KTM 1290 Super Duke R 2.0 (2017-2019) Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

This is the maintenance schedule and service intervals for the KTM 1290 Super Duke R, a.k.a. “The Beast 2.0” (per KTM), or otherwise known as the SDR, as updated for 2017, and made through model year 2019.

The previous version of the KTM 1290 Super Duke R (“The Beast 2.0”) was made between 2014 and 2016. It had largely the same specs, but lacked a lot of the options for the 2017 model. However, it was slightly more powerful and slightly lighter.

The KTM 1290 Super Duke R has always been based around a 1301cc 75-degree liquid-cooled V-twin that is fed by monstrous 56mm throttle bodies.

In the 2017+ tune, the engine produces 130 kW (177 hp) at 9750 rpm and 141 Nm (104 ft-lb) at 7000 rpm — a lot of power and torque! The 2017-2019 SDR has ABS and traction control, but lacks the “keep you alive” aids of the 2020+ model, so this is far from a beginner’s bike.

The basic engine of The Beast has remained the same since its launch in 2014, with peak power staying roughly at that number, though creeping higher in the rev range, along with the peak torque point.

The maintenance schedule for the 2017-2019 1290 Super Duke R is similar to that in the 2017 KTM 1290 Super Adventure R, which uses the same basic motor, though tuned differently (more for torque, and less for top-end power).

In 2020, KTM updated the Super Duke R for Euro 4 regulations, and gave it a six-axis IMU. See the maintenance schedule for the 2020+ 1290 KTM Super Duke R “The Beast 3.0” separately.

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Maintenance Schedule for the KTM 1290 Super Duke R (2017-2019)

Below is the maintenance schedule for the KTM 1290 Super Duke R, adapted from the manual from the 2017 bike.


  • Maintenance schedule intervals for the KTM 1290 Super Duke R are 15000 km (9300 mi), with a major service (valve service & new plugs) every two intervals.
  • After the end of the service schedule, keep repeating it in this pattern.
  • The maintenance schedule in the manual is broken up into two sections — required maintenance and recommended maintenance (but you should do both).

Required maintenance

miles x 10000.629.318.6
km x 100011530Every
[Dealer] Read out the fault memory using the KTM diagnostics tool.Year
[Dealer] Check the exhaust valve control unit with the KTM diagnostics tool.Year
Check that the electrical system is functioning properly.Year
Change the engine oil and the oil filter and clean the oil screens.Year
Check the front brake linings.Year
Check the rear brake linings.Year
Check the brake discs.Year
Check the brake lines for damage and leakage.Year
Change the front brake fluid.2 years
Change the rear brake fluid.2 years
Change the hydraulic clutch fluid.2 years
Check the front brake fluid level.Year
Check the rear brake fluid level.Year
Check/correct the fluid level of the hydraulic clutch.Year
Check the shock absorber and fork for leaks. Perform service as needed and depending on how the vehicle is used.Year
Clean the dust boots of the fork legs
Check the play of the steering head bearing.Year
Check the tire conditionYear
Check tire air pressureYear
Check the chain, rear sprocket, engine sprocket, and chain guide.Year
Check the chain tension.Year
Measure the wheel bearing play and grease the rear hub.
Check that the rear wheel nut (right side) is tightened to the specified torque.Year
Change the spark plugs (air filter removed).
Check the valve clearance (air filter and spark plugs removed)
Change the SAS membrane.
Check the cables for damage and routing without sharp bends (fuel tank removed)Year
Check the coolant level in the compensating tank.Year
Change the air filter, clean the air filter box.
Check the fuel pressure.Year
[Dealer[ Check the CO adjustment using the KTM diagnostics tool.Year
Check the headlight setting
Check that the radiator fan is functioning properly.Year
Final check: Check the vehicle for safe operation and take a test ride.Year
[Dealer] Read out the error memory after the test ride using the KTM diagnostics tool.Year
[Dealer] Reset the service display using the KTM diagnostics tool.Year
[Dealer] Make a service entry in KTMDealer.net and in the Service and Manufacturer Warranty Booklet.Year
KTM 1290 Super Duke R (2017-2019) Maintenance Schedule

Recommended maintenance

miles x 10000.629.318.6
km x 100011530Every
Check the frame
Check the link fork
Check/clean the oil nozzle for clutch lubrication
Check the swingarm bearing.
Check the wheel bearings.
Grease all moving parts (e.g. side stand, hand lever, chain) and check for smooth operationYear
Empty the drainage hoses.Year
Check all hoses (fuel, coolant, bleeder, drainage etc.) and sleeves for cracking, leaks, and incorrect routingYear
Check the antifreeze.Year
Check the screws and nuts for tightness.Year
Change the coolant.4 years
KTM 1290 Super Duke R (2017-2019) — Recommended maintenance

Wheels and Tyres for the KTM 1290 Super Duke R (2020+)

Stock, the 1290 Super Duke R from 2017-2019 shipped with Metzeler Sportec M7 RR tyres. But you can fit any sport or track tyres you want.

