American magazine CycleNews has shown off the all new KTM 1290 Super Duke GT – a sport touring bike based on the brilliant 1290 Super Duke. The bike is still in prototype form as can be seen from the camouflage livery it still sports but there’s nothing major to change on the bike before it goes into production.
For the full story, you can access Cyclenews’ online magazine here and it’s full of great information, but highlights from the article include:
- It will be officially unveiled at EICMA in November before hitting dealerships in around April 2016.
- Fairing is mounted to the frame, larger tank capacity of 6.5 gallons and designed to accommodate luggage.
- Height adjustable windshield with 5.5 inch range of travel
- Stronger rear subframe
- Will feature many of the 1290 Super Adventure’s goodies, including LED running lights and cornering lights as well as semi-active WP suspension.
But perhaps most surprising news of all is that the new Super Duke GT will actually be more powerful than the Super Duke R. While KTM hasn’t specifically given away figures yet, they have stated it will have north of 180 bhp along with providing more mid-range power and torque.
The Super Duke GT will be yet another bike in the now incredibly competitive sport adventure/touring market that has seen Ducati, BMW and Aprilia all try and one-up each other over just the past year. And the great thing is, it’s the riders who keep reaping the benefits.