The new 1290 Super Duke GT 2017 by KTM

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Another wild horse unleashed by KTM in the adventure motorsports market!

The Austrian brand revealed the new 1290 Super Duke GT 2017 at the EICMA in Milan recently.

The new 1290 Super Duke GT is expected to be made available in the market by May, 2017 with an expected price tag to be well above of the Super Duke R which is at 17,399 USD.

Claiming an identical 173hp of the Super Duke R, KTM has tweaked the ECU to produce the peak 1000 RPM than of the Super Duke R; however, the two models has identical gearing and chassis, the GT will have the advantage of a quick-shifter as Standard!

MotoPsyche - 1290 Super Duke GT 2017
MotoPsyche – 1290 Super Duke GT 2017

Since the bike is an adventure tourer, KTM had to add some extra weights to provide a 23 liters fuel capacity tank, five liters more than the Super Duke R, with a stronger rear sub-frame (optional) designed to accommodate hard panniers or to carry a passenger.



Though the dry weight of the new Super Duke GT is 16kg higher than that of 189kg Super Duke R, the GT comes with some exciting features such as comfortable seating, cruise control, tyre pressure monitoring system, heated grips and an adjustable windshield are the essentials for an adventure touring motorbike. Its semi-active WP suspension automatically modifies damping as per the road conditions and the load on the bike.

MotoPsyche - 1290 Super Duke GT 2017
MotoPsyche – 1290 Super Duke GT 2017


MotoPsyche - 1290 Super Duke GT 2017
MotoPsyche – 1290 Super Duke GT 2017

The new 1290 Super Duke GT will have six-speed gearbox with electronic quick-shifter, allowing full throttle clutchless upshifts; however, the downshifts are the usual old fashioned play with the clutch. There are three riding modes to choose from, Comfort, Street and Sport that a “Moto Psycho” will never get bored with!

2017 KTM Super Duke GT Specs

Engine 1301 CC liquid cooled 75 degree V-Twin, DOHC, 8 valve
Bore x Stroke 108.0 x 71.0mm
Compression Ratio 13.2:1
Fuel Delivery Fuel-injection
Clutch Hydraulically actuated PASC
Transmission Six-speed
Final Drive Chain, 17/38 gearing
Frame Chrome molybdenum tubular steel
Front Suspension 48mm WP inverted fork,
semi-active electronic adjustment; 4.92 in. travel
Rear Suspension WP gas-charged shock,
semi-active electronic adjustment; 6.14 in. travel
Front Brakes 320mm discs with radial-
mount Brembo Monobloc four-piston calipers
Rear Brake 240mm single disc,
Brembo two-piston caliper
Tires Front/Rear TBD; 120/70-17, 190/55-17
Dry Weight: 452 lbs.
Wheelbase 58.3 in.
Rake & Trail 24.9 deg. / 4.2 in.
Seat Height 32.9 inches
Fuel Capacity 6.1 gallon (23 liters)

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