ASSISTANCE SYSTEMS and ELECTRONICS
The 1290 Super Duke R is not only among the lightest, most powerful and most versatile of all naked bikes, it also gives the rider the greatest possible support in using the machine's fascinating dynamic potential. First off, highly developed electronic controls and assistance systems like ride mode, traction control and ABS are standard. In addition, the new Super Duke R offers a multitude of individual set-up options to adjust the bike to the intended use and rider preferences. This spread ranges from the numerous suspension adjustments to the different ride and traction control modes of the MTC and the ABS anti-lock brakes.
Ride-by-wire means the throttle valves of the electronic injection system are no longer controlled by mechanical cable. Instead, the move ments of the twist grip are processed by a computer which in turn uses actuators to control the throttles. But the 1290 Super Duke R’s ride-by-wire function achieves even more: it automatically translates the rider’s twist grip input electronically into throttle positions that perfectly match the current riding condi tions. No more choking or juddering, and unintentional wheelies are also a thing of the past. The 1290 Super Duke R’s ride-by-wire system ensures a perfect delivery of the ample torque in every situation, combining maximum performance with optimum efficiency.
In order to ensure safe deceleration on the highest level, the 1290 Super Duke R is equipped with an anti-lock braking system as standard. Applied by KTM in close cooperation with Bosch, the system can be disengaged and uses the highly sophisticated Bosch braking pressure modulator 9ME as well as the latest software. Like no other ABS, it stands for extremely short braking distances, combined with optimum vehicle control.
The system modulates the braking pressure in such a way as to avoid locking up the wheels as well as the danger of slipping to the side that goes with it, while also effectively minimizing any tendencies to roll over in emergency stops on grippy surfaces.
Depending on the terrain and riding style, the rider may select the "Street" or "Supermoto" ABS modes or disengage the ABS completely with the flick of the mode switch on the handle bar. In "Supermoto" mode, the system allows a higher degree of bike lift-up than in "Street" mode. In addition, rear brake pressure control by the modulator is disengaged, so the rider can apply the rear brake autonomously and even lock it up. This way, well-controlled slides can be introduced by locking up the rear wheel – a prerequisite for setting a more ambitious pace on tracks closed to the general public.
RIDE MODE TECHNOLOGY
The ride mode technology and standard, disengageable motorcycle traction control MTC of the 1290 Super Duke R ensure sporty but fully controllable traction on any surface by regulating the LC8 engine's power delivery in accordance with the mode pre-selected in the onboard computer, as well as the slippage detected by the MTC. The 1290 Super Duke R rider may choose from three ride modes that utilize different engine power mappings: “Street” and “Sport” with 180hp of maximum power and the corresponding, powerful response, as well as “Rain” with 100hp of maximum power and a softer power delivery. In addition, the traction control allows for different amounts of rear wheel slippage in the different ride modes. On wet tarmac or problematic road surfaces, the “Rain” ride mode makes for a relaxed riding experience despite the inhospitable conditions with a softer power delivery, a reduction of engine power to a maximum of 100hp and minimal rear wheel slippage. In “Street” ride mode, MTC allows somewhat more slippage than in “Rain” mode, as well as ensuring a quicker response and delimiting the engine to a full 180hp. Safely controlled rear wheel slides are allowed in “Sport” ride mode, so the engine can release its full potential – including light power slides on the exit of turns. Finally, the highly ambitious can completely disengage the MTC in order to fully enjoy the 1290 Super Duke R's breath-taking power in their own fashion and without electronic help.
MTC / TRACTION CONTROL
The traction control reacts immediately whenever the rear wheel speed increases without a proportionate increase of vehicle speed. To achieve this, MTC makes use of the quick reaction time of the 1290 Super Duke R's ride-by-wire system, reducing engine output (and therefore propulsion) via the throttles until the system has re duced the amount of slippage to the level determined to be the optimum by the current drive mode selection. All this not only occurs within milliseconds and with an extremely smooth, hardly noticeable intervention, but also in accordance with the current lean angle. At increasing lean angles, cornering force is increasingly lost. Therefore, MTC will allow proportionately less torque on the rear wheel as lean angle increases. This way, the rider of the new Super Duke R can focus completely on choosing his line and observing the traffic – a decisive contribution to active safety, while maximum performance and the highest levels of riding enjoyment are guaranteed.
The preconditions for a riding assistance system as complex as the 1290 Super Duke R's MTC are the lightning-quick acquisition and evaluation of numerous parameters like roll and yaw rate, longitudinal and lateral acceleration as well as squat and lean angles, and fur thermore a close integration of the system with the engine management and the ride-by-wire control. Therefore, numerous sensors of the 1290 Super Duke R capture the necessary data and transmit their results to the ride-by-wire and the engine management, which prioritizes these control commands above the rider's twist grip input. This intervention via the throttles is performed a lot smoother than the common masking of ignition or injection signals as utilized by the conventional systems of other makers. As the 1290 Super Duke R's rider hardly notices the activities of the traction control, a yellow indicator light starts blinking in the cockpit whenever the MTC engages. A highly sophisticated system reflecting the cutting edge of technology, KTM has developed and implemented the MTC in close cooperation with Bosch and Keihin.