KTM’s Advanced Sports Touring Machine: The 2020 KTM 1290 Super Duke GT
The 2020 KTM 1290 Super Duke GT is one of the most advanced sports touring motorcycles on the market. It has enormous firepower, a comfortable and maneuverable chassis, and more gadgets and riding aids than you would know what to do with. It’s a motorcycle designed to conquer any landscape it rides on, from endless horizons to the cramped city streets: the Super Duke GT has always got your back.
The Super Duke GT’s engine is a potent 1301cc v-twin unit that offers manageable power in a lightweight package, making it less intimidating than other models in the same class, despite the enormous displacement. Thanks to a number of interesting tweaks, the 2020 Super Duke GT produces an impressive 175 horsepower, with 104 lb-ft of peak torque available.
But there’s more to KTM’s flagship touring machine than a powerful engine and nimble handling—it’s also full of advanced riding technology. In terms of riding aids, the 1290 Super Duke GT has it all. There’s a sophisticated traction control system, advanced cruise control, a Quickshifter+, a tire pressure monitoring system, C-ABS enabled Motorcycle Stability Control keeps it stable at all times, but with the option of disabling the ABS for real rear wheel locking fun, and more!
Die-hard adventurers can order the 2020 KTM 1290 Super Duke GT in a stylish black color with orange accents, for an MSRP of $20,599
On this page: we’ve curated specs, features, news, photos/videos, etc. so you can read up on the new KTM 1290 Super Duke GT in one place.
- Price: $20,599
- Key Features:
- Anti-lock brakes (ABS)
- Mode switch
- LED Lighting
- Engine type: 1,301cc, V-twin
- Power: 175 horsepower
- Dry Weight: 209 kg
- Seat height: 835 mm
2020 KTM 1290 Super Duke GT Specifications
|Engine||1,301cc, Liquid cooled, V-twin|
|Bore x Stroke||108 mm x 71 mm|
|Suspension Front||125 mm|
|Suspension Rear||156 mm|
|Brakes Front||320 mm|
|Brakes Rear||240 mm|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||23 L|
|Ground Clearance||141 mm|
|Seat Height||835 mm|
|Curb Weight||209 kg|
2020 KTM 1290 Super Duke GT Features
Engine & Exhaust
The KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE GT’s BEAST-derived powerplant perfectly fits its sovereign appearance. With 175 hp and 141 Nm of torque, it’s as much a superbike slayer as it is a coastal road cruiser. A unique mix of the highest quality components, such as titanium inlet valves, have also combined to create overall reliability and allowing for service intervals of 15,000 km. That’s a lot of touring!
An absolutely key element in the outstanding performance and smooth response of the 1301 cc 75° V-twin are the unit’s cutting-edge four-valve cylinder heads. These combine twin-plug ignition, flow-optimized ports, lightweight titanium valves and resonator chambers for the smoothest twin in town.
When you’re traveling two-up, the last thing you want is a jerky throttle. KTM have worked the EFI mapping, in combination with the plain bearing and timing, to transfer low-down power to the road with less vibration and reduced engine noise.
The responsiveness and free-revving nature of the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE GT’s engine is thanks to the low reciprocating weight of its crankshaft.
The twin-plug ignition system controls two differently sized spark plugs in each cylinder head independently of each other in such a way that more efficient combustion and a smoother, optimally controlled combustion sequence are achieved at all times. The result: more power, better control, lower fuel consumption and lower emissions.
The ride-by-wire system on the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE GT goes the extra mile. By electronically translating throttle commands into optimum throttle valve positions for the current riding situation, it processes throttle twist grip movements with the help of electronic sensors and activates the throttle valves accordingly using servo motors. This means smoother throttle response, reducing the chances of low-rev jolting and involuntary wheelies. Voluntary front wheel antics however, could easily be a thing of your future.
Not only does the slipper clutch open when the engine back-torque becomes too high, it also assists when you open up the throttle. The former prevents destabilizing rear wheel chatter when braking sharply or decelerating; the latter reduces the hand force required for changing gear, allowing the clutch to be controlled with one trigger happy finger.
We borrowed Formula 1 technology in creating the pistons in the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE GT. The forged piston structure on the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE GT, results in a high loading capacity, despite the extremely short and lightweight design. Furthermore, the piston skirts have a state-of-the-art, hard-anodized finish. Not only does this reduce friction, it is also particularly hard-wearing with a consequently a positive impact on durability.
