This KTM 1290 Super Duke GT Will Make You Want One Badly

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The KTM 1290 Super Duke GT raises the bar significantly in the sport-touring world and sets class standards that are so high that we can barely wait to see how the bike that tops it will be.
Even though some say that a piece of machinery such as the KTM 1290 Super Duke GT is hard to beat at the sport-touring game, we're not that quick to jump to conclusions. The Super Duke GT embeds technologies that were almost unthinkable in a series bike several years ago, and the technological advance is only becoming faster.

Therefore, we might expect even more stunning things to arrive in the future, with all the somewhat gloomy perspective of getting closer to the outer limits of traditional motorcycles, and their engines, wheels, propulsion paradigms, and all.

However, we do believe that there is still more to discover until we reach such a technological limit, so we are happier considering the amazing opportunities current flagship motorbikes have to offer.

Speaking of the 1290 Super Duke GT, it's difficult to round up the essential in a few words, but the 5-minute video KTM put together should at least provide you with the basic technology thrills this bike can offer.

The list includes an advanced sporty chassis derived from that of the Super Duke R and revised for superior long-range comfort, multi-map engine control, top-drawer Brembo brakes, a steering damper, combined ABS with Motorcycle Stability Control, banking-sensitive traction control, tire pressure monitoring system, and hill hold control.

Also on the list come LED cornering lights with lean angle sensors, , a slipper clutch, easily-adjustable windscreen, a 23-liter (6.1 US gal) tank, cruise control, heated grips, a quickshifter and integrated pannier mounting.

Cue a dry weight of 205 kg (452 lb) and a peak power of 170 hp, plus the low-rev torque of the V-engine and the KTM 1290 Super Duke GT looks like it only needs a bold rider and the open road.

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