Revealed at the EICMA 2019 motorcycle show were the 2020 KTM 1290 Super Duke R, the KTM 890 Duke R and KTM 390 Adventure. The trio will be joined by the KTM SX-E 5, a mini electric motocross machine for the young off-road racer.
Otherwise known as “The Beast”, the 1290 Super Duke R has, in KTM’s words, been “re-beasted.” For 2020, The Beast comes with a completely new chassis, styling and revised electronics suite while simultaneously going on a diet along with a re-worked KTM LC8 V-twin that provides more power.
In this case, this translates to 177 hp and 140 Nm of torque from the 1,301 cc V-twin which is the same as the previous model Super Duke R we tested. Some 800 grammes of weight has been saved from the engine by the use of thinner engine casings and revised cooling mounts while new topfeeder injectors and 56 mm throttle bodies increase torque.
The highest weight savings comes from the new frame, 2 kg lighter than before, with the use of larger diameter tubing with thinner walls. KTM says the 2020 1290 Super Duke R is three times stiffer than the outgoing model due to the increase in chassis torsional rigidity.
Dubbed the “Super Scalpel”, the 2020 890 Duke R will be sold alongside the original Scalpel, the KTM 790 Duke. Taking the parallel-twin from the 790 Duke, the 890 Duke R pumps out 121 hp and 99 Nm of torque with the use of a new cylinder head, 37 mm intake and 30 mm exhaust valves.
The sub-frame on the Super Scalpel is a massive cast aluminium affair with no added bits, saving weight and increasing chassis rigidity. Seating position on the 890 Duke R is set slightly forward with the handlebars set lower and flatter, with three rotational and four location positions allowing for fine-tuning of handlebar reach and angle.
Of much interest to Malaysian riders is the 2020 KTM 390 Adventure R, stablemate mate to the 390 Duke naked sports. The 390 Adventure draws on DNA from the KTM 450 Rally competition off-roader and uses the 373 cc single-cylinder mill from the 390 Duke.
Power is claimed to be 43 hp and 37 Nm of torque is available. Euro 4 compliant, the 390 Adventure comes with adjustable WP Apex suspension, using 43 mm upside-down forks with compression and rebound damping in separate fork legs and WP Apex monoshock with adjustable preload and rebound damping.
Fuel for the 390 Adventure is carried in a 14.5-litre tank and seat height is set at 858 mm. From the KTM Powerparts catalogue, a range of luggage and performance accessories is offered, including lower or taller seat height options.
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