The hint is in the name. The KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE GT is built for covering ground quickly and comfortably. Thanks to its refined ergonomics, electronically adjustable suspension and impressive tank range, the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE GT is the perfect travel companion.
Engineered to support a pillion, as well as full-loaded panniers, the subfame on the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE GT ticks a number of key hyper-touring boxes.
The single-sided swingarm on the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE GT is not only the lightest in its class, but also meticulously manufactured and generously dimensioned – a reassuring nod to spirited long distance travel.
Ergonomics & Comfort
Arguably the most important part of the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE GT, the handlebars give the rider complete control, from small steering inputs to adjusting the suspension and ride modes at a push of a button. Even the handlebars themselves are multi-adjustable, with over 22 mm of movement and four positions. But best yet, the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE GT comes fitted with heated grips as standard.
The on-board computer’s menu pages are selected and operated using the four control keys of the mode switch on the left handlebar grip. It’s very simple and intuitive: “up” and “down” scroll through the menu, the left button selects the desired item, the right confirms it. The exit key on the left of the mode switch can be pressed at any time to return to the previous menu level. Child’s play, basically.
The KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE GT comes fitted with heated grips. Cosy.
Bodywork & Graphics
An agressive headlight mask and screen give the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE GT a sporty, yet functional look.
LED cornering lights
The KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE GT has cornering lights integrated into its fuel tank. These consist of three LED segments, using the lean angle sensor of the MSC system as a trigger. Depending on the lean angle, the KTM cornering light can use up to all three segments, always giving the rider the perfect view to where he/she is going. Integrated in the cornering lights are also LED indicators, which give the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE GT a unique and exclusive look.
Integrated pannier mounting
Hard case panniers are offered as KTM PowerParts can be easily fitted to the integrated mounting system of the motorcycle, while keeping the sporty look and unique style of the motorcycle. Remove the panniers in an instant, and instantly be badass.
Software & Electronics
A slew of advanced electronics are fitted to the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE GT, which enable the rider to explore the GT’s full potential.
MSC (Motorcycle Stability Control) with C-ABS
The ultimate in safe deceleration. One component of the comprehensive BOSCH MSC assistance package is the lean-angle sensitive cornering ABS. Based on the high-quality 9ME modulator, it unites the talents of combined front and rear wheel braking and lightning-quick, efficient pressure modulation with the high quality BREMBO hardware to make the most advanced braking system on the market – no-one brakes more progressively or safely, even at extreme lean angles.
TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System)
As its name implies, the TPMS monitors tire pressure, and gives you a view of current pressures in the TFT display. In the event of sudden loss of pressure, for example due to tire damage, a warning will alert the rider on the dash.
LED Cornering Lights
The KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE GT has LED cornering lights integrated into its fuel tank. On the left and right side of the fuel tank, the cornering lights consist of three LED segments, using the lean angle sensor of the MSC system. Depending on the lean angle, the KTM cornering light can use up to all three segments, always giving the rider the perfect view of where he is going. Integrated in the cornering lights are the LED indicators, for a unique and exclusive look. Well deserved in a bike like this.
ATIR (Automatic Turn Indicator Reset)
After 10 seconds of movement and 150 meters of riding distance, the turn indicator will stop automatically. If pressed again during longer waits at an intersection, it counts from zero again. A big improvement in terms of safety, as it is now impossible to forget to reset the indicators.
Long motorway journeys are made even easier with the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE GT’s standard cruise control. Switches on the left side of the handlebar and a display in the TFT dashboard allow the rider to intuitively set and change the requested speed, so you’ll arrive at the fun bits with energy to spare.
MTC (Motorcycle Traction Control)
The MTC (Motorcycle Traction Control) lean-angle sensitive traction control system reacts immediately if the rotational speed of the rear wheel is disproportionate to the riding situation. In a matter of milliseconds, MTC reduces the engine output with an extremely smooth, barely perceptible intervention at the throttle valves, until the system has reduced slippage to optimum proportions for the selected ride mode and current angle of lean. Depending on the selected riding mode, MTC traction control allows different levels of traction slip at the rear wheel. In “Street mode” somewhat more than in “Rain mode”, while slight power slides are allowed when exiting curves in “Sport mode”. All this means that the rider can concentrate on the run of the road and other road users – the guarantee for maximum performance and ultimate riding pleasure, but also a decisive contribution to active safety. For particularly ambitious riders, who feel like enjoying the breathtaking propulsion of the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE GT without any electronic assistance, the traction control can also be switched off.