KTM’s mind bending Super Duke GT long-distance sports tourer gains a few tweaks for model year 2019.
The latest generation 1,301cc 75° V-twin LC8 engine gets revised resonator chambers, titanium inlet valves and new maps to give an incredible 175 hp and 141 Nm of torque.
Along with the smoother performance at lower rpm, the addition of the Quickshifter+ provides clutchless and incredibly smooth up and down shifting – a benefit to rider and passenger.
Updated Electronics Suite
The KTM 1290 Super Duke GT features the full suite of KTM’s best electronic performance and assistance systems. With lean-angle sensitivity for braking power and traction control and different ride modes.
An optional ‘Track’ mode allows further adjustability of the electronic settings to explore the full potential of the GT’s capabilities in the widest range of conditions and roads it can be pointed at.
Heated Grips are fitted as standard while on each side of the fuel tank spoilers new storage compartments provide easy access for essential small items, such as keys or toll cards. One side is fitted with a USB socket to charge and power items while on the move.
Nav prompts available on new 6.5-inch TFT dash
Big changes for the 2019 GT can be found in the ‘dash’. Set behind the new aerodynamically developed windshield with multiple height positions and improved one-handed adjustability is a 6.5-inch TFT display.
The award winning full color screen is visible in direct sunlight and features an exclusive layout; meaning the full status of the bike can be easily identified without distracting from the road ahead.
Working through the bike’s various menus and extensive functions is intuitive and operated by the illuminated menu switch, found on the left bar, where the cruise control switch is now positioned.
KTM My Ride smartphone connectivity also adds another type of comfort over distance as the 2019 KTM 1290 Super Duke GT is now navigation ready for onscreen turn-by-turn directions and audio prompts in 5 languages, via a separately available app.
Also possible is the ability to receive or reject incoming calls with caller ID displayed, along with the option to toggle through tracks on a favorite music playlist.
A fresh face
An instantly recognizable Duke family ‘face’ is a large part of the updated GT’s identity. Set within the redesigned front end is a powerful new LED headlight where a central aluminium heatsink holds six forward-facing ultra-bright LEDs, while further LEDs create the daytime running light (DRL).
When the journey continues after the sun sets, the fuel tank spoiler-mounted LED cornering lights provide impressive illumination to the inside of turns.
Latest generation semi-acitve suspension
The latest generation WP semi-active chassis is the most sophisticated setup offered on a KTM so far, with deeper analysing sensors automatically adapting to surface conditions.
Rider, passenger, luggage or all three, the GT’s preload can be adjusted for the bike’s ‘cargo’ at the push of a button – no need for tools. Also transformed with just fingertip control is the choice of damping to suit the mood and road: Comfort, Street and Sport.
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