KTM updates 2019 1290 Super Dukes

KTM has unveiled some updates to their 1290 Super Duke GT with a slight power boost and more technology, while the 1290 Super Duke R gets new graphics.

KTM Australia says the bikes were only unveiled last night at the Intermot motorcycle show in Cologne and they do not have confirmed arrival dates or pricing yet.

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The GT’s 1301cc 75° V-twin LC8 engine now has revised resonator chambers, titanium inlet valves and new mapping.

Power is now 131kW, formerly 127kW while roque is slightly down from 144Nm to 141Nm, but with smoother delivery at lower revs.

KTM has added the Quickshifter+ for clutchless up and down shifting and KTM’s electronic performance and assistance systems which include lean angle sensitivity for mid-corner braking, traction control and different ride modes including an optional ‘Track’ mode .

It gets a new LED headlight and the tank-mounted cornering lights are also now LEDs.

The tank spoilers have new storage compartments to carry small items and one side includes a USB socket charger.

The GT windscreen has been improved for aero with one-hand adjustable height control and there are now heated grips as standard.

Instruments are now in a 6.5-inch TFT colour screen which is supposed to be clear even in direct sun.

Toggle controls for the menu are in an illuminated switch on the left handlebar along with the relocated cruise control.

GT also gets the latest generation WP semi-active suspension which monitors the road surface and immediately adjusts to the conditions. There are settings for Comfort, Street and Sport.

There is a also new control called “Cargo” which immediately adjusts the suspension for a pillion and luggage.

KTM has added MY RIDE smartphone connectivity which allows it to access to their app for navigation, caller ID and access to music playlists.

It comes in white or black.

The only changes to the 1290 SUPER DUKE R are new graphics in black or white.

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