2016-2017 KTM 1290 Super Duke GT Review

When you add a Gran Turismo suffix to the name of a bike, it had better be more than just a streetbike with a set of bags, and it seems that KTM agrees. The new-in-2016 Super Duke GT sports the same 1,290 cc, 173-horsepower plant and much the same chassis as the rest of the family, but the factory boosted the tourability with a set of hard-side panniers and cruise control to go along with a host of comfort- and safety-related features, to include ABS, traction control and more. Best of all, the engineers managed to retain much of the sporty attitude and ability associated with the range to produce a true sport-tourer, so without further ado, let’s check out the details.



The GT starts with a Super Duke R as the base model, and while the overall looks of the GT have that familiar KTM-ness in full effect, the addition of the front fairing and redesigned upper cowling is a clear departure from the naked “R” design. A hand-adjustable windshield — literally, you push it up and down with your hand — rides above the angular, front-fairing beak that houses the headlight and sets the tone for the rest of the machine.

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