KTM’s calling the 1290 Super Duke GT its Adrenaline Express. Basically we’re taking MO’s 2014 Motorcycle of the Year 1290 Super Duke and turning it into a very sporty sports tourer, with a 1301cc 75-degree 173-hp V-Twin, hard bags, touring fairing and everything you need to hit the road in a fully fuelled 503-pound (228 kg) package.
For comfort, KTM gave this one not only more relaxed ergonomics – with lower footpegs and a cushier seat – but also made them adjustable to fit a wide range of riders. The handlebar is adjustable over 22 mm and four positions, hand levers are infinitely adjustable, and brake and shift levers are three-position adjustable. A six-gallon fuel tank is carefully sculpted to interface the rider as well.
Semi-active suspension, a 48mm WP fork in front with five inches travel and a single WP shock out back providing six inches of wheel travel, provides a custom ride tunable via the GT’s advanced onboard electronics program, complete with the usual assortment of ride modes, heated grips, cruise control, etc. Natch, Brembo triple-disc brakes with Bosch 9ME combined ABS, disengageable and with a supermoto mode, keep that speed under control.