October 9, 2018 at the INTERMOT show in Cologne, Germany, KTM unveiled a sharper, stronger and more refined version of its premium sports tourer with the 2019 KTM SUPER DUKE GT, while ‘THE BEAST’ KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R receives two new graphics options.
KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE GT
At first glance, the 2019 “GT” betrays the distinct, extremely aggressive base of the 1290 SUPER DUKE R that became famous as the ‘THE BEAST’. Even though it was drafted as a separate model, the GT approaches touring from a sporty angle. This KTM is the cutting-edge interpretation of a sport bike fit for travel. The 1290 SUPER DUKE GT is not a slimmed-down super tourer with racing stripes, it is an extremely sporty real-world champion, which for the first time masters the seemingly impossible split between mountainous twisties, comfortable long-distance highway travelling and breath-taking track day use, thanks to intelligent and innovative design and technology.
For 2019, the 1290 SUPER DUKE GT features a new LED Headlight, handguards, improved wind protection, a full-colour TFT Dashboard, a whole new shape of the front and many more details like storage compartments and connectivity features. The GT’s engine also saw updates including titanium inlet valves, resonator chamber technology and new mapping, resulting in even further refinement, speed and performance.
KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R
Hundreds of hours and thousands of test miles firmly cement KTM’s king of naked bikes on the cutting-edge of high-adrenaline motorcycling. Every piece, system, nut and bolt of the SUPER DUKE R wants you to go fast and yet stay in control: the wide, low handlebar, the Brembo monobloc brakes, the MSC including cornering ABS, the WP suspension, the optional, two-way Quickshifter+, the multifunctional TFT display and the LED headlight. The optional “Track Pack” includes launch control, spin adjuster, a track ride mode, freely configurable ignition mapping and anti-wheelie off function. Then, there is the optional “Performance Pack” to include motor slip regulation (MSR) and the Quickshifter+. The optional anti-wheelie mode can disengage the anti-wheelie function of the MTC, and with the KTM RACE ON transponder key in your pocket, you can forget about ignition keys and mechanically locked fuel caps.