The cru­cial in­for­ma­tion

Motorcycle Monthly - - Mega Mile Test -

This is the KTM 1290 Su­per Duke GT. More specif­i­cally, this was the Mo­tor­cy­cle Sport and Leisure long-term test bike, that spent the sec­ond half of 2017 in the hands of MCM Edi­tor, Tony. The bike is born from the Su­per Duke R and kicks out 173bhp at 9500rpm and 106.2lb-ft of torque at 6750rpm. It has re­vised map­ping, a ride-by-wire throt­tle, a slip­per clutch with Mo­tor Slip Reg­u­la­tion (MSR), com­bined ABS brak­ing with in-cor­ner con­trol cour­tesy of the Bosch Mo­tor­cy­cle Sta­bil­ity Con­trol (MSC) and three riding modes (Sport, Street and Rain).

It also comes with a quick­shifter, heated grips, eas­ily-ad­justable wind­screen and cruise con­trol. You can get Hill Hold Con­trol as an ex­tra, too. The 23-litre tank means a re­spect­ful range of 250 miles if you don’t thrash the bike, it has LED cor­ner­ing lights that il­lu­mi­nate the inside of a cor­ner at night as you lean the mo­tor­cy­cle over (more lean, more light) and, on this test, Tony man­aged an av­er­age of 39.3mpg. It sits at just un­der 4000rpm for 70mph. The red­line is at 10,500rpm and it’ll cruise at 100mph without feel­ing like it’s even get­ting into its stride. It’s also one of the most fun ma­chines we’ve ever rid­den. If you want to buy this bike then it’ll cost you £15,999. To find out more go to www.ktm.com/gb

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