After only 2 years on the market, KTM has decided to give its sport-touring model a little facelift. The updated 1290 Super Duke GT was introduced at Intermot in October with a fresh face and a flight of tech. The most obvious change has been made to the bike’s cowl—now resembling a praying mantis thanks to the mandibula-like double LED headlight, also new to this model year. The adjustable windscreen is brand new as well as the redesigned handguards that now offer less wind resistance.
While the engine remains the same 1,301cc V-twin block, KTM has made a few upgrades, including the addition of new titanium valves and intake resonator chambers. These changes have helped increase the output to 175 hp. While fitted with all the trimmings to make it a comfortable tourer, the Super Duke GT as an undeniable sporty personality.
Tech-wise, the new Super Duke receives navigation, displayed on a 6.5-inch screen as well as Bluetooth connectivity which allows the rider to pair his smartphone with the motorcycle’s interface, accept phone calls, and control the audio. Other features include cruise control, adaptive semi-active suspension, and heated grips.