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200kmh is what? 120mph?

290 Super Duke R sports a liquid cooled 1195cc V Twin engine belting out 180 bhp power at 8,870 rpm and peak torque of 144 Nm. Acceleration from 0 to 200 kmph is accomplished in 7.2 seconds.


 

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That is like a rocket! I can't see myself wanting to go that fast usually, but the fact that the acceleration is that fast is pretty amazing. The KTM Duke is not for inexperienced riders, that is for sure. If you don't know what you are doing with this thing then you can get into some serious trouble.
 

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That is like a rocket! I can't see myself wanting to go that fast usually, but the fact that the acceleration is that fast is pretty amazing. The KTM Duke is not for inexperienced riders, that is for sure. If you don't know what you are doing with this thing then you can get into some serious trouble.
well said, when starting out you're better off getting a smaller less powerful bike, Duke 1290 doesn't even come close to being a beginners bike. Duke 390 is more like it.
 

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I haven't been this excited about a new model since the original Hayabusa came out, and that bike sure lived up to the hype. I remember the first time I went down the front straight at a track day on the Busa. It was mind bending and incredibly fun.

This 1290 is much lighter and makes much more horsepower. Gawd.....
The electronics are a very important part of this bike to keep it manageable.
Slapped my deposit down as soon as the specs came out. I am a big fan of wretched excess in motorcycles:) I have owned a few more practical bikes and did not like them at all!
 

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I haven't been this excited about a new model since the original Hayabusa came out, and that bike sure lived up to the hype. I remember the first time I went down the front straight at a track day on the Busa. It was mind bending and incredibly fun.

This 1290 is much lighter and makes much more horsepower. Gawd.....
The electronics are a very important part of this bike to keep it manageable.
Slapped my deposit down as soon as the specs came out. I am a big fan of wretched excess in motorcycles:) I have owned a few more practical bikes and did not like them at all!
So i guess you're looking for a bike thats just purely fun? do you ride anything else at the moment?
 

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So i guess you're looking for a bike thats just purely fun? do you ride anything else at the moment?
I currently have a 2010 KTM 990 Supermoto R which is a kick and a 2009 KTM 690r enduro. Both bikes are super fun to ride. Really the only reason I am going for the 1290 is for that engine. The motor on the 990 is OK but honestly I think my 2002 RC51 motor was a little stronger. I rode a Ducati Diavel last year and loved the motor on that bike so I am thinking the 1290 will have similar agility of my 990 SMR but power like the Diavel.

If I could only have one bike I would keep my 690 enduro. 0 to 60mph on the 690 is similar to the 990. Off road the 690 is tons of fun and dial-a-roost.

So yeah, it is all about fun for me:D
 

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I haven't been this excited about a new model since the original Hayabusa came out, and that bike sure lived up to the hype. I remember the first time I went down the front straight at a track day on the Busa. It was mind bending and incredibly fun.

This 1290 is much lighter and makes much more horsepower. Gawd.....
The electronics are a very important part of this bike to keep it manageable.
Slapped my deposit down as soon as the specs came out. I am a big fan of wretched excess in motorcycles:) I have owned a few more practical bikes and did not like them at all!
I was pretty excited for the Hayabusa until I saw one in person. :rolleyes:
 
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