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2017 KTM 1290 Super Duke GT – First Look Review

Rider Magazine StaffDecember 18, 2015
2017 KTM 1290 Super Duke GT

2017 KTM 1290 Super Duke GT

KTM’s 1290 Super Duke R, aka “The Beast,” is one of the most potent naked sportbikes ever made, with a 1,301cc V-twin that ripped off 152 horsepower and 93 lb-ft of torque at the rear wheel in our “Sit-Up Sportbikes” comparo. For 2017, KTM will offer a sport-touring version called the 1290 Super Duke GT, with roomier ergonomics, an adjustable handlebar and control levers, a larger 6.1-gallon fuel tank, a small fairing with an adjustable windscreen, heated grips and saddlebags. Changes to the engine help it run smoother without sacrificing performance, and the GT is equipped with WP semi-active suspension, Pirelli Angel GT sport-touring tires and a full suite of electronics: riding modes, Motorcycle Stability Control with cornering ABS, Motor Slip Regulation, Hill Hold Control, a quickshifter, LED cornering lights and tire pressure monitoring. It should be in dealers in fall 2016; pricing is TBD.

2017 KTM 1290 Super Duke GT

2017 KTM 1290 Super Duke GT

4 comments

  1. All I can think of is Spy vs. Spy. Ugghhhhhh

    • Agreed! I reckon I could live with the looks though, most of the time I would be looking over the handlebars anyway. It really is a very well specced machine though and I bet it goes like the clappers. I’m definitely going to try one out.

  2. To bad KTM doesn’t make a shaft drive bike.

  3. I guess you have to get used to the look (and agree about the shaft drive comment)

    Otherwise I love the features, nothing is missing, what an awsome machine this is!

    I’m in the market for a new bike, I will wait to see this one in the flesh to decide.

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