The global Intermot event is on with manufactures showcasing new and revised models to the world. KTM at this event have launched their revised 1290 Super Duke GT for model year 2019.
A popular model where sports riding and touring combine beautifully, and with the success of the sports-orientated R variant, the GT accommodates some of the R’s features, whilst also hosting it’s own GT specifics to make one amazing sports-tourer.
Now with titanium intake valves, which means they’re lighter than the previous variant, the motor is expected to ‘spin up’ quicker. To accomodate the change, there’s a new map for the engine. A new resonator chamber is further change.
Since KTM own WP suspension, engineers have developed a revised semi-active set up. Constantly adjusting as you ride, all you have to pick is comfort, street and sport.
A much requested change has been granted by KTM, with a new 6.5 inch colour TFT screen with specific graphics for the GT. A wealth of info, along with KTM MyRide (bluetooth) and mapping functions will make this the best display on offer we think.
Cruise control switches move from the right to the left switch block like the existing R and Adventure models. Easy to set with focus on your throttle without moving the thumb over, the GT’s cruise also communicates nicely with the new dash, for adjustments and quick glance readouts.
More aerodynamic handguards and a new windscreen assist with punching this tourer through the air smoother than ever with fantastic rider protection.
The LED headlight signature of KTM has been introduced along with further LED lighting for clear riding and best efforts to be seen. Apart from appearance the LED lighting serves a strong function, with light throw design, diode power and cooling all contributing factors to the amazing result when riding at night or poor light.
The GT has been desired since it’s launch from young to old, being a premium motorcycle that doesn’t skip on handling, luggage options, touring range or sports capabilities. Too many brands offer something that stands firm on the segment, where KTM aim to continue the legacy of offering a proper ‘grand tourer’ that’s feature packed and sounds brilliant from idle to full noise.
Pricing will be announced closer to launch. ETA to Australia is yet to be confirmed as is features and specifications for the Australian market (standard versus options and so on). Stay tuned.