After pictures were released of the 2014 KTM 1290 Super Duke R in apparent production guise, we posted a video of Jeremy McWilliams riding a prototype at Goodwood. Now, a new video has surfaced showing a pre-production 1290 Super Duke R dicing with a BMW S 1000 RR on track.
Although this new video looks suspiciously like a stealth KTM promo, it is still quite impressive to watch. Quite simply, naked bikes are not supposed to be able to play games like this with the world’s most powerful production superbike on a race track. You can argue that the BMW backs off at times, particularly in the braking zone, to allow the KTM to come back into view, but you must remember that riding a naked bike at speeds like this likely creates much more wind resistance than a slippery superbike.
Not surprisingly, the big KTM leaps out of corners where the BMW is clearly hard on the gas. Fun to watch. Here is the video: