Four new models were introduced; the 1290 SUPER DUKE GT, 690 DUKE, 690 DUKE R and 1290 SUPER DUKE R Special Edition, but it’s the 1290GT that is perhaps of most interest to those of us who travel.
It’s a well equipped, light-weight and agile marathon sprinter (?) with plenty of power as well as a vast package of the latest riding assistance gizmos. Besides the Motorcycle Stability Control (MSC) including traction control and the C-ABS – both lean angle sensitive – it includes the KTM Ride Mode technology as well as a quickshifter.
For long distance use the 1290 SUPER DUKE GT has a 23 litre tank, a lengthened rear subframe with integral mounts for the optional panniers, heated grips, cruise control, comfortable seats, the wind and weather protection of an adjustable windshield, LED indicators and LED daytime running lights. With a more than comprehensive equipment package like that, as well as its 173 hp LC8 engine and semi-active suspension, the 1290 SUPER DUKE GT masters the whole range from comfortable long distance motorway travelling to scratching on an alpine pass or hard track day use.
The GT and the other new models will be at Motorcycle Live 28th Nov – 6th December, when their UK price will be released.