the superduke is more comfy, and that motor! It leaves the RC* in the dust as it wheelies through 5 gears.

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    Re: 2020 KTM 1290 Super Duke R

    Quote Originally Posted by jimmycapp View Post
    Yes. Bars instead of clipons.
    thanks

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    Re: 2020 KTM 1290 Super Duke R

    Quote Originally Posted by Paul_E_D View Post
    ...and that motor! It leaves the RC* in the dust as it wheelies through 5 gears.
    1290 in my super adventure is the first twin I've ever owned, and would put it in my R1, if I could. Amazing motor, 103 ft-lbs of torque, and revs to 10k.

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    Re: 2020 KTM 1290 Super Duke R

    Quote Originally Posted by jimmycapp View Post
    1290 in my super adventure is the first twin I've ever owned, and would put it in my R1, if I could. Amazing motor, 103 ft-lbs of torque, and revs to 10k.
    Sounds AWESOME.

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    Re: 2020 KTM 1290 Super Duke R

    I can't imagine owning a bike with ~170HP without ABS or traction control. My Super Adventure will pull wheelies in 4th gear over crests with TC on, nevermind 150lbs less weight and more HP.

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    Re: 2020 KTM 1290 Super Duke R

    416 lbs dry!!!

    I like the back better

    2020 KTM 1290 Super Duke R-mk2jbp3oe76pbum725md25rwn4-jpg

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