Major rethink as KTM aim to increase touring abilities of 1290 Super Duke GT

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New spyshots have emerged showing that KTM are working on another 1290 Super Duke GT update less than a year after the current model received a minor refresh. Appearing to be a ground-up redesign, it all points to KTM making a significant investment.

There had been some questions over the future of the model, after photos emerged of KTM testing a 17in wheeled 1290 Super Adventure but these shots suggest the GT is here to stay.

The most obvious change is that the front has had a redesign, with all new headlight, screen and surrounding bodywork. The styling of the Super Duke GT has always been divisive, with the illuminated protuberance becoming a hallmark.

KTM are testing a more touring focussed Super Duke GT

Now that’s gone although it appears to have been replaced with something no less striking. It’s more than just a cosmetic redesign of course, with the new headlight area housing a cruise control radar unit as seen on the Super Adventure S.

The new bodywork also hides what appears to be a new tank shape, quite possibly larger for more touring competence, as well as a larger radiator.

Barring the radiator and a new exhaust, the engine appears virtually unchanged. It’s possible KTM will have given the GT a minor capacity boost to help offset any losses from the emissions stranglehold.

KTM have housed the engine in a new steel trellis frame. It’s not immediately obvious why, other than a desire to shift a bit of weight or to help repackage other internal components.

The 1290 Super Duke GT looks set to get the latest kit from the Super Adventure

If KTM are taking it in the direction we believe, more touring less sports, then it’s possible they’ve relaxed the geometry a bit in the process for improved stability.

2023 KTM 1290 Super Duke GT details explored

  • Engine Unless there are serious changes inside, we’d expect power to be around 173bhp still
  • Dash The dash was only just upgraded, so we doubt KTM will change it again
  • Suspension This appears to be the latest semi-active units from the current model
  • Radar KTM have added front radar but don’t appear to be offering rear blind spot detection units
  • Luggage If KTM want to present it as a proper grand tourer, improved luggage capacity will be a plus