The name comes from a family of hooligans, its prototype revelled in the nickname of "The Beast," and its blend of 180 hp, light weight, and raised one-piece handlebar sounds like a recipe for uncontrollable wheelies and general craziness.

As you'd expect of a bike that kicks out huge amounts of torque almost from idle and weighs just 417 pounds without fuel, the KTM is heart-stoppingly, arm-stretchingly fast.

This stunning example of a low mileage example is available for sale. The bike has only covered just over 7,000 miles from new and has had 3 previous owners. It is dry stored through winter and only covers just over 1,000 miles per year.

But this most powerful Super Duke also brings a new level of sophistication to the breed. On both road and track it's improbably well behaved—its smooth, perfectly metered throttle response and advanced electronics helping to make its ferocious performance remarkably controllable.

The power comes from a biggest version yet of the firm's familiar 75-degree, DOHC V-twin. Increasing the 1,195cc RC8 R engine's bore from 105 to 108mm and stroke from 69 to 71mm boosts displacement to 1,301cc. Cylinder head design is very similar to the RC8 R's, but the Super Duke has bigger valves and shorter rods to compensate for its longer stroke.

The big V-twin's maximum output of 180 hp at 8,870 rpm is impressive, but it's the broad spread of torque that defines this engine. The peak of 106 foot-pounds is 40 percent up on the old 990 Super Duke, and even more significantly this bike produces more torque at 3,000 rpm than the smaller unit does at its maximum. Vibration was a key issue on a motor of this capacity. The 1,301cc lump has twin balancer shafts to the 990's one, and the redesigned pistons weigh slightly less despite being 7mm wider.

The R-model's chassis is based on a typical KTM-style chrome-moly tubular steel frame, this one holding a single-sided aluminium swingarm and with multi-adjustable WP suspension at each end. Braking is by Brembo's top spec M50 monoblock four-pot callipers biting 320mm discs and plumbed with Bosch ABS.

Typically, sharp and aggressive styling—unmistakably KTM, in either trademark orange or black. There's a fairly roomy riding position, and a choice of Street, Sport, or Rain engine mode via a press of your left thumb. The low-slung headlight and lack of fly screen mean there's virtually no wind protection.

The 1290 Super Duke R's instrumentation is much cleaner than previous KTMs, with the analogue tach bracketed by two LCD info panels. The ride modes and info displays can be toggled via the four-button setup on the left handlebar switchgear.

The beautiful single-sided aluminium swingarm sets the 1290 Super Duke R apart from other KTMs, and the fat 190-size rear Dunlop Sport Smart 2 tire ensures the bike's prodigious power gets to the ground.

There's neither much room nor much to hold on to for a pillion.

That's all very cool, but perhaps the most impressive thing about the 1290 Super Duke R is just what an exhilarating and refined bike it is in standard form. Perhaps its only real drawback, apart from the fact that it won't stop you getting cold and wet.

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