KTM’S mad Su­per Duke GT fast tourer gets raft of front-end up­dates for 2019

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No, this isn’t a still from the next Mad Max film; it is in fact a KTM 1290 Su­per Duke GT un­der­go­ing test­ing of a new front end, as well as emis­sions and noise test­ing. Amid all the lay­ers of spray paint, gaffer tape, sen­sors, boxes and tas­selled tex­tile jack­ets are a com­plete new head­light unit, new screen and TFT dash that all bear more than a pass­ing re­sem­blance to the rest of the up­dated KTM fam­ily.

The love-it-or-loathe-it head­light bor­rows heav­ily from the styling of the Su­per Duke R, although the one fit­ted to this test mule is more bul­bous and pro­trudes fur­ther, too. The screen, mean­while, looks to have a broader spread of de­flec­tion, and to be mounted slightly higher.

These changes will sig­nif­i­cantly af­fect air­flow, and how the wind hits the rider, and the test rider’s jacket and much of the mea­sur­ing equip­ment fit­ted to the bike, is con­cerned with un­der­stand­ing these changes.

Also clearly vis­i­ble in the pic­tures is a huge new TFT dash – or at least the shape of one – which is likely to be very sim­i­lar to that fit­ted on the Su­per Ad­ven­ture S. On this test mule it’s ac­tu­ally a pro­to­typed dummy, but the real thing is much like look­ing at an ipad through a pair of binoc­u­lars.

The hand­guards are also new – while lever-pro­tec­tors have been in the ac­ces­sories cat­a­logue since launch. It’s a log­i­cal step for­ward for this ag­gres­sive sports-tourer. Other de­flec­tors and sec­tions of body­work have also changed in shape, while many el­e­ments are clearly 3D printed rapid pro­to­type parts un­der­go­ing eval­u­a­tion.

While KTM won’t of­fi­cially com­ment on these spy shots, KTM PR Man­ager, Luke Brack­en­bury, told MCN: “KTM is con­tin­u­ally de­vel­op­ing its ex­ist­ing range of sports mo­tor­cy­cles by in­vest­ing heav­ily into R&D. The 1290 Su­per Duke GT set a new stan­dard for sports tour­ing machines and pow­ers into the next years with the same class lead­ing com­po­nents and per­for­mance for rid­ers who de­mand big dis­tance com­fort cou­pled with gen­uine sporty per­for­mance.”

We un­der­stand that this is sec­ond­gen­er­a­tion GT is un­likely to ar­rive be­fore 2019, mean­ing a three-year up­date cy­cle for the model.

‘The love-it-or-loatheit head­light bor­rows heav­ily from the new Su­per Duke R’

The GT is get­ting the 1290 fam­ily’s new face

The new full TFT dash is rep­re­sented on this test mule by a green slab of plastic

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