1290 Super Duke GT 2018 KTM Sports Touring Bike Review

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The 1290 Super Duke GT got us thinking that what if we would take the most dynamic naked bike ever and make it race any paved road of the world? To fight with the weather, we brought out the big guns, aiming for state-of-the-art ergonomics, electronics, and extreme stamina. It is a long-distance V-twin rocket. It is hungry for more. For miles. A motorcycle that will happily hunt horizons. It looks breathtaking when it is chasing superbikes. The 1290 Super Duke GT 2018 KTM Sports Touring Bike is all about refinement, speed, and ultimate performance rule.

1290 Super Duke GT 2018 KTM Sports Touring Bike – Features and Specifications

Engine & Exhaust

This touring bike is based on the 1,301 cc engine of the 1290 SUPER DUKE R that roars past the top of the food chain. It is also known as “The Beast,” the 1290 SUPER DUKE GT is the Alpha within its segment.

1290 Super Duke GT 2018 KTM Sports Touring Bike

Chassis

The chassis is a laser-cut, chrome-molybdenum steel trellis frame, welded to the highest standards. It is extremely stable and weighs only 9.8 kg, which makes it a low in overall of just 212 kg while the fully fueled bike weighs just 228 kg.

Ergonomics & Comfort

It has upgraded ergonomics like low footpegs and a large fuel tank. These low footpegs and a large tank are there to make the rider and passenger feel comfortable. And that’s not easy to do.

Think about the things to consider:

  • Stack and reach
  • Leg arch length
  • Seat height
  • Seat foam
  • Knee angle and knee contact
  • Handlebar width
  • Position and offset
  • Tall riders
  • Short riders
  • Heavy ones and featherweight

But after all, we did it by designing the bike to your needs.

Bodywork & Graphics

It is designed to be fast as a cheetah and devour unlimited km. It is for optimum wind and weather protection and KTM state-of-the-art finishing. The 1290 SUPER DUKE is one of its kind.

1290 Super Duke GT 2018 KTM Sports Touring Bike

Software & Electronics

The 1290 SUPER DUKE is made of unique electronic packages. Keep it under full control while using its full potential. It has lean-angle sensitive electronics that intervene to provide maximum adhesion. There is optimum acceleration for hunting horizons and chasing superbikes. There is also combined ABS that gives control for stopping the action instantaneously whenever it is needed.

Accessories & Luggage

The PowerParts range boasts a wide variety of accessories and luggage. They have a lot of options across its Street range of sport motorcycles. They did so because KTM knows its customers like to modify and to travel. All KTM riders only get parts that perfectly complement their ride because all PowerParts are developed alongside their chosen machine. They can provide that important ‘factory fit’ straight from the dealer.

Check out the latest Accessories and Spare Parts of 1290 Super Duke GT 2018 KTM Sports Touring Bike.

1290 Super Duke GT 2018 KTM Sports Touring Bike – Technical Specifications

Chassis

Frame design Chromium-Molybdenum steel trellis frame, powder-coated
Front suspension WP Semi-active suspension USD Ø 48 mm
Rear suspension WP Semi-active suspension monoshock
Suspension travel (front) 4.92 inch
Front brake disc diameter 320 mm
Rear brake disc diameter 240 mm
ABS Bosch 9ME Combined ABS (incl. cornering ABS and supermoto mode, disengageable)
Chain X-Ring 5/8 x 5/16″

1290 Super Duke GT 2018 KTM Sports Touring Bike Specs

Dimension

Steering head angle 65.1 °
Seat height 32.87 inch
dry weight 451.94
Tank capacity (approx.) 6.08

1290 Super Duke GT 2018 KTM Sports Touring Bike Specs

Engine

Design 2-cylinder, 4-stroke, V 75°
Displacement 1301 cm³
Bore 108 mm
Stroke 71 mm
Power in KW 127 kW
Starter Electric starter
Cooling Liquid-cooled
Lubrication Forced oil lubrication with three oil pumps

Transmission

Gearbox 6-speed
Primary drive 40:79
Secondary gear ratio 17:38
Clutch PASC (TM) slipper clutch, hydraulically actuated
EMS Keihin EMS with RBW, twin ignition

1290 Super Duke GT 2018 KTM Sports Touring Bike

Conclusion

The 1290 Super Duke GT 2018 KTM Sports Touring Bike is simply a fantastic bike. It is a beast that can go insanely fast. Most of all, it is still controllable. Here and there KTM has some working points, and its design may not convince everyone, but you’d even have a tough job denying that the 1290 SUPER DUKE is an excellent motorcycle.

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