The KTM 1290 Super Duke in the naked R version had impressed our test team. Over 170 hp and at every speed a torque of over 100 Newton meters – there are truly worse test mopeds. But it is not only for this reason that we are now testing the GT version, the touring version, after the R.
What makes a tourer? Exactly, a long-distance comfort, plenty of space to drive as hard as possible, you want to see, feel and experience something from nature. From this point of view, the KTM 1290 Super Duke is already the worst tourer imaginable in paper form. On the one hand. On the other hand, the GT could be described as the best reason to leave the local areas at all.
Here's a look at the R we tested: it turned out to be a real sweeper, a power-naked bike constantly brushed on Radau, which carried us with its stunning V2. The KTM is an athlete of pure hearts, nothing sensible ever crossed their path. Although – this is not entirely true with reason. A normal Naked Bike always seems to be the best excuse for engineers to develop a very bad passenger comfort. Have they always wanted to do it. That's just the way it is? No, it's not: The Super Duke as R is certainly nackig, but it's one of the very few of these bikes that treats the passenger well.
Of course, this also benefits the GT - it takes over the positive things of the R, but complements them. She gains her ability to convert the untamed power into sinful tracks (and eventful hours).
And that's not the end of reason in the GT. The hammer motor with connected motorcycle would normally tend to turn unrestrained, climb on the rear wheel or drift through curves. Depending on the wish and irrationality of the driver. To this, KTM provides a whole arsenal of electronic assistants during the energized tour on the GT, which make this primal power manageable.
Should this be something with the tour and the Super Duke? In addition to the suitcase holders, the intended transformation into a Tourer at the GT brings with it the immediately visible windshield, but also an enlarged tank with a capacity of 23 liters. According to this, space, range and probably the windscreen are right. Then let's go with us.
Yes, there it is again, the Super Duke moment: the oil is warm, and there are over 3,000 revolutions. No matter how many times you turn on the tap and are torn away by the hammering force of the V2 with about 1,300 cubic centimeters – the joy of it just doesn't stop. However, with the 3,000 tours, this has a clear background: If the speed falls below this limit, the fun stops – then Duke beats it with the chain and the whole cart jerks. Shortly before 10,000 tours, the limiter intervenes – so the driver has good things to do, always shooting the next gear. What we noticed about our test bike: The idleness was sometimes difficult to find, that was much better with the R. Obviously, the series is scattering.
The comparatively compact Super Duke can also be specifically re-specified as a GT in the curve and accelerated out just as precisely. The KTM is an all-rounder that it is not hectic, as some Ducatis do, for example. She is more of a stoic, which is not bad for the longer tour. That's good, to be precise. The windscreen is okay, more not, but also no less.
One more word about the character of the GT: it is still a very animating bike. As a GT, she got her very own DNA, nothing has gone away, more skills have been added. Similar to the Ducati Hyperstrada, you have taken an active, agile bike and did not create a tourer, but a bike with which you can go on a big ride.
The Super Duke has remained the wealyt that she has been since she was born. As a GT, it can only be enjoyed longer and further away than usual.
The test bike was provided to us by Motorrad Ruser.