KTM 1290 Super Duke R 3.0 (2020+) 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 3.0” (per KTM themselves), or otherwise known as the SDR, as updated for 2020.

The previous version of the KTM 1290 Super Duke R (“The Beast 2.0”) was made between 2017 and 2019. It had largely the same specs, but was slightly heavier, and lacked the IMU of the 2020+ model.

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 2020+ tune, the engine produces 132 kW (180 hp) at 9500 rpm and 140 (103 ft-lb) Nm at 8000 rpm — more torque than is humanly possible to keep on the ground at all times. Luckily, you have robots to assist you, in the form of rider aids — cornering ABS, lean angle-aware traction control, anti-wheelie control, and more.

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 — a result of emissions restrictions and engine tuning trying to keep up.

The maintenance schedule for the 1290 Super Duke R is similar to that in the 2021 KTM 1290 Super Adventure R, which uses the same basic motor, though tuned differently.

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KTM 1290 Super Duke R Service Intervals

The KTM 1290 Super Duke R’s service intervals are every 9300 mi / 15000 km. At every one of these services, change the oil and filte,r and look over the maintenance schedule for other items to do.

Every 18600 miles or 30000 km (with no specific time interval), check the valve clearances and change the spark plugs.

You also need to periodically change the brake fluid, clutch fluid, and coolant.

Make sure you also regularly clean and check the tension of the chain.

Maintenance Schedule for the KTM 1290 Super Duke R (2020+)

Below is the maintenance schedule for the KTM 1290 Super Duke R, adapted from the manual from the 2021 bike.


  • 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
[Dealer] Program the shift shaft sensor.Year
Check that the electrical system is functioning properly.Year
Change the engine oil and the oil filter, 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 tightnessYear
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 steering head bearing for play.Year
Check the tire conditionYear
Check tire 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
Check that the exhaust clamps have the prescribed tightening torque.Year
Check the exhaust system for leaks.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
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.netYear
KTM 1290 Super Duke R (2020+) 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 fork bearing.
Check the wheel bearings.
Check the shock absorber linkage for play.
Grease all moving parts (e.g. side stand, hand lever, chain) and check for smooth operationYear
Empty the drainage hosesYear
Check all hoses (fuel, coolant, bleeder, drainage etc.) and sleeves for cracking, leaks, and incorrect routingYear
Check the antifreezeYear
Check the tightness of the safety-relevant screws and nuts which are easily accessible.Year
Change the coolant4 years
KTM 1290 Super Duke R (2020+) — Recommended maintenance

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

Stock, the 1290 Super Duke R ships with Bridgestone Battlax Hypersport S22 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.

It’s 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 retuned 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 then, 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 Duke is really a sport bike that’s able to be ridden on the street thanks to its wide torque band. But every photo and review of it attests to its prowess on the track; one would be remiss to think of the SDR as a commuter.

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, 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 2020+ generation has a lot of the technological prowess of the 2017 update. The most important improvement is the 6-axis IMU, which means lean angle-aware braking and traction control. In other words, god mode!

In terms of the frame and power, KTM eked out a couple of power more at the top end, and lightened the entire motorcycle by 6kg, bringing it down to its 2014-2016 levels.

While the weight increase of the second gen wasn’t noticeable, it’s nice to get things back to the original spec.

Manual for the KTM 1290 Super Duke R (2020, 2021)

The above maintenance schedule comes from the user’s manual for the 2021 KTM 1290 Super Duke R.

KTM 1290 Super Duke R 2021 maintenance schedule

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

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