German Customizer Brabus Reveals Menacing Motorcycle Collaboration

Watch the head-turning Brabus 1300R in action in this new badass video.



After decades of upgrading, tuning and outfitting Mercedes cars and SUVs in carbon fiber, German performance customizer Brabus has teamed up with Austrian KTM to build its very first motorcycle.

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The Brabus 1300R is based on the KTM 1290 Super Duke R Evo, and according to Ride Apart, no substantial powertrain adjustments were made. KTM’s famous 1,301cc LC8 V-twin is very powerful, producing 180 horsepower at 9,500 rpm and 103 pound-feet of torque at 8,000 rpm for a zero-to-60 mph time of 3.2 seconds.

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However, the LC8 sounds gloriously throaty in the video above thanks to a Brabus twin-pipe slip-on exhaust. Not to mention, the 1300R stands apart from its donor bike in the looks department. Of particular note is the round LED headlight, which inspires comparisons with those found on the brand’s 800 Adventure XLP G-Wagen.

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There are also a handful of visible carbon fiber components including the headlight mask, air ducts, front fender, brake vent inlet, engine spoiler, wheel arch, the chain guard, the heel guard, the clutch and generator covers, the ignition lock cover and the tank cover.

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CNC-milled bits include the triple-clamp fork, adjustable front brake and clutch levers, and multi-directional adjustable footpegs. The Brabus 1300R rolls on its own 9-spoke monobloc forged wheels, paired with Bridgestone S22 Battlax tires and Brembo brakes, while the WP Apex suspension is semi-active and adjustable via the five-inch touchscreen dash.

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A total of 154 units will be built – 77 each in Magma Red and Signature Black in honor of Brabus’ founding in 1977. All have already been announced via pre-orders for an unknown price that definitely exceeds the $20,000 base of the KTM 1290 Super Duke R Evo. . The good news is that Brabus has a waiting list to join if someone gives up on their reservation.

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And given the instant popularity of the Brabus 1300R, we expect to see a sequel to the tuner’s two-wheeled foray.

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Tags: Brabus Bikes Brabus 1300R Collaboration Custom Bikes KTM Custom Motorcycles KTM 1290 Super Duke R Evo Limited Edition Motorcycles New Rides

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