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A Closer Look at the 2022 Brabus 1300 R

2022 Brabus 1300 R

Meet the 2022 Brabus 1300 R, a motorbike based on the 1290 Super Duke Evo. It’s a bike from Brabus, which has held a long-standing relationship with Mercedes and Smart. The machine is a blend between the German outperformance and the Austrian KTM powerhouse. Interestingly, KTM’s official website popped the bike’s “spoiler alert,” but it quickly took down the pages, leaving biking enthusiasts disappointed. If you’re wondering if this bike is worth value for your money, this review will give a detailed insight into its features, pros, and cons.

An overview of the 2022 Brabus 1300 R

For decades, Brabus has been the main purveyor of Mercedes-Benz cars, qualifying as an outperforming automotive tuner. Riding on this bike almost oozes the Ducati Diavel vibe, according to Here is a product review roundup of the 2022 Brabus 1300 R.

The 2022 Brabus 1300 R Product Features

  • A 4.22-gallon capacity
  • A headlight shroud tail from carbon fiber
  • Engine- 1301 cc V-Twin claiming 180 horsepower and 103 lb.-ft
  • The PASC slipper clutch and PANKL transmission
  • Matt black ceramic-coated twin silencers
  • Taller saddle height of 33.2 inches
  • A CNC-milled adjustable hand levers
  • Five-inch TFT display for easy navigation controls
  • It has five ride modes: Rain, Street, Sport, Track, and Performance
  • Available in Magma Red and Signature Black

Product Features Explained

According to PaulTan, the KTM website has up to 154 units of the Brabus 1300 R which are available for order placements. There are 77 units for each bike model, each of which represents 1977 when Brabus was founded as a top-performing automotive aftermarket tuning company in Bottrop, Germany.

Torque power transmission

The 2022 Brabus 1300 R has an engine- 1301 cc V-Twin claiming 180 horsepower and 103 lb.-ft. The engine produces 178bhp (180hp0, and 140 Nm of peak torque. The torque power, also called the acceleration, triggers the engine power, giving the perfect rideability experience. Bikers can navigate the roughest of terrains without worrying if the engine will get overwhelmed and heat up in the process.

Bodywork and Esthetics

Visually speaking, the Brabus 1300 R boasts a sporty, naked, and exposed carbon-fiber look. It has a round headlamp and café racer-inspired design tenets that include the bar-end mirrors. Moreover, its bodywork features air ducts, a seat undertray, and Brabus CNC machined aluminum components. Notably, it has an undertray with one piece of carbon that stops scale above 800 grams and accommodates the sleek single seat. You can tell that the Brabus’ interior designers did a good job considering how all the components, including the lightweight Monoblock Z 9-spoke, forged wheels sit neatly on the bike’s exteriors. In terms of colors, the Brabus 1300 R comes in two distinctive colorways- MAGMA RED and SIGNATURE BLACK. Also, only 77 units of each color out of 154 will have “77” to show the year Brabus Company came to birth. The bike has a TFT display measuring five inches. It has a fresh design and innovative functionality. The TFT allows you to access many features, giving you the chance to customize your preferred riding setups.


When it comes to the ideal motorbike riding experience, you cannot overlook the beast’s frame. According to KTM, Brabus 1300 R’s frame boasts perfect balance, allowing you to ride on it effortlessly and increasing your confidence. You can credit the perfect balance to the chassis and front tire response. The frame also has tubes with thick diameters and thin walls. From the physical outlook, you might be forgiven to think it weighs hundreds of pounds when it doesn’t. The frame is the single largest weight-saving measure on the motorbike.

Ergonomics and comfort

The last thing you need is having lower back pain after riding your bike. That experience alone can make you feel like you were carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders and back. Fortunately, the 2022 Brabus 1300 R boasts an optimal seating position with an easy-to-adjust 760 mm wide handlebar. In terms of comfort, this bike makes it easy for you to navigate corners, making it perfect for hanging down the straights. Unlike conventional bikes, the Brabus 1300 R is intelligent. It knows when to cut corners. The smart applications on the TFT screen allow you to control how it operates, giving you the perfect rideability experience.

Electronics and software

The Brabus has three intelligent features that make it stand out of the crowd:

A round headlight

Its headlight is distinctive, mimicking the styling cues of Brabus electric cars, including the Brabus 900 GV12 and Brabus 800 Adventure XLP. You won’t have any doubts about this beast’s pedigree if you’ve ever owned one or two of these car models.

Rider aids

Like most conventionalists, you will find rider aids a bit distracting. Nevertheless, the rider aids on Brabus 1300 R have been fine-tweaked to help you know the engine status, helping you make the right decisions when riding it. Take advantage of the Quickshifter and settings to get honest feedback for a smoother and more intuitive ride.

The Brabus 1300 R has five ride modes:

  • The rain mode for navigating slippery conditions leads to maximum traction control
  • Street mode for regular and everyday roads, guaranteeing minimal slip traction and keeping things under control on the road
  • Sport mode for securing the throttle control in place and unleashing all the horsepower
  • Track mode for tailoring wheel slip levels and throttle response to suit your taste and track conditions
  • Performance mode for retaining ordinary street functions like Cruise Control and KTMconnect


  • Made from carbon fiber, making it eco-conscious
  • High engine transmission power
  • It comes in shades of red and black, making it a perfect Valentine’s gift for your significant other
  • It can be ridden with people of all heights
  • It has five ride modes, giving a better riding experience


  • Is expensive


In terms of overall performance, bodywork and esthetics, horsepower, and torque power, the 2022 Brabus 1300 R bike beats other motorcycles hands down. Moreover, it is an invention from one of the leading automotive sellers in the world. Besides the price, nothing is preventing you from owning this beast.

Benjamin Smith

Written by Benjamin Smith

Benjamin Smith is one of the managing editors of Moneyinc. Ben's been focusing on the auto and motorcycle sector since 2005. He's written over 1000 articles in the space and continues to learn about it each day. His favorite car is "any Bugatti" and he's a die hard Harley Davidson fan.

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