Intermot 2018: KTM 1290 Super Duke GT

Mad Austrian V-twin gets more power and added tech updates for 2019

2019 KTM 1290 Super Duke GT

NOT SO long ago, 175bhp was the sort of power you’d only be able to get from a full-on superbike. Probably one on the grid in BSB. But now, even a twin-cylinder touring roadster puts out this sort of nonsense without blinking.

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Yes, KTM’s officially-bonkers 1290 Super Duke range has had a a bit of an update, and the GT model now hits 175bhp and 104 ft-lb of torque from its 1,301cc V-twin lump, thanks to revised resonator chambers, titanium inlet valves and new ECU mapping.

2019 KTM 1290 Super Duke GT

But the extra grunt isn’t the only change for the GT. There’s a new up/down quickshifter as well, plus extensive rider aids, and it’s all controlled from a new colour TFT dashboard. In front of that sits a new LED headlight design, with six LED units, plus a tank-mounted cornering light setup.

2019 KTM 1290 Super Duke GT

Finally, the suspension is also updated, to the latest WP semi-active system, using three different damping modes, plus pushbutton preload adjustment. Nice.