Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

20 August 2014

South Africa: SA Bike of the Year 2014 - KTM 1290 Super Duke

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The KTM 1290 Super Duke was announced as the Pirelli SA Bike of the Year at the opening of the Association of Motorcycle Importers and Distributors (AMID) show at Nasrec recently.

When the panel of 14 motorcycling journalists assembled at Mike Puzey's Biker's Warehouse, the bikes were all lined up ahead of the departure for the Sabie/Hazyview area. Two days of riding and testing saw nine bikes put through their paces over long highway sections, sweeping mountain passes and very twisty back roads.

The two dual-purpose (or, as I prefer, adventure) bikes were also subjected to testing on a small off-road section in the forests near Hazyview. In fairness, I didn't break the speed limit at all on the rides - it was already broken when I got there.

For the second year in a row, the Pirelli SA Bike of the Year contest was a close-run thing with mere points separating the first and second places. One interesting trend emerged, with the top three places all occupied by "naked" (without fairings) bikes. South Africans have typically shown a disregard for naked bikes in the past, with a distinct preference for their fully-dressed siblings over the years....

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