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KTM Introduces 2024 1390 Super Duke R Evo

The highly anticipated KTM 1390 Super Duke R Evo has been formally announced by KTM. The bike will be available in the U.S. as an 2024 model, priced at an MSRP of $21,499.

Displacement has been increased to 1,350cc, courtesy of a larger bore. Using an evolution of the frame introduced in 2020, the bike features numerous changes which are described in the following press release by KTM.


In 2020, KTM revealed an entirely new iteration of THE BEAST to become the third generation of SUPER DUKE since the KTM 990 SUPER DUKE stormed onto the scene.

In the 2022 KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R EVO broke cover, bringing THE BEAST’s signature performance to anotherlevel with WP Semi-active suspension adding a new level of “intelligence” to the platform.

For 2024, THE BEAST levels up once again, embracing another step in its evolution. Welcome to the 2024 KTM 1390 SUPER DUKE R EVO.


The 2024 KTM 1390 SUPER DUKE R EVO maintains its title as THE BEAST simply due to its uncompromising aggression and high-performance personality. It makes no excuses as to why it exists – it simply does.

For 2024, THE BEAST has received an extensive technical face-lift, increased performance and introducing an all-new, more menacing look. Major updates have been made to the engine, suspension, and electronics, with a new LED headlight providing a new signature DUKE face.


With a lower overall profile and an emphasis on its compact chassis packaging, the KTM 1390 SUPER DUKE R EVO looks more muscular, more aggressive, and sharper than ever before.

A striking, almost alien-like evolution with an all-new LED headlight unit, new tank spoilers with revised stylingand added winglets, as well as a further reduced subframe cover that eliminates the brake light, come together to make THE BEAST.

The KTM 1390 SUPER DUKE R EVO also celebrates 30 YEARS OF DUKE, with all-new colorways inspired by the original KTM 990 SUPER DUKE model.


With the redesigned air intake and airbox, designers were able to increase the size of the fuel tank by 1.5 liters, pushing the total volume to 4.6 gallons (17.5 liters), for increased range.


Redesigned tank spoilers not only add to the overall look of the KTM 1390 SUPER DUKE R EVO but also feature functional winglets to increase downforce and reduce front wheel lift.


The KTM 1390 SUPER DUKE R EVO is based on the chassis that was developed in 2020 for the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R, but with some key upgrades to take it to an entirely new level.


The KTM 1390 SUPER DUKE R EVO is fitted with the latest generation and most advanced version of WP’s Semi-Active Technology (SAT).

Featuring electronically controlled magnetic valves for variable damping, it provides a wide range of adjustability, from maximum comfort to track-ready stiffness and support at the press of a button. Here, the SCU (Suspension Control Unit) adapts the damping rates via the magnetic valves in real-time to the riding surface and rider style, based on the information provided by stroke sensors and IMU.

All settings for the suspension can be performed via the dashboard, via a selection of five different damping modesvia the TFT screen, namely; AUTO, COMFORT, RAIN, STREET, and SPORT.

A further two modes are available when optioned with the SUSPENSION PRO pack, which unlocks TRACK and PRO modes.


SUSPENSION PRO offers three automatic preload auto-leveling settings called LOW, STANDARD, and HIGH. Inthis case, the suspension is able to calculate and adapt the preload automatically based on the weight of the rider and recreate 3 defined geometries, AUTO- STANDARD, AUTO-LOW, and AUTO-HIGH.

SUSPENSION PRO also allows for an Anti-Dive setting, which keeps the front end stiff and stable even underhard braking. However, and arguably the most exciting addition is a new FACTORY START setting.


Inspired by the launch devices in the MotoGP™ paddock, the shock Preload is automatically reduced to lowerthe rear when coming to a standstill. This allows for increased weight on the rear wheel and therefore an improved acceleration off the line.


The KTM 1390 SUPER DUKE R EVO comes equipped with new, lightweight dual-compound MICHELIN Power GP tires as standard.

Providing unmatched grip in straight-line acceleration and when attacking corners, they ensure stellar racetrack performance with exceptional on-road usability. Additionally, they weigh in at 2.6 lb (1.2 kg) lighter than the previous specification, improving unsprung weight.

