KTM Launches Its Much Awaited 1290 Super Duke GT For 2016




KTM launched its new 1290 Super Duke GT in Spain over the weekend, and the bike is already winning praise.

The GT variant of the 1290 Super Duke range is officially billed as KTM’s sports tourer.

KTM wanted to take the performance and excitement of the 1290 Super Duke R, but make the bike more comfortable to ride for longer distances.

With the exception that the GT is 16kg heavier, its overall dimensions are the same as the R. The wheel base, seat height, ground clearance are all identical.

The GT also uses the same suspension and has the same braking package, and of course uses the 75° V-Twin 1,301cc LC8 engine.

The engine performance figures are unchanged which means the GT has 127kW and 144Nm to play with. The only difference between the two engines is that maximum torque is generated a little lower in the rev range.

To make the bike more comfortable, KTM has changed the design of the fuel tank to give the rider more leg room.

The bars are wide and adjustable over 22 mm and four positions, there are three positions for the brake and shift levers and the hand levers are infinitely adjustable to help fine tune the riding position.

The seat has been changed and is far more comfortable, especially for a passenger, and there is a much improved grab handle for the pillion as well.

The subframe has also been strengthened to take the weight of luggage and a passenger.

And the final nice touch is that the GT has an adjustable screen to deflect wind and rain from the rider.

Has KTM achieved its goal? The answer seems to be a resounding yes!

Standard features on the KTM 1290 Super Duke GT include multiple engine modes, cornering ABS and traction control.

There’s also heated grips, cruise control, a quick shifter for up-changes and tyre pressure sensors.

The KTM Super Duke GT is due in Australian dealerships in May, priced at $26,995 plus on road costs.




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