When we reviewed the 2017 MT 1290 Super Duke R, popularly known as “The Beast”, we found it to be scary, exciting and a whole lot of fun, all in one package. To say the Beast has character would be an understatement, and we enjoyed every moment with it.

This is not to say it did not have some shortcomings, chief amongst which was the engine vibration, which intruded at cruising rev-range. However, the fully-adjustable WP suspension more than made up for it, with the Super Duke R performing impeccably on the road no matter what the speed.

The Super Duke R puts out 177 hp at 9,750 rpm and 141 Nm torque at 7,000 rpm from its 1,301 cc liquid-cooled, 75-degree V-twin.The Super Duke R comes with two options packages which can be combined – the Performance Pack that adds motor slip regulation, a quickshifter and KTM MY Ride and the Track Pack which allows for fuel mapping, anti-wheelie off and MTC slip and launch control.

Brembo Monoblocs do the braking for the Super Duke R, clamping 320 mm discs in front. Weight is claimed to be 195 kg dry, and seat height in set at 835 mm, while the V-twin engine itself weights 47 kg, using titanium valves and pistons derived from Formula 1.

In Malaysia, the 2017 KTM Super Duke R retails for RM118,000, including GST, but excluding road tax, insurance and registration, with its primary local competition being the Ducati Monster 1200 S at RM119,000.

GALLERY: 2017 KTM 1290 Super Duke R