The KTM 1290 Super Duke GT is one of the most capable sport touring motorcycles that money can buy right now. For 2022, the Austrian manufacturer has given it several minor yet notable updates, making it even better than it already was.
For starters, KTM has updated the engine to comply with Euro5 norms; it’s managed to do so without compromising performance and peak power remains the same at 173hp. The more significant updates are to the chassis.
For 2022, the Super Duke GT will feature APEX semi-active suspension from WP, and a revised chassis, from the mental KTM 1290 Super Duke R EVO. It’s also been equipped with the lighter wheels from the Duke R EVO, resulting in a 1kg drop in weight. The new wheels wear Continental SportAttack 4 tires, and KTM claims these deliver a sportier riding experience.
Asphalt and Rubber report that the bike has also been equipped with a new 7-inch TFT display, along with updated switchgear. The new dash is capable of ‘Turn by Turn PLS’ navigation, which is said to be a significant improvement over their current system. You’ll still need to pair your smartphone to the dash, but the update allows you to control navigation directly.
MCN has mentioned in its report that KTM has not equipped the new Super Duke GT with radar-equipped cruise control, and this is definitely a feature we’d have liked to see on the motorcycle — especially since the 1290 Super Adventure S was recently equipped with the tech. That said, there’s no saying that KTM won’t offer this as an accessory or an update in the future.
The 2022 KTM 1290 Super Duke GT is set to reach dealerships in Europe by January 2022.