MULTIFUNCTIONAL COCKPIT AND MODE SWITCH
The 1290 Super Duke R provides all necessary and desirable information via a sophisticated, clearly arranged combination meter made by automotive supplier VDO. The core information is supplied by a central instrument with an analogue-style rev counter with an integrated, adjustable shift light and an LCD display. This display is domi nated by a digital speedometer, complemented by a digital clock, a gear indicator, bar displays for the coolant temperature and fuel level, as well as readouts for the currently selected drive mode.
To the left of the central meter, a secondary LCD serves to display important additional information. As the on-board computer’s main display, it offers a multitude of different menu pages. These pages are browsed and operated with the four control keys of the mode switch on the left handlebar which are used, among others, to select the assistance system modes: the rider scrolls through different screens like “Drive Mode” or “MTC – ABS” using the up and down arrow keys and selects an assistance system for configuration with the “Set” key on the right. This leads down to the next menu level with the set-up options. Here, you can once more scroll through the settings with the arrow keys and select one using the “Set” key. At any time, the “Exit” key on the left of the modes switch will return you back up to the previous menu level until you reach the “Favourites” menu. All other settings like time, trip meter or language are accomplished in the same, self-explanatory manner – riders will master the menu navigation in no time. When restarting the motorcycle, the most recent settings are invoked again.
For safety reasons, the ABS and traction control can only be disengaged below a very slow walking pace, preferably at a standstill. Changing the four load-out modes of the optional electronic suspension EDS is also only supported below walking pace. All other mode changes can be selected on the go at any speed and activated by closing the twist grip until they engage.
Furthermore, using the mode switch, 1290 Super Duke R owners may generate a menu page to display five preferred read-outs selected with the on-board computer. These are then displayed as “Favourites” while riding. They can be chosen from a wide range of available information, like odometer and trip meter read-out, ambient and engine temperature, voltage, average speed, average and current rate of fuel consumption or remaining range, and even the status of rider assistance systems.
DAYTIME RIDING LIGHT
The 1290 Super Duke R is equipped with an LED daylight riding light DRL. Light emitting diodes placed above the headlight ensure the bike is nearly impossible to overlook in traffic by day. In waning light, like at dusk or in tunnels, sensors control an automatic switch from the DRL to the headlight's low beam. The rear lights and indicators of the 1290 Super Duke R also use LED technology.
Ergonomics and comfort
The 1290 Super Duke R's remarkable versatility made it a challenge for KTM's development engineers to reconcile the most diverse demands on ergonomics and comfort. But the technicians in Mattighofen mastered even this challenge, and in a more than convincing fashion: the new 1290 Super Duke R grants its rider all the freedom of movement and all the comfort he needs for full focus on the race track, ambitious back road dashes, relaxed swinging through the twisties or easy going joyrides.
SEAT, FOOTPEGS, HANDLEBARS
Upholstered with top quality 3D foam, the two-part seat transmits the suspension feedback so clearly that the 1290 Super Duke R never leaves the rider in doubt about what is going on at the wheels' contact patches. At the same time, the cushion delivers sufficient comfort for hours of riding, long after soft cushions would have sagged and required taking yet another break. The triangle defined by the rider's seat, the perfectly shaped, tapered alloy handlebars and the rider foot pegs leads to a focused riding position with the torso bent slightly forward, which automatically prepares the rider for a brisk pace without exhausting him even after hours of cruising.