So, to sum this bike up...

Motorcycle Monthly - - Mega Mile Test -

The KTM looks im­pres­sive on pa­per, works bet­ter than you think it will in the flesh and, aside from the mir­rors that vibe the world be­hind into a vis­i­ble mush over 6000rpm, it has ev­ery cor­ner cov­ered. It’s a shade un­der £16,000 OTR and that’s a lot of cash. But with the GT you’ve got a bike that can do pretty much what you want without any half mea­sures.

I’d score this bike as a 9/10 as a tourer, su­per­bike and nim­ble naked (be­cause I don’t think that any bike de­serves a 10/10 when it’s spread across such a wide range of skills) but don’t think that means this mo­tor­cy­cle is miss­ing any­thing. It’s an old say­ing but if you’re a jack of all trades you can’t be a mas­ter of one. And that works fine in this con­text, as while the KTM 1290 Su­per Duke GT isn’t the best ever big road­ster, su­per­bike or spe­cial­ist tourer, it is able to take the party to any mo­tor­cy­cle in those sec­tors when in the hands of the real rid­ers in the real world.

It solves the puz­zle of how you can take a bike and turn it into a mo­tor­cy­cle that can match what you need, your mood and the roads un­der­neath you al­most in­tu­itively. It’s im­mense.

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