Officially Official: KTM 1290 Super Duke R EVO Debuts with Semi-Active Suspension


We already broke the news about the KTM 1290 Super Duke R EVO, but for those who want to keep things official, the 2022 model year machine is now out in the wild.

The headline news here is KTM adding its second-generation of WP Suspension’s semi-active APEX suspension pieces, though the updated KTM 1290 Super Duke R EVO also comes with a quick-turn throttle, which has a 65° twist (7° less than before).

Of course to truly unlock the features found in the semi-active suspension, one has to purchase KTM’s “Suspension Pro” package, which makes available the “Track”, “Advanced”, and “Auto” suspension settings.

The “Track” setting should be fairly self-explanatory, and the “Advanced” setting is designed for riders who want to adjust the damping settings on a scale of 1-8 to suit their preferences.

Meanwhile, the “Auto” setting lets KTM’s algorithm adapt the suspension pieces to what’s happening on the road, and provide dynamic damping responses to the forks and rear shock.

KTM has also created three automatic auto-leveling preload settings, which helps setup the geometry of the bike to the rider’s weight and preference. There is an anti-dive feature that can be toggled on and off as well.

Pricing hasn’t been announced yet, but we expect the 2022 KTM 1290 Super Duke R to come to the United States with a price tag of $19,600 MSRP, which is a $900 price bump over the 2021 model with out the fancy suspension pieces. There’s no word yet on what the KTM Suspension Pro package will cost.

Still, this should make KTM’s streetfighter offering stack up better to the more up-spec models on offer from brands like Aprilia and Ducati, which already have semi-active Öhlins kit on their bikes.


Source: KTM North America



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