The KTM Super Duke GT is the mile munching sports tourer based on the Super Duke R and uses the same 1301cc motor but with revised power output.
Having seen spy shots for several months now, KTM has finally pulled the wraps off its new 1290 Super Duke GT performance motorcycle that made its public debut at the 2015 EICMA Show in Milan. A sports tourer, the Super Duke GT retains the monstrous performance bits from its naked sibling but can even munch miles across multiple terrains. The Austrian automaker has also introduced a load of tech wizardry on the Super Duke GT keeping things at the rider’s behest.
On the outset, the 2016 KTM Super Duke GT looks distinctive over rivals with the sharp styling and the quintessential KTM family styling setting the model apart. It is a sports tourer and the aggression definitely shows in the design. In terms of power, the Super Duke GT uses a retuned version of the 1301cc 75-degree V-Twin engine that now belts out 173 HP at a higher 9500 RPM and 143.7 Nm of torque that comes in earlier at 6750 RPM when compared to the Super Duke R. The motor comes paired to a 6-speed gearbox.
In terms of mechanicals, the KTM Super Duke GT gets a semi-active WP suspension at the front and rear with multiple riding modes including Comfort, Street and Sport. You also get the riding assistance package from the 1290 Super Adventure which adds a lean angle sensitive stability control system, front and rear linked ABS and traction control and can be disengaged in Supermoto mode. You also get a Quickshifter. Other electronic aids include Hill Start Assist, Hill Hold Control, Motor Slip Regulation, cruise control, LED cornering lights, self-cancelling indicators, TPMS and much more.
Furthermore, KTM has also introduced a new Special Edition version for the Super Duke R which spices things up with a host of performance accessories from the automaker’s PowerParts range. The special edition gets an Akrapovic exhaust which is 1.5 kgs lighter than the standard unit, wavy disc brakes, stiffer triple clamps, adjustable clutch and brake levers, lever guards, two-part seat that makes the rider sit 2 mm higher; anodised caps and carbon/Kevlar clutch and generator covers. The Super Duke R special edition also gets a new Galvano orange paint job extended to the wheels.