If you went to a Brabus-sponsored event, you’d be more likely to offer your cigar cutter to a foreign dignitary than you would be to get dirt on your shoe. The vibe at KTM, meanwhile, is the polar opposite. If you didn’t catch shrapnel from a nearby rooster tail, it would probably mean you were in the bathroom.
Now, picture a collab between the two powersports tastemakers; what you’re seeing is the Brabus 1300 R.
The bike, it says, combines “high-end elegance with brutal performance” in a big, burly package. We see what Barbus means: the V-twin engine cranks out 180 HP at 9,500 rpm, but the (heated) seat cushion is audaciously plush.
The rest of the bike looks like pure Brabus drip. Double pipe exhaust, yawning intakes on the fairing, and a cafe-style single headlamp make for an odd, bullish visual signature.
WP components handle the semi-active suspension, which should help the ride along with six selectable damping modes.
In an apparent bid to bolster what it calls “a new standard for exclusive high-performance desirability,” Brabus offers the 1300 R on an acutely exclusive basis. 154 bikes will be built — 77 in “Signature Black” and 77 in “Magnum Red.” On top of that, pre-ordering goes live on Valentine’s Day.
KTM’s website is the only place to pre-order the Brabus 1300 R. The countdown is on, and the gates open on Monday, February 14 at 9 a.m. eastern. Complete with plates that confirm each unit’s limited edition number; when they’re gone, they’re gone.
(UPDATE 2/14/22: It took less than 2-minutes for all 154 Brabus 1300 R motorcycles to sell out. KTM has created an online waiting list, however, on the off chance a reservation is canceled.)
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