It seems KTM has yet another update in store for its flagship super-naked. Asphalt and Rubber report the arrival of a KTM 1290 Super Duke R EVO, and it’s set to replace the 1290 Super Duke RR, which debuted just last year as a replacement to the already mental 2019 KTM 1290 Super Duke R.
This time around, the number of changes the 2022 update brings is minimal, but the role they’ll play is quite significant. A&R reports that “The Beast” will include a new quick-turn throttle (65° of twist), higher spec active suspension sourced from WP, and bold new color schemes.
The semi-active suspension is the most notable change and is a welcome move away from the manually adjustable units on the previous iteration of the Super Duke. The update will also allow the bike to be better poised to take on the competition in the segment, like the Aprilia Tuono V4 Factory (which received Öhlins semi-active suspension for 2021) and the Ducati Streetfighter V4.
KTM has mentioned that the new suspension kit is more reactive and precise in its adjustments. KTM will also offer an optional “Suspension Pro” package, bringing individually adjustable front and rear damping and an anti-dive feature.
The 2022 KTM 1290 Super Duke R Evo has been priced at $19,599, a $900 hike over the KTM 1290 Super Duke R that currently retails in the U.S market (the Super Duke RR was not sold there.) Despite the considerable hike in price, the new Super Duke is still a superbly impressive bike that sits in one of the hottest segments right now.