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1290 Super Duke GT 2018


1290 Super Duke GT 2018 Media

Model Description

The 1290 Super Duke R got us thinking. What if we could match The Beast's interstellar performance to all day, two-up comfort? What if we would train the most dynamic naked bike ever to race any paved road the world has on offer? Regardless of the weather. Over and over again. So we brought out the big guns, aiming for state-of-the-art ergonomics, electronics and extreme stamina. The result is a long distance V-twin rocket that proudly roars past the top of the food chain, hungry for more. For miles. The faster, the better. A motorcycle that is equally happy hunting horizons, as it is chasing superbikes. And crushing them – not only at cruising speeds. Welcome to the world of the 1290 Super Duke GT, where refinement, speed and ultimate performance rule.

Based on the 1,301 cc engine of the 1290 SUPER DUKE R, aka "The Beast”, the 1290 SUPER DUKE GT is clearly the Alpha within its segment.
The laser-cut, chrome-molybdenum steel trellis frame, welded to the highest standards, contributes to excellent chassis geometry. It's extremely stable and weighs only 9.8 kg, which helps keep the overall weight down: 212 kg (ready to ride, without fuel) and 228 kg fully fueled and ready to race the sun.
Improved ergonomics such as low foot pegs and a large fuel tank are there to make the rider and passenger feel comfortable. And that's no easy feat. Think about the things to consider: stack and reach, leg arch length, seat height, seat foam, knee angle and knee contact, handlebar width, position and offset, tall riders, short riders, heavy ones and featherweights… But we made it, by tailoring the bike to your needs.

Designed to devour unlimited kilometers, for optimum wind and weather protection and KTM state-of-the-art finishing, the 1290 SUPER DUKE GT is on of its kind.

Keep the 1290 SUPER DUKE GT under full control while exploiting its full potential - That's what the unique electronics package of this motorcycle allows. Lean-angle sensitive electronics intervene to provide maximum adhesion, and optimum acceleration for hunting horizons and chasing superbikes. Combined ABS provides the control for stopping the action instantaneously when needed.
KTM know its customers like to modify and to travel, which is why the PowerParts range boasts a huge variety of accessories and luggage options across its Street range of sportmotorcycles – past and present. All PowerParts are developed alongside their chosen machine, meaning that KTM riders only get parts that perfectly complement their ride and provide that important 'factory fit' straight from the dealer.

Model Specification


Engine Type

2-cylinder, 4-stroke V-twin


1301 cc


Electric starter


6-speed, claw shifted

Engine Lubrication

Pressure lubrication with 3 Eaton pumps


Liquid cooling


PASC slipper clutch, hydraulically operated


Keihin EMS with RBW, double ignition

ABS System

Bosch 9ME Combined ABS (incl. cornering ABS and supermoto mode, disengageable)



Chromium-Molybdenum-Steel trellis frame, powder coated


X-Ring 5/8 x 5/16

Steering Head Angle

65.1 degrees

Tank Capacity

23 litres/3.5 litres reserve



127 kw (173hp) @9,500rpm

Primary Gear Ratio


Secondary Gear Ratio


Brake System Front

2 x Brembo Monobloc four piston, radially bolted caliper, brake disc 320 mm

Brake System Rear

Brembo two piston, fixed caliper, brake disc 240 mm


Front Suspension

WP semi-active USD fork 48mm

Rear Suspension

WP semi-active monoshock

Suspension Travel Front

125 mm

Suspension Travel Rear

156 mm



108 mm


71 mm


1482 mm

Ground Clearance (unloaded)

140 mm

Seat Height

835 mm

Weight (No Fuel)

205 kg