  • Wheel Size:

Front-wheel size: 17’’/ 3.5‘’ Rear wheel size: 17’’/ 6‘’

  • Tire Size:

120/70 – R17

200/55 – R17


Upfront, the KTM 1390 SUPER DUKE R EVO makes use of 4-piston Brembo Stylema monobloc calipers, for ultimate control and maximum braking performance.

This is paired to 320 mm floating front discs, with a twin-piston floating caliper, and matched to a 240 mm disc at the rear.

A new Brembo MCS (multiple-click-system) master cylinder allows for increased adjustability. Additionally, a newBrembo clutch cylinders feature a self-venting system which eliminates the need to bleed the hydraulic systems.


For 2024 the target was to make a major step in power while keeping the weight to an absolute minimum to chase the hallowed 1:1 power-to-weight ratio as well as maintaining the signature character the KTM SUPER DUKE is known for.

To achieve this, the bore was increased to 110 mm from 108 mm to achieve an engine displacement of 1350 cc. Additionally, an all-new cam shift was integrated on the cylinder heads that allows for two separate valve liftsdepending on the rpm range, while keeping any increase in engine weight to the absolute minimum.

This provides added power and torque throughout the full rpm range, allowing for variable fuel mapping to meet the latest emission regulations.

With all this performance, durability and serviceability were not forgotten, with a number of revisions and updatesmade to provide increased engine durability and easier servicing. This has led to increased service intervals and avalve clearance check only necessary after 60,000 km of engine life.


A redesigned airbox with a reduced stack height through shorter throttle bodies and redesigned ram air system allow for more direct airflow.


New throttle bodies with increased inlet diameter of 60 mm compared to 56 mm on the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R. The re-positioned top-feed injector provide better atomization of the air-fuel mixture, making for smoother acceleration and more torque as a result of better air-fuel mixture through the entire rev range.


Revised gearing in the 5th and 6th gears allows for better use of the rpm range in the higher

gears, adding to the overall riding experience – when in top gear.


Representing the very top of the NAKED food chain, the KTM 1390 SUPER DUKE R EVO is loaded with ride-enhancing and modern-day technology.


A 5-inch, full-color bonded glass TFT dashboard provides everything the KTM 1390 SUPER DUKE R EVO ridercould need at a glance – including a USB-C connection for device charging.

The bonded glass display ensures optimum scratch and glare resistance, with new graphics clearly illustrating eachfunction. The entire menu structure is also redesigned to give riders faster access to the various features in far fewer clicks.


TPMS is added to the KTM 1390 SUPER DUKE R EVO package. Using updated and more accurate software, tirepressures are visible on the TFT display and warn the rider instantly of any pressure loss, whether sudden or gradual.

For 2024, the system has been further refined and now allows for custom pressure settings for track use, with the ability to program in a second wheelset.


The KTM 1390 SUPER DUKE R EVO boasts 5 unique Ride Modes, namely; RAIN, STREET, SPORT, with PERFORMANCE and TRACK mode available as optional.


As the name suggests, RAIN MODE is the default mode for slippery road conditions, reducing the maximum power with maximum traction control and the smoothest throttle response. The system aims to keep the front wheel on the ground under all conditions.


The default mode for everyday riding, STREET MODE unleashes full power, default throttle control, and tractioncontrol settings suitable for street riding. Limited front wheel lift is allowed.


Full power, more direct throttle control, and traction control allowing slight wheelspin and the front wheel to leave theground for maximum acceleration, make SPORT MODE the choice for spirited riding.


The optional PERFORMANCE MODE allows a certain level of customization, with a selection of traction controlintervention and throttle control. Anti-wheelie can also be switched off and Launch

Control can be toggled for perfect starts. Cruise control is available in PERFORMANCE MODE, with riders having full access to KTMconnect, too.


TRACK MODE allows the same level of customization as PERFORMANCE MODE, but is 100% READY TO RACE focused. This also allows for 2 display settings on the 5 inch TFT display, with a focus on lap times, or telemetry data. In these modes, only key information is displayed with secondary information discarded. Anti-wheelie can be switched off and Launch Control is available for the perfect start out of the grid, but cruise control and KTM connect are disabled.


