November 30, 2023 / By Zunair Tahir / Automotive News
The Duke line of bikes from KTM is undoubtedly something worth trying if you’re a fan of naked streetfighters like myself. Although some may not find the ultra-futuristic and cutting design of this brand appealing, there’s no doubting the performance and technology these motorcycles provide. Indeed, KTM has always strived to be at the top of its class, from the little 125 Duke to the fire-breathing 1290 Super Duke R bikes.
Three decades of innovation are embodied in the new KTM 1390 Super Duke R Evo.
The 1390 Super Duke R Evo was unveiled by KTM, shocking us into believing that the 1290 Super Duke R line of hypernakeds could not be any better. It’s interesting to note that KTM chose to reveal the 990 Duke at EICMA rather than this bike. It would turn out that this affront to Team Orange fans would only serve to heighten the anticipation for its next flagship hypernaked machine. Put on your helmet and get ready for a ton of wicked wheelies since the new bike is reportedly better, more powerful, and more high-tech than any of its predecessors in every way.
According to KTM, the 1390 Super Duke R Evo, especially in the naked class, is the epitome of sheer power and innovation. The 1390 Super Duke R Evo has a more angular and athletic appearance than the 1290, and one of the most noticeable cosmetic updates is a newly redesigned headlamp. Opinions on said headlamp are bound to differ, however I personally think the split-LED headlight from the prior generation is better. However, I’m sure that with time, this new design will win over many other high-performance naked bike aficionados as well as myself.
2024 KTM 1390 Super Duke R Evo – Lean
The 1390 Super Duke R Evo’s whole construction has also been updated to provide a more aggressive look and better performance. With its lightweight construction, compact frame, and reduced profile, the bike maintains a relatively low weight of 467 pounds wet while taking on an aggressive posture. The 1390 Super Duke R Evo, like its predecessor, doesn’t do much to disguise its power. Its huge engine, exposed orange frame, and one-piece subframe are eye-catching features, and even from a distance, its distinctive angular lines and loud orange paint make it easy to spot.
2024 KTM 1390 Super Duke R Evo – Wheelie
The 1390 Super Duke R Evo has a ton of performance to offer. To say it is extravagant would actually be a vast understatement. The revised LC8 engine, which has been bored to 1,350cc, powers it. Additionally, an integrated cam shift is included for increased economy and performance. The upgraded V-twin engine, which is fuel-injected and liquid-cooled, produces an incredible 188 horsepower and 107 pound-feet of torque. Moreover, a larger capacity fuel tank that has been modified increases range, while an improved airbox enhances performance.
2024 KTM 1390 Super Duke R Evo Parked
Regarding technology, the 1390 Super Duke R Evo represents the pinnacle of KTM’s technological capabilities. Now, Team Orange has never been afraid to include a wide range of technology in its bikes, even entry-level models intended for novices.
Having said that, the 1390 offers almost every performance-focused technological feature you can imagine. Yes, it has traction control, cornering ABS, and different riding modes. Of course, WP offers electrically adjustable suspension as well. Aside from all of this, riders wishing to improve the bike’s already outstanding performance may choose for extra technological enhancements like engine brake control and upgraded suspension modules.
2024 KTM 1390 Super Duke R Evo – Parked
As it happens, the polarized headlamp I described before isn’t only decorative. Not only is the new headlight lighter than the old one, but it also has “Smart” features that should increase visibility in low light. The headlamp automatically modifies its brightness based on the surrounding lighting. Since KTM’s second-generation Dukes, a comparable function has always been available, so it will be fascinating to see how much better this is on the new 1390.
A hypernaked of this level will undoubtedly fetch a high price, both in terms of availability and cost. The MSRP of the 2024 KTM 1390 Super Duke R Evo is $21,499 USD. I advise getting in contact with your local KTM dealer if you want to order this beast right now or would want to see it in person.
2024 KTM 1390 Super Duke R Evo
It’s important to note that KTM’s 1390 Super Duke was introduced to commemorate 30 years of the Duke brand. As a result, it honors its heritage, as seen by hues that pay respect to the original Super Duke, which made its debut in 2005. Moreover, KTM PowerParts and PowerWear may be used to customize the 1390 Super Duke R Evo.