KTM 1290 Super Duke GT – Thai Motor Expo Live
Neelanjan Chakraborty, Motorcycle Nut, will ride, preferably race anything on two wheels!
KTM Thailand at the ongoing Thai Motor Expo has unveiled the KTM 1290 Super Duke GT which was introduced at the 2015 EICMA. Based on the 1290 Super Duke R, the sports tourer gets a bigger fuel tank and a tall front.
The KTM 1290 Super Duke GT features an eight-way adjustable wind blast protector, LED headlamps and bigger tank extensions. The bike also gets slipper clutch and a Motor Slip Regulation system which keeps a track of the drag torque of the engine and briefly opens the throttle to match engine speed with wheel speed. This helps in preventing the tyre from drifting while entering a corner.
Other features standard in the sports tourer include a traction control, three riding modes (sport, street and rain), electronic cruise control, Bosch stability control, switchable combined ABS and a quick shifter. Riders can also opt for Hill Hold Control and a tire pressure monitoring system. The laser cut chrome-molybdenum steel trellis frame weighs just 9.8 kg. The kerb weight of the bike is 228 kg.
The 1290 Super Duke GT is suspended on 48 mm upside down semi-active setup by WP in the front and a semi active mono shock in the rear by the same brand. The bike has a ground clearance of 140mm, seat height of 835 mm and a fuel tank which can store 23 litre of petrol. The front wheel gets two radially mounted Brembo M50 four-piston Monobloc callipers over dual floating 320 mm discs while the rear wheel gets a 240 mm disc with two-piston callipers by Brembo. The bike is fitted with Pirelli Angel GT tyres.
Mated to a 6-speed transmission, the 1290 Super Duke GT is powered by a 75 degree V-twin 1,301 cc mill producing 173 PS of maximum power and 144 Nm of peak torque.