2017 KTM 1290 Super Duke GT First Look

MotorcycleUSA Staff | November 19, 2015

KTM expands its 1290-powered road line-up next year with the addition of this hard core sport touring-spec Super Duke GT.

Next fall KTM expands its 1290-powered street bike line-up with the addition of a high-performance sport touring mount. The 2017 Super Duke GT blends pure un-neutered sport attitude with touring-friendly amenities like a full upper fairing, cruise control, and semi-active electronically adjustable suspension.

Built around the Orange Brigade’s rowdy 1290 Super Duke R, the GT shares its running gear including the 1301cc LC8-generation water-cooled V-Twin shoe-horned inside a steel-trellis frame. However it drinks fuel from a 28% larger fuel tank (6.1 gallon). It also shares its electronics package including switchable ABS (on/off) and stability (aka traction) control, but adds LED cornering head lights designed to illuminate the road off center through turns. Other electronic goodies include “Hill Hold Control” and “Engine Drag Torque Control”, which we assume is Austria-Anglo slang for engine/compression braking?


The powertrain and chassis are identical to the 1290 Super Duke R naked bike. However the GT gets a number of touring-friendly amenities including cruise control, heated grips, and a tall forward fairing and adjustable windshield.

The GT variation adds semi-active WP suspension that automatically modifies damping based on road conditions and vehicle load. The aluminum subframe has also been modified to accept optional modular hard cases on either side. In the comfort department the GT incorporates both cruise control and head grips as standard features. A height-adjustable windshield completes the package. No word whether it is manual or electronically adjustable.

The six-speed gearbox gets outfitted with a electronic quickshifter, allowing for full-throttle clutch-less upshifts — a first for a KTM road bike. However, downshifts have to be made the old fashioned way with the clutch. Fortunately, it integrates slipper function to help maintain rear wheel stability when downshifting at high rpm.


The sport touring segment is about to get a whole lot more entertaining with the addition of KTM’s 1290 Super Duke GT.

KTM says the GT will be coming to the U.S. as a 2017 model next fall. No word on price, but expect it to be well above the Super Duke R’s current price ($17,399).

2017 KTM Super Duke GT Specs
Engine: 1301cc 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
Warranty: One year or 12,000 miles