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.

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  • allworld

    This is my kind of bike.

  • john phyyt

    Ever so slightly tubby rider in wheelie shot, KTM I will test ride this bike at first opportunity, since it seems designed for heavier riders ,like me. Perhaps one of the reason pure sports bikes, are a little out of flavor is that fatboys don’t fit on them.

  • Born to Ride

    I went down to the KTM dealer after all the media love was showered on the SDR. I inquired about the cost of maintenance because I had never seen mention of the schedule in any of the rave reviews. Turns out the 1290 motor needs valve adjustments every 9500 miles and the service is 900$-1000$ a pop. While that service interval may be somewhat acceptable on a naked roadster that is usually ridden less miles annually, for riders who look to a bike like this one to ride every day to work or school, it may prove to be an unacceptable operating cost.

    • john burns

      according to what I wrote in January, the valves need to be inspected at 9300 miles, then every 18,600 miles (30,000 km) after that. I don’t remember where I got the info but I’m pretty sure I didn’t just make it up!


      • Born to Ride

        My apologies John, I must have missed your article. It would seem that the information I received from my local KTM guys wasn’t 100% accurate. Though I’m sure that is the information that they are also giving their customers.

        The link in your article throws a 404 for me by the way.

  • Gary

    By far the most exciting news this year. In the midst of all the retro posers and pseudo off-road crap … THIS bike speaks to me.