An all-new, almost alien like LED headlight design makes its way onto the KTM 1390 SUPER DUKE R EVO.

The Position and Daytime Running Lights are located along the edges of the headlight and are auto-adjustable for intensity depending on the ambient light conditions via a light sensor integrated into the dashboard.

The low beam is located in the central part of the headlight and turns on automatically when it gets dark. Thedaytime running lights also reduce their intensity and function as position lights in darker ambient light conditions.

The new LED light also has a 700 g weight saving over the previous LED light.


An all-new Engine Brake Control feature allows riders to set the level of how much engine brake they want to experience in five levels, allowing riders to unlock even the smallest performance gains on the new KTM 1390 SUPER DUKE R EVO.

The new Engine Brake Control feature allows riders to tailor their corner entry speed to suite their skill level or riding style.


For 2024, the anti-wheelie mode has been revised to offer a more differentiated functionality. Now the anti-wheeliecan be set to 5 separate levels between Very Low & Very High to allow for a specific maximum degree of front wheel lift and for those pros on the track, select off if you dare.

5 degrees of front wheel lift up:

Very Low:           0.36°

Low:                  2.0°


High:                 15.5°

Very High:          22.25°


Throw your leg over the KTM 1390 SUPER DUKE R EVO and you will immediately be met with an aggressive, performance-focused stance. The tank has been angled slightly outwards for more rider support on the tank surface at braking and improved contact when hanging off into corners.

This has allowed for the handlebar to be moved lower for better control without compromising comfort.


The KTM 1390 SUPER DUKE R EVO already boasts a full package of high-end componentry, however, forriders looking to boost their ride further, a full range of KTM PowerParts has been developed fit for purpose.


Riders of the ultimate NAKED motorcycle need to look, at and perform the part. For that reason, a dedicated rangeof KTM PowerWear has been developed to give KTM 1390 SUPER DUKE R EVO riders the utmost confidence.

For more information, visit


  • Two new colorways celebrate 30 years of DUKE.  
  • Redesigned 1,350 cc LC8 V-Twin with increased bore and new cam shift technology is paired with new throttle bodies and airbox to deliver class-leading power. 
  • New headlight puts a new face on DUKE with two central LED projector lenses and signature DRL.
  • New aggressive bodywork wrapped around the redesigned fuel tank with a 1.5 liter capacity increase. 
  • New WP APEX Semi-Active Technology (SAT) Suspension is lighter up front with improved sensors front and rear for unmatched performance and feel. 
  • Suspension modes include Auto, Comfort, Street, Sport, and new Rain mode. 
  • Optional Suspension Pro package includes Track and Pro modes with new Anti-Dive and Factory Start features.
  • New optional 5-level Engine Brake control, Telemetry Screen, Lap Timer, and 5-level Anti-wheelie adjustment.
  • Ultra-lightweight chrome-molybdenum steel frame with composite subframe.
  • Cornering ABS by Bosch incl. Supermoto ABS, Ride mode technology and multi-stage, lean-angle sensitive Motorcycle Traction Control (MTC) using a 6 axis lean angle sensor. 
  • Ride modes include Rain, Street, Sport and the optional Track and Performance modes with 10-level spin adjuster.
  • KTMconnect Bluetooth smartphone connection for navigation, listening to music, and making phone calls.
  • Optional Tech Pack combines Motor Slip Regulation (MSR), Quickshifter+, Track Pack, and Suspension Pro. 
  • New 5-inch TFT-dashboard displays all important information with new infographics for easy navigation.
  • Cruise control for long distance comfort. KTM RACE ON keyless system for convenience.


Engine Type: 2-Cylinder, 4-Stroke, 75° V-Twin, DOHC

Displacement: 1,350 cc

Bore/Stroke: 110/71 mm

Starter: Electric; 12V 11.2Ah

Transmission: 6 Gears

Fuel System: Keihin EFI, 60 mm Throttle Body

Lubrication: Pressure Lubrication, 3 Eaton Pumps

Cooling: Liquid Cooling 

Clutch: PASC Slipper Clutch, Hydraulically Operated

Ignition: Keihin EMS with Ride-By-Wire, Dual Ignition

Frame: Chrome-moly Steel, Powder Coated

Subframe: Cast Aluminum/Composite

Handlebar:  Aluminum, Tapered, Ø 26/22 mm

Front Suspension: WP APEX-USD Ø 48 mm, Semi-Active

Rear Suspension: WP APEX-Linkage Shock, Semi-Active

Suspension Travel Front/Rear: 125 mm/ 4.9 in; 140 mm/ 5.5 in

Front/Rear Brakes: Disc Brake 320 / 240 mm

Front/Rear Wheels: 3.50 x 17”, 6.00 x 17”  

