Apex Predator: 2024 KTM 1390 SUPER DUKE R & EVO

Apex Predator: 2024 KTM 1390 SUPER DUKE R & EVO

Published: December 15, 2023 | By: American Luxury Staff

Behind its alien facade, KTM’s 1390 Super Duke R harbors a bigger heart, now displacing 1,350cc of high-octane adrenaline. This naked provocation gains 13 supercharged horses over its predecessor, exhaling a claimed 190 steeds alongside 107 lb-ft of torque.

Augmented reserves empower highway romps up to 186 miles, fueled by a 17.5 liter tank whose added capacity improves ergonomics. Sharpened styling matches the boosted performance, with reduced bodywork exposing the Duke’s mechanical musculature in naked aggression. Winglets sprout above menacing new headlamps that outweigh the previous model by nearly a kilogram. Their vertical alien eyes and underslung fangs give the bike a hungered, predatory glare.

For $22,799, the standard 1390 Duke R flies the apex with fully adjustable suspension while a $26,999 variant embraces electronically controlled, semi-active damping. This pinnacle “Evo” model adjusts stiffness in real-time, adapting to conditions and inputs instantly via electronic wizardry.

Yet any Duke variant harbors a feral soul. Since its 2005 debut, KTM’s Super Duke platform has never compromised its hooligan heritage. Behind the new 1390’s futureshock styling and advanced ride management throbs a mechanical heart tuned for wheelies, stoppies and apex-carving carnage. Its refined electronic rider aids don’t negate the underlying ethos, but better equip today’s road warriors to tap the full potential of this Austrian beast. Controlling the creature brings no less thrill; simply a heightened mastery of its power.

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