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Off The Line: KTM's New 1290 Super Duke GT

Chaparral Motorsports
November 17, 2015

KTM's taking sport touring to a whole new level with its new 1290 Super Duke GT. Many people will be drooling over themselves as they stare slack jaw at their computer day dreaming about this motorcycle. The only problem is, they're going to need a big bib as it's going to be awhile before we see it on showroom floors. Below is all the details from KTM:

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KTM ends another record-breaking year by launching an exceptional and highly versatile motorcycle, sending the next strong message to the top level of the motorcycling world with the newly developed 1290 SUPER DUKE GT. The technical and powerful base is the highly advanced and READY TO RACE LC8 V-Twin platform. After its appearances in the RC8R racer, the ADVENTURE travel enduros and the SUPER DUKE R naked bike, the 1301cc LC8 now shines in the 1290 SUPER DUKE GT. Bringing this unique naked touring model to the KTM stage will most certainly unlock a new group of customers. Even though it was drafted as a separate model, the GT approaches touring from a sporty angle with the distinct, extremely aggressive character of the 1290 SUPER DUKE R that became famous as the "Beast".

More than Just a Pretty Face

The core of the SUPER DUKE GT is incredible dynamism. This KTM is the cutting-edge interpretation of a sport bike fit for travel. The 1290 SUPER DUKE GT is not a slimmed-down super-tourer; it is an extremely sporty real-world champion, which for the first time masters the seemingly impossible split between mountainous hairpins, comfortable long distance travelling and even breathtaking track day use. Thanks to intelligent and innovative design and technology solutions, the 1290 SUPER DUKE GT blends the all-day comfort with the high level of performance only a SUPER DUKE can achieve. Also with the integration of intelligent electronic assistance systems like special ride and power modes, semi-actively controlled WP suspension components, a lean angle sensitive ABS and a KTM-first quickshifter the 1290 Super Duke GT is the complete package.


  • Advanced LC8 V-Twin engine with dual ignition, electronic fuel injection, Ride-By-Wire technology, slipper clutch and 6-speed gearbox
  • Motorcycle Stability Control (MSC) package with multi-mode Combined ABS, ride mode technology and multi-mode traction control (MTC)
  • Semi-active, electronically-adjustable WP Suspension
  • Quickshifter for clutchless upshifting
  • Electronic cruise control as standard equipment
  • LED Cornering lights with integrated self-canceling turn signals
  • Spark plug selective individual mapping ignition and cutting-edge Keihin engine management
  • Optional hill hold control (HHC) and engine drag torque control (MSR)
  • Ultra lightweight chrome-molybdenum steel trellis frame with an extended bolt-on rear aluminum subframe with integrated mounts for the pannier system
  • Height-adjustable windshield for long distance comfort
  • Heated grips for cold riding weather comfort

The 1290 SUPER DUKE GT will be available in North American dealerships as a 2017 model in the fall of 2016.

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