Front/Rear Tires: 120/70ZR17”; 200/55ZR17”

Steering Head Angle: 24.7º

Wheelbase: 1,491 mm ± 15 mm / 58.7 ± 0.6 in

Ground Clearance: 149 mm / 5.8 in

Seat Height: 834 mm / 32.8 in

Tank Capacity: 17.5 L / 4.6 gal

Weight (Ready to Race), Approx: 200 kg / 440.9 lb


  1. Jim says:

    I love this bike. Wish I had my ’14 back.

  2. cw says:

    I like that, right below the bullet about the new tank wing-lets that reduce front wheel lift, there’s a photo showing how effective they are.

  3. RyYYZ says:

    Am I the only one who is a little gobsmacked at a 1350 cc V-Twin sport motorcycle?

    I remember when a V-Twin that size was limited to slow-revving cruisers (the original Harley Evo Big Twins were 1340 cc, IIRC).

    Not my bag, anymore, but a remarkable bike, regardless.

    • TimC says:

      I got into this stuff dreaming reading CW in the mid-80s (no way my mom would let me take advantage of the fact you could get a MC license at 14, LOL). This bike to them then would be like the DeLorean crashing into the barn in 1955.

    • Mick says:

      Apparently the Euro 5 emissions are fueling the displacement creep. There have been a raft of displacement bumps lately. Note that there is no claimed horsepower increase. The displacement bumps are there so the bikes don’t lose power passing new emission standards.

      My folks had my cousin teach me to ride when I was very young. I didn’t get a bike until the fifth grade. I didn’t bother with street bikes until I got out of the navy and a few of my friends bought some. I bought my first street bike in 1987. My first Ducati in 1992.

      • TimC says:

        Euro 5 – makes sense – yeah the Great Reset is kind of wearing on me, really. Fortunately, on many….

      • Dave says:

        I keep reading that the Euro “whatever number we’re on” standards are driving displacement creep but that doesn’t really check out. There are bikes of all displacements making these standards each time they change and they’re not getting less powerful for it.

        Examples: While the little Ninja went from 250 to 300 to 400 and now 451, there are still 125 and 250cc bikes and scooters in the market being updated and making the standards while retaining their previous performance. Some of these smaller displacement catch-weights can’t migrate because of license/insurance regs in important markets.

        KTM has bumped the “midsize” Duke from 790 to 890 and now 990 but have re-released the 790 made by CFMoto. Surely this new 790 will make Euro5, too.

        I think what we’re seeing here is good ol’ fashioned “One-up” market competition.

  4. RD SHOW says:

    A 2014 1190 SX COULD RUN WITH IT..

  5. TimC says:

    The one thing I’ll say about SDs that I found interesting, sitting on one at a dealer, was how physically small/compact they are for such a beast.

  6. Can’t wait till they bring out the Adventure version!

  7. todd says:

    Most of the people I see that buy these have very little motorcycle riding experience and typically only ever put around 5000 miles on the bike over a seven year period. They buy hop up parts and the most expensive tires they can buy but are still way at the back of the pack during spirited group rides.

    • Jim says:

      Well now that you have expressed your superiority (or more likely jealousy) to most SuperDuke owners, perhaps the rest of us can finally talk about this motorcycle.

      • Nick says:

        Todd’s comment sounded very valid to me. And what are the 30 or so other comments about, except this bike? Apart from the customary Mick-baiting, of course, which is hard to resist.

  8. GT08 says:

    If you look at the first picture, and imagine some other color.
    You can see the John Britten bike. Try you will see.
    30 years before today John was a real genius ahead of is time.

    • Dave says:

      I can’t see it but I do love that Britten bike and wish someone would pick up that torch. So many brilliant ideas that I think would transfer well to a road bike. Especially that front end. It requires a level of integration that the industry at large is reluctant to take ownership of.

