It was almost exactly a year ago to the day that famed German auto tuner BRABUS introduced the world to its first-ever two-wheeled offering with the BRABUS 1300 R motorcycle — a high-performance naked bike based on KTM’s 1290 Super Duke R EVO. Fast forward to today, and the Bottrop brand has once again joined forces with the Austrian moto marque, this time to deliver a limited run of BRABUS 1300 R Edition 23 bikes.
While the 1300 R Edition 23 shares its design with its 2022 predecessor, BRABUS has significantly altered the finish and overall look of the motorcycle. While the original 1300 R was offered in either Magma Red or Signature Black paint options, the Edition 23-spec comes cloaked in the buyer’s choice of either Stealth Gray or Superblack — both liveries borrowed from existing BRABUS 900 G-Wagen models. The 1300 R Edition 23 has also been bestowed with a slew of exposed carbon fiber body pieces, including its front and rear fenders, entire headlight shroud and intakes, and the bike’s entire single-piece under-tail unit — the latter of which weighs just 800 grams. BRABUS’ signature pin striping has also been laid down over some of the exposed weave.
Alongside a removable carbon pillion cover, the BRABUS 1300 R Edition 23 also sees its tail section fitted with an Alcantara-upholstered Crest-pattern quilted seat. Riding on Platinum Black-finished 17” forged Monoblock Z wheels, the 1300 R Edition 23 also boasts adjustable billet BRABUS levers, custom BRABUS CNC-machined triple clamps, a 5” TFT display with a custom BRABUS startup animation, BRABUS-branded custom billet rear-sets with carbon fiber heel guards courtesy of Gilles Tooling, and a custom BRABUS and 1300 R-branded stacked twin silencer slip-on exhaust. Powering the bike is KTM’s 180-hp 1,301cc 75° LC8 V-twin engine. Like the 2022 model, the Edition 23 also retains its predecessor’s heated grips, keyless ignition system, cutting-edge suite of electronics, and WP APEX semi-active suspension.
Limited to only 290 units globally — 145 of each color variant — the BRABUS 1300 R Edition 23 will be available for order starting February 16th at 15:00 CET requiring a deposit of only €2,500 (~ $2,680). Pricing for the 1300 R Edition 23 has been set at €42,500 ($45,630) — more than double the $19,599 MSRP of a KTM 1290 Super Duke R EVO.