KTM 1290 Super Duke GT refined for 2022

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KTM have waved their magic wand at the ultimate sports tourer for hooligans resulting in a plethora of small but welcome upgrades to the 1290 Super Duke GT.

Internally the motor has been given a gentle tickle to make it Euro5 friendly, while managing to keep power exactly where it was at 173bhp.

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Weight has crept down a little in part thanks to fitting the wheels from the Super Duke R, which have saved 1kg on their own.

KTM has stopped short of bringing across all the mad chassis upgrades from the R though as was expected given spyshots showed the Austrians were at least experimenting with this set up. The new wheels are now shod with Continental SportAttack 4 tyres, which KTM say delivers a sportier riding experience.

2022 KTM 1290 Super Duke GT left side on the road

The biggest change comes in the electronics department with a brand new 7″ full colour TFT dash, which is complemented by new switchgear. The highlight of the new dash is what KTM describe as ‘Turn by Turn PLS’ navigation, which is said to be a significant improvement over their current system.

The navigation still runs through a paired smartphone, however the functions can now be accessed through the dash without having to remove the phone from a pocket and faff about.

One feature that is curiously absent is the addition of any cruise control radar. Considering KTM have fitted the latest Bosch system to the 1290 Super Adventure S, it was widely expected it would be offered as an option. Still, gives them something new to announce in a year’s time.

The updated 1290 Super Duke GT is expected in dealers from January next year, with pricing to come shortly.

Jordan Gibbons

By Jordan Gibbons

News Editor, owns some old bikes. Should know better.