Alongside the reintroduction of the 790 Duke, KTM has also announced that the 1290 Super Duke GT will be brought back to the United States for 2023 by popular demand. Based upon the wicked and ridiculously entertaining 1290 Super Duke R EVO naked bike, the GT features amenities to tackle the long haul in effort to serve the best of both worlds.
The heart of the GT is the same throaty 1,301cc LC8 V-twin engine that powers the naked variation, which recently produced a ripping 161 hp and 93 lb.-ft. of torque on the Cycle World dyno. It’s tamed via ride-by-wire electronics rider aid package, including Motorcycle Traction Control (MTC), cornering ABS (MSC), Motor Slip Regulation (MSR), and Supermoto mode, Hill Hold Control (HHC), cruise control, and Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). A bidirectional quickshifter is optional.
The Super Duke GT utilizes WP Apex semi-active suspension with specific tuning for sport-touring. Four modes electronically tune the motorcycle for different payloads according to passenger and luggage requirements. A new set of wheels save 2.2 pounds of unsprung mass from the GT to promote more agile handling and are wrapped in Continental ContiSportAttack4 rubber.
A new 7-inch TFT display is also standard fitted to the GT and is home to a new Turn-by-Turn Plus navigation system powered by Sygic. The new system features connectivity via KTMconnect, and will offer mapping for seamless directions.
We have no word on pricing or availability of the 2023 KTM 1290 Super Duke GT.