2022 KTM 1290 Super Duke GT Upgrades Create A Long Distance Beast
Touring has never been this excitingby Harry Fisher, on LISTEN 02:19
The 2022 KTM 1290 Super Duke GT continues its reign as the maddest sports tourer out there. Upgrades to running gear and electronics but misses out on radar-assisted cruise control.
KTM 1290 Super Duke GT Gets Sharper
KTM’s 1290 Super Duke GT has been subtly updated to keep it at the top of what is effectively a list of one super hooligan sports touring bike.
In taking the 1290 Super Duke and turning it into a touring bike, KTM did little to tame the beast, other than putting a fairing and screen on and tweaking the riding position and set to make things a little more comfortable for long-distance, two-up touring.
Power and torque remained the same for both bikes, as did the chassis, and, as a result, this was one of the sharpest practical machines out there.
For 2022, KTM has opted to not mess with the recipe too much other than a minor change to the rolling chassis and upgrades to the electronics.
The engine is now Euro5 compliant but loses no power as a result and the figures remain at 175bhp and 104lb.ft of torque. The wheels have been changed for those fitted to the Super Duke R and weigh a combined 1kg less.
The biggest changes come to the electronics. A new 7-inch full-colour TFT dash and new switchgear are the outwardly noticeable changes and the navigation system has been revised. Now called Turn By Turn PLUS, it still runs through a smartphone but can now be controlled via the dash, removing the need to take your phone out of your pocket and make the changes there.
Strangely, however, KTM has chosen not to equip the GT with radar-assisted cruise control, an odd omission given that it is on the 1290 S Adventure. One would think that with the GT’s intended role, it would be more relevant on that bike, but KTM obviously think otherwise, for whatever reason.
Expect to see the new model in showrooms from January 2022. Prices still to be announced.