KTM is set to launch a more touring-focused variant of the largest Duke next month, and now we have some official pictures of the bike. The result is similar to what we expected, the GT version features a more practical chassis, redesigned Euro 4 engine, stronger and longer subframe, larger fuel tank, and many electronic aids, including ABS, traction control, multiple riding modes, hill start assist, anti-rear wheel lock up detection, and cruise control.
KTM will reveal the specifications of the new Super Duke GT at the EICMA show in Italy in November but we already have some pictures taken on the last testing.
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Let’s start with the design because it’s a serious issue. It’s not a pretty bike. It may be amazing mechanically, but the Super Duke GT’s nose is just simply ugly. Of course the paint job is a camo for testing but the front end is visually challenging, period.
Good thing is the ugly nose don’t necesserily ruins the bike. The Super Duke GT will most likely be an impressive machine that has plenty to offer. For example, there’s the upgraded Euro 4-compliant engine. The 1,301cc V-Twin has a redesigned cylinder head for improved combustion, a new exhaust and new ECU with three ignition maps (Street, Rain and Sport). According to rumours, the engine will deliver slightly over 180hp and the gearbox will feature quickshifting.
Being a more touring-focused bike, KTM designed a longer and stronger rear subframe for the GT for more practicality. The manufacturer also added a larger tank with a fuel capacity of 23 liters. The larger tank, together with the more fuel efficient engine increases range significantly.
Another important feature is the semi-active WP suspension but the electronic package doesn’t stop here: the Super Duke GT also has cornering ABS, traction control, hill start assist, anti-rear wheel lock up detection, cruise control, and lean-angle specific cornering lights. Adjustable windscreen and heated grips are also likely to be available. There’s evry chance that the Super Duke GT will be a worthy successor to the 990 SMT.
Stay tuned because we will know a lot more after the EICMA show next month.