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KTM 1290 Super Duke R revs up

KTM has released a video of the 1290 Super Duke R it will reveal tomorrow night (5 November 2019) at the EICMA  motorcycle show in Milan, possibly with blind spot alert and adaptive cruise control.

It will be one of a host of other new models form the Austrian manufacturer.

KTM is also tipped to unveil 250ADV and 390ADV baby adventure single-cylinder bikes, a range of entry-level 490cc twin-cylinder motorcycles, several 890cc models and a 790 Supermoto.

1290 Super Duke R

But the undoubted highlight from the Austrian manufacturer will be the 1290 Super Duke R.

KTM has been working on rider-aid technology such as adaptive cruise control and blind-spot alert which could be debuted on this model.

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KTM tests Adaptive cruise control and blind spot alert

However, Ducati also promised this technology on its 2020 models, but failed to deliver in the recent unveiling.

What we do now is the KTM 1290 Super Duke R will feature a new chassis using the engine as a stressed member of the frame with a bolted-on rear sub-frame.

There is also a new smoked screen, restyled fuel tank, upgraded seat and re-routed exhaust for a larger radiator.

That is presumably to increase water cooling and reduce emissions without losing horsepower.

In fact, some expect horsepower will be boosted from the 1301cc V-twin, liquid-cooled engine’s current 130kW output.

It will, of course, come with high-spec components such as KTM-owned WP suspension and Brembo brakes.

We will have all the news from ECMA tomorrow night, so stay tuned to your phone, computer or tablet!

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Harley-Davidson patenting adaptive cruise

Harley-Davidson is joining Bosch, Ducati and KTM in developing motorcycle adaptive cruise control, but with a special feature that allows for group riding.

The company has recently applied to the US Patent Office for a patent on its system.

Adaptive cruise

Many touring motorcycles now come with cruise control and adaptive cruise is the next step.

Last year KTM and Ducati announced they were working open adaptive cruise control which has been available in many cars for some years.

Ducati even announced they would introduce it and blind spot awareness in “every” 2020 model! We will see when they release their 2020 model line-up on October 23.

Staggered riding

Harley-Davidson motorcycles Harley days Thunder Run adaptive cruise
Harley riders love a parade.

If you’re wondering how this would affect Harley group rides where they ride in close, staggered formation, fear not. Harley is cleverly planning something a little different.

Adaptive cruise control uses radar sensors to detect  vehicles in front and varies your vehicle’s speed accordingly.

It keeps your vehicle a pre-determined distance behind that varies with your speed. Some allow you to select a certain timed gap, such as two seconds and up to about five seconds.

But motorcycles may be a little different because two motorcycles can legally share the same lane in some jurisdictions and group rides tend to run in a staggered formation.

While the bike directly in front may be a safe distance away, the bike in the other wheel track, but the same lane can be a lot closer. That would interfere with adaptive cruise control.

But that’s where Harley’s system is a little different.

It recognises the difference between cars and motorcycles.

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The system also allows the rider to select which vehicle they want to adapt their speed to, allowing safe staggered-formation rides at any speed.

Hopefully the controls aren’t too fiddly or it could become a distraction, rather than a safety device.

Harley has also applied for a patent for an automatic braking system which would no doubt be linked into this tech to make group riding safer.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com