The crucial information
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