  9. My2cents says:

    I bet it has a nice personality.

  10. Silver says:

    I don’t like the way they’ll stroke it out to 1390 in a few years. Marketing it as a 1390 now is ingenuine

  11. TP says:

    Not bad, though that headlight is an eyesore–again.

  12. Former Rider says:

    I stopped riding when balance issuesand arthritis caused me to be unableto ride. Having said that, I freaking love the Super Duke and wish I could win the MegaMillions so this could be part of my dream garage.But I don’t like KTM and other manufacturers another bite of another very expensive apple in an electronic flash.
    I didn’t like it in my 890 Duke and this is just robbery.

  13. JC says:

    Cool bike. I bet it will be a lot of fun. I’d love the have one.

    It’s hard to get past the fact that I could buy a cool Japanese retro AND a new dirt bike for the money. In a perfect world, money wouldn’t be a problem.

  14. VLJ says:

    Don’t know about the rest of you, but I won’t be satisfied until I read Mick’s detailed offroad ride report of this thing, replete with personal retrospectives, totally on-point anecdotal tales of his bodysurfing days in Montreal and Hanoi, net/net manufacturing cost analytics up the wazoo, and, of course, exacting dyno runs and real-world wet-weight measurements.

    Basically, is this new Stupor Duke powerful enough and light enough to serve as a proper woods bike for him during his next sojourn over, under, around, and straight through Mount Kilimanjaro?

    Most importantly, I absolutely need to know whether THIS IS FINALLY THE ONE to punt Mick off that damnable fence! Will he proudly step up to that snot-nosed corporate shill of a salesman and brandish that Black AMEX card? Will he end our nation’s long suffering and actually purchase one of these things for his daily grind?

    LET’S GO!

    • nomadak says:


      I voting it won’t happen. Always some anecdotal excuse.

      Looks like a damn fine machine to me.

    • Mick says:

      Sorry to disappoint. I have no interest this bike whatsoever.

      • Reginald Van Blunt says:

        I understand, – needs a bash plate and knobbies.

        • Mick says:

          Long before that you would have to fall off a turnip truck onto your head making you think street bikes, save the EXC line, are suitable for off road use.

          Even then you would have to stoop to riding a four stroke. Spare me.

          • Reginald Van Blunt says:

            My last two stroke was a Yamaha in 1964, and since then all my dirt bikes were modified street which worked fine in open desert go fast.
            What is EXC ? Is it something you can’t spell out, or turnip farm jargonise ?

          • Mick says:

            KTM has an EXC line with bikes in 350 and 500cc flavors. They are street legal versions of their Enduro four strokes.

            The problem with a bike like that is tires. Decent dirt tires wear like condoms on the street and tires that work on the street are awful off road. It’s really an exercise in frustration.

          • todd says:

            The point of the EXC is that hundreds of thousands of miles of the best trails are on public lands and are often criss-crossed by publicly maintained fire roads. These fire roads require street registration. Not everyone rides at gated MX parks.

          • Mick says:

            It depends what state you are in. You can put lights on anything and get a plate for it in some states. Others don’t require plates to access forest roads in forests that have trail systems. I’ve ridden extensively in Minnesota, Colorado and Utah on bikes with no plates or lights no problem. I could plate all my two strokes in the respective states where they reside. But I don’t need or want to.

            It is very nice of KTM to offer off the rack street legal dirt bikes. There probably are areas where they would make your life a lot easier. But there is almost always a way to ride whatever you want if you are resourceful.

            Best trails is subjective. If you have to ride a whole lot of forest road to link trails. They are not good trails in my book.

    • Gary in NJ says:

      Well crafted.

    • TimC says:


      “whether THIS IS FINALLY THE ONE” – it’s not 2-stroke

  15. dt 175 says:

    if i didn’t already have a tl 1000 s i would have to have one of these…

    • xLaYN says:

      The TL1000R is such an amazing machine, I had one and had to sold it when I move, I still miss it, the music of that engine.

    • Nomadak says:

      Too bad you don’t have a 2002 Aprilia Mille R. Ohlins suspension, OZ wheels, Braided brake lines with Brembo binders. I’ll be waiting on ya at the next stop.