The pressures below are for a single rider.

WheelTyre sizeTyre pressure (cold)
Front120/70 ZR 17 M/C (58W) TL2.5 bar psi (36 bar)
Back200/55 ZR 17 M/C (75W) TL2.5 psi (36 bar)
KTM 1290 Super Duke R recommended tyre sizes and pressures

About the KTM 1290 Super Duke R

The KTM 1290 Super Duke R is KTM’s “The Beast”. They call it that themselves. And for 2017, the name was upgraded to “The Beast 2.0”.

The Super Duke R a fairly unique naked bike in the segment because it’s not based around a supersport motorcycle, so it’s not a stripped down and de-tuned sportbike. The only other motorcycle in the big bore naked segment like this is the Triumph Speed Triple.

The 1290 Super Duke R was first released in 2013 for the 2014 model year.

From that point onward, it has had the same basic engine: a 1301cc 75-degree DOHC liquid-cooled V-twin. It has always had the same power and torque figures — ~138 kW (180 hp) peak, somewhere around 8500-9500 rpm.

The revs at which the SDR makes its peak power and torque crept up with each generation — likely as a result of KTM tuning a bike and trying to keep up with emissions regulations.

There are three main generations of the KTM 1290 Super Duke R, a.k.a. “The Beast”: its original, 2.0 (this one), and 3.0 incarnations.

SpecThe BeastThe Beast 2.0The Beast 3.0
Model years2014-20162017-20192020+
Peak power132 kW (180 bhp) @ 8880 rpm130 kW (177 hp) @ 9750 rpm132 kW (180 hp) @ 9500 rpm
Peak torque144 Nm (106 ft-lb) @ 6600 rpm141 Nm (104 ft-lb) @ 7000 rpm140 Nm (103 ft-lb) @ 8000 rpm
Compression ratio13.2:113.6:113.5:1
Weight (dry189kg / 417 lb (dry)195 kg / 429 lb189 kg / 417 lb
DisplayTachometer dial + dual LCDTFTImproved menu system, better switch block
External* 20mm wider handlebars
* LED headlight (“bug” design)
* New, lighter frame
* Smaller, lighter exhaust
Front Suspension48mm WP inverted fork, fully adjustableSame but stiffer spring rates, and sportier damping settingsWP APEX separate function 48mm inverted fork, fully adjustable
BrakesBrembo M50 monoblock, 4-pot, 320mmBrembo M50 monoblock, 4-pot, 320mmBrembo Stylema monoblock
Electronics* ABS
* Ride modes
* Traction controls
* Limited customisation
* Cruise control
* Phone app connectivity
* Keyless
* 6-axis IMU (cornering ABS)
* Programmable buttons
* Lean-aware TC
* Wheelie control
OptionsNone* Motor Slip Regulation
* Quickshifter
* App connectivity
* Track pack with full control
* Same
KTM 1290 Super Duke R in its three generations

The 2017 update brought a slight loss of power thanks to emissions restrictions, in addition to a slightly increase in weight (in large part from the exhaust).

But KTM increased the rev limit and thus managed to eke out a bit more power, in part due to higher-spec engine internals.

The 2017 KTM Super Duke R also got a big style update in the form of its front headlight. The Super Duke R has always had quite aggressive styling, but the insect-like front end of the 2017-onward SDR was shocking even to those who are used to being shocked by style from the Austrian brand.

KTM revised the suspension for the 2017 1290 Super Duke R. It always had sporty-track oriented suspension, but the 2017-onward models are more unabashedly track machines than they ever were previously.

Most importantly, the 2017 got a big technology update, including cruise control, keyless entry, and phone app connectivity. In addition, from 2017 onward, the KTM 1290 Super Duke R got an optional quickshifter — something that many owners and reviewers believed should have been standard.

The 2021 KTM Super Duke R added a six-axis IMU, as well as other updates to keep the big V-twin within emissions spec.

Manual for the KTM 1290 Super Duke R (2017-2019)

The above maintenance schedule comes from the user’s manual for the 2017 KTM 1290 Super Duke R. It’s essentially identical to the manual for later years.

2017 2018 2019 KTM 1290 Super Duke R maintenance schedule table

You can get the user manual directly from KTM’s website.

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