KTM’s new model onslaught is set to continue later this year with further images of a 1290 Super Duke R derived model caught in Italy. Currently known as the SM-T, this new model provides the power of the naked Super Duke with a more comfortable an upright riding position and has no off road aspirations like the 1290 Super Adventure.
The 1290 Super Duke R was probably the model that really showed the world how serious the Austrian company was when it come to attacking the street sector. And while the 1290 Super Adventure uses the Super Duke’s engine, it is slightly detuned and the bike itself is a far cry from the road focused naked. The SM-T therefore aims to sit in the middle of the two – expect it to have all the power of Super Duke R but with a slightly tamer riding position and no doubt some luggage options too.
The SM-T will also get all the latest electronic goodies that the Super Adventure has – cornering ABS, multiple stage traction control and engine maps as well as the possibility of semi-active suspension. With BMW really beginning to throw the gauntlet down in the sector it will be very interesting to see the final product from KTM. From the photos of the bike we’d hazard a guess that it’s nearing completion and will be shown in a few months time at EICMA.