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2020 KTM 1290 Super Duke R in Portimao

So, this happened on Friday. How about a Super Duke R with upgraded WP suspension, a full Akra system, and slicks? Absolutely sick! Review to come in a few days.
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Upgraded suspension even over the newly upgraded WP Apex kit on the 1290 for '20?

I was drooling over this bike at our local Vancouver bike show last week, can't wait to read the report Evans!

I'm guessing once again my invite got lost in the mail?


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Yes, special suspension. Raises the rear a bit, too. Amazing how much quicker it steers, and bumps that were unsettling the chassis with the stock set up were essentially erased.
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270 km/h witout protection
A lot of wind

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270 km/h witout protection [IMG class=inlineimg]https://www.790dukeforum.com/forum/images/NO_BRAND/smilies/tango_face_surprise.png[/IMG]
A lot of wind [IMG class=inlineimg]https://www.790dukeforum.com/forum/images/NO_BRAND/smilies/tango_face_smile_big.png[/IMG]
I’m not as...uh...aerodynamic as I used to be. So, the fastest I saw was 237 kph. Enough wind to mash my helmet to my face and blur my vision on the front straightaway.
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Iím not as...uh...aerodynamic as I used to be. So, the fastest I saw was 237 kph. Enough wind to mash my helmet to my face and blur my vision on the front straightaway.
Anything over 200kph on a naked is insane for windblast - no thanks, after a TD on my FZ-09 a few years back my neck felt like I'd gone 8 rounds with Tyson. That bike could only muster 220ish and even then only for 2-3 seconds but man was it exhausting. In comparison 288kph on my Gix 1000 was serene and calm, relaxing almost.

Evans - Was Portimao for US Journo's only or world wide moto-press dudes and dudettes?

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Oh, and the format was 20 minutes on track with just 10 minutes between sessions. I was so beat up by my sixth session that I pulled in about 5 minutes early.
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