Brabus Unveils Its First Modified Motorcycle

The German tuner decided to give the KTM 1290 Super Duke R EVO a makeover.

By Kyle Schnitzer 16/02/2022

Brabus is trading in four wheels for two. The German tuner known for its flashy Mercedes-Benz SUV mods is partnering with KTM to deliver its first motorcycle, the Brabus 1300 R. The collaboration is heavily influenced by the Austrian marque’s 1290 Super Duke R EVO, which is known for its monstrous torque. For fans of KTM’s offering, the 1300 R shouldn’t disappoint—it’s mostly the same bike.

Exercising uncharacteristic restraint, Brabus decided to leave the powertrain alone on its first modified motorcycle. We can understand why, because the 1290 Super Duke R EVO already delivers a knockout punch. The 1300 R comes powered with the same 1,301cc V-Twin engine found in KTM’s Super Duke, producing 134kW and 140Nm of torque, which can blast riders from zero to 100km/h in 3.2 seconds. The tuner also matched other specs from its muse: The 1300 R features a similar frame, fuel tank and a semi-active suspension system that comes with six different damping modes—Comfort, Street, Sport, Track, Advanced and Auto—which can be adjusted via a 5-inch TFT display.

BRABUS 1300 R

Brabus 1300 R in profile KTM

Of course, Brabus did see some room for improvement. The tuner modified the bike’s signature exhaust system—this time using a unique slip-on version with a double-pipe design. There are also elements of the 1300 R that feature Brabus’s signature exterior look, like the lightweight Monoblock Z 9-spoke forged wheels, high-end carbon body elements and round retro-style LED headlight and accompanying rear lights. The 1290 Super Duke R EVO also pulls inspiration from Brabus’s interiors, specifically the seats, which come with a custom heated seat that’s available in red or black for keeping you warm on those cooler-weather rides.

For those looking to get their hands on the 1300 R, the hand-crafted bike will be available in two colour schemes: Magma Red and Signature Black. Each colour is limited to just 77 models to celebrate the year of Brabus got its start, so you better act fast. Pre-orders for the bike started on Monday on KTM’s website at roughly $65,435. That’s more than double the cost of a the standard KTM, but hey, the Brabus touch has never come cheap.

Check out more photos of the bike below:

BRABUS 1300 R

BRABUS 1300 R, front and back KTM

BRABUS 1300 R

The Brabus 1300 R’s retro-style headlight KTM

BRABUS 1300 R exhaust

Brabus outfitted the 1300 R with a new exhaust. KTM

Brabus 1300 R brake detail KTM

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