Walking up to the Super Duke, it’s hard not to notice that the angular, exoskeletal styling has gotten even more bold. Plastics have been removed from the subframe and the headlight is one of the most bizarre I’ve ever seen on a production bike. Love it or hate it, it’s a statement. Once in the cockpit the full-color, TFT dash is all you can see. I’ll admit I miss the classic sweep of an analog tachometer, but the truth is it has never mattered what rpm this 75-degree V-twin is spinning—there’s power available, and lots of it. The quickshifter is another obvious update, working both ways through the transmission. I found myself using the clutch sometimes, because I like it, and the Super Duke’s quickshifter feels more like a performance system meant for higher-rpm track work than an around-town comfort. Still, your left hand might get bored if it weren’t for cruise control, now selectable via a switch atop the left switchgear. One pull to turn it on, another tap to engage it, and you’re cruising, anywhere between 38 and 120 mph in third gear or higher. The 1290 also moves further into the technological age with fancy new features like a key fob system that lets you leave the key in your pocket while riding, and Bluetooth connectivity to that TV-screen of a dash.