German tuning specialist Brabus has revealed an evolution of its first two-wheeler and it’s known as the 1300 R Edition 23. Based out of Bottrop in Germany, Brabus was known widely for tuned Mercedes-Benz cars, until the arrival of the 1300 R a little over a year ago. That was its first stab at a two-wheeler, developed in collaboration with Austrian marque, KTM.
Limited to 290 units worldwide, 145 in each colour
Heavily swathed in carbon-fibre, CNC-machined componentry
Pre-bookings open on February 16
Brabus 1300 R Edition 23: details
As with the earlier 1300 R, this new Edition 23 uses the liquid-cooled, 1,301cc, 180hp, 140Nm-producing, V-Twin powered KTM 1290 Super Duke R Evo as its starting point. Mechanically, it uses all the same components as that bike, which means you get electronically adjustable WP suspension at both ends, a WP steering damper, Brembo Stylema calipers and Bridgestone S22 rubber.
Where Brabus has added its own unique touches are in the components such as the machined monoblock 9-spoke wheels, the bespoke twin-barrel end-can, the quilted seat featuring the Brabus logo and its own graphics on the colour TFT dash.
Save for the fuel tank and the rear cowling, the bodywork is made up entirely of carbon fibre. Touch points such as the adjustable footpegs, brake and clutch levers are all CNC-machined. The LED turn indicators are different from the ones found on the KTM and the rear ones have the brake light built into them, much like the BMW S 1000 RR.
For a little extra oomph, Brabus has also fitted the 1300 R Edition 23 with a quick-action throttle. Despite the bespoke nature of the bike, Brabus hasn’t sacrificed creature comforts like cruise control, heated grips and seat.
The Brabus 1300 R Edition 23 will be available in two colour options – Superblack and Stealth Grey. Unlike the earlier 1300 R, which was limited to 154 units worldwide, 290 units of the Edition 23 will be made available to the public, and all bikes will ship with a certificate of authenticity. 145 units of each colourway will be produced. Pre-bookings for the Brabus 1300 R Edition 23 will begin on February 16.
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