  16. Jonathan S. Justman says:

    Futurecast: 2047 SuperDuke 2690 announced.

  17. Doc Sarvis says:

    Getting over the too ugly, too much money, comments… that motor looks brilliant.

    • Nick says:

      Amazing to see just how much of that engine is cylinder-head! Compact it is not.

      • Reginald Van Blunt says:

        Yes, and without the height, the fuel tank/airbox could be lower than the handlebars eliminating the hump back short wheel base look.
        Would not however, affect the headlight/drag brake Roman battle chariot pointy end.

  18. Curt says:

    Looks like they’ve finally addressed the notoriously anemic mid-range on the 1290 SDR series.

  19. RonH says:

    It’s disappointing that there are functional options that you have to pay for at that price. They’re likely just enabled by software too, so it’s not like you’re paying for more hardware. It’s disappointing to the level that I’ll go with an Aprilia that has these options included in the price.

    • Speedeasy says:


    • Curt says:

      Paying more for the optional electronics really bothers a lot of people. I completely get it. I don’t mind it so much. I just consider the cost of the bike to be the bike and whatever other package I want, and decide if I want that bike or not. I like my local dealer and how entertaining KTMs are, so I’m good with it.

      Fortunately there are a lot of great options out there. I used to think that the golden age of motorcycling was just before the 2008 financial crash. I’ve changed my mind and I believe today’s motorcycles are by far the best we’ve ever seen. Plenty of great bikes to choose from. Like Bret Tkacs says – ride happy!

  20. Mick says:

    Obviously I am deeply critical of the market in general. But that’s just me. It’s really the best of times for the mid-life/petite wedding tackle croud. So much to choose from now in this category.

    Live to question yourself long and prosper my friends.

    • ORT says:

      In the Cosmos of Chaos, the only interface is the essence of existence.

      ‘n’ sheit.

      What does this mean or have to do with the all gnu KTM Super Puke R Evo 1390? About as much as Mick’s dross. I just wanted to point that out and the ol’ “Cosmos of Chaos” line came into being.

      It’s wabbit season!
      Mick season!
      Wabbit season!
      Mick season!

      Mick season!
      Wabbit season!
      I say it’s Mick season and I say…FIRE!!!!

      Ooooo…You’re desmickable!

      It was the bestest of times, it was the wurst of times. And just WTF is the mid-life/petite wedding tackle “croud” and how doo dey fit in this category?

      ORTson Welles

      • Mick says:

        Here I am back on another browser. I thought that maybe that press release just didn’t work on the other one. But no. On this browser, which doesn’t do a black mode for this website. It’s even worse. The text still runs off the formatted text area and becomes very hard to read without white text on black. Then there are numerous words missing spaces like the author blasted it out after swilling way too much coffee and sent it off without a proof read.

        Or maybe this bike just does crazy things to some people. Dig the above post. That boy is either off his meds or on someone else’s.

        But whatever, I guess you have to cut Toad some slack. A life of wrestling surely had his head bouncing off the mat more than it probably should have.

        Party on Toad.

        • ORT says:

          Those without a sense of humor more often than not have a sense of entitlement. So…

          Be excellent to each other. And yourself, Mick.


        • todd says:

          Go to the bottom (or maybe top) of your browser and click the stack of three parallel lines. In that menu, select “request desktop site”. I find it much easier to read and navigate and it is still nicely formatted to mobile devices.

        • TimC says:


          Subtlety, thy name is … well not exactly “Mick” if you catch my Drift

    • Motoman says:

      Mick, you got issues 😶

      • Mick says:

        I don’t know. Is it just my tablet that shows a really sub par press release?

        The guys have been throwing me under the bus of late. Am I supposed to be thanking them?

        Is it the off his meds joke? We say that about bad weather. Local humor I guess.

        I’m sorry if you want me to gush about the bike. That’s just not gonna happen.

  21. xLaYN says:

    Yes please.
    1350… I remember the regular car review of the bandit 1200, at some point the guy says, there are cars with smaller engines carrying a family in some places… and this is 10% more (I’m not complaining :p).
    I think it’s an excess, but an excess I would love to try in a race track…

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