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KTM1290 Super Duke R

I’m sat looking at the new Super Duke in a layby. It’s the first time I’ve seen the new bike in the flesh and it kinda looks the same as before, but not the same as before. It’s a touch more svelte, I think at least, as there seems to be more spaces in and around the side panels and from an on-board view, it feels a tad skinnier, too.

Perhaps it’s that headlight though, possibly the coolest looking part on the bike and a fashion I imagine may well get taken up by other naked bikes in future, because it looks stunning.

I hop aboard, and it’s still a high bike compared to the others, more a super supermoto than ever before. It’s not a naked bike in the same sense as the others, it stands apart, but that’s no bad thing I’d venture. Many of the buttons on the switchgear look similar, bar the odd extra knob for cruise control, or similar. But the flash new dash reveals many things, and I’m a bit lost at first. When you’ve only one bike and one set of electronics to twiddle, it’s easy. When part of the job is trying them all, remembering just how to turn this off, or switch this to that can get one in somewhat of a kerfuffle. But soon enough I’ve switched off the anti-wheelie, and in one single stroke of my thumb, banished one of the most infuriating traits of the previous ’Duke. Now we can have traction-control but no anti-wheelie – pinch me!

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