The new KTM 1290 Super Duke GT touring sports bike has semi-active suspension that matches suspension settings to rider and luggage weight.
The clever tourer arrives in Australia at $26,995 plus on-road costs, making the it their most expensive bike along with the 1290 Super Adventure.
For the launch, KTM Australia is offering a free set of genuine KTM panniers.
The GT is powered by the same lethal weapon 1030cc V-twin engine in the 1290 Super Duke R, but with new cylinder heads and new combustion and ignition maps for a more easily controlled bike that suits its touring capabilities.
It also features a host of KTM’s electronic rider controls including Motorcycle Stability Control, a quick shifter, four-way WP semi-active adjustable suspension with anti-dive as in the Super Adventure, cruise control and combined ABS that adjusts to riding modes. Instead of just three as in the R – Street, Rain and Sport – there is a fourth Supermoto mode.
The anti-dive function from the Super Adventure should make it a brilliant two-up touring bike as will the suspension system that adjusts for rider, pillion and luggage weight.
Touring capabilities are enhanced by heated grips, a larger fuel tank, an eight-position adjustable windscreen, and redesigned sub-frame and seat for long-distance comfort.
KTM Australia marketing manager Greg Chambers says the GT “will definitely excite those riders that like the sport side of sport touring”.