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KTM 1290 Super Duke GT 2017

The 1290 Super Duke R got us thinking. What if we could match The Beast’s interstellar performance to all day, two-up comfort? What if we would train the most dynamic naked bike ever to race any paved road the world has on offer? Regardless of the weather. Over and over again. So we brought out the big guns, aiming for state-of-the-art ergonomics, electronics and extreme stamina. The result is a long distance V-twin rocket that proudly roars past the top of the food chain, hungry for more. For miles. The faster, the better. A motorcycle that is equally happy hunting horizons, as it is chasing superbikes. And crushing them – not only at cruising speeds. Welcome to the world of the 1290 Super Duke GT, where refinement, comfort, speed and ultimate performance rule.

DESIGN   DISPLACEMENT   BORE
1-cylinder, 4-stroke engine   449.9 cm³   95 mm
         
STROKE   STARTER   TRANSMISSION
63.4 mm   Electric starter   4-speed
         
PRIMARY DRIVE   SECONDARY GEAR RATIO   EMS
31:76   13:48   Keihin EMS
         
         
CLUTCH        
Wet, DDS multi-disc clutch, Brembo hydraulics
FRAME DESIGN   FRONT SUSPENSION   REAR SUSPENSION
25CrMo4 steel central-tube frame   WP-USD, AER 48, Ø 48 mm   WP shock absorber with linkage
         
SUSPENSION TRAVEL (FRONT)   SUSPENSION TRAVEL (REAR)   FRONT BRAKE
310 mm   300 mm   Disc brake
         
REAR BRAKE   FRONT BRAKE DISC DIAMETER   REAR BRAKE DISC DIAMETER
Disc brake   260 mm   220 mm
         
CHAIN   STEERING HEAD ANGLE   WHEELBASE
5/8 x 1/4″   63.9 °   1485 ± 10 mm
         
GROUND CLEARANCE   SEAT HEIGHT   TANK CAPACITY (APPROX.)
370 mm   960 mm   7 l
         
WEIGHT READY TO RACE (WITHOUT FUEL)
